#CdnCult Times; Volume 5, Edition 5

#CdnCult Times; Volume 5, Edition 5


This edition consider art, artists, and change.

When I became Executive Director of STAF I insisted on having a double title that included “Transformation Designer”. I wanted it to be super-clear change was coming and that it was my job to make sure about that. Over the past ten months I have worked with artists and arts workers within the organization and the broader community to make a lot of changes with the aim of strengthening independent theatre. The positive nature of this experience has reinforced what I have known for a while:

When we set our minds to it, artists are really good at making shit happen.

Each of these artists explores a different type of change: Raoul Bhaneja investigates whether theatre artists can make change for one Syrian family, Nadia Ross reflects on her journey to bring about change within herself, and Darrah Teitel on bringing about the change in arts activism Wajdi Mouawad called for seven years ago.

Change is in the air, if we want it.

Michael Wheeler
Editor -in-Chief: #CdnCult




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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.