Today's Youth: Driving Social Change University of Waterloo, Stratford Campus,125 St. Patrick StreetThursday, June 13, at 10:30 a.m.Panellists including Manifesto’s Stephanie Perrin and Mitchell Cushman (Outside the March Thatre) explore how the next generation is shaping society through art and political activism. Admission: $10.Theatre Artists Displaced by WarUniversity of Waterloo, Stratford Campus,
125 St. Patrick Street
Friday, June 14, at 10:30 a.m.Panelists including award-winning Iranian-born director Soheil Parsa (Modern Times Theatre), and Lebanese-born director Majdi Bou-Matar (MT Space Theatre), who recently received Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, explore the gifts and challenges they have faced as artists exiled from their native homes. Admission: $10.The Power of the PenFestival Theatre LobbySaturday, July 13, at 5:30 p.m.Some of Canada’s most political and prolific playwrights, including Carmen Aguirre (The Refugee Hotel, Something Fierce – winner of 2012 Canada Reads), Sky Gilbert (Ban This Show, The Emotionalists) and Djanet Sears (Harlem Duet, Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God), discuss the drive to write and the theatrical forum. Admission: $10.Reform It Altogether: Directing Shakespeare Today Studio Theatre, Sunday, July 14, at 11 a.m.
With directors Chris Abraham, Tim Carroll, Antoni Cimolino and Martha Henry. Chair: David Prosser. Admission: $10.Writing About the Right to DieStudio Theatre, Thursday, August 15, at 10:30 a.m.With journalist, broadcaster and author Ian Brown (The Boy in the Moon), playwright and lighting designer Itai Erdal (How to Disappear Completely), author Zoe FitzGerald Carter (Imperfect Endings) and playwright Judith Thompson (The Thrill). Moderator: Alex Bulmer. Admission: $10.What’s Past Is Prologue: Classical Theatre in our TimesStudio Theatre, Sunday, August 18, at 10:30 a.m.With artistic directors Jackie Maxwell (Shaw Festival), Peter Hinton (recently of the National Arts Centre) and others. Chair: Antoni Cimolino. Admission: $10.The Power of Women / Women in Power University of Waterloo, Stratford Campus125 St. Patrick StreetSunday, August 18, at 5:30 p.m. With author, playwright and activist Susan G. Cole; scholar Margaret Jane Kidnie and other panellists to be announced. Admission: $10. Anti-Semitism and The Merchant of Venice Studio Theatre, Wednesday, August 21, at 11 a.m. Len Rudner from the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, Holocaust historian Frank Bialystok and Shakespeare expert Vivian Rakoff examine the confrontation of synagogue and state in The Merchant of Venice. Admission: $10.
Support for the inaugural season of The Forum is generously provided by Kelly and Michael Meighen