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Straight White Men: Talk Forward Speakers

STRAIGHT WHITE MEN TALK FORWARD SPEAKERS

We are excited to have the following Talk Forward speakers give their unique perspective on the topics in Straight White Men.

Feb. 5th
Joanna Garfinkle - Theatre Artist
Joanna Garfinkel is the co-founder of collectively and socially-driven play development company Universal Limited. She is the co-creator, with Yoshié Bancroft, of JAPANESE PROBLEM, a site-responsive piece about the Japanese Canadian Incarceration, which has been performed site-specifically in Vancouver, at Soulpepper in Toronto, and in several locations in between. Previously, she co-created and directed the pedicab adventure Tour for HIVE 3, produced by the Electric Company, Universal Limited, and the Cultural Olympiad. That site-specific escapade was reinvented for Victoria (Theatre SKAM), and Toronto (SummerWorks). Joanna is struck by the systemic inequities that repeat in Canada, and to troubling those patterns through performance. Recent credits include the multi-award-winning Poly Queer Love Ballad, which toured to Theatre Passe Murailles in 2019. She has been nominated for three Jessie awards, winning one (Critics Choice for Innovation); was awarded the Pure Research grant from Nightswimming Theatre (Toronto), and has received the Sydney Risk Award for directing. She moved to Vancouver to get her MFA in directing at UBC, and her focus since has been primarily in new play development, multidisciplinary, and site-specific work. She has trained with Anne Bogart and the SITI Company in New York, and is the project dramaturg for PTC. Upcoming: dramaturgy for a host of Queer work including Berlin: the Last Cabaret at PuSh, Mx at the Cultch, and Catalina La O Presenta: Ahora Conmigo with PTC. https://www.universallimited.ca/

  

Feb. 6th
Cicely Bell Blain - Diversity and Inclusion Consultant, Cicely Blain Consulting
Cicely Belle Blain is the CEO of a social justice-informed diversity and inclusion consulting company with over 100 clients across North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. They are noted for founding Black Lives Matter Vancouver and subsequently being listed as one Vancouver’s 50 most powerful people, BC Business’s 30 under 30 and one of 150 Black women and non-binary people making change across Canada. Cicely Belle is an instructor in Executive Leadership at Simon Fraser University and the author of Burning Sugar (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2020).  https://www.cicelyblainconsulting.com/

Feb. 7th
David Hatfield Manology, Program Director
David is a leadership consultant and educational facilitator specializing in transformative, experiential education.  His areas of focus are masculinity, conflict transformation, rites of passage and improvisational singing.  He is faculty at Citystudio and guest faculty at The Haven.  David’s work has been contracted nationally and internationally since 1998.  He holds an M.A. in Process Oriented Facilitation and Conflict Studies, and an M.Ed. in Social Ecology. www.davidhatfield.ca

Feb. 8th – 2 pm
Geoff Mann Department of Geography Professor, SFU
Geoff Mann is a Professor of economic geography. His research and teaching concern the political economy of contemporary capitalism, with a particular focus on the politics of macroeconomic policy, the interaction of economic governance and efforts to address climate change, and social and political theory. His most recent books are In the Long Run We Are All Dead: Keynesianism, Political Economy and Revolution (Verso, 2017); The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money: A Reader’s Companion (Verso, 2017); and Disassembly Required: A Field Guide to Actually Existing Capitalism (AK Press, 2013). With Brett Christophers and Andrew Leyshon, he co-edited Money and Finance After the Crisis: Critical Thinking for Uncertain Times (Wiley, 2017). Climate Leviathan: A Political Theory of Our Planetary Future, co-authored with Joel Wainwright, will appear with Verso in early 2018. http://www.sfu.ca/geography/people/profiles/geoff-mann.html

Feb. 8th – 8 pm
David Bloom Theatre Artist
David Bloom is a playwright, director, dramaturg, actor and fight choreographer. He has worked across the country.  He is currently developing: Next Door to the Butcher Shop with Rodney DeCroo and Samantha Pawliuk. Bloom is a graduate of Studio 58 where he is currently on the faculty.

