Thursday, 31 March 2016

Book Launch for Ignite: Illuminating Theatre for Young People

Celebrate youth theatre with us at the launch of Ignite: Illuminating Theatre for Young People, and hear readings from Andrew Kushnir and the URGE collective! 

Monday, April 18
Doors at 6:30pm
Theatre Direct

Edited by Heather Fitzsimmons Frey, Ignite is a groundbreaking collection of three plays for young audiences feature “messy” and complicated creation processes: The Middle Place by Andrew Kushnir, verbatim theatre created from interview transcripts with shelter youth; And by the way, Miss . . . by URGE with the Ensemble, devised theatre created by women developed through workshops with girls, and made for exclusively girl audiences; and Beneath the Ice by Eva Colmers, a location-specific, cross-cultural piece that was enriched by Southerner and Northerner encounters in Canada.

Andrew Kushnir is a Toronto-based playwright, actor, director, and community arts worker. He is Creative Director of Project: Humanity, an organization raising awareness of social issues through the arts.

URGE is a collective of women who co-create original musically driven performance works, which use the variety of skills, techniques, and sound worlds of the members of the ensemble. 

Heather Fitzsimmons Frey holds a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto’s Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies. Some of her core fields of research include childhood, youth, agency, power and identity, young people and audience reception, and representations of childhood in young people’s theatre.

Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages will be served.