World Theatre Day, 27th March

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Theatre is a blend of several types of fine art that deploys live performers, and actors to tell stories about a real experience in a specific location or on a stage to a live audience.

From ancient times, creative human minds have been expressing their thoughts, and feelings in different forms, and theatre is a very strong and prominent one among those, for sure. World Theatre Day on 27th March is a way of honoring those creators and their fine arts, & remembering the significance of theatre in the evolution of the human mind and its finer side of creativity.

Theatre’s popularity and influence are losing steam nowadays. And this is being caused by a lack of understanding and awareness of one of the oldest mediums of mass communication and entertainment.

On top of this, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused utter distress to those who are directly connected to the theatres.

Date of the World Theatre Day

27th March is World Theatre Day, and people and institutions all across the world commemorate it.

The World Theatre Day observance, which was started by the International Theatre Institute, is more important in the current time, especially for those individuals who are yet to recognize the importance of theatre, and the contribution of the stage performers.

An important activity of the day

One of the most important activities for the day is the distribution of the World Theatre Day International Message, in which a global icon shares his or her insights on the theme of Theatre and a Culture of Peace at the invitation of the International Theatre Institute.


The International Theatre Institute (ITI) established World Theatre Day in 1962, and it was celebrated for the first time on March 27, 1962.

Jean Cocteau, the French poet, wrote the first World Theatre Day message.

Since then, every year on that date, World Theatre Day has been observed around the world.

Significance of world theatre day

  • To spread awareness of the art form around the world.
  • To raise public awareness of the art form’s importance.
  • To empower the dance and theatre communities to promote their work on a large scale so that opinion leaders recognize and support the worth of these art forms.
  • To appreciate the art form for what it is.


Every year, the International Theatre Institute’s Executive Committee selects a distinguished theatre figure to compose the message for World Theatre Day.

Peter Sellars has been selected as the author for the World Theatre Day 2022 message.

Peter Sellars is an opera, theatre, and festival director from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He has won international acclaim for his trailblazing and creative renderings of classics, as well as for promoting 20th century and contemporary music.

Sellars was also chosen because of his collaborative efforts with a diverse group of creative and performing talents.

“Theater is the creation on earth of the space of equality between humans, gods, plants, animals, raindrops, tears, and regeneration. The space of equality and deep listening is illuminated by hidden beauty, kept alive in a deep interaction of danger, equanimity, wisdom, action, and patience”, Sellars said in his message.