Feb. 11th – 1 pm
Hayden Averill - Program Facilitator, Children of the Street
Hayden Averill is the current Program Coordinator of Redefining Manhood: Acting Out Against Toxic Masculinity and Exploitation. This program consists of a 60 minute, interactive, workshop with secondary school students (aged 13-18). Hayden discusses the role that men, and by extension masculinity, play in sexual violence. He challenges young men to challenge traditional concepts of masculinity and educated about how toxic aspects of masculinity contribute to the issue of sexual assault in Canadian high schools. Hayden created the curriculum, books workshops, coordinates travel, as well as runs the social media of the Redefining Manhood program. https://www.childrenofthestreet.com/redefining-manhood

Feb. 11th – 8 pm
Jivesh Parasram Facilitator & Theatre Artist, Rumble Theatre​
Jivesh is an award-winning multi-disciplinary artist and facilitator of Indo-Caribbean descent. His work has toured Nationally and Internationally. Jiv is the founding Artistic Producer of Pandemic Theatre. He became the Artistic Director of Rumble Theatre in Fall 2018, following three years as the Associate Artistic Producer at Theatre Passe Muraille. He was a member of the Cultural Leaders Lab with the Banff Centre and Toronto Arts Council. His public service work has included collaborations with the Ad Hoc Assembly, The Canadian Commission for UNESCO, and as an advisor to the National Arts Centre. Jiv has received numerous recognitions for his contributions to the sector including the Toronto Arts Council Emerging Artist Award, Two Harold Awards, and A Herald Angel from the Edinburgh Festival as part of the CanadaHub programming in 2018. His current cultural practice centres decolonization through aesthetics. (Photo credit - Graham Isador) https://rumble.org/

Feb. 12th
Parker Johnson Independent Consultant, Elevate Inclusion Strategies
Parker Johnson has been working in the field of harassment and discrimination prevention, workplace equity and inclusion, conflict resolution and organizational change for over 15 years in Canada. Prior to moving to Canada in 2002, he worked in the US in higher education student services focusing on diversity, equity, and inclusion. He currently works with Elevate Inclusion Strategies on organizational change and development related to equity, diversity, and inclusion which includes conflict resolution, coaching and leadership development. https://www.elevate-inclusion.com/parker-johnson.html

Feb. 13th
C .S. Fergusson-Vaux - Artist, Organizer, Researcher, and Historian
CS Fergusson-Vaux is a Queer Artist, Organizer, Researcher, and Historian with a fervent belief in decolonizing our community, encouraging and aiding in bold cultural endeavours, and constructing an ethical and inclusive artistic legacy. Recent work includes projects with The Frank Theatre Company and Zee Zee Theatre. 

Feb. 14th
Selena Couture - Assistant Professor of Drama, University of Alberta
Dr. Selena Couture is an Assistant Professor at the University of Alberta, Edmonton/ Treaty 6 territory, Métis homelands. She writes academic works engaged with concepts of history, performance, Indigenous lands, and languages as well as constructions of race focusing on whiteness. Recent publications include Against the Current and Into the Light: Performing History and Landin Coast Salish Territories and Vancouver’s Stanley Park (McGill-Queen’s Native and Northern Series, 2020) and On This Patch of Grass: CityParks and Occupied Lands (Fernwood 2018). She also serves on the board of directors of Solid State Community Industries, Arts in Action and Leaky Heaven Performance Societies.

Feb. 15th
Kristen Gilbert - Director of Education, Options for Sexual Health
Kristen Gilbert is the Director of Education for Options for Sexual Health, Canada’s largest non-profit provider of sexual health services. Kristen delivers comprehensive sexual health education to students of all ages in a wide variety of school settings, including in the public and independent school systems, in alternative programs, and for youth in custody. She also leads Options’ vibrant professional training programs, providing support for education and health professionals who wish to develop their capacity to connect confidently with clients about their sexual health. In addition to her work at Options, Kristen teaches a Nursing course in human sexuality at the University of British Columbia, where she also guest lectures in the departments of Education and Pharmacy. https://www.optionsforsexualhealth.org

 

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