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Register for a Recipe for a Room Agreement Workshop
ARCS workshop Join us online as ARCS (Authentic, Radically Curious Support) co-creators Tahirih Vejdani and Amelia Sargisson, along with trained ARCS facilitators Derek Kwan and Giovanni Spina, discuss the value of creating a Community Agreement and provide you with a template for creating your own. They will also examine techniques for navigating - with curiosity and compassion - those moments when the values in the Community Agreement are compromised or betrayed. What practices can we employ to investigate rather than avoid, ignore, or suppress the discomfort that arises in these moments? Practically speaking, how can we reframe these moments as portholes to deeper understanding and connection with one another inside the theatre-making process?

This 3-hour interactive session will cover:
  • guidance in co-creating a Community Agreement - from taking inventory of personal values to distilling these into 3-5 collective values;
  • ideas for maintaining and deepening your Community Agreement through daily, embodied, energetic practices which help prioritize shared values in word and deed;
  • an overview of the anatomy of conflict, with the idea that anyone with insight into how conflict generates can prevent it from escalating, and redirect energies to the fertile, generative ground of creative disagreement;
  • an introduction to basic tools of conflict management and self-regulation, and a discussion of how these can be applied in real-life scenarios; and
  • a discussion of the neurological implications of identifying with creative roles, and how this in turn impacts group dynamics and our ability to co-regulate/maintain our Community Agreement.
For more information, click here or contact arcs@tift.ca

Date: Monday, January 23rd
Time: 6:30 p.m. (ET)
Venue: Online via Zoom

ASL interpretation will be provided for this event.

To attend, please register here.

Feel free to submit a question in advance while registering to ensure it is asked during the webinar!
Your instructors:

Amelia Sargisson is a bilingual actor hailing from Montréal. Currently, she’s on stage at Crow’s Theatre in Lolita Chakrabarti’s Red Velvet, directed by Cherissa Richards. She’s looking forward to diving into La Bête with director Dylan Trowbridge at Talk Is Free Theatre in the New Year. Recently, she appeared in the world première of Ann-Marie MacDonald’s Hamlet 911 at Stratford. Amelia has narrated several audiobooks for Penguin Random House. She is a co-creator of ARCS, a program for fostering more communicative and compassionate collaborative spaces, as well as of the TIFT Two-Way Mentorship Program, which is currently in its second nation-wide iteration, thanks to support from the CPAWRF. Amelia is working on a solo show called Fer Shame, and her previously published play, 30 People Watching, co-written with nisha ahuja, appears in ReView: an anthology of plays committed to social justice.

Tahirih Vejdani is a Toronto based artist of Persian and South Asian heritage. Her artistic practice includes working as an actor, singer, vocal instructor, music director, arts administrator and ARCS facilitator. Tahirih holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Regina with a double major in Vocal Performance and Music History. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Vocal Pedagogy through the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. Tahirih is a vocal instructor at Sheridan’s Bachelor of Musical Theatre program and currently is a resident artist with Talk Is Free Theatre in the Artist BIG program developing ARCS and the Two-Way Mentorship program. Follow her at @tahirihvejdani // www.tahirihvejdani.ca

Equity encourages artists from all equity-seeking groups to access our Mental Health & Wellness program and to attend the online Webinars. Facilitating participation of historically under-represented communities in these and all of Equity’s activities is a fundamental commitment to Equity’s membership.

Equity gratefully acknowledges the Government of Canada for the funding of these programs through the Department of Canadian Heritage, Canada Performing Arts Workers Resilience Fund (CPAWRF). / Equity tient à remercier le Gouvernement du Canada, qui a financé le Programme de réactivation par le biais de Patrimoine Canada et du Fonds pour la résilience des travailleurs du secteur des spectacles sur scène du Canada (FRTSSSC).


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