#CdnCult Times; Volume 4, Edition 9

#CdnCult Times; Volume 4, Edition 9


As with our previous Québec-based BlackFace in 2015 Edition, The Calgary Innovation issue grew out of a desire to continue to work how with a specific community to address an issue. Although we often attempt to curate responses to a topic from across the country, we found value and specificity to geolocating a conversation. After all, all theatre is local.

So instead of an issue on ‘theatrical innovation’, a broad perhaps overused term, we have one on what innovation means to theatre in a specific place. In this case Calgary, and a theatre community in flux as it innovates to accommodate changes in wealth, population and technology.

Each of these articles examines a different facet that falls under the broad umbrella of the innovation mantra. Downstage AD Simon Mallett focuses in on how to innovate to reach new and diverse audiences, the Ghost River design team working at Alberta Theatre Projects on how to innovate approaches to integrating technology, while UK-based ex-Calgarian Joseph Mercier reflects on the strengths and challenges facing an innovating Calgary Theatre.

Michael Wheeler, Editor-in-Chief: #CdnCult Times



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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.