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“Anti-Oppression and Canadian Theatre Criticism” led by Makram Ayache

October 20 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT

$15 – $40
Join this workshop to interrogate how theatre criticism reinforces – and how it can potentially counteract – oppressive forces in Canada.

About this Event

As the theatre industry in Canada continues to have frank and difficult discussions regarding inclusion across gendered and racial identities, theatre critics have the opportunity to analyze how their role plays into these systems. What might criticism that is actively anti-racist, queer and trans-inclusive look and sound like?

Join this workshop, hosted by the Canadian Theatre Critics Association, with playwright, performer, educator and activist Makram Ayache of Shajara Anti-Oppression and Equity Consulting. This training will introduce participants to a survey of anti-oppressive concepts informed by community conversations, academic research, and Makram’s experience in socially conscious pedagogy.

This workshop will be conducted over Zoom in two parts. Both sessions are included in the registration fee:

Part 1 – Tuesday, October 20 – 6-9 p.m. EST

Part 2 – Tuesday, October 27- 6-9 p.m. EST

The registration fee for current CTCA members is $15. For non-CTCA members, the fee is $40 which includes an associate membership into the organization for the remainder of the year.

All attendees will be required to fill out a short, 5-minute survey , which will be sent upon registration.

About the Canadian Theatre Critics Association

The CTCA is an association of professional critics, entertainment writers and journalists from digital, broadcast and print media across Canada. The organization’s objectives are to advocate for the profession, develop new voices, and promote the dissemination and analyses of Canadian theatre on a national and global scale. The CTCA was formed in 1981 out of the Toronto Drama Bench, and awards the national Nathan Cohen Awards and biannual Herbert Whittaker Award.

About Makram Ayache

Makram Ayache is trained as an educator from the University of Alberta and has extensive education experience working with children, youth, and adult learners in a variety of settings. Currently, he facilitates 2SLGBTQIA+ (2-Spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, Intersex, and Asexual/Agender) inclusion training through the 519 Church Street Community Centre in Toronto, Ontario. He also runs his own consultation and facilitation organization, Shajara, which works with organizations and individuals to make meaningful change towards equity and anti-oppression. He has synthesized anti-oppression education with theatre education through the Queer and Trans Youth Theatre Project hosted by Soulpepper Theatre and the 519. He has extensive experience in curricular design and development at the secondary, post-secondary, and community level of education. Much of his teaching philosophy is centered around an anti-oppressive and socially conscious pedagogy.


October 20
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
$15 – $40
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