Migration Paths, a story about the experiences of Newcomers to Canada
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June 4th through the 6th will see Magnus Theatre in Education present its annual Collective Creation Project on stage. This year’s presentation is MIGRATION PATHS, a story about the experiences of Newcomers to Canada.
MIGRATION PATHS is part documentary theatre, retelling the stories of newly-landed Syrian teenagers in Thunder Bay, and part fiction based on real life accounts. The play follows three characters that must leave their home in search of a safer place, and the dramatic journeys that they embark on to get there. MIGRATION PATHS challenges audiences to consider: What if their story was your story?
The Collective Creation Project is an annual cooperative effort with Magnus Theatre and local high school students. With the guidance of professional theatre staff, students from across the city come together to write a play on a social issue affecting Thunder Bay. Students are involved in all aspects of the creation of the play, from writing to acting and production. Auditions are typically held in October, with writing workshops held November through to March. Rehearsals then begin in March, with public performances on our Mainstage in June.
The Collective Creation Project is led by Magnus Theatre in Education Director, Danielle Chandler. Danielle is a graduate of Lakehead University’s Education and Arts programs, as well as theatre with an educational focus at York University. She has taught both nationally and internationally, with experience in Toronto; Tenterden, England; Melbourne, Australia and Siem Reap, Cambodia. Danielle has held the position of Theatre in Education Director at Magnus Theatre since August 2014. She previously facilitated and directed 2015/2016’s Collective Creation Project BLOCKED, as well as 2016/2017’s INVISIBLES.
The Collective Creation Project is possible in part by generous funding from the Ontario Arts Council’s Artists and Communities in Schools program, and the United Way’s Youth 4 Community. MIGRATION PATHS is presented in conjunction with the Thunder Bay Multicultural Association.