Brave Creative Spaces

As a community, we can create the change we seek for our industry.”

The national Council of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association

The Brave Creative Spaces Long Table is a compassionate response to unacceptable work cultures in theatre and an unsilencing call to action to prioritize each other’s psychological and physical safety in order to thrive in a respectful work environment.

On Sunday January 21 at the Centaur Theatre, we held a Brave Creative Spaces Long Table discussion with the Montreal English Theatre community to collaborate with and learn from emerging and established theatre artists to develop vocabulary and resources to address the need for safer theatre workspaces. Another objective of the long table discussion was to create the foundation for a community-led resource for safer spaces called the Brave Creative Spaces Pledge. The Pledge will outline vocabulary, resources and values and will be available for Montreal theatre artists and companies to access in September 2018.

Collaboration on the pledge is already underway thanks to our incredible committee of engaged community members.

Practices and policies which create safer spaces, promote consent, and respect individual boundaries will ultimately lead to more successful artistic processes and better theatre.”
The Theatre Arts Collective for Consent and Respect

 

How The Long Table for Brave Creative Spaces works (an archive)

Goals for the Brave Creative Spaces Long Table:

-offer an opportunity for our community to come together and exchange through open dialogue
-begin a discussion around the values that define brave creative workspaces
-gain a better understanding of what defines harassment and abuse of power
-create vocabulary and learn best practices that can help us deal with difficult situations
-inspire individuals and companies to create in an environment that fosters trust

WHAT IS A LONG TABLE DISCUSSION?

From: Strategies for Engaging the Public through Performance, Place and the Everyday

“The Long Table is a dinner party structured by etiquette, where conversation is the only course. The project ingeniously combines theatricality and models for public engagement. It is at once a stylised appropriation and an open-ended, non-hierarchical format for participation. Both of these elements – theatrical craft and political commitment – are mutually supporting in this widely and internationally toured work. The (often-feminised) domestic realm here becomes a stage for public thought.” -read more at http://publicaddresssystems.org/projects/long-table/, or contact us directly with your questions at erin@imagotheatre.ca

HOW DOES THE LONG TABLE WORK?

Glossary:
The Speakers are those who are seated at the table
The Listeners are those who are not seated at the table

There will be a continuous rotation between Speakers and Listeners though The Long Table will start with invited Speakers.

Step 1: RSVP TO THE BRAVE CREATIVE SPACES LONG TABLE
RSVP to attend HERE before January 19th

Step 2:
THE TABLE IS SET: CATALYSTS FOR CONVERSATION
The conversation will begin with several invited Speakers who will be exploring the question, How can we do the brave work of advocating for safety, responsibility  and respect in theatre workspaces?

The Listeners (those sitting outside the table) are asked to spectate and listen. In the interest of giving space to voices that are not often heard, we strongly encourage the participation of differently abled individuals, visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples and members of the LGBTQIA community to speak at the Long Table.

Typically there is no moderator for Long Table discussions. In this instance, due to the sensitive nature of the exchange, we will be calling upon the expertise of a human resource professional to mediate the conversation. Table guests are encouraged to use the craft paper and pencils provided to write and draw their reflections on the discussion as it unfolds.

Step 3: PULL UP A CHAIR: SHIFTING POINTS OF VIEW

Whenever a Listener has a question or comment, they are encouraged to take a seat at the table. A Listener then becomes a Speaker and a Speaker becomes a Listener. The Long Table aims at a continuous rotation to ensure that every voice has an opportunity to be at the literal and figurative table. Every person has the opportunity to be  heard and every guest offers another way of exploring the question: how can we do the brave work of advocating for safety, responsibility and respect in theatre  workspaces?

Resources

The Royal Court-Code of Behaviour; Preventing Sexual Harassment and Abuses of Power
The Royal Court Harassment and Bullying Policy
T
heatre arts collective for consent and respect- Best Practices Document
Canadian Actor’s Equity Association’s Not in Our Space initiative
AfterMeToo Resources