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Have you heard that theatre is going through a major reckoning?

‘Letter to Audiences’ is a conversation brought to you by artists Natércia Napoleão and April MacDonald Killins about equity in theatre. Information shared is local to Amiskwaciwâskahikan (Edmonton) and discusses how arts patrons have agency and power to profoundly shift the theatre industry.

Podcast is approximately 40 minutes in length.

This podcast is now live on Spotify!

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Letter to Audiences

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.

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.

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
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.

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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Public Event Research Stories To Action: 2020

Citadel Exchange

Tomorrow, I’ll be sharing a special report into my findings on anti-fat bias in the theatre. My work examining these new findings was commissioned by the Citadel Theatre and the full report can be viewed here.

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Public Event Research Stories To Action: 2020

Stories to Action Podcast

Art by Matthew Cardinal (IG: @attillo_fs)

Stories to Action: Co-creating Inclusive Pathways to Professional Theatre Salon
A Livestream Event that took place over Zoom on March 26, 2021 at 5:30pm MST

This podcast was recorded during our live salon that took place as part of Azimuth Theatre’s Chinook Series, 2021. The salon was billed as an opportunity to further explore research conducted by April M. Killins, exploring equitable access to professional theatre in Edmonton.

The conversation starts with a presentation of research findings and ties into a panel discussion led by Barry Bilinsky, with theatre professionals whose experience speaks to the findings in April’s report.

Accessibility: The live event included ASL interpretation and the resulting podcast is closed captioned.

THE PANEL:
April MacDonald Killins
Barry Bilinsky
Carly Neis
Chris Dodd
Natércia Napoleão
NIUBOI
Sue Goberdhan

The recorded podcast can be watched below, or by following this link.