Climate Change Theatre Action at UFV

Nov 272021

July 20 @ 3:39 pm

UFV Theatre presents the first production of its 2021-2022 theatre season, Climate Change Theatre Action 2021, directed by visiting guest artist Elaine Ávila. 

UFV Theatre is excited to create theatrical videos of ten of these short and engaging plays, launching a restart to creating, rehearsing, and designing theatre live and in person. Students are utilizing a wide variety of tools available at UFV to create the videos, including editing software, green screen technology, costume, make up, sets, lighting, video design, indoor and outdoor shoots, and Adobe animation software. 

The authors of the plays are Métis, Algonquin, Oji-Cree, Azorean Portuguese, Ugandan, Canadian, South Asian, Mohegan, Aboriginal Australian from the Palawa people of Tasmania, and Turtle Mountain Chippewan. The plays chosen for this production are:

Angella Emurwon – INITIATION
Elaine Ávila – MOSSOM CREEK
Keith Barker – APOLOGY, MY
Wren Brian – WHEN
Dylan Thomas Elwood – MIZHAKWAD (THE SKY IS CLEAR)
Himali Kothari – FRIENDS FOR LIFE
Corey Payette – GREEN NEW STEAL
Yvette Nolan – RANGER
Madeline Sayet – WHAT WE GIVE BACK 

CCTA 2021 features UFV Theatre student ensemble actors Sarah Byers, Emmanuel Akpoviroro, and Jennifer Steadman. Student production designers include Brooklyn Doornbos (hair and makeup), Lisa Patetta (costumes, Assistant Stage Manager, Assistant Director), and Makayla Pollock (lights and costumes). Backstage student crew include Stefan Boekhorst (sound/set), Joshua Franklin (lights/props), Trevor Marsh (sound/voice) and Aimée Payeur (set/props). Students are mentored by part-time faculty member and UFV alumni Matthew Piton, wardrobe manager Heather Robertson, theatre technician Mark Sutherland, and media arts assistant professor William Maher. 

Performances will be held via zoom and tickets are free; however, audience members are encouraged to make a donation to the UFV Indigenous Student Emergency Fund when they reserve tickets, and we encourage audience members to educate themselves about the ongoing legacy of residential schools and the relationship between climate change and the intergenerational effects of colonization. 

Donating to the UFV Indigenous Student Emergency Fund is one small action we can take to begin to reckon with the enormity of colonial practices and to become better stewards of this place, and by helping Indigenous students at UFV meet their educational goals, audience members can take a positive step towards Indigenizing and reconciliation. 

Post Performance Talkbacks will occur after every show, which promise to enhance audience members’ understanding of the performance. 

University of the Fraser Valley – Online

33844 King Road
Abbotsford, British Columbia V2S 7M8 Canada
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