"THE WORK I'VE DONE WITH STAGE LEFT
HAS BEEN THE MOST PROFOUND OF MY ENTIRE LIFE."
|| Fleetwood Legay ||
Stage Left's APPLIED Art Work
We're a Popular Theatre company, with an accomplished body of work in the areas of arts presenting, production, commissioning, training, service and advocacy.
Through a continually evolving artistic practice that is intercultural and intersectional, we create original forms of Epic Theatre, put applied forms of Theatre of the Oppressed to very good use, and combine artistry with activism to dare spect-actors to transgress normalizing notions of the human condition.
We stage compelling stories of diverse people’s individual, cultural and political realities and claim spaces of cultural, political and aesthetic freedom for marginalized diverse artists.
We're driven by a deeply rooted political need to make potent public and artistic impact.
We're a leading contributor to Canada's Deaf, Disability & Mad Arts domain and a global Centre for the Theatre of the Oppressed.
Body of Work
1. 10 professional Disability Arts Festivals
2. 6 originally-created Epic Theatre productions
3. 15 Popular Theatre productions
4. 25+ Urban Interventions (pop-up social justice encounters)
5. 200+ Theatre of the Oppressed interventions
6. 50+ Community Arts productions
7. 30 Digital Films
8. 20 commissioned performances
9. Dozens of repurposed arts training programs
Professional Art: Disability + Feminist + Queer Art
We fuse together Disability, Feminist and Queer Arts into repurposed forms of Epic Theatre. Our originally-created productions amplify the perspectives of marginalized people on contemporary social justice issues, reveal the roots of injustice and compel passive spectators to become active spect-actors. Our artist-community collaborations make 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 community groups who wish to participate in the 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 repurposed arts techniques for diverse artists. We also 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.