#CdnCult Times; Volume 3, Edition 3

#CdnCult Times; Volume 3, Edition 3

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In the downtown Toronto riding of Trinity-Spadina, where many of the city’s theatres are located, elections are underway at all three levels of government. How are our theatrical institutions connected to our democratic ones?

In this edition, Fannina Waubert de Puiseau expands on some of her recent writing on Canadian theatre, connecting the democratic and capitalist forces that contextualize theatre. Jacob Zimmer also elaborates on a theme he has explored before – populism and what it means in art and politics. Meanwhile, monologuist Mike Daisey is in town to perform a show about Toronto Mayor Rob Ford – I wrote about his influence on my work, and then we did a Twitter AMA.

Democracy and theatre: Both perhaps performed best when they are of the people, for the people, by the people.

Michael Wheeler
Editor-in-Chief: #CdnCult Times

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Michael is Artistic Director of SpiderWebShow, which he co-created with Creative Catalyst Sarah Garton Stanley. He was previously Executive Director and Transformation Designer of Generator, where he led the transition from a fee-for-service model named STAF, to the current capacity-building model it operates on.
Since 2003, he has run Toronto-based Praxis Theatre, with which he has directed 14 plays and curated several festivals while writing for and running performance-based websites. He teaches regularly at The National Theatre School and Queen’s University, where SpiderWebShow is currently in residence.