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Letter to Audiences

A project from Natércia Napoleão and April MacDonald Killins

Letter to Audiences is an equity in theatre themed project that consists of a three-part journey with the Found Fest community. This project brings together academic research, lived experience, and action-oriented community engagement in a podcast that audiences will experience for the first time as a roaming auditory experience in Old Strathcona during Found Fest 2021. Our goal is to forge a conversation with amiskwaciwâskahikan (Edmonton) arts patrons, showing where they have agency and power to profoundly shift the theatre industry.

STEP 1: SURVEY
First up, we invite audiences to stop by and participate in our YEG Theatre Patron Perspectives on Equity survey. Click here to participate! Findings will be released at a later date through Common Ground Arts.

STEP 2: PODCAST
Have you heard that theatre is going through a major reckoning in regards to equity? Click here during the Festival July 8-11 to listen to Natércia and April’s pilot episode of a new podcast exploring equity in Edmonton theatre.
Podcast is approximately 40 minutes in length.

A transcript of this podcast will be available soon.

This podcast includes a discussion of marginalization and the experience of historically oppressed groups in the theatre. The conversation is solution-focused and seeks to engage listeners in a found experience of reflection that may lead to action.

STEP 3: CONVERSATION
For this step of the process, you will be asked to join Natércia, April, and a small number of other community members for a solution-focused conversation about equity in theatre. Each slot will be limited to six participants (including Natércia and April) to ensure everyone has space to share, reflect, and ask questions. We encourage artistic leaders and those with proximity to artistic resources to join us for these conversations to check in about lived experiences and ongoing challenges to equity in Edmonton theatre. Book your conversation slot on Saturday, July 10.
This will be a seated, outdoor, distanced conversation at a private location near the Found Grounds in Old Strathcona. We encourage all participants to be masked throughout the event. This location is wheelchair-accessible.

If you require or would benefit from any access supports to engage in the conversation, please contact April at aprilashleykillins@gmail.com.

Click here to learn more about Natércia and April.


OTHER RESOURCES:
https://www.facebook.com/natercia.napoleao
https://transposethestage.ca
https://www.theatrealberta.com/resources/yegaccessibilitygroup/
https://www.weseeyouwat.com
https://chromatictheatre.ca/yyc-theatre-stats/
https://yegtheatrestats.wordpress.com

SPECIAL THANKS:
Special thanks to Common Ground Arts Society for seeing the potential in this project, Eric and the Walterdale Theatre, Chloe Chalmers, Brianne Jang, and BB Photography.

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Get Involved Stories To Action: 2020

Call for Submissions

March 2021 Update: THIS CALL IS NOW CLOSED

VIRTUAL PANEL DISCUSSION

STORIES TO ACTION: CO-CREATING INCLUSIVE PATHWAYS TO PROFESSIONAL THEATRE IN EDMONTON

April MacDonald Killins is seeking panel participants for a virtual salon at the 2021 Expanse Festival, part of the Chinook Series by Azimuth Theatre.

This panel will bring together 4 theatre artists with a variety of lived experiences, to speak candidly about accessing the theatre community in Edmonton. This opportunity is open to any artist with experience facing barriers to inclusion. This is an open call to provide equal opportunity within the community.

COMMITMENT:
Speakers will receive a $150 honourarium.
The salon will take place sometime between March 25 and April 4. We can work around reasonable scheduling needs.
This event will happen on an evening or weekend.
At least one prior conversation will be necessary with April, and perhaps one more with the full panel prior to the event.
The agenda with talking points will be provided to speakers at least two weeks in advance and open to feedback.

SELECTION:
The chosen speakers will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • MUST self-identify with one or more groups that is typically underrepresented in Edmonton’s theatre scene
  • MUST be reasonably comfortable speaking candidly about their experience accessing theatre training and/or opportunities for emerging artists
  • MUST have experience specific to the Edmonton context
  • It is preferred that the panel achieve representation from a variety of communities, such D/deaf and disability arts, Black arts, Indigenous arts, queer and trans perspectives, etc. For this reason, candidates will be selected to complement and enhance the lived experience of the group

HOW TO APPLY:

[Option #1] Fill out the questionnaire at this link: CLICK HERE

[Option #2] Call April at 780-666-0059 to discuss this opportunity over the phone

BACKGROUND:

April has completed a year-long research project studying the accessibility of theatre training programs and opportunities for emerging artists. The discussion in this salon will be framed by her research findings which can be viewed here:

https://www.theatrealberta.com/yegaccessibilitygroup/stories-to-action/

April is seeking these additional speakers to give meaningful voice to her research findings, and honour the experience of individuals while presenting action and solution-focused ways forward.

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Artist Survey

In partnership with the YEG Performing Arts Accessibility Ad Hoc Group, our survey is now live! It will remain open until October 30th at 9:00 pm. 

This survey allows Edmonton’s theatre community to  speak directly to institutions, anonymously. More details are available on Theatre Alberta‘s website and below. You can also contact me with questions.