Postmarginal Edmonton

September 12, 13, and 14, 2021

Westbury Theatre, Edmonton AB

What is Postmarginal Edmonton?

Postmarginal Edmonton will bring together a diverse group of 40 theatre artists, academics and cultural workers to explore how differences of gender identity, ethnocultural backgrounds, and physical and mental dis/abilities can be a source of creative inspiration in the theatre. Enriched by experiences in Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver, the three-day event responds to the specific context of the host city through storytelling, dialogue and physical workshops.

As we reignite our theatre communities, Postmarginal Edmonton is a chance to envision the future of theatre and rethink how inclusivity can be central to the creation process.

When: September 12, 13 and 14, 2021

Where: Westbury Theatre, Fringe Theatre Adventures

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Postmarginal Edmonton Partners

An Experiential Learning Event

To begin creating in an inclusive manner, we need mental, online, and real-life spaces where dialogue about identity and artistic freedom can take place in meaningful and respectful ways.

Postmarginal retreats were launched in 2018 as a new physical space for rethinking inclusivity in theatre. Part workshop and part think-tank, the main objective of a Postmarginal retreat is to discover, test, and propose new work ethics and creative strategies for exploring differences in the rehearsal hall.


For Three Days in Edmonton

In a meeting that is passionate, presencing, and courageous, the group is invited to share experiences through storytelling, discussion and physical activities to co-construct a new inclusive theatre.

Day 1 | Space to Give and Receive

Sunday, September 12, 2021

A day of mind and body encounters. We create the physical and mental space to speak freely, clearly and with compassion. Nine local theatre and performance artists share stories of intercultural experiences to generate collective understanding of the retreat’s central questions.

Day 2 | Embracing the Complexity

Monday, September 13, 2021

With the invitation to enter into a multilayered discussion about the creative potential of working across cultural differences and perspectives, the group travels between community-specific and collective discussions. Two practical workshops suited for all levels of experience will examine the dynamics of understanding and accessing our differences in creation.

Day 3 | Forward into Creation

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Participants are invited to bring the learning from the retreat into their organizations or artistic practice, and join with other artists and cultural workers to create concrete projects.


In a collective, design thinking, approach

We learn through stories...

Indigenous theatre practice from the North & South

Indigenous theatre practice from the North and South

How can Indigenous relationships from distant lands reflect positive ways of creating art?

with Lady Vanessa Cardona




Bridging value systems in creation

The Lioness: Bridging Value Systems in Creation

How do we move beyond cultural borders and embrace the values of different worlds?

with Shrina Patel

Marginalized Bodies and the Rehearsal Hall

Marginalized bodies and the rehearsal hall

How can marginalized and non-marginalized bodies share space in the context of racial violence?

with Mũkonzi Mũsyoki

Breaking the silence between us

Breaking the silence between us

How can Deaf and hearing actors make space for each other?

with Chris Dodd


Empathy & Change in Rehearsal Process

Empathy & Change in Rehearsal Process

How can working with disability create new pathways of understanding the rehearsal process?

with Brooke Leifso and David Horak


We learn through action

At the Limits of Self and Other: A Somatic Exploration

In Somatic Workshops with Meryem Alaoui, we will use a body-based approach, focusing on our sensations in the moment and on our presence in our body. We will explore principles and questions in an embodied experiential way through movement, touch, voice, and play, around the possibilities of creating connections within our self and between each other, especially in a socially distant environment. Together, we will learn from our own experiences and use our curiosity and our desire for discovering, uncovering or rediscovering as our guide.

Meryem Alaoui

Meryem Alaoui is a dancer-choreographer, somatic movement educator and embodiment coach from Morocco, living in Toronto, Canada.

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Her choreographic work is often an invitation towards a softer, more contemplative and sensorial experience of dance, which she uses as her act of resistance to the louder and more dominant voices and discourses in the field. Through her workshops and coaching practice, she guides people to lean into the wisdom and profound knowledge of their body to find their own answers and embody who they are fully. She’s been studying Body-Mind Centering® since 2016, with support from the Ontario Arts Council and the Dancer Transition Resource Centre. For more info: |

Rehearsal Practice Workshop

In workshops designed for all backgrounds and levels of experience, participants explore how our uniqueness can inspire the creative process. These workshops look at diverse cultural traditions; languages and speech accents; professional training methods; as well as at gender, physical, and emotional frameworks, to probe the intersection of creation and differences.

Workshop Leader

Workshop announcement coming soon!

Register today

To register, please click the Register button. Thanks to the support of the Edmonton Community Foundation, participants will be paid an honoraria of $100 for each day of participation. As we have a limited number of spaces available, and in the interest of having a strong representation from the different communities embraced by this project, we regretfully cannot guarantee a spot will be available for every individual. For any questions concerning registration, please contact Eric Rice (

Postmarginal Edmonton will monitor public health guidelines as reopening takes place. We are prepared if necessary to conduct the event in a manner that is physically-distanced, where all physical interaction closer than 2 metres (6 feet) will require the wearing of face masks. Our venue, the Fringe Theatre Adventures is fully accessible for all patrons and participants.

Accessibility features can be found here. We ask everyone to be courteous of their fellow participants and to avoid the wearing of perfume, cologne and other scented products. For wheelchair users: if you require a reserved wheelchair space, please note this in your letter of motivation. Please also note if you will be with an attendant that you wish to sit with. ASL interpretation will be provided throughout the three days of the retreat. Please help us prepare by noting at time of registration if you will be using this service. Participants with specific needs are welcome to contact Eric Rice ( in advance of their attendance to discuss arrangements to ensure their comfort and access. Advance site orientation visits for attendees can also be arranged.

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Special Thanks:

The Board of Directors and members of the Equity Committee of Walterdale Theatre Associates, especially May Kharaghani, Monica Roberts, David Owen, Mary-Ellen Perley, Kristina De Guzman, Pedro Rodriguez, and M.J. Kreisel for their input and dedication.

Jessie van Rijn from the Citadel Theatre and Keri Mitchell from Theatre Alberta for their rock-steady partnership.

Members of the Edmonton theatre community who joined us in planning sessions: Jordan Campion, Sue Goberdhan, Darrin Hagen, Brooke Leifso, Mukonzi Musyoki, Patricia Darbasie, Chris Dodd, John Hudson, Dr. Heidi Janz, Vanessa Sabourin, and Amena Shehab.

Members of the Postmarginal and Modern Times team who supported and guided the planning process: Peter Farbridge, Soheil Parsa, Gia Nahmens, Anne-Laure Mathieu, Crystal Chan and Ez Bridgman, Lisa Ndejuru.

This project was made possible through the Edmonton Arts Council and their Connections and Exchanges program, as well as the Department of Canadian Heritage’s Strategic Initiatives, and the Toronto Arts Council’s Open Door program. We thank the Edmonton Community Foundation for their gracious support of artist honorariums to attend the workshop.

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