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Profil à découvrir : Unité théâtrale d’interventions locales (UTIL)

À mesure que notre répertoire de l’art communautaire prend de l’ampleur, nous réalisons qu’il devient un peu lourd de parcourir tous les profils… Nous avons donc pensé qu’en soulignant certains profils dans notre blogue, de temps à autre, nous vous permettrions de découvrir des projets que vous n’auriez pas encore vus. Merci de nous informer si vous connaissez des projets ou des organismes d’art communautaires canadiens qui ne se trouvent pas encore dans notre répertoire. Cette ressource se construit grâce à vos contributions! -l’équipe d’ArtBridges/ToileDesArts.

“Les actions d’UTIL ont pour but de favoriser la mobilisation citoyenne par le biais de la pratique artistique et de participer au dynamistme des villages de la MRC des Basques et plus largement ceux du Bas-Saint-Laurent. Nous aspirons au rassemblement, au décloisonnement, à l’expression collective et au développement d’un regard critique et inventif sur notre environnement immédiat et lointain”

Nous vous invitons à lire le profil complet d’Unité théâtrale d’interventions locales (UTIL) dans notre répertoire de l’art communautaire.

Call for Participants: Like Mother, Like Daughter (Sarasvàti Productions, Winnipeg)

“As part of Sarasvàti Productions’ FemFest, we are excited to welcome Why Not Theatre and their production Like Mother, Like Daughter. They will be bringing together mothers and daughters who were born outside of Canada (newcomers, as well as those who may have immigrated many years ago) as well as Indigenous mothers and daughters, in order to create and perform in a participatory project whose 2016 Toronto premiere was described as “delicate, generous, inspiring, warm, funny, and in moments, heart-rending.” (Sprockets & Greasepaint)

Directed by Rose Plotek, Like Mother, Like Daughter weaves together stories from 12 pairs of mothers and daughters into a performance of unscripted conversations performed by the mothers and daughters themselves. At the end of each performance the audience is invited to join the mothers and daughters for a meal– to continue the conversations.

No performance experience necessary! We’re looking for real stories!

We’re looking for mothers and daughters who…

  • Are either Indigenous, or have migrated to Canada (at least one member of each mother-daughter pair must have been born outside Canada)
  • Feel comfortable conversing and answering questions in English
  • Span a variety of ages/generations (minimum age requirement: 14 years old+)

Selected mothers and daughters will be paid an honorarium for their participation, and will be expected to participate in all rehearsals, workshops, and performances:

  • 6 workshop/rehearsal sessions, between September 7-17
  • 3-4 selected performances, between September 19-21

All interested mother/daughter pairings are asked to submit an expression of interest to admin[at] by June 15th.

For more information please visit our website or contact our administration team at admin[at]”

-submitted by Sarasvàti Productions
Read Sarasvàti Productions’ profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map.

The Rivers Speak Community Play (Thinking Rock)

Thinking Rock Community Arts is pleased to invite you to a special screening of the full performance of Gigidoowag Ziibiik (The Rivers Speak), a co-created community play about life on the land and waters of Central Algoma, on Saturday, May 11th from 2 pm to 4 pm.

Admission is free! The event will be held at the Misswezhaging (Mississaugi First Nation) Sports Complex (In Motion Fitness Centre) at 64 Park Road. Light snacks will be served. Please feel free to bring your favourite snack to share! For more information, call us at (705) 542-1100 or email miranda[at]

As a non-profit community arts organization, Thinking Rock is committed to creating art with and for the people along the North Shore of Lake Huron, from Genaabaajing (Serpent River First Nation) to Bawating (Sault Ste. Marie), building relationships across cultures and communities, increasing opportunities to live, work and play in the arts, and helping to build more inclusive, vibrant and resilient communities across the region of Algoma. 

The performance being screened is the final product of a four-year process that involved hundreds of Indigenous and non-Indigenous community participants of all ages, cultures, and abilities working together with professional artists to tell their personal stories about local rivers and waterways through art. 

