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Derek Kwan, Artistic Director

Derek Kwan started as Artistic Director of Common Boots Theatre in January, along with Kesta Graham in her new role as Managing Producer. Common Boots has a refreshed mandate that puts diversity and inclusion at its core along with collaboration and play, and they have been reimagining protocols and procedures to make the company as welcoming to as many people as possible, from patron services, working with artists, to administration and producing. Most recently, they helped fund an ASL adaptation of Yolanda Bonnell’s Inose/Field Trip at the CoMotion Festival, and will be working on Blind/Low Vision accessibility components for The Cave in June. They are also working on an inclusive General Call for Artists to launch in May to meet more artists in the theatre community. They can’t wait to share more about exciting events in the works- so stay tuned!

TAPA Member Profiles are dedicated to highlighting a member each month and everything that makes them unique! Tell us who you are, what you do, and what you’ve been working on. Member Profiles will be featured in the Communiqué and on this webpage.

The last year has encouraged us to reassess our social positions and challenged us to do our part in making the world a more equitable place for everyone. That’s why we want to use our Member Profiles page to highlight the initiatives you’re taking when it comes to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

To be featured in the Monthly Membership Profile, please contact Theresa Gerrow. We look forward to sharing the positive steps you are taking in building a stronger artistic community!

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