What are some of the most intriguing challenges that Artistic Directors face every day? Join NAC English Theatre Artistic Director Jillian Keiley as she chats with Artistic Directors and other artistic leaders from across the theatrical spectrum, about the daily dilemmas, tough questions and thorny challenges that come with the job. When your job is bringing people together, how do you keep from falling apart?
Weyni Mengesha: The Unabashed Self
Jillian speaks with Soulpepper Artistic Director Weyni Mengesha about the crucial vitality of bringing your whole unabashed self as a director, radical gestures of welcome, and theatre as a sacred space. Also: individual and collective responsibility for centering the marginalized, and not making assumptions about your audience.
Yaël Farber: The Third Space
Jillian speaks with internationally acclaimed director Yaël Farber about the rehearsal room as a sacred ecosystem where the civic and the spiritual collide, vulnerability is nurtured, and unpredictability is welcomed as the kernel of transformation for both artists and audience. Also: the actor as activist and the wholeness required for sustainable truth-telling.
Daniel Brooks: An Uncompromising Commitment to Liveness
Jillian speaks with Daniel Brooks, one of Canada’s foremost directors and inaugural Siminovitch Prize laureate, about his expansive and unyielding devotion to process and his ethos (with longtime collaborator Daniel MacIvor) of maximum preparedness, maximum spontaneity. Also: trusting the intuition of your body as a director.
Jivesh Parasram: Staging Marginalization
Jillian speaks with Jivesh Parasram, Artistic Director of Rumble Theatre and Artistic Producer of Pandemic Theatre, about creating safe spaces for artists, getting past fragility, and the responsibility owed to the subjects of documentary theatre. Also: insta-pots and rehearsing in a garbage room.
Antoni Cimolino: Paying it Forward
Jillian speaks with Stratford Festival Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino about balancing the loyalty owed to past collaborators with the vital inclusion of new voices, the privilege of mentorship, and the danger of one’s ego overcoming its better angels. Also: an homage to Richard Monette and making friends with your board.
Nina Lee Aquino: Decentering Whiteness
In this episode, Jillian speaks with Factory Theatre Artistic Director Nina Lee Aquino about wellness corners, saying no with love, and persistence and courage in the face of white audiences’ expectations. How much should we be helping them to lean in? Canada may be prismatic, but change is hard and slow.
Loved this peek behind the curtain with prominent artistic directors across Canada on their directing work, tips and tricks and s(t)age advice.