The Rivers Speak was conceived of and written by Artistic Director Robin Sutherland, with Co-writer/Dramaturge Elizabeth Rucker, Director Varrick Grimes, Choreographer Aria Evans, Musical Director James Stephens, Designer Miranda Bouchard, and many other artists including Marianne Alas, Nani Bell Gonawabi, Julia Hune Brown, Steafan Hannigan, Ange Loft, Adrienne Marcus Raja, Roxanne Martin, Jamie Oshkabewisens, Sasha Tate Howarth, the O’Schraves (of AlgomaTrad), and others, along with a cast of over 50 local people. The project and production were developed with the guidance from local Elders and Advisors, including Elsie Bissaillon, Max Chiblow, Marly Day, Willie Pine, Gerard Sagassige, Jon Cada and Tracy Fraser, and mentorship and support from Ruth Howard and Jumblies Theatre. Footage of the play was filmed and edited by Village Electric.”

For more information, please visit:

-from Thinking Rock Community Arts
Read Thinking Rock Community Arts’ profile on ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory & Map

2019 Workshops with Mixed Company Theatre: Rainbow of Desire and Masks of Manipulation! (Toronto)

Mixed Company Theatre is excited to announce our lineup of annual workshops for artists, educators, and community leaders!

Rainbow of Desire (March 9th 2019, 10AM-5PM)

What happens when you take apart a single moment of conflict to explore every possible desired action?

In this experiential workshop led by Simon Malbogat, participants will employ Augusto Boal’s Rainbow of Desire techniques to broaden perspectives and reframe situations by focusing on the inner thoughts and impulses of the individual. Through storytelling and performance, participants will gain a deeper understanding of their conflicting and co-existing desires, which will enrich their work onstage and in community settings.

Masks of Manipulation (March 16th and 23rd 2019, 9:30AM-5:30PM)

The “Masks of Manipulation”, an invaluable character development and conflict-resolution process designed by Simon Malbogat and co-facilitated by Peter Jarvis, gives face to each of the manipulative forces we encounter both onstage and in daily life.

This workshop draws on Commedia dell’Arte-inspired masks to help participants acquire a deeper awareness of manipulation and oppression: how and why it happens, what it looks and feels like, and how to de-escalate it.
Participants will also take away from this two-day workshop a Mask of their own creation, which they will learn to use as a physical touchstone in processes ranging from character development to community mediation.

Forum Theatre Performance + Creation (July 19th and 20th 2019, 10AM-5PM)

In this all-levels workshop, we will explore how Forum Theatre techniques of participation, intervention, and improvisation can help performers, educators and community leaders build tool kits for character development, conflict resolution, and catalyzing change in their own circles.

This workshop, which acquaints participants with Augusto Boal’s pedagogy and applied theatre techniques, is a great opportunity for artists who are looking to hone their performance creation skills as well as for educators, social workers and health professionals, and any and all practitioners of community engagement.

Through learning and practicing Forum Theatre under the guidance of Simon Malbogat, participants in this workshop will receive the skills to become better facilitators, conflict resolution mediators, artists, community leaders, and more socially-aware educators.

For more information and full workshop descriptions, please visit:

20% Discount for CAEA Members, and 50% Discount for Students and Arts Workers who identify as under-waged.
Bursaries also available upon request!

-from Mixed Company Theatre
Read Mixed Company Theatre’s profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Canada-Wide Call for Performance Proposals: Caminos 2019

CAMINOS returns October 9th – 13th, 2019 to Aki Studio / Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas St. East, Toronto, ON)
produced by Aluna Theatre in partnership with Native Earth Performing Arts

Deadline for proposals: Friday February 8, 2019

CAMINOS is a week of new performance proposals and works-in-progress from risk-taking artists working in theatre, dance and inter-disciplinary practices. It is our way of inviting audiences to re-imagine the Americas, and to see themselves as part of that re-imagining. In 2017, CAMINOS presented the work of over 80 emerging and established Latin Canadian and Indigenous artists.

We are currently seeking proposals from artists across Canada. The festival’s focus is on work from the Pan-American Diaspora, Indigenous and culturally diverse artists.

