Vocabulary

One of the things I’m working on during the pandemic is improving my vocabulary. I find when I’m trying to communicate to a group I’m not as articulate as I’d like to be because I’m constantly overthinking my word choices and worrying that they’re too boring or ineffective. Writing on a computer is another thingContinue reading “Vocabulary”

Forgive Me But, Um, No.

One of the keys to happiness, or at least contentment, in my opinion, is boundaries. Boundaries are clear delineations of what is and is not OK. In my experience, people (myself included) tend to struggle with the “clear” bit. We all have our ideas of what is needed and what isn’t; what counts as productiveContinue reading “Forgive Me But, Um, No.”

Longer Lifespan

Much like many queer characters in the current canon, queer work often dies too soon. I’m thinking of a play I directed and dramaturged in 2018 called Re:Construct. It’s a beautiful play about growth from a trans perspective, and it had a successful run at the Ottawa Fringe. But it could go much further. AndContinue reading “Longer Lifespan”

When Time Kicks In

When I was around ten or eleven, I wrote a song that had the following lyric: They say a broken heart can mend When time kicks in the pain will end But how long does it take, For time to come? Heavy. A bit too saccharine for me, even now. But I think about itContinue reading “When Time Kicks In”

Theatre: An Empathy Playground

Let’s not forget, in this relatively short blip of time when humans aren’t gathering to experience live theatre, the powerful effect that the art form has on our communities. Theatre encourages empathy by acting as a playground for emotions. In that room, together, we put ourselves in different shoes. As a group, we’re imagining whatContinue reading “Theatre: An Empathy Playground”

Standards of Lifting

Marginalized people face a disproportionate amount of forced introspective work: the desperate search for purpose, or an innate “goodness”, that will counterbalance the shaming we face from those in power. After swimming through oceans of ignorance and deeply engrained biases, we’re often left dripping with diffidence. Maybe if I work harder at articulating my personalContinue reading “Standards of Lifting”