National Queer and Trans Playwrighting Unit

TPM is proud to be one of the nine theatre companies to partner with Zee Zee theatre for a first-of-its-kind new play development model & virtual reading series!

Zee Zee identified a gap that exists in the Canadian theatre ecology: time and again we see a lack of queer and trans plays being produced on stages across Canada. What started as a four year hunt for their own programming purposes led them to country-wide conversations with many other artists and producers who all share the view that as curators, producers and presenters of theatrical seasons it is a challenge to find queer and trans focused work.

To rectify this Zee Zee has establish this new model for play creation and dissemination, in order to ensure more equitable representation of 2SLGBTQ+ artists and stories on Canadian stages, as well as strengthen and deepen the bonds of professional artists and collaborators across the country, while ultimately furthering equality for all queer and trans people.

See below to learn about and register for upcoming events:

National Queer and Trans Playwriting Unit Community Offering with Smokii Sumac

March 19th at 1pm EST on Zoom

Moving from being a “Good Visitor” to Honouring our Relations: a Workshop on “Land Acknowledgements”

Join Ktunaxa poet, academic and emerging playwright, Smokii Sumac as he invites you out of your comfort zone and onto the land in this critical look at the current trend of Land Acknowledgements. Smokii was inspired to create this workshop after witnessing how many people and organizations see acknowledging the land as a “check box” to “get right.” Smokii challenges the notion of being “right” when it comes to our relationship to the lands we live on and the people who are from here—people whose ancestors have been here for millenia. For those living on territories far away from where their/our own ancestors are from, what does it mean to be a good visitor? Is it enough? Can we go further into understanding ourselves as good relations? In the spirit of relationality, kinship, and decolonial love, Smokii asks you to consider your own relationship to the places and spaces we take up, and the people who are still here in those places and spaces. How can identifying and understanding our values and responsibilities change the way we walk and talk in our meetings, businesses, buildings, events, homes, and lives?

This workshop has a limited capacity and is offered first-come-first-serve. Zoom captioning will be available. If there is additional support you need to attend the workshop or if you have any questions, please email [email protected]

To register click here.

March Open House

March 31st 3-4pm PST on Zoom

Meet with the playwrights as they discuss the ongoing process of developing their projects for the unit.

To register click here.

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