Our vision is to infuse art with social responsibility and use it as a potent force for personal & social transformation.* Our artistic aim is to repurpose live performance into potent public spectacles that turn passive spectators into active spect-actors.** Our socio-political cause is to unite marginalized artists and community groups in cross-cultural solidarity, through imaginative approaches to praxis: Critical reflection on the world in order to take action to transform it.
Our mission is to create equitable opportunities for diverse artists and marginalized community groups to use the arts to: Further integrate into the cultural, artistic and social fabric of our communities; Establish a more visible, meaningful presence in society; Increase awareness of critical social issues; and Promote a broader appreciation of diversity.
1. Cultivate an arts ecology in which diversity is truly valued.
2. Invest in, amplify and prioritize the collective interests of still-excluded equity-seeking artists.
3. Prioritize decolonization, anti-racism, anti-oppression and disability justice in systemic equity.
4. Disrupt colonial ways and transgress normalized aesthetic expectations.
Roles in the Arts Sector
1. A creator of intercultural, interdisciplinary, original productions.
2. A global Centre for the Theatre of the Oppressed.
3. A significant contributor to Deaf, Disability & Mad Arts.
4. A regional network of autonomy-seeking, diverse artists.
5. A national hub of arts equity education and resources.
Roles in our communities
1. A disrupter of the status quo.
2. A forger of reciprocal relationships.
3. An elevator of bottom-up, collective knowledge.
4. A proven catalyst of economic equity, cultural autonomy and systemic change.
5. A tireless organizer of cross-cultural solidarity.
1. Truth & Reconciliation
2. Popular Education
3. Radical Love
4. Bertolt Brecht/ Epic Theatre/ Theatre of Alienation
5. Critical Social Theory
6. Anti-Oppressive Practice
8. Ethical Space
* Our thanks to Anna Deavere Smith, for this framing.
** Our thanks to Augusto Boal, for this framing and for endorsing us as a Centre for the Theatre of the Oppressed.