Tag: social change

Community Arts and (De)colonization

by Nikki Shaffeeullah Early in 2015, as I was slowly making a move from Edmonton back to my home city of Toronto, my friend and collaborator Bruce Sinclair phoned me with an encouragement: “you need to get on… Read More

Starving Artists, Starving Students

By Nikki Shaffeeullah The American painter Robert Henri once said, “I am interested in art as a means of living a life; not as a means of making a living.” This quote captures the essence of the “starving artist”… Read More

Biculturalism and Blackface

By Nikki Shaffeeullah The year 2015 began with the English-speaking media coming together to call for an end to racism in theatre. Well, to be precise, newspapers, critics, artists, and writers across the country turned their attention to… Read More

Community, Engagement, Theatre

By Nikki Shaffeeullah Community-engaged theatre. Community-based creation. Community arts. Artists in communities. If I had a nickel for every time I said, read, or wrote the word “community,” I could fund a community-engaged research project to develop an… Read More

Alt.ercations: alt.theatre’s Uphill Climb

By: Nikki Shaffeeullah   alt.ruisums | Good intentions I always suspected that the fight for social equality for marginalized groups and the transformative power of the arts were somehow linked. However, even as an idealistic adolescent this seemed dubious:… Read More

Issue 9.1: Oral History and Performance, Part 1 2011

Volume 9, Issue 1: September 2011 Articles in this issue include: A special expanded issue focusing on oral history and performance. Articles examine relationships between history, memory, trauma and theatre as an agent for healing and social change within… Read More

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