#CdnCult Times; Volume 4, Edition 4

#CdnCult Times; Volume 4, Edition 4


Thatcher famously remarked, “There is no such thing as society”.

Welcome to an edition of #CdnCult Times that evolved into something entirely different than originally intended.

These pieces came together under the rough rubric of looking at canadian performance culture’s past (Michael Healey), present (Sarah Garton Stanley) and future (Howard Jang). Reading them consecutively, it’s hard not to be struck by a deeper connection these articles have:

Each author is addressing The Commons and the role performance has as a creating an activated public space. Stanley’s assertion we have entered a new age of ‘Citizen Story Theatre’ connects to Healey’s analysis of how our increased hostility occurred as our understanding of culture as a public good has waned, which is addressed in part by Jang’s proposal to use Cathedral Thinking to reach community-driven outcomes.

To me, this indicates whatever era is being considered, the role theatre plays creating a commons for society to participate in is a central concern.



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About the Author

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.