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The Future is Here: Artistic Leadership for Ethnically Diverse Women and Non-Binary People of Colour

Workshops by Request: Rocky Mountain Series
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January 24-26, 2020

This workshop is presented in partnership with Concrete Theatre

Registration Details

Registration Deadline: January 8, 2020
Deadline to Apply for Financial Assistance: January 3, 2020
(See below for more information on financial assistance)
Arrival Date: January 23 or 24, 2020*
Departure Date: January 26 or 27, 2020*
Tuition: $340 (participants residing outside of Alberta must add $100 to the tuition fee)
Banff Centre Registration Fee: $35
Accommodation on the Banff Centre Campus:
private rooms $65/night; shared rooms $35/night
Meals: $41/person/day

Total: ranges from $575 to $800 depending on arrival and departure dates and choice of accommodations

*Workshop will start at approximately 9:00am Friday, January 24, 2020, and end no later than 5:00pm on Sunday, January 26, 2020. There will be an optional meet and greet on Thursday, January 23, 2020, in the evening.

Program Overview

Diversification of leadership in Canada’s theatres is a critical next step in the evolution of a healthy and representative community. Join us for discussions and collegial sharing about how we can build our skills, set up supports within current systems, and work with others to create a more equitable playing field.

Currently, self-identified culturally diverse women and non-binary people of colour hold only 3.7% of the artistic theatre leadership positions in Canada. The 3.7% Initiative aims to change that, one community at a time. Concrete Theatre leads Edmonton’s chapter of the 3.7% Initiative which was originally created in Vancouver by Sherry J. Yoon and Boca del Lupo Theatre.

Instructor Nike Jonah will use the “Creative Case” to facilitate this workshop, a unique approach that looks at the dynamics between artistic practice and diversity and equality. The Creative Case is based on the observation that diversity in its widest sense is an intrinsic element in the creative act.

Participants in this workshop will be able to demonstrate a deep understanding of diversity, its relationship to inequality, and how this plays out in the arts and culture sector.


Black Woman Wearing Green Looks Straight On Into The CameraNike Jonah led the highly acclaimed Arts Council of England’s Decibel Programme between 2008-2012. The Decibel Programme was designed to support and increase the profile of African, Asian, and Caribbean artists in England. Over the last five years, she has led discussions and workshops on the Creative Case for Diversity and Equality in Arts across the globe. Nike is currently a Research Fellow at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama exploring diversity in education through the Creative Case approach.

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