Stories, Stories, Stories: Representation is Harm Reduction

Stories, Stories, Stories: Representation is Harm Reduction


Welcome to the first Thought Residency of 2022: Stories, Stories, Stories: Representation is Harm Reduction with thoughts from Rachel Mutombo, Makambe K. Simambe, Yolanda Bonnell and facilitated by Alex Cameron.


Rachel Mutombo is an award-winning actor and writer. She is an acting graduate of John Abbott College’s Professional Theatre program as well as the National Theatre School of Canada. As a freelance writer, Rachel has had essays and articles published by CBC, Intermission Magazine and ByBlacks. Her first stage play, Vierge, was awarded the first place prize in Infinitheatre’s annual playwriting competition. Vierge is set to have its world premiere at Factory Theatre in Toronto in April 2023.

Makambe K. Simamba is a Zambian, a multidisciplinary theatre creator, and a truth enthusiast. She is a published national award winning playwright who continues to tour her solo show “Our Fathers, Sons, Lovers and Little Brothers” across Canada.  Makambe’s intention as an artist to be of service to her community through her ability to connect and tell stories.

Yolanda Bonnell (She/They) is a Bi/Queer 2 Spirit Anishinaabe-Ojibwe, South Asian mixed storyteller from Fort William First Nation. Her play bug was nominated for four Dora awards, while the published version was shortlisted for a Governor General Literary Award. Yolanda won the PGC Tom Hendry Drama Award for her play, My Sister’s Rage proudly bases her practice in land-based creation, drawing on energy and inspiration from the earth and her ancestors.



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About the Author

With firm footing in performing arts practice and community building, I'm curious and passionate about change, systems, and participation. I'm a producer and an artist. I value collaboration, efficiency, and resourcefulness. Currently Artistic Director of Kingston-based SpiderWebShow Performance, which includes co-curating and producing the Festival of Live Digital Art (FOLDA). During eight years as Artistic Producer of Neworld Theatre, I collaborated with colleagues to found PL 1422, a shared rehearsal and administration hub in East Vancouver, as well as shepherding the creation and production of over 80 live events – including a series of 11 "podplays" audio plays before podplays were cool. In 2015, I was the inaugural artist in residence on CBC Radio’s q based on my digital project The Apology Generator. My formal training is in arts creation and producing, and I have practical experience managing production projects, festivals, and special events. I'm functionally bilingual in English and French. I'm a parent, a gardener, a cook and have recently started running.