Citadel Theatre is very excited to announce the next phase of THE EXCHANGE Industry Series: connecting with local community members to drive the conversations they would like to be having about theatre in Edmonton. We are pleased to welcome Carly Neis and Cynthia Jimenez-Hicks as our first community collaborators on this series, and we thank them for their commitment to this project!
On Sunday, January 26, Citadel Theatre invites our industry colleagues to join us for a conversation on accessibility in theatre for artists who navigate disability and ableism in their journey to have their voice heard on stage.
The evening will include a community conversation with four theatre practitioners, each of whom will share their own journey with disability and how they advocate for themselves and others in artistic processes or creative spaces: Kristi Hansen (actor and producer), Christopher Imbrosciano (advocate and actor in Citadel Theatre’s Cost of Living), Carly Neis (actor and playwright), and Teal Sherer (writer, advocate, and actor in Citadel Theatre’s Cost of Living).
Topics may include real and perceived ableism, representation on stage (selecting or creating productions, creative team curation, casting), proactive measures producers and creators can take to ensure accessibility for artists (short term for specific projects, and long term for equity in all projects), acceptable language and “labels,” and accessible spaces and policies for audience members. At the end of the evening, we will open up the conversation to the audience for continued group dialogue and discussion.
Citadel Theatre acknowledges that staff members organizing this event do not have lived experience with disability, and are working with a group of artists with lived experience to plan this event. Our organizing group acknowledges that we may have differing experiences, views and vocabularies for the above topics, and are committed to a safe, respectful dialogue in a spirit of generosity.