Crow’s Theatre is pleased to launch Canada’s first Docu-Theatre Creators Unit. Lead by Crow’s Associate Artistic Director and documentary theatre playwright, Andrew Kushnir, the unit will provide a development platform for four emerging creator-investigators: Frank Cox O’Connell, Ellie Moon, Ngozi Paul and Sarah Segal-Lazar.
Documentary Theatre remains a dynamic way to bring issues of the day into the theatre, to feature local voices and a multitude of perspectives, as well as to explore questions of justice and the “State of the Nation” on a substantial canvas. Crow’s Theatre is committed to nurturing creators in this genre to help innovate and expand Canada’s docu-drama practices. With previous works like Seeds, The Watershed and Winners and Losers, the company has made its mark as one of Canada’s leading developers of the form. Crow’s put out a call for submissions last year for works-in-progress that feature documentary theatre techniques in their creation process, or pursue documentary/verbatim theatre as a form and received nearly 40 applicants. The unit will include: group meetings throughout the season, sessions with documentary theatre practitioners and other professionals related to this genre of theatre-making, public readings and facilitated public feedback sessions, and the opportunity to become a work-in-development for an upcoming season at Crow’s.