Selected projects will be featured during the festival and will receive technical, production, promotional, and artistic support. Submissions are encouraged from both established and emerging creators, in English, Spanish, Spanglish, or any mix thereof. Presentations will run 20-30 minutes in length, and can be presented in any language.

Aluna will select works for CAMINOS that are already in development and will now benefit from a presentation with production elements. The Festival’s goal is to move projects closer to production, and to help artists create strong support material for future funding applications and presentation opportunities.

Shorter works at earlier stages may be selected to present 5-10 minute excerpts during one of the Festival’s cabaret evenings.”

-from Aluna Theatre

A participatory project bringing together mothers and daughters who were born outside of Canada (Koffler Centre for the Arts, Nov. 15-24, Toronto)


“A participatory project bringing together mothers and daughters who were born outside of Canada – newcomer women, as well as those who may have immigrated years ago. Like Mother, Like Daughter weaves together their stories into an unscripted conversation, performed by the mothers and daughters themselves. At the end of each performance, the audience is invited to join the mothers and daughters for a light meal created by Newcomer Kitchen to continue the conversations.
“delicate, generous, inspiring, warm, funny, and in moments, heart-rending.” – Sprockets & Greasepaint

November 15 – 24, 2018
918 Bathurst Centre for Culture, Arts, Media & Education, Toronto

PAY WHAT YOU CAN AFFORD: $50 | $35 | $20

Thursday, November 15, 8 PM – OPENING NIGHT
Friday, November 16, 8 PM
Saturday, November 17, 11 AM – BRUNCH PERFORMANCE
Sunday, November 18, 6 PM
Thursday November 22, 8 PM
Friday November 23, 8 PM
Saturday, November 24, 11 AM – BRUNCH PERFORMANCE
Saturday, November 24, 8 PM

Directed by Rose Plotek
Associate Directed by Lisa Karen Cox
Original Concept by Ravi Jain, Rose Plotek, and Poppy Keeling
Co-Created by Why Not Theatre & Complicite Creative Learning
Presented & Produced by Koffler Centre of the Arts

More info: |

-from Koffler Centre for the Arts
Read Koffler Centre for the Arts’ profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map

Today! Live stream of an award-winning interactive forum theatre play about consent and sexual violence (Sheatre)

“Thanks to FAR FROM THE HEART, students around the world will engage in conversations about consent and sexual assault through interactive theatre.
Change the action. Stop the violence.

In the age of #MeToo, the live stream of an award-winning interactive forum theatre play about consent and sexual violence could not be more timely or important. Sheatre’s Far From the Heart / Loin du Coeur will close out its 31-show tour of Canadian schools with two live streams, the first in English and the other in French, on Friday, November 9th. The production will be performed before a live audience in Owen Sound, Ontario, while inviting for the first time students around the world to participate at

Audience members have the opportunity to step into action and change the outcome of the scenarios performed on stage. A chat window will allow online viewers to post comments and suggest interventions to be played out by the actors. As a result, students get a rehearsal for reality, learning through theatre how to resolve conflicts, negotiate relationships, and avoid risk. A half-hour discussion with professional counsellors from local community groups will immediately follow each show.

#FarFromTheHeart and #LoinDuCoeur Live Streams
Sponsored by the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario
November 9, 2018 | Owen Sound & North Grey Union Public Library
10am-11:30am EST in English
1pm-2:30pm EST in French
Suitable for ages 13+ (parental guidance recommended for younger audiences)
Tune in worldwide:

Far From the Heart is supported by a comprehensive educational package that includes an educational guide, teacher training, and in-class activities to help deliver the core curriculum in the areas of sexual health and violence prevention. Teachers who view the live streams with their classes can download the teacher’s guide for recommended pre- and post-show activities. For more info, contact sheatre[at]

This is the twelfth year that Sheatre, a Canadian professional community arts company located near Owen Sound, has produced Far From the Heart. For the first time, an intimacy director has joined the crew to ensure intimate scenes adhere to the highest standards of artistry and safety. Funded for the third year by the Ontario Arts Council (It’s Never Okay), the play engages and educates teens about the different forms of pressure and violence in dating relationships, exploring the issues that lie beneath this behaviour.”

