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New article in Comedy Studies

I’m delighted to share that my article “Red-Nosed Fantasies of the Future: a framework for social justice-informed performance creation in the Mump and Smoot Lineage of the Pochinko tradition of clowning” has been published in the journal Comedy Studies!

Abstract: This article contextualises a specific lineage of the Pochinko tradition of clowning – which the author refers to as the Mump and Smoot Lineage – before offering an analysis of Judith Butler’s argument for the necessity of fantasy in social change. Putting these two analyses into dialogue, the article offers provocations and theories as to how clowning might provide a fruitful avenue for social justice-motivated fantasy as it is described by Judith Butler. The paper asks and offers responses to two central questions. Firstly, how might understanding clowning’s relationship to social justice pursuits be of use to those creating clown performances? Secondly, how can the practice and craft of the Mump and Smoot Lineage of the Pochinko Tradition of Cowning (MSLPTC) work in service of social justice aims? The author argues that the methodologies of this lineage do not require great alterations to work in meaningful service of social justice aims; the use of a message to the world, the focus on imaginative embodiment, and many of the lineage’s rules are easily deployed in service of social justice-oriented creation. In making these assertions, the author articulates a hope for further research into clowning and its intersections with social justice practice and also that clown practitioners might use their existing practices to further social justice goals.

NOTE: If you do not have institutional access of face other barriers to accessing this, please contact me through Embrace Theatre.


Published Article

I invite you all to read this essay I wrote in which I argue for changes in how we think of and speak about theatre directors. I welcome your thoughts!

Image by Wriply M. Bennet

Lumsden Beach Camp

Last month I had the distinct pleasure of taking a trip to Lumsden Beach Camp and leading a theatre workshop with the youth staying there.

I was invited to stay the night and do some creation in the lovely surroundings of the camp. Below are some photos of the great Saskatchewan beauty with which I was surrounded while doing my work.

Thanks to the folks at the camp for their support and their hospitality!

2015 SATAward Nominations

I am honoured to have been nominated for a Saskatoon and Area Theatre Award again this year – and in a new category (for me)! I am humbled to be nominated for Outstanding Lighting Design for my work on Two Corpses Go Dancing (Two Unruly Gentlemen/Live Five). I’m in very good company: my classmate Jared Beattie, my collaborator (including on Two Corpses) Will Brooks, Ami Farrow, Kenilee Kelher, and Guido Tondino (very talented artists all).

Congratulations to all the nominees in every cattegory – many of whom I am pleased to count among my collaborators, mentors, and friends. See you all at the gala on September 28th!

Here are some photos from Two Corpses Go Dancing:

Magnetic North

Today was a travel day. I left Saskatoon at 5:30 this morning and am now safe and sound in Ottawa for the Magnetic North Theatre Festival. I’m so excited to be here to take a workshop, take in some great shows, and discuss theatre with colleagues from around the world.

SATAward Nomination

I am so proud and humbled to have been nominated for a Saskatoon and Area Theatre Award for Achievement in Directing for my work on Stop Kiss. That play received 3 other SATAward nominations (Outstanding Performance (Female) for Jenna-Lee Hyde, Outstanding Set Design for Jenna Maren, Outstanding Sound Design for Gilles Zolty. My collaborators Jenna Maren, Angela Kemp, and Dakota Hebert (on Stop KissStop Kiss and Saskatchewan Outdoors respectively) were also nominated for Outstanding Emerging Artist. Congrats to all the nominees! The awards ceremony takes place at the end of September!

Compass Points at Magnetic North

Hi folks! I’ve just returned from Halifax where I participated in the Compass Points Program for Emerging Artists at the Magnetic North Theatre Festival. I met a lot of great people and saw many wonderful pieces of theatre.

The whole experience has left me inspired to deepen my practice as an artist and to get back to work on Saskatchewan Outdoors: A Touring Play for Families. To see when this show will be in a community near you, click here!

Members of Compass Points 2014.

Members of Compass Points 2014.

Article: Working with Established Artists as an Emerging Artist

Hey folks,

I wrote an article for Saskatoon’s Theatre Blog entitled Working with Established Artists as an Emerging Artist. Check it out if you have some time!

Robots Eating Humans

Thanks to all who came out last night to see Trick or Treat presented by Theatre Howl. You have one more night to catch the scares of two locally-written plays produced in Saskatoon homes! It’s been a blast playing Loner with such a fun team. Hope to see you tonight (and at Nino’s on Broadway after the show for a closing celebration!).