PuSh International Performing Arts Festival & caravan: new english performance, with live captioning courtesy HowlRound TV, present the 2017 PuSh Festival Keynote Address: Jess Thom livestreamed by Playwrights Theatre Centre on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Wednesday, February 1 at 1:30 p.m. PST (Vancouver) / 3:30 p.m. CST (Chicago) / 4:30 p.m. EST (New York).

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The 2017 PuSh Festival Keynote Address features the English writer, performer and artist Jess Thom (Backstage in Biscuit Land). Thom has Tourette syndrome and co-founded Touretteshero as a creative response to her experience of living with the condition. Thom debuted at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and in the guise of her superhero alter ego has performed at such festivals as Glastonbury and Shambala. Thom collaborates with communities to create accessible works that explore wide-ranging experiences. Thom’s keynote addresses the state of inclusion in theatre. Says Thom, “I used to think that changing attitudes was a long drawn-out process. Touretteshero’s taught me that it can often be very quick and it often starts with a single conversation.

The keynote is preceded by a toast to caravan: new english performance and their efforts in international dissemination and partnership, as exemplified by the 2017 PuSh/caravan collaboration.

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