The Feminist Unconference on Saturday, September 28

Connect and collaborate on the final day of Nightwood’s 2019 Groundswell Festival! Theatre practitioners are invited to listen, lead and unpack all things feminist at this hierarchy-smashing, participant-driven unconference. Join us afterwards for a celebratory cinq-à-sept to launch Nightwoods 2019-20 Season!

Co-hosted by Donna-Michelle St. Bernard and Tanya Rintoul
11:30 am-4:30 pm (with a lunch break mid-way through)
Ernest Balmer Studio
Studio 315, 9 Trinity St. in the Distillery District
Join us afterwards for a celebratory cinq-à-sept (5-7pm) to launch Nightwood’s 2019-20 Season!

This event is free to attend. As the studio has a capacity limit, please consider reserving your spot by clicking here.

Details on the unconference format from Wikipedia:

“An unconference is a participant-driven meeting. The term ‘unconference’ has been applied, or self-applied, to a wide range of gatherings that try to avoid hierarchical aspects of a conventional conference, such as sponsored presentations and top-down organization….Typically at an unconference, the agenda is created by the attendees at the beginning of the meeting. Anyone who wants to initiate a discussion on a topic can claim a time and a space.”

About the Co-hosts

Donna-Michelle St. Bernard (aka Belladonna the Blest) is an emcee, playwright, dramaturge and agitator.  Her work has been nominated for the Siminovitch Prize, Governor General’s Literary Awards, SATA, Herman Voaden Playwriting Award, Enbridge PlayRites Award and Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Play.  She has been engaged as a dramaturge for Pink Pluto, Native Earth Performing Arts, Factory Theatre, lemonTree creations and Humber College Drama Program.  DM is the artistic director of New Harlem Productions, emcee in residence at Theatre Passe Muraille, playwright in residence at lemonTree creations and coordinator of the ADHOC Assembly. St. Bernard has also been selected as the new Write from the Hip program director for Nightwood Theatre’s 2019-20 season.

Tanya Rintoul is a director, theatre maker, and dramaturge born and based in Toronto. She is currently developing a number of projects, mainly with her creative partner Rachel Ganz. Her most recent directing production credits include: assistant directing A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE (Soulpepper), THE QUEEN’S EULOGY (Toronto Fringe), THE NAILS (SummerWorks), THE LAST FIVE YEARS (Rural Stages Productions), DECEITFUL ABOVE ALL THINGS (The Storefront Theatre), THE LISTENING ROOM (NTS), GRUESOME PLAYGROUND INJURIES (NTS), FLESH AND OTHER FRAGMENTS OF LOVE (NTS). She is a graduate of the Humber College Theatre Performance program and The National Theatre School directing program.