#CdnCult Times; Volume 6, Edition 2: HALIFAX

#CdnCult Times; Volume 6, Edition 2: HALIFAX

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In the spirit of an online magazine that aspires to be National in scope and participation, this edition reaches east to consider the artists and theatre in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Unsurprisingly, each of these articles responds in a different way to the economic reality of being a theatre-maker in Halifax. As Karen Gross notes in her article, there are exactly five theatre companies on operating funding in the city. Many are willing to do lots with little.

Dustin Harvey considers a more entrepreneurial approach to the arts and the promise and pitfalls this holds. Gordon White explores how he ended up in Halifax, and why he has chosen to stay, despite declining economic impetus. Karen Gross expands on the opportunities and challenges particular to audience outreach.

Welcome to SpiderWebShow and #CdnCult Halifax. We have resisted marine references thus far, but happy to have you aboard.

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About the Authors

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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.
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I am a theatre artist who creates work outside of theatres. My works include LANDLINE with Dustin Harvey, Me On The Map with Jan Derbyshire, and an experimental (to me) new play to be performed inside a theatre – thanks to PTC’s Associates program. Formerly Artistic Producer of Neworld Theatre, I’m settling into my new role as Associate Artist.