Ten Canadian theater companies have teamed up to form the country’s first bizarre and transgender drama writing division, and Colin Wolf hopes the project will have a significant northern and tribal voice.
Wolf is the artistic director of the Whitehorse-based Quantum Theater, one of the companies that signed on to the project.
“These cross-national programs that claim to be national are really important to include people from all over the country,” Wolf said.
Aims to close the gap between queer and trance stories in Canadian theater. The project will be spearheaded by Zee Zee Theater in Vancouver.
“Art has the power to raise voices and ideas that can change the world,” Cameron McKenzie, the Zee Zee Theater’s art and managing director, said in a statement. “Now, more than ever, the arts sector needs to prioritize those who are systematically out of conversation.”
Although Wolf insists that anyone who identifies as 2SLGBTQ + and is interested in the idea should put forward their name, the project is aimed at emerging or medieval playwrights.
The 10 theater companies involved will then select five finalists and receive a living wage for 10 months of performing, and receive creative support and guidance.
“Quantac really hopes to get some northern, tribal, bizarre and trance submissions so that we can take a brand new northern choir and domestic drama through the development process into full production,” Wolf said.
“The impacts of this project will be far-reaching and innumerable,” Wolf said.
“For playwrights, it provides development, stability and a national platform to listen to their voices and stories,” McKenzie said.
“For federation companies, it creates a new work system and connects them with key bizarre and trance communities. For our industry as a whole, it provides new representation and reflection in meaningful and tokenized ways.”
Companies involved in the project include Frank Theater (Vancouver), Theater Outreach (Lethbridge), Persephone Theater (Saskatoon), Theater Projects Manitoba (Winnipeg), Patties in Bad Times Theater (Toronto), and Native Earth (Native Earth). Theater (Montreal) and Neptune Theater (Halifax).
The deadline to apply is July 5. More information can be found at zeezeetheatre.ca