Vancouver TUTS’ We Will Rock You and Something Rotten! Champion Diversity

TUTS’ We Will Rock You; Photo: Emily Cooper

When Saccha Dennis, director of Theatre Under the Stars’ upcoming production of We Will Rock You, played Alice in an elementary school production of Alice in Wonderland, an audience member in the front row looking at her curiously. As a Black actor, director, and educator, she’s spent her whole life negotiating and defying expectations of what theatre should look like.

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Vancouver TUTS’ We Will Rock You and Something Rotten! Champion Diversity

A Conversation with Leslie Hurtig, Artistic Director of Vancouver Writers Fest, on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Arty Guava – Three Figures

Margaret Atwood. Margaret Laurence. Robertson Davies. Timothy Findley. These were the big names in Canadian Literature (CanLit) who emerged in the 1960s and 1970s and formed an initial literary canon.

Now in 2021, while these names continue to be highly recognized, new and diverse writers increasingly make up the national literary scene.

“They were the canon of CanLit. Clearly, that’s just not a good representation of who we are here in Canada, and I think finally, we’re catching up to that. The result is we get to add many, many different voices to that list of CanLit superstars,” says Leslie Hurtig, Artistic Director of the Vancouver Writers Fest.

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A Conversation with Leslie Hurtig, Artistic Director of Vancouver Writers Fest, on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion