"THE WORK I'VE DONEN WITH STAGE LEFT
HAS BEEN THE MOST PROFOUND OF MY ENTIRE LIFE."
|| Fleetwood Legay ||
Stage Left's Art Work
We commission, produce and present compelling stories of diverse people’s individual, cultural and socio-political realities; provide a conduit of meaningful collaboration between diverse community groups and the professional arts; claim spaces of cultural, political and aesthetic freedom for marginalized diverse artists; facilitate arts training programs that cultivate peer-to-peer knowledge exchange, cultural affinities and cross-cultural solidarity; and advocate for increased equity & diversity in the arts.
Our art work is concentrated in the areas of artistic production, presenting, training, and commissioning; aesthetic innovation and training; and arts advocacy. To date, we've produced:
- 10 professional Disability Arts Festivals
- 6 originally-created Epic Theatre productions
- 15 Popular Theatre productions
- 25+ Urban Interventions (Invisible Theatre incidents)
- 150+ Theatre of the Oppressed interventions
- 150+ Applied Drama programs
- 50+ Community Arts productions
- 30 Digital Films
- 20 commissioned performances
- Dozens of peer-to-peer, training programs
Professional Art: Disability + Feminist + Queer Art
We weave together Disability, Feminist and Queer Arts into daring forms of Political Art.
Our originally-created productions amplify the perspectives of marginalized people on contemporary social justice issues and reveal the roots of injustice – in ways that compel passive spectators to become active spect-actors.
Our artist-community collaboration makes the professional arts accessible to all and cultivate collective resistance – in ways that disrupt the "artist as therapist" approach to "healing through the arts".
We also facilitate arts immersion and inclusion programming for diverse people who wish to participate in the professional arts but not become professional, career-track artists.
Applied Art: Theatre of the Oppressed
Stage Left's globally esteemed, trauma-informed Theatre of the Oppressed practice is world renown for its successful applications in the fields of Medicine, Nursing, Public Health Policy, Adult Education, Social work, Activism, Disability Services, Youth Justice, Anti-racism, and many more!
Arts Training: Cultural, Political & Aesthetic Freedom for Diverse Artists
We facilitate annual Theatre of the Oppressed and cross-cutlural solidarity-building intensives, arts equity training workshops, and master classes in specialized arts techniques for diverse artists and we provide professional development support services to marginalized, diverse artists.
Arts Advocacy: Collective Impact for Systemic Change
We run local and national arts advocacy collectives, through The Calgary Collective for Equity & Diversity in the Arts and The Deaf, Disability & Mad Arts Alliance of Canada.