Equity & Safer Spaces

We believe everyone has the right to create in a safe place where they are welcome and respected.

We believe in and support people who have experienced harassment, violence, or discrimination.

We are mindful that much of our work takes place in amiskwaciwâskahikan (Edmonton) on Treaty 6 territory, the traditional lands of many Indigenous Peoples, including Cree, Saulteaux, Blackfoot, Dene, Métis, and Nakota. We are all treaty people, all affected by the colonization of these lands, with many of us still benefitting at the expense of others.

We recognize that racism is embedded in our current colonial systems and in the history of our country. We know that racial violence continues to be a lived experience for those in our community who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour.

We believe creation and performance should be joyful and respectful, and our best work comes when collaborators feel safe to bring their whole selves into the work.

Our studio practices include:

  • Use a person’s preferred pronouns.
  • Supporting individuals’ access needs.
  • Collaborative cooperation. Collaborators are encouraged to speak up and step back as needed and appropriate.
  • Respecting other’s physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual boundaries.
  • Use inclusive language and listen and learn when language used may have been exclusive.
  • Assume a positive intent from others and listen and learn when the impact of our actions may not match our intent.
  • Acknowledge that artistic creation is a vulnerable and challenging process, and that artistic content may sometimes include language, characters, situations, and other elements that may be perceived as inappropriate, offensive, or triggering.