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What we are working on
In a normal year, at this time we would be working with 15 or so artists on a celebration of queer performance for our annual winter cabaret HOMO: A Queer Cabaret. We would be preparing to present a Fringe Favourite for a year-end show at The Metro, and we would be readying signage and collecting beautiful donations for our holiday fundraiser, Merry & Bright.
Not this year.
Our regular programming has been upended, and the recent health orders have halted our plans to present a special show with our friends at Puente Theatre on December 4 & 5.
While we are dreaming up plans for next season, we thought we would share what we are working on, and what is happening in our theatres this fall.
- We partnered with The Canadian Play Thing to bring digital theatre projects and readings to screens and homes, supporting Project Coordinator Justin Lee in a co-op placement.
- We are making financial and in-kind contributions to Broken Rhythms’ Small Acts of Creativity, which is focusing company dancers on creating small creative projects.
- Elowynn Rose, as a part of the Fringe Indigenous Artist Program, is in a creative residency to explore and develop a solo project for the 2021 Victoria Fringe.
- We partnered with Impulse Theatre’s Peek Fest on a Conversation Series; Artistic & Executive Director Heather Lindsay facilitated two discussions with art leaders and change makers from across the globe (with panelists from Uganda, Japan, Australia, Malta, and Sudan).
- Puente Theatre is revisiting the hit of the 2018 Fringe, and winner of the inaugural JAYMAC Best Production Award, Fado, The Saddest Music in the World for an In Concert presentation at The Metro Studio. Originally planned for December 4 & 5, this co-presentation with Puente has been postponed.
- Our Associate Producer, Holly Lam, is creating a new micro-residency program for emerging IBPOC artists, with the mentorship of Mercedes Bátiz-Benét.
- The seating at The Metro Studio is being reconfigured from traditional theatre seating to tiered cabaret seating for 40 audience members. This work is underway this fall, and we have hired a technician to do this work. We are excited to welcome audiences and artists back to The Metro Studio.
- Our ‘Next Phase Campaign’ is underway, raising funds for some important “under the hood” upgrades on theatrical structures and equipment at both The Metro Studio & Intrepid Studio.
We are working on plans for 2021 season, so stay tuned!