Stage Left is a Popular Theatre company of marginalized artists and non-artists/ community organizers who collaborate on creative approaches to systems-change advocacy.
Popular Theatre is a participatory form of drama by and of "ordinary people" that speaks to ordinary people in our own language and deals with social issues that are relevant to us.
Our artistic practice transgresses artistic norms and aesthetic expectations. Our artistic programming spans a wide range, from production to presenting, trainings to commissions and a whole lot more in between.
We share compelling stories of oppressed people’s individual, cultural and socio-political realities through
daring forms of live performance:
- Artist-Community Collaboration (multidisciplinary Epic Theatre)
- Site-Specific Pop-Up Social Justice Encounters (Invisible Theatre spectacles)
- QueerCrip Physical Dance/Theatre (interdisciplinary Performance Creation)
- DIY Digital Film Production (New Media)
- Applied Theatre of the Oppressed (kicking ass)
We've shown the work of over 1,000 professional Deaf/ Disabled/ Mad artists to new audiences in Calgary (and Edmonton!) at Balancing Acts – our annual Disability Arts Festival (closed in 2010).
We run an annual summer training intensive in Theatre of the Oppressed techniques; develop and deliver (anti)master classes in aesthetic representation and non-normative production techniques; and facilitate arts equity training.
We've commissioned and premiered original performance works from dozens of Canadian artists, including Kazumi Tsuruoka, Lyle Victor Albert, Rachel da Silva Gorman, Alan Shain, Jan Derbyshire, Elizabeth Hudson, Heidi Janz, Ruth Bieber, Vi Ann Diep, James Doyle, Tegan McGarty, Danny Watt, The ACTORvists, and others.
Over the past 15 years of operations, we've become a leading contributor to Canada's Deaf, Disability & Mad Arts domain, a global Centre for the Theatre of the Oppressed and a hub of arts equity education and advocacy.