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Shifting Institutions, Shifting Audiences
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Shifting Institutions, Shifting Audiences

Brendan Healy and May Antaki in Conversation

by May Antaki, Brendan Healy
17 October 2018
A User’s Guide to Leadership Transition in the North American Theatre
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A User’s Guide to Leadership Transition in the North American Theatre

by David Dower
14 October 2018
This Sentence
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This Sentence

How Do We Comprehend the Effects of Climate Change?

by Kendra Fanconi
17 September 2018
actors hugging onstage
Shifting Institutions, Shifting Audiences
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Shifting Institutions, Shifting Audiences

Brendan Healy and May Antaki in Conversation

17 October 2018

May Antaki speaks with Brendan Healy, the new artistic director of Toronto’s Canadian Stage, about leadership changeovers happening across Canada, how his approach to being an AD has shifted over the years, his desire to cultivate curiosity inside audiences, and more.

David Dower and David Howse stand next to each other.
A User’s Guide to Leadership Transition in the North American Theatre
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A User’s Guide to Leadership Transition in the North American Theatre

14 October 2018

David Dower, artistic director of ArtsEmerson, introduces the leadership series with thoughts and advice from his past experiences with major leadership transitions over his thirty-year career. 

This Sentence
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This Sentence

How Do We Comprehend the Effects of Climate Change?

17 September 2018

Kendra Fanconi explains why it might take us eighty-eight minutes to digest one simple sentence about climate change.

Decolonizing Theatre
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Decolonizing Theatre

an Introduction

27 May 2018

Annalisa Dias and Madeline Sayet introduce the Decolonizing Theatre series by exploring the ways the American theatre has been and still is complicit in the legacy of colonialism.

Chantal Bilodeau on “Breaking Up with Aristotle” and Finding New Ways to Tell Stories Onstage
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Chantal Bilodeau on “Breaking Up with Aristotle” and Finding New Ways to Tell Stories Onstage

7 May 2018

Playwright Chantal Bilodeau joins us to discuss her essay "Why I'm Breaking Up with Aristotle," and how we need to explore new forms of storytelling in order to create theatre that engages with issues like climate change.

Gender Parity in Canadian Theatre
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Gender Parity in Canadian Theatre

15 April 2018

Elana Gartner, founding co-chair of the International Centre for Women Playwrights 50/50 Applause Award, interviews Rebecca Burton, co-founder of Equity in Theatre at the Playwrights Guild of Canada, about gender parity for women playwrights in Canada.

#52PlaysbyWomen
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#52PlaysbyWomen

An Advocacy Action Introspection

19 December 2017

Laura Shamas reports on the successes and challenges of launching the year-long social media campaign #52PlaysbyWomen.

The Breathing Hole and Inuit Cultural Dramaturgy
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The Breathing Hole and Inuit Cultural Dramaturgy

22 September 2017

Canadian playwright Colleen Murphy writes about the importance of including Indigenous characters in plays and Indigenous artists in the process of making them.

Shooting Shakespeare
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Shooting Shakespeare

The Art of Taking Plays from the Stratford Stage to a Theatre Near You

21 July 2017

Lou Harry interviews Antoni Cimolino and Barry Avrich of The Stratford Festival to discuss the process of recording productions of each of Shakespeare's plays.

Introducing the World Theatre Map Ambassadors
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Introducing the World Theatre Map Ambassadors

14 July 2017

The World Theatre Map beta project has engaged its first cohort of twenty-eight World Theatre Map Ambassadors from twenty-four countries to direct community organizing, outreach, and feedback gathering.

Bloom Where You Grow
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Bloom Where You Grow

Interview with Claudia Nolan, American Dramaturg

16 June 2017

In this second installment, Maggie Sulc interviews dramaturg Claudia Nolan about her experience with new play development in the Northeast region of the United States.

Les Productions Ondinnok
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Les Productions Ondinnok

On the Experience of Making Indigenous Theatre in Quebec, Canada / Les Productions Ondinnok: Sobre la Experiencia de Hacer Teatro Indígena en Quebec en Canadá

11 June 2017

In this installment, Choreographer Carlos Rivera talks about indigenous theatre in Quebec, highlighting the work of Yves Sioui Durand and Catherine Juntas of Les Productions Ondinnok.

A Call for Inclusivity in Quebecois Theatre / Plaidoyer pour une Scène Québécoise Inclusive
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A Call for Inclusivity in Quebecois Theatre / Plaidoyer pour une Scène Québécoise Inclusive

10 June 2017

In this installment, actress Isabel dos Santos discusses traditional Quebec theatre and the lack of immigrant artists, and looks at theatres and organizations advocating for more representation and inclusion practices.

The Third Language in Montreal’s Theatres
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The Third Language in Montreal’s Theatres

9 June 2017

Zach Fraser reveals the puppet theatre community of Montreal.

Montreal and the Poetic Self
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Montreal and the Poetic Self

9 June 2017

Playwright and poet Jonathan Garfinkel on what draws him to Montreal.

The F Word
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The F Word

Notes From a Novice About What (I Think) it Means to be a Feminist Creator in Montreal

7 June 2017

Erin Lindsay writes about being an early career theatre artist in Montreal, and shares quotes from inspirational women in the field.

Beyond Limitations
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Beyond Limitations

Montreal’s Resilient English Theatre Scene

6 June 2017

In this installment, Aki Matsushita discusses Montreal’s English theatre scene, touching on various companies, organizations, and opportunities for theatre artists. 

The View from My Balcony
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The View from My Balcony

5 June 2017

Arianna Bardesono launches the Montreal City Series with a look at the two theatre cultures of Montreal.

Come From Away
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Come From Away

Resenting the Decency in This 9/11 Musical

6 April 2017

 Jonathan Mandell considers his own and other reactions to the Broadway musical Come From Away, which have as much to do with what's happening in the world as on stage.

Rumble Theatre's Living Room
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Rumble Theatre's Living Room

Engaging Emerging Artists with Open Discourse and Cheap Beer

17 March 2017

Actor Elizabeth Willow writes about how Rumble Theatre’s Living Room program has helped her find community and inspiration among other artists in Vancouver, Canada.

Letters from Canadians to Americans
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Letters from Canadians to Americans

Aislinn Rose

28 February 2017

In the final installment of this series—a collaboration with SpiderWebShow—Aislinn Rose describes her experience and revelations at the Women's March in Washington, DC.

Letters from Canadians to Americans
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Letters from Canadians to Americans

Majdi Bou-Matar

21 February 2017

In the second installment of this series—a collaboration with SpiderWebShow—Majdi Bou-Matar writes about the power and relevance of a Canadian production featuring the work of two Syrian immigrant artists.

Letters from Canadians to Americans
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Letters from Canadians to Americans

Yvette Nolan

14 February 2017

In the first installment of this new series, a collaboration with Canada’s SpiderWebShow, Yvette Nolan ponders the porous boundary between the United States and Canada, and the importance of theatrical communication in difficult political times.

Address to LEAP Playwriting Program (Learning Early About Playwriting) at Vancouver’s Arts Club Theatre November 14, 2016
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Address to LEAP Playwriting Program (Learning Early About Playwriting) at Vancouver’s Arts Club Theatre November 14, 2016

11 February 2017

Elaine Ávila's address to the LEAP Playwriting Program at Vancouver’s Arts Club Theatre on November 14, 2016.

An American Playwright in Canada
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An American Playwright in Canada

31 October 2016

In this first installment, Playwright Maggie Sulc shares her experience working and living in Canada, reflecting on successes and challenges.