Working Group

Disability, Pedagogies, and Performance

Convenors: Ash McAskill and Jessica Watkin

(from the original call for participants

Calling all academics, theorists, artists, and artists invested in issues of accessibility, disability, and performance in Canada. The Canadian Theatre Research Association presents the Disability, Pedagogies, and Performance Working Group (DPPWG). One of the main questions the DPPWG will be to explore how disability can prompt a rethinking of theatre practice, culture, and academic pedagogies. Through a combination of online and face-to-face dialogues, and artistic workshops, this working group will promote and consider disability as an important artistic constituency worthy and in need of deeper theoretical consideration and practical representation in the Canadian theatre academy.

Prior to meeting, members will congregate online to meet and familiarize with each other’s work. Based on these conversations, the working group conveners will isolate 3-4 questions for members to respond to whether in a traditional paper or artistic piece. During the first session members will present their responses to the questions and engage in deep conversation about what is stake in these provocations. The second session, members will explore ways of documenting and working through these issues through creative workshopping and break out groups, occasionally allowing non-members to participate.