THE WORK I'VE DONE WITH STAGE LEFT HAS
Stage Left's Artistic Practice
Our artistic practice invites artists, activists, advocates, communities and audiences to transgress colonial 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.
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 literacy, education and advocacy.
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)
- original 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.
We run an annual summer training intensive in Theatre of the Oppressed techniques; develop and deliver
(anti)master classes in non-normative techniques; and provide arts equity literacy training and consultation.
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.