Red Threads Art Therapy can facilitate art therapy workshops to work with your agency’s clients or staff to support group art expression, community or group dialogue, or professional development.
I have been involved in many different playback theatre companies for the past ten years, as an actor, conductor and director. I currently direct Thirdspace Playback Edmonton since 2016.
Playback Theatre is a form of improvisational theatre that invites audience members to share stories from their lives, which actors reflect back using improvisation including movement, words, and music. Jonathan Fox and Jo Salas founded Playback Theatre in 1975 in order to encourage connection and communication through shared personal stories. Since then, there are a variety of Playback Theatre companies in different communities all over the world.
Living Histories Ensemble - Photo credit: David Ward
Third Space Playback Theatre Edmonton is a group of individuals committed to exploring the themes of intersecting identities through Playback Theatre in order to promote dialogue, community change, and social justice. These are encounters of being and experiencing in-between: stories of exclusion/inclusion, growing up different, trying to fitting in. We are invested in hearing stories of negotiating the margins and the centre, of our constructed or chosen identities along the spectrum of race, gender, class, and sexual orientation. We formed as a group of diverse people representing different ethno-cultural communities, language groups, and Indigenous communities. We are a group of creative arts therapists, artists, academics and activists who are passionate about critically engaged participatory theatre. Our overall mission is to create spaces of dialogue between diverse communities with the aim to create bridges of communication between Indigenous and settler communities.
Our objective as a team is to be able to create safe spaces of dialogue through Playback Theatre so that people can share their lived experiences and connect to each other across boundaries, cultures, and communities in uncovering our shared humanity.
Photo credit: Aloys Fleischmann