Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre is a production, performance and distribution unit, which was initiated and developed and is produced and directed by Prof. Gayle McKinney Griffith and Prof. Donald Muldrow Griffith, both experienced artists and cultural managers from the U.S.A. Fountainhead® engages people from various national, cultural, ethnic, socio-economic, religious backgrounds, and sexual identities, and works in a variety of artistic and cultural disciplines, with the goal of creating, experiencing and communicating intercultural exchange within its projects and the world community.
Upon founding in 1980, Berlin, Germany, Fountainhead® has presented a variety of international, intercultural and interdisciplinary productions in the areas of dance, theatre, film festivals, television programming, film distribution, publications, seminars, exhibitions, workshops and musical presentations.
Besides the “Footprints in the Sand?” Exhibition, Fountainhead® produces the annually presented Black International Cinema Berlin, which was founded by Fountainhead® in 1986 in Berlin/Germany and since then, has been produced on a regular basis in Berlin/Germany and other European and US-American cities.
Additionally, Fountainhead® produces and directs, upon founding in 1995, the weekly intercultural television magazine program THE COLLEGIUM – Forum & Television Program Berlin, broadcast Thursdays and Saturdays from 9-10 a.m. and Mondays from 1-2 a.m. at Alex – Open Channel Berlin, and furthermore is televised in Magdeburg, Wolfsburg, Dessau and additional cities.
In 1990 Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre established Cultural Zephyr e.V. as a not for profit organization, which administers the cultural and artistic undertakings of Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre.
On October 1, 2014, Prof. Donald Muldrow Griffith has been awarded the Integration Prize 2014 of the Berlin district Tempelhof-Schöneberg. The award ceremony was presented in the Golden Hall of Rathaus Schöneberg.
The Integration Prize aims at honoring special contributions by citizens or institutions of the district, who are contributing in an outstanding manner towards the integration of people with various national, cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds residing in Tempelhof-Schöneberg, Berlin/Germany.
Prof. Dr. Amanda Klekowski von Koppenfels appreciates the work of Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre in her book “Migration, Diasporas, Citizenship: Migrants or Expatriates? Americans in Europe” as well as in her essay “Migrants or Expatriates? Challenging Terms”, which has been published in the festival brochure of the XXIX. 2014 Black International Cinema Berlin / “Footprints in the Sand?” Exhibition 2014: “… Many of the broad assumptions about […] migrant groups are based on what is visible or noticeable. But how representative are these noticeable practices? Can they really be said to characterize the entire migrant group? Maybe they can – but my research suggests that we should take a second look at the broad assumptions we – as a general society – make about populations. The work that Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre is engaged in seeks to achieve precisely this sort of second look, questioning and challenging stereotypes. Such work is very valuable.”