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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.