For more information, please visit:

-from Sheatre
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Call for Proposals: FemFest 2019 (Sarasvàti Productions, Winnipeg)


Celebrating Winnipeg’s 17th Festival of Life-Changing Theatre for Everyone

Sarasvàti Productions is accepting submissions for its 17th annual FemFest, which will take place in September 2019.

We are currently seeking submissions of scripts for production, short performance pieces for various showcases and applications from storytellers interested in participating. Our focus this year is work that explores global connections. All submissions must be from Canadian women. We use an inclusive definition of “woman” and “female” and we welcome pieces created by all who fit under either of these categories/identifiers. Technical and set requirements must be minimal due to the festival setting. A reading committee will assess submissions in order to program a balanced festival.”

For more information please visit: Sarasvàti Productions’ website.

-from Sarasvàti Productions
Read Sarasvàti Productions’ profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map.

BABEL-O-DROME : la promenade immersive multilingue du collectif BUS 1.2.3.

Babel-o-drome est une pièce de théâtre déambulatoire qui vous promène de scène en scène explorant la relation entre langage, identité et communication.

Au cœur de la pièce, la question centrale se pose: quelle est notre propre réalité dans ce monde actuel, où fiction et réalité s’entrechoquent?

Ce spectacle participatif aborde la question en combinant poésie, humour et fantaisie afin de créer un événement théâtral et choral unique.

Au plaisir de vous voir à Babel-o-drome!

Babel-o-drome is a play that takes you on a fantastical walk through scenes exploring the relationship between language, identity and communication.

The core of the piece asks the pivotal question: what is our own reality in today’s world where fiction and reality collide?

This participatory show tackles the question by combining poetry, humour and fantasy to create a unique theatrical and choral event.

Looking forward to seeing you at Babel-o-drome!

Volunteers/Bénévoles :

The collectif bus123 is looking for volunteers to help with the show.”

Information diffusée par Collectif Bus 1.2.3, Crédits affiche: Collectif Bus 1.2.3
Lire le profil de Collectif Bus 1.2.3 dans notre répertoire et carte de l’art communautaire au Canada

New Beginnings: A Community-Collaboration (Sarasvàti Productions, Winnipeg)

May 22-27, 2018
Asper Centre for Theatre and Film
$15 – $20
204-586-2236 │

“After two years of work, it is hard to believe that in two weeks we will finally be able to share this amazing compilation of theatre, music, dance, film, visual art and storytelling with audiences. Not only are we sharing stories from those who have resettled in Winnipeg, but many of our artists are newcomers themselves making this show a powerful way to welcome them to the performing arts community.

“I am an immigrant who came to Canada. I understand how hard it is to fit in and how you have to leave everything behind and start a new beginning.” Jonathan Chipalata, Performer

Our May 23rd matinee is already sold out, so be sure to get your tickets so you don’t miss out on this unique event.

We have been working hard to make the show accessible to everyone; with advance notice translation, child-minding and transportation is available. Please let us know two weeks’ prior to the show date if you need assistance with any of the above. Our May 25th performance will also offer ASL interpretation. If you want to support community involvement, please consider buying an extra ticket to donate to someone who wouldn’t otherwise be able to join us.

Our goal to build community will also expand beyond the stage! Audiences can join us for feasts on May 26th and 27th with food from Viena do Castelo, Safeway Mountain & McGregor, Gohe Ethiopian Restaurant and Baraka Pita Bakery & Restaurant. We are also honoured to welcome speakers with lived experience, guests from resettlement organizations and community advocates who have kindly offered their time to join us for post-show conversation circles. This is an opportunity to engage in dialogue, share experiences and responses to the play, as well as to ask questions. We know this will keep the conversation going long after people leave the theatre. Plus there will be stunning visual art by newcomers on exhibit outside the theatre.

Check out our preview video or visit our blog for all the latest updates and artist features. Feel free to call us at 204-586-2236 for more information or group bookings.

For more information on the lineup visit

-from Sarasvàti Productions press release
Read Sarasvàti Productions’ profile in ArtBridges’ Community-Engaged Arts Directory and Map