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.

Rena Cohen

For me the feminine perspective is about fostering community, and providing a style and process of leadership that reinforces community. Embedded into my role at Realwheels is the need to authentically reflect the values of disability culture, and to serve as a liaison between the disability community and the theatre community.  I challenge myself to understand and to internalize the diverse voices of the disability community, and to convey those voices through the many decisions and choices that we make with regard to production, casting, mentorships, etc.

It may be a generalization, but I think most people who work in the cultural and arts sector are sensitive to the lack of equity that exists on so many platforms, whether that of societal minorities, cultural minorities, socioeconomic, gender, etc.  Perhaps being a woman makes me more sensitive to some inequities, but my privilege probably desensitizes me to others.  Can anyone go through life without learning to recognize that “everyone is fighting a battle you know nothing about”?