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Theatre Article Round-up

With World Day of Theatre for Children and Young People just passed and World Theatre Day coming up on Monday, we wanted to take a step back and look at some of the topics bubbling up in our community.

Below are some ideas that we found particularly interesting. We hope you do too!

Click on the title link to check out each article/idea.

Belle Soeurs: The Musical – Based on the play Les Belles-Soeurs by Michel Tremblay. Book & Lyrics by René Richard Cyr. Music by Daniel Bélanger. English Book adapted by Brian Hill. English Lyrics, Musical Adaptation, and Additional Music by Neil Bartram. Orchestrations by Chris Barillaro. | Featured: Ensemble. | A Copa de Oro Productions Ltd. (Montréal) and the Segal Centre for Performing Arts (Montréal) production, presented at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa April 27 – May 14, 2016 | Director: René Richard Cyr | Musical Director: Chris Barillaro | Choreographer: Linda Garneau | Costume Designer: Mérédith Caron | Set Designer: Jen Bard | Lighting Designer: Martin Labrecque | Photo by Andree Lanthier.

World Theatre Map

The World Theatre Map is a user-generated directory and real time map of the global theatre community. HowlRound developed and launched The World Theatre Map in collaboration with the Global Theater Initiative, a partnership between Theatre Communications Group and the Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics


Why doesn’t (does) (doesn’t) (does) Canada Have a National Theatre?

Jillian Keiley responds to an assertion by the Globe and Mail’s Kate Taylor that Canada doesn’t actually have a National Theatre. Keiley compares and contrasts the NAC’s place in the Canadian theatre landscape to that of Scotland’s National Theatre, and communicates that the strength of the Canadian voice is the multiplicity of it.


Is Your Theatre Only “Diverse and Inclusive” Twice a Year?

Malesha Taylor recounts what she learned from a ten-week, remote outreach position with a regional theatre company, and argues that focusing only on the economic argument for diversity leaves out a valuable piece of the puzzle.


Letters from Canadians to Americans and Letters from Americans to Canadians

In an effort to promote cross-border conversation, Howlround and CDN Times have partnered to have Canadian and American artists write letters to each other. “Artists from both countries share warnings, worries, strategies of resistance, generosity, and advocacy – messages of solidarity.”


Inclusion and Equity at Banff Centre’s Playwrights Colony

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Brian Quirt outlines the Banff Centre Playwrights Colony’s commitment to inclusion & equity in recent years, and notes signs of the impact it is already having on the development of Canadian theatre.


Canada finally has a performance series dedicated to the work of deaf artists

An article on the SOUND OFF performance series in Edmonton’s Chinook Series, created by playwright and actor Chris Dodd. Dodd appeared in Cahoots Theatre’s Ultrasound by Adam Pottle in 2016.


‘Sensory friendly performances’ relax rules to welcome people with autism

An article from Kelly Nestruck on relaxed performances, highlighting Theatre Passe Muraille’s relaxed performance of Elle. The article says Theatre Passe Murialle’s offering of adult fare rather than TYA in this format is unusual and that there is room for more of it. The article also traces the concept of relaxed performances back to its origins in 2009 at a UK company, then its spread to the US, and now to Canada.

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