Theatre: An Empathy Playground

Let’s not forget, in this relatively short blip of time when humans aren’t gathering to experience live theatre, the powerful effect that the art form has on our communities. Theatre encourages empathy by acting as a playground for emotions. In that room, together, we put ourselves in different shoes. As a group, we’re imagining whatContinue reading “Theatre: An Empathy Playground”

Standards of Lifting

Marginalized people face a disproportionate amount of forced introspective work: the desperate search for purpose, or an innate “goodness”, that will counterbalance the shaming we face from those in power. After swimming through oceans of ignorance and deeply engrained biases, we’re often left dripping with diffidence. Maybe if I work harder at articulating my personalContinue reading “Standards of Lifting”

Werk Authentically

I’m thinking about the amount of work that has to go into creative success, no matter how you define “success” for yourself. And across the board, in my opinion, quality work means extended deep focus. Such dedication requires a removal of feigned personalities. Pretending to be someone you’re not is utterly exhausting. If you’re metContinue reading “Werk Authentically”

Open with Questions

Well, this was a failure. Not in its entirety, I suppose… While I didn’t write every day this year, I did write some, and the pressure I applied to myself to form better writing habits did prove to be somewhat useful. But the project continues, and I thank you all for coming along for theContinue reading “Open with Questions”

Tell Me More

I can’t possibly know everything. Yet I catch myself pretending I do all the time. One thing I’ve never quite understood is people’s (read: my own) lack of curiosity when they encounter contradictory information. We tend to get a bit too set in our ways, don’t you think? Of course it’s one thing to argueContinue reading “Tell Me More”

Slow, Slow Start

A lot of what I write here takes the form of permission slips: “Forgive yourself for…” “Allow yourself to be…” (I think it’s pretty clear that I’m often writing these “slips” for myself. Is that self-absorbed? Maybe. But I also believe that what’s true for me can be true for others. For me, making artContinue reading “Slow, Slow Start”

Be a Goldfish

Has anyone been watching Ted Lasso? It’s a fantastic show. The protagonist has many quotable lines, but my favourite is “Be a goldfish.” There comes a point where you have to let go of that harmful event from your past. Goldfish are known to have limited memory spans and forget things quickly… So, be aContinue reading “Be a Goldfish”

Necessary Confrontation

Confrontation can be necessary in defining our own boundaries. It can be hard. It can be incredibly uncomfortable and awkward. But leaning in to difficult (and curiosity-based) conversations opens the door to learning so much about ourselves. How can we possibly know our limitations and those of others without… talking?