February 4, 2021
Call for Submissions: Colouring Book Illustrator
Green Thumb Theatre is seeking a BC-based illustrator to design a colouring book for children ages 5 to 10. Illustrations will be based on Dave Deveau’s award-winning play, CELESTIAL BEING.
Celeste is an Autistic* 9-year-old with a big imagination and a deep love for outer space. After experiencing bullying at school, Celeste is made to feel like she’ll never fit in on Earth. Searching for a place where she can belong, Celeste starts building a rocket ship out of objects from around her house so that she can blast off to “Celestia”, a planet where everyone sees the world the way she does. When Celeste meets Martin, a new boy at school who loves space just as much as she does, her adventure takes a new turn. CELESTIAL BEING explores the different pathways to friendship, and the importance of welcoming a wide range human experiences.
*Green Thumb Theatre recognizes that there is debate within Autism advocacy circles regarding the use of “Autistic individual” vs. “individual with Autism”. In this matter we have deferred to Autistic advocates such as Lydia Brown who articulates a preference for “Autistic individual” in recognition that Autism is an integral part of their identity, not something about them that needs to be changed (https://autisticadvocacy.org/about-asan/identity-first-language/). We realize this is a deeply personal issue for Autistic individuals and their families and welcome feedback from anyone who is moved to share.