3.7% Initiative

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The 3.7% Initiative has come to Edmonton!

Women & non-binary people who are ethnically diverse are invited to join us in creating a new kind of artistic leadership in theatre in Canada! Currently, self-identified culturally diverse women and non-binary people hold only 3.7% of the artistic theatre leadership positions in this country. We aim to change that.

Who else are you? You might be a performer, writer, director, dramaturg, choreographer, designer, technician, stage manager, dresser, producer, coach, teacher, administrator, marketer, a student of drama or a community organizer—or you may wear a combination of these hats at the same time. It doesn’t matter. If you want to increase your own skills, and work with others to make a change in the theatre landscape in Canada, you are welcome!

What do we do? Participants benefit from peer-to-peer learning and free programming, such as guest speakers, workshops, open discussions, and networking through attending cultural events.

The 3.7% Initiative was originally created in Vancouver by Sherry J. Yoon and Boca del Lupo Theatre for the express purpose of helping women who self identify as ethnically and culturally diverse find greater success in their performing arts practice. We were so inspired by their success, we are aiming to start the second chapter of the 3.7% right here in Edmonton, hosted by Concrete Theatre.

If you are interested in joining the 3.7%, please email m.ouchi@concretetheatre.ca for more information.

We co-presented:
THE FUTURE IS HERE: ARTISTIC LEADERSHIP FOR ETHNICALLY DIVERSE WOMEN AND NON-BINARY PEOPLE as part of Theatre Alberta’s 2019/2020Workshops By Request: Rocky Mountain Series, January 24-26, 2020.

Theatre Alberta thanks Banff Centre for its assistance with the Workshops by Request: Rocky Mountain Series, with funding from Alberta Workers’ Health Centre, the ECF and the Alberta Federation of Labour.

Concrete Theatre thanks I.A.T.S.E. Local 212 for their support of the 3.7% Initiative.