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A Statement from PACT Region 6 (Quebec) on Theatre in Canada

In the past six months, the theatre community in Canada, and particularly in Quebec, have explored conversations on representation in theatre, cultural appropriation, power structures and privilege in art making, and the freedoms and responsibilities of artistic expression.

Alongside the Conseil québécois du théâtre, the members of PACT (Region 6) are committed to being leaders in this conversation.In the spirit of critically challenging our artistic practice, we will continue to:

  • Examine and cultivate an awareness of cultural hegemony, privilege and the power structures that are imbued both in theatre making and participating in theatre as an audience member;
  • Reflect authentically on the richness and diversity of all forms of artistic practice in our community;
  • Acknowledge that the space to create belongs to all those who wish to participate;
  • Listen wholly when the right to feel safe and respected is tested.

Further, it is essential to engage in the conversations and social movements in our cultural ecology when it comes to representation and inclusive practices. We would like to offer the following list as resources for consideration, as a place to begin reflection and action:

A report published by Diversité Artistique Montréal, Towards a Cultural Equity Process

Letter written by Indigenous groups to the artists performing in the opening of Kanata –
Episode 1 – La Controverse (an English translation here )

Outcomes of the Cause or Consequence conversation led by Teesri Duniya Theatre

Le mandat du Comité du Théâtre et diversité culturelle by the Conseil québécois du théâtre
(for a translation, please contact lesley@playwrights.ca)

Signed,
The Members of PACT Region 6:

Member Companies
Black Theatre Workshop, Centaur Theatre Company, Geordie Productions, Hudson Village
Theatre, Imago Theatre, Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal, Repercussion Theatre, Segal
Centre for Performing Arts, Tableau D’Hôte, Teesri Duniya Theatre, Youtheatre

Organizational Colleagues
Quebec Drama Federation, National Theatre School of Canada

Individual Colleague
Dean Fleming

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