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I’m writing from lovely Halifax, Nova Scotia. I’m in town for the annual QueerActs Festival, which partners with Halifax Pride to bring notable local and national queer theatre artists to the stage at Bus Stop Theatre this weekend. I’ve been to this festival three times now. It’s awesome. This weekend, I’m here with a play I directed for the Buddies’ Young Creator’s Unit, Chimera, by Rory Jade Grey, presented here as part of the Emerging Artists program. Last year I was here with Shaista Latif’s Graceful Rebellions (another YCU piece – soon to be staged at SummerWorks) and the year before that, performing SPIN.
This year, in addition to a pretty amazing program of shows, there is also a conference happening on Saturday, bringing together local and national queer artists, presenters and performers to network. I’m giving a talk entitled “The Homo Solo”, inspired by / riffing off my 10 years creating and directing solo performance by young queer artists at Buddies…my consideration of the significance of the queer solo show in the ecology of Canadian creation / performance. Looking forward to seeing Halifax artists and friends at the festival and the conference. And, to going swimming with my pal Tanya Davis tomorrow.