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Tkarónto, June 11th, 2021 - After a three year hiatus, the two-time Dora-nominated indie theatre initiative safeword relaunches as a multidisciplinary arts collaborative and announces an exciting line-up of online summer programming.

“We are living in revolutionary times. Rules are changing, new languages are forming, power is being reclaimed, crimes are coming to light, old monuments are crumbling and a time for deep reckoning is upon us. It is all at once exciting and inspiring but fraught with uncertainty, resistance, and violence. This summer, we want to help navigate this new landscape with a series of online programs featuring an incredible roster of guest artists that engages with the issues of the times and presents possible pathways for moving forward.” says Artistic Director Brandon Crone (they/he) in their Welcome Back message. During the months of JuneJuly and Augustsafeword presents a three-part panel series called Flip the Script! Summer Symposium Series funded by the Canada Council for the Arts. Each event will focus on different elements of storytelling that venture beyond assumptive, colonial paradigms and amplify practices that liberate the artistry of dramatic creation.

The first event, Dramaturgy Now, will be broadcast on June 26th at 3pm EDT and features Taiwo Afolabi, Sadie Berlin, Davey Samuel Calderon, and Lindsay Lachance. Learn more at our Flip the Script! page HERE.

On July 14th and 21stsafeword is also thrilled to offer a two part seminar course called Head, Heart, Gut: The Foundations of Trauma-informed Practice facilitated by Ronnie Ali (they/them) who recently starred in the documentary series Shine True on OUTtv and Fuse TV.  Participants will join a community of learners to explore the philosophy and practice of anti-oppression and trauma-informed care. Learn more about the course HERE.

safeword is a nonprofit multidisciplinary arts collaborative committed to creating art experiences, professional development opportunities, sector research, and developing consent-based anti-oppression practices.

Media Contact: Brandon Crone (they/he), Artistic Director 
Instagram: @safeword.arts 
Tiktok: @whatsyoursafeword 
Facebook: @safeword.arts

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