#CdnCult Times; Volume 5, Edition 6

#CdnCult Times; Volume 5, Edition 6


Bringing together dramaturgs from across North America in New York City for a late June weekend, LMDA15 was the 30th edition of the conference and the first time I had been to one.

(l-r) Laurel, Simon, Sarah, & Michael all made it to #LMDA15

Over the course of three days, many of the core issues facing live performance including diversity, inclusion, class, generational divides, and technological schisms were all discussed. Other elements of note included the location in a historic building on the campus of Columbia University, a great city at a pretty nice time of year, and marriage equality was legalized on Day 2 of the conference!

The articles in this edition all come straight out of the discussions at #LMDA15. Richard Wolfe has adapted his keynote speech to be read online, David Geary suggested a dramaturgy that acknowledges the Truth and Reconciliation report in the meeting for Canadian dramaturgs, and my contribution muses on how twitter is changing the nature of dramaturgy as I experienced it at the conference.

All in all – a great trip for all of us from SpiderWebShow who made the trip down, emerging more connected to dramaturgy and theatrical issues across North America.

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.