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,
TURNING TOWARDS – Jenna Shummoogum As I look around at what appears to be the second wave, the highest numbers of COVID cases in Alberta ever, new restrictions looming and medical doctors sounding the alarm, all I can see is grief. I’m pretty familiar with the messiness of
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.
21 QUESTIONS FOR THE WHITE MAN IN PONOKA – Makambe K Simamba It was the summer, and I’d found myself at the County Fair of Ponoka of all places. I was there by circumstance, not choice. I’m a theatre artist, so between gigs, I do wacky jobs to help make
COVID-19 AT 17 – Nalyn Tindall When schools across the country were put on hold last March, I had no idea that this is what life would become. I did not picture entering my high school classroom masked each morning, coating my hands in sanitizer after each doorway I step
THE NUMBERS DON’T LIE – Daryl Cloran The numbers don’t lie. At the Citadel Theatre we spent the summer collecting data on the composition of our artists, staff and board from over the past 10+ years. Executive Director Chantell Ghosh and I have worked closely with our incredible Associate
Our next essay comes to us courtesy Inside Out Theatre’s Point of View Ensemble with contributions from Meighan Wong, Jennifer Stewart, Mike Keir, and Damon Lawson, and support from Jeremy Park and Michelle Brandenburg. SCATTERED BUT STILL THERE – The Point of View Ensemble | September 2, 2020 In Mid-march,
ONE YEAR AGO – Tai Amy Grauman Exactly one year ago I was in Paris, getting on a train that was Edinburgh bound. Funny how time works isn’t it? Around this time is also when I decided it was time to move home. For those of you
COVID has undoubtedly marked our work indelibly, both in terms of practice and philosophy. This new, short-term initiative from Theatre Alberta brings you editorial perspectives from within this change written by a variety of artists from our province. We hope you’ll find them useful in your own processing of this
2020: YEAR OF THE ICONOCLAST – Natércia Napoleão In February of this year, I flew to Vancouver to attend Coyuntura 2020, an international theatre gathering where Latinx theatre artists from all over the world discussed a variety of topics and took workshops led by some of our most innovative leaders. On the first evening of the weekend
TAKE A SHOT ON US – Mac Brock If I may be so bold: shit is pretty fucked right now. (I would offer that we both take a shot every time something like that is mentioned throughout this, but we might both be dead by then. You do you, though!)
OVATIONS OF A COVID KIND – Helen Knight | June 10, 2020 I read once that clapping is like a high five you give yourself for someone else’s accomplishment. And although this cynicism gives me a chuckle, in these physically distant times, a self high-five is perhaps our safest bet.
NORMAL ISN’T WORKING – Cheryl Foggo
Before I wrote John Ware Reimagined as a play, it was a presentation/staged reading that toured around small communities with connections to the Ware family in southern Alberta.