In collaboration with industry professionals, No Strings Theatre aims to develop, empower and inspire the next generation of performing artists. Assuring an equitable space, we are committed to fostering anti-racist, non-biased theatrical practices while reducing socio-economic barriers. Our practices facilitate an inclusive space for community engagement in the arts.
We acknowledge the land we are meeting and operating on is the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples, which is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. We also acknowledge that Toronto is covered by Treaty 13 with the Mississaugas of the Credit.
Though a land acknowledgement is not nearly sufficient reparation to the injustices faced by Indigenous peoples both in the past and present; in a spirit of reconciliation, we recognize that, as settlers on this land, that we continue to owe a duty to truly honour the treaties signed with Indigenous peoples.
Statement on Racial Equality:
At No Strings Theatre, our mission is to tell the stories of Canadians, especially the untold history of racialized minorities in Canada. We are proud to be led by strong people from all backgrounds who all bring their unique and special stories to the company. We work hard every day to play our part in the true and full realization of racial equality. We know that racial equality does not have to be an ideal. Instead, it must be realized. We all have a part to play.
It's time to do more, now.
We are ready. Are you?
MANY VOICES MANY STORIES
In re-imagining our programming and desiring to encourage a new and progressive 'look' on our future stages, we unveil our Many Voices, Many Stories - telling the untold stories of Canadian history through artistic expressions of workshops and productions and supporting the development of new works by New Generation (Emerging) Artists. The Development of Dario et La Diablesse: A Caribbean Musical is the inaugural season of this program.
The creation of Many Voices Many Stories arose from the collaboration of Scott Hurst and Denise Williams. Denise's masters narrative study, My Voice, Your Voice, Our Voices (2019), investigates the value of dialogues in gaining the understanding of best practices for musicians to share and adopt music of another culture, with more sensitivity to the misdoings of stereotyping and appropriation. It was Scott who coined the title, Many Voices, Many Stories upon viewing, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s 2009 TED Talk: The damage of a single story. “… show a people as one thing, as only one thing, over and over again, and that is what they become.”
My Voice, Your Voice, Our Voices