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Balme, Christopher ORCID: 0000-0002-8901-8818; Leonhardt, Nic ORCID: 0000-0002-4274-162X (1. May 2021): The Rockefeller Connection. Visualizing theatrical networks in the Cultural Cold War. In: Comparatio, Vol. 12, No. 2: 127 -144
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Abstract

This article examines how the Rockefeller Foundation funded theatrical initiatives in develo- ping countries: the Philippines and Nigeria. Using visualization software, in this case the open source application Gephi, we demonstrate how personal and institutional networks underpinned the cultural, specifically, theatrical development strategy of the foundation. It discusses the principles underpinning historical network analysis and analyzes two case studies, Severino Montano’s Arena Theatre in Manila, and the establishment of a School of Drama at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria.