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Theatre for Living

In 2020, as climate change manifests in deeper ways and humanity is polarizing across the planet, my hope is to use my work (Theatre for Living) to help individuals build bridges (internally, inside family, larger community and across communities) and not more walls.

  • Status:
    Resource, theatre facilitator / director 
  • Main Communities Served:
    All Ages, Dis/Abilities, FNMI, Homeless, Homeless Youth, Seniors 
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  • Arts Focus:
    Theatre to stimulate community dialogue 
  • Main Community-Engaged Arts / Arts for Social Change Activities:
    I was the Founder and Artistic Director of Theatre for Living (Headlines Theatre) Society from 1981 to 2018. The Society's 37 years of activities are here:

    I am now working independently, by invitation, with many different community offering trainings in my work and issue-based workshops, as well as functioning as Visiting Faculty at the UNESCO Peace Studies Program, U of Innsbruck, Austria and Visiting Theatre Director, Arts & Humanities in Health & Medicine Program, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, U of Alberta. 
  • Mandate/Mission:
    Art is the psyche of a community, a region, a nation. My mission therefore is to create the best theatre possible that functions as both a "true voice" of a community and also an aesthetic space in which community dialogue (not monologue) takes place about issues that lie beneath the surface. Theatre for Living’s mission is to have the language of cultural activity become part of people’s everyday vocabulary so that we all can live in healthy communities. This means that I am constantly combining artistic excellence in “product” with artistic excellence in “process”. My work is by grassroots invitation, current issue-based and highly interactive. 
  • ArtBridging Section:
    I offer training in Theatre for Living every summer. 2020 will be the 22nd Annual. I am also offering consultations to individuals interested in this kind of work, as well as workshops. For instance, a one-day visioning workshop for the staff of the Vancouver Association for Survivors of Torture and a one-day workshop on issues of diversity and inclusion for the Faculty of Medicine at University of Alberta.
  • Additional Info:
    A series of 14 short videos about different aspects of Theatre for Living are available here: Videos by David Ng. 
  • Main Contact Name:
    David Diamond, Founder 
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  • Address:
    31-2137 West 1st Ave.
    Vancouver, BC  V6K 1E7 

Last updated on 2020-03-30 20:09:21. Photos credit of: Tim Matheson and David Cooper - Submitted by: David Diamond