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Thursday May 23rd, 1:00 – 2:00pm

Advocating for Theatre in an Election Year
Led by Sean Casey and Tara Mazurk from Global Public Affairs

In 2017, Rolling Stone magazine asked “Why Can’t Justin Trudeau Be Our President?”.  By 2019, Maclean’s magazine had labelled Trudeau “The Imposter”.  Do Liberal “sunny ways” have a permanent cloud hanging over them? How have the changing provincial landscapes impacted the upcoming federal election race?  With less than six months to go to federal election day, Sean Casey and Tara Mazurk from Global Public Affairs will break down the sprint to the finish, who is promising what to the arts and culture sector, and how PACT members can engage both during the campaign, and with the new government in Ottawa – whatever the stripe.

Meet Sean & Tara!

Friday May 24th, 9:00 – 10:00am

All In – Advancing Equity – How It Is Hard
Led by Cole Alvis (Lemon Tree Creations & Manidoons Collective), Donna-Michelle St. Bernard(Ad Hoc Assembly) and Grace Phan-Nguyen (Nightwood Theatre)

Everyone is welcome to attend this ALL IN session to grapple with the difficult nature of engaging Equity Diversity and Inclusion in the arts.

The challenges to doing this work are many and is matched by an urgency to address the systemic barriers that exist in the arts.

Join us for a meditation on the arduous, and support our pursuit of ways to move through. How do we remain vigilant and dismantle exclusionary structures in a system that purports that there is never enough?

Saturday May 25th, 10:00 – 11:00am

Work In Progress…
With Thomas Morgan Jones (Prairie Theatre Exchange) & Brittany Ryan (Nightswimming), Keri Mitchell (Theatre Alberta) & Melissa Tsang (Arts Club Theatre), Patrick Lloyd Brennan (Quebec Drama Federation) & Jenna Rodgers (Chromatic Theatre)

Three pairs of participants are asked to look ahead to the future. How are works of theatre created in Canada? What steps can we take to make progress towards that vision?

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