This post is part of a series for our Her Side of the Story encounter, May 13-14 2016 located at the National Theatre School of Canada. We invited theatre artists from across Canada to reflect on how their work in theatre is influenced by their perspective as women. Are they conscious of promoting a “feminine perspective” or is it something that is intuitive? Imago Theatre would like to thank all of the artists who responded to our questions for their thoughtful, insightful responses. We will be sharing these responses on our blog for the first two weeks of May. We will also be creating a publication of selected quotes, which will be available for free at the Her Side of the Story readings, long-table discussion, and cabaret.

Kate Newby

What does the feminine perspective mean to you?

Feminine perspective suggests a point of view, a narrative, and/or an experience shared through a female-identified lens.

Is it important to have the feminine perspective on stage? If so, why?

At a time when female narratives are rarely represented in theatre and film; when people identifying as female continue to face ageism, gender discrimination, pay inequity, and violence; it’s imperative that a creative platform exists for the female voice to be heard.

How do you approach your work as a female practitioner?

My gender has little to do with how I create theatre. As a theatre maker, my interest is in exploring narratives through a human lens, so my path as a theatre maker is moving in a direction of attempting to dismantle preconceived identity ‘norms’ and social constructs.

Does the feminine perspective inform your work?

The feminine perspective informs my political ambition as the Artistic Producer of Handsome Alice Theatre to achieve equality for female theatre makers, to increase the presence of the female voice on our stages, and to advance work opportunities for female artists.

According to you, what stories need the most telling? How is this reflected in your practice?

Stories that provoke the need to question, discuss, and reflect.  Stories that can begin to dismantle colonial ideals and traditions.

How do you approach choosing the work? What do you look for?

I look for stories that present complex challenges to the characters and artists portraying them. I look for work that offers artistic risk, sparks the imagination, and pushes the envelope. Work that is inclusive, curious and rebellious.

Kate Newby
Artistic Producer
Handsome Alice Theatre