How Scapegoating Can Stunt Creativity: A Rant

One of my major, ongoing goals with this project is to help folks navigate the intersection of creative practice and queerness. “Queerness” to me means the experience of living outside of sexual and gender identity norms. When we live outside of a norm, our mere existence is often approached with question marks. People who areContinue reading “How Scapegoating Can Stunt Creativity: A Rant”

Safe Space to Roam

“Theater showcases the recalibration of identity as indifference” Madhavi Menon, Indifference to Difference Menon writes about the queerness of theatre and how it acts as a site of necessary plurality. I don’t want to get too heady and overly complicated, but I do think this image of the theatre is remarkable. We know that ourContinue reading “Safe Space to Roam”

Rising Tide of Change

Like any region, Atlantic Canada contains multitudes. Its cultural identities are complex and cannot be pinned to one definition. Each province has a unique history, as does each “Atlantic Canadian”. The embodied pluralities that make up its population stretch out and shake up any imagined structure that tries to enforce a particular “Atlantic Canadian” identity.Continue reading “Rising Tide of Change”

Towards Queer Creation

I’m interested in creating theatre that isn’t necessarily about queer issues, but that makes all involved recognize their own queerness. “Queer” was a word taken up by non-heterosexual and non-binary people after the messy, minoritizing identity politics of the 1970s. Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick writes: “‘Queer’ can refer to the open mesh of possibilities, gaps, overlaps,Continue reading “Towards Queer Creation”

The Mythological Creature of Identity: Becoming indifferent to difference

In her book Indifference to Difference: On Queer Universalism (2015), Madhavi Menon exposes the queerness that exists in our day-to-day lives. She uses the term “queer universalism” to recognize that desire cannot be restrained or designated to a finality of any kind. “Queer” because it’s about the impossibility of fully acquiescing to state-designated categories ofContinue reading “The Mythological Creature of Identity: Becoming indifferent to difference”