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Who Are We Now? Theatre Alberta Essay Series – Lauren Hawkeye

I was directing Five Women Wearing the Same Dress by Alan Ball for Canmore’s Pine Tree Players when the second round of COVID restrictions hit Alberta. Even though there were bigger-picture things to get worked up about, I was upset.

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Who Are We Now? Theatre Alberta Essay Series – Amena Shehab

We are children of the wind, we are children of the water, the fire, and the light. These are the things that make us who we are. Our voices sing the memories. The sound of mahbash – coffee ground by a father’s hand and the smell of khubz – bread kneaded with a mother’s heart.

Sofia Huarte Aguilar

Who Are We Now? Theatre Alberta Essay Series – Sofia Aguilar

The following essay was brought to our attention by University of Calgary School of Performing Arts Sessional Instructor Léda Davies. We’re thrilled to get this insight into what post-secondary theatre students are thinking about, researching, and writing about right now. Thank you Sofia Huarte Aguilar for sharing this excellent essay!

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Who Are We Now? Essays From a New World – Chris Dodd

MOVING TO A BIGGER STAGE – Chris Dodd Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This one is no different. It is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next. We can choose to walk through it, dragging the carcasses

White Human With Curly Hair and Glasses Smiles and Looks Into Camera

Who Are We Now? Essays From a New World – Kathryn Smith

WHAT I WOULD LEAVE AND WHAT I WOULD KEEP I’m a designer during a pandemic. I’ve been trying to write an essay about the experience of designers, technicians, and production staff during COVID, but admittedly (and unsurprisingly) it’s not easy. There is no succinct phrase or line of dialogue to

Lebanese Man With Goatee Smiles and Looks Into The Camera

Who Are We Now? Essays From a New World – Luay Eljamal

LOOKING TO THE PAST TO SEE THE FUTURE: A LEBANESE-CANADIAN MANIFESTO – Luay Eljamal The following essay pulls from research I conducted in 2016 for a paper entitled “The Manipulation of Collective Memory Through Art in Post-Civil War Lebanon”, which can be read in its entirety here. When I first


News (Fort McMurray): Theatre; Just Because Announces New Artistic Director

Theatre; Just Because, Fort McMurray’s independent theatre company, has appointed Bailey Yarkie as Artistic Director. Yarkie will be taking over for Hanna Fridhed, who has been in the role since 2019. Theatre; Just Because has been operating in Fort McMurray for seven years. Throughout this time the company has run

White Woman With Red Hair Smiles and Looks Into The Camera

Who Are We Now? Essays From A New World – Suzanne Hermary

FORGING A NEW PATH – Suzanne Hermary The thoughts herein are my own and do not necessarily reflect the views of the organizations with whom I work. I’m fairly new to the Board of the group I work with, so most observations are coming from the perspective of a community

Black Woman Wearing Red Smiles and Looks into the Camera

Who Are We Now? Essays from a New World – Lebogang Disele

WHO ARE WE NOW, AND WHERE ARE WE GOING – Lebogang Disele Pandemic Round 1: NextFest goes online. I submit my performance in the form of a video excerpt. Pandemic Round 2: Antidote to Violence as Care, a collaborative project led by Brandon Wint, shifts from a live performance to

Woman With Dark Hair and Glasses Looks Up and Poses For the Camera

Who Are We Now? Essays From a New World – Sue Goberdhan

FACING FORWARD, LOOKING BACK A Letter To (and From) Sue Goberdhan, for you Well Homeslice, we made it. 28. Holy shit. Almost don’t have the audacity to believe it, but we’re here. When you really stop and think about it, it’s kind of a miracle, isn’t it? Our dumb ass

Metis Woman With Long Dark Hair Glasses Beadwork Necklace and Jean Jacket Smiles and Looks Into The Camera

Who Are We Now? Essays from a New World – Jacquelyn Cardinal

FROM THE DESK OF AN APOCALYPSE DOULA – Jacquelyn Cardinal One of the clearest varieties of memory I have of my childhood were the nights when Hunter, my younger brother, and I were treated to myth-sharing by our Dad. Rather than reading the usual storybook chosen from our shared collection,

Lebanese Man With Glasses and Short Brown Hair Looks Down and To His Left

Who Are We Now? Essays from a New World – Makram Ayache

THE BEST MAN FOR THE JOB – Makram Ayache When a friend of mine shared the news of the new Alberta Artist in Residence on social media, they were understandably leery of the decision. The current government hasn’t exactly been discreet about some faith-based motivations underlying their legislative decision making. 

Editorial: For The Love of Community Theatre

  By Lynda Adams | October 8, 2019 I was recently posed with the question:  What is the importance of community theatre in the theatre ecosystem?  I didn’t think I had enough experience to formulate an opinion and isn’t ecosystem a scientific concept?  Science was never one of my strengths. 

News (Bragg Creek): Swamp Donkey Theatre Society Finding Its Feet

    Scott Strasser | Rocky View Weekly | January 15, 2019   A new musical theatre company in Bragg Creek is offering locals the chance to learn the ins and outs of performing onstage.   Swamp Donkey Musical Theatre Society (SDMTS) formed last summer as the brainchild of Trisha

News (Edmonton): Arts and Culture Survey Shows Steady Growth

  (EDMONTON) Edmonton’s arts and culture communities continued to show steady growth over the past decade, according to a new economic impact assessment commissioned by the Professional Arts Coalition of Edmonton (PACE). The new study was conducted by the Edmonton firm of Nichols Applied Management, Inc., with funding from the

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