#CdnCult Times; Volume 4, Edition 8

#CdnCult Times; Volume 4, Edition 8


SpiderWebShow AD Sarah Stanley was a lot more involved in this issue because we talked a lot about it, tweeted about it, and sent a lot of links and update to one another about it. And we both sent a lot of emails in an effort to find opposing opinions to the ones that are held in this edition. At the end of the day we realized that the other side always finds a way to be heard and that the right side often doesn’t. So we curated an issue that spoke to the side of the issue that seemed to us to be both in the right and under-heard.

And besides we are not reporters. We are theatre makers who are interested in how theatre gets made. This is an important issue because traditions and conventions are there for a reason.  But conventions need to be questioned and ultimately rejected if they stop contributing to good theatre, and in this instance of blackface, this “tradition”, this convention, no longer works.

Michael Wheeler, Editor-in-Chief: #CdnCult Times
Sarah Garton Stanley, Artistic Director: SpiderWebShow



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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.