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May 10, 2019

Call for Stories: Tipi Confessions

Hosted by Toronto Queer Film Fest / Aboriginal Curatorial Collective / OPIRG / FADO Performance Art Centre

Deadline: May 10, 2019

We are looking for Toronto area performers to share their stories.

Tipi Confessions is produced by three Indigenous women: University of Alberta professors Kim TallBear (Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate) and Tracey Bear (Nehiyaw’iskwew from Montreal Lake Cree Nation), and PhD student Kirsten Lindquist (Cree-M├ętis). We are an offshoot of the popular Austin, Texas show, Bedpost Confessions, founded in 2010.

Tipi Confessions is a live storytelling show on sex, sexuality, and gender that features spoken word, personal narrative, erotic fiction, burlesque, live musicians, and short theatre performances. Produced by three Indigenous women (Kim TallBear, Tracy Bear, and Kirsten Lindquist), this curated evening highlights Indigenous, decolonial, political, humourous, creative, feminist, and educational perspectives.

Submit your Story. Become a Tipi Confessions performer! We seek diverse voices from the Toronto area, especially if stories like yours go untold. We are an ALL-INCLUSIVE enterprise: we welcome storytellers and performers of all genders, races, sexualities, and abilities.

Types of Performances. Our shows have featured spoken word readings, personal narrative, memoir, fiction, burlesque, live musicians, and short theatre performances/stage readings. We are also open to stand-up comics, video clips, and lively short lectures.

How to propose a concept. Deadline: May 10, 2019. Describe and explain your proposed performance, but also include some context for us such as motivation and intent. If you have specific questions about our expectations, please ask. Your submission should be: A word document, 1500 words or less, double-spaces. Email submissions to: tipiconfessions@gmail.com

The Review Process: Results by: May 17, 2019. Acceptances may be contingent upon an audition/interview (in person or via Skype). We encourage you to submit sexually-themed stories and performances. Your performance doesn’t need to be “erotic” (although we love well-crafted erotica), but it should pertain positively to sex and sexuality. Consider telling your story from a political, humours, creative, feminist, or educational perspective. We want stories that fit our mission of ethics, education, and entertainment around sex, sexuality, and gender.


Tipi Confessions will take place on June 14, 2019 at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. For more information on the event: http://buddiesinbadtimes.com/show/tipi-confessions/