#CdnCult Times; Volume 5, Edition 2

#CdnCult Times; Volume 5, Edition 2

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As a cultural community we are continually producing reports. These documents contain essential research on an ecology that I believe more of us are taking collective ownership of, but this information doesn’t always trickle down as much as it could.

Recently three documents were released that seemed to be of real importance to live performance in Canada:

This edition strives to break these documents down, interrogate their results, and open them up for discussion by the wider community. To this end, Shakespeare in the Ruff Artistic Director Brendan McMurtry-Howlett reflects on the Equity in Theatre Symposium and Report, PACT Executive Director Sara Meurling looks at what we can (and can’t) learn from available data, and I take on the emerging  discussion surrounding Shared Platforms.

How can we address the gender imbalance in theatre? How much and what kind of theatre is being made? What shape should new producing models take? These are all essential questions to consider for anyone invested in contemporary live performance.

Michael Wheeler
Editor -in-Chief: #CdnCult

 

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About the Author

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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.