May 31st, 2021
Legacies of Historical Practices
Panelists: Carmen Aguirre, Bea Pizano, Jani Lauzon, Walter Borden, and Kim Rampersad
Moderators: Jamie Robinson and Dante Jemmott
The first panel examined the historical relationship between casting and representation and focused on discriminative practices both in training institutions and the professional theatre industry. Each panelist offered their personal experience with discrimination in the Canadian theatre industry and spoke about how we can improve the industry as a whole.
The conversation revolved around who holds the power regarding representation in theatre and the urgent need to upend the status quo with leadership changes. This change of leadership will help provide space in theatre institutions for genuine understanding and support for everyone involved.