The Spice of Omnivore.

WWAS-photo My calendar is prompting this post.

It’s the kind of variety that is the gift of Toronto and this current moment in history and that gift is important to appreciate.[1]

Watching / Attending

Last Tuesday to next Tuesday:


This week: office work, taxes, research, pitching and prep for 4 different Small Wooden Shoe projects:

Next week:

This isn't to brag, complain or fall into the busy trap. It's to say that I like when I remember to take advantage of the possibilities. I also like my garden and kittens.

Garden1 Kittens-13-05-23

  1. It’s also unsustainable time-wise and financially - only possible because I am exchanging labour (box office, documentation, reflective writing) for tickets in every case and being supported as a teacher and consultant. The balance of finding what works and what can sustain. But these are ok problems, cause there’s some great art and great people there.  ↩
  2. I almost went for a Nova Scotia “b’y” joke but decided to pass.  ↩

Brendan Healy and Buddies in Bad Times.

brendan8x10-3A huge congratulations to both Brendan Healy and Buddies in Bad Times.

The announcement of Brendans' appointment as Artistic Director of Buddies, is I think a very important thing. It marks a generational shift while maintaining the commitment to rigorous contemporary queer (both definitions) leadership from Buddies.

Of course, I'm horribly biased - I think Brendan is terrific - thoughtful, engaged and curious. He's a friend. I've worked with him before and I hope to work with him again. I've also worked at Buddies before and hope to work there again. So I can't remove any of that from my excitement, nor should I. Buddies and Brendan are two of things that I love about theatre in Toronto, and to have them together is great.

Part of  change though, is the ongoing need for support from the community and the public. This, I imagine, can take many forms - buying a pass, volunteering, donating and advocating for the importance of a strong queer voice in theatre and performance in Toronto and Canada are all important. Beginnings can be hard, and as excited as I am for Brendan and Buddies, I'm sure there is a daunting learning curve and amount of work to get done.

Let's take our excitement of today and make sure we remember and contribute to the work tomorrow.

Other unconference like things

cross-posted with Dancemakers

As we are very close to posting the notes from the Unconference, I came across this: It's the discussion board for Devoted and Disgruntled, an on-going Open Space program done by Improbable Theatre in the UK (Phelim McDermott facilitated a very good Open Sapce a couple years back at PuSH

We are already planning next years Unconference

(not anything official, but maybe think of keeping April 24th, 2010 clear)

and I'm also wondering about a regular event like Devoted and Disgruntled.

Is there any interest?

2009 World Theatre Day Message – Boal

Late in the game, but this part of Boal's text is especially interesting to me at the moment.

One of the main functions of our art is to make people sensitive to the “spectacles” of daily life in which the actors are their own spectators, performances in which the stage and the stalls coincide. We are all artists. By doing theatre, we learn to see what is obvious but what we usually can’t see because we are only used to looking at it. What is familiar to us becomes unseen: doing theatre throws light on the stage of daily life.

I usually ignore World Theatre Day. The daily practice and my general feelings about self-congratulatory new holidays usually keep me away and a little cynical.

This year we have our final dress rehearsal that day. Should we do something? Do these gesture have meaning? What meaning, that I can support, could I give it? What meaning do you give it?

We are all actors: being a citizen is not living in society, it is changing it.

via The 2009 World Theatre Day International Message « The World Theatre Day Blog.