How do language and culture intersect to influence story-making for the stage and screen? Through deep cultural identity and awareness, Chinese Canadian writer/actor Norman Yeung will share some of his work and reveal some of his process; Nitasha Rajoo (Creative Inclusive Educators) will crack open dialogue toward do-able action that will help celebrate diverse achievement in classrooms and staff rooms alike.
Norman Yeung is a writer, actor, and visual artist. His play "Theory" premiered at Tarragon Theatre in Toronto and had an American premiere by Mosaic Theater Company in Washington, DC; it won the Voaden Prize, was nominated for the Carol Bolt Award, and is published by Playwrights Canada Press. "Pu-Erh" received four Dora Mavor Moore Award nominations, including Outstanding New Play, and was a finalist for the Voaden Prize. Other plays and performance pieces include "The Zoonotic Story" (Stratford Festival/National Arts Centre), "I Know I’m Supposed to Love You" (Touchstone Theatre), "Deirdre Dear" (LaBute New Theater Festival, St. Louis), "In this moment." (Scotiabank Nuit Blanche), and "Black Blood" (Tapestry New Opera Showcase, with composer Christiaan Venter). Norman's current screenwriting projects include the feature film Rowds, to be developed with Crow’s Theatre and Mongrel Media, the feature film adaptation of his play "Theory", and a new series called Blood Rush with Darragh McDonald, recently pitched to Netflix. Norman is currently nominated for the 2021 Johanna Metcalf Performing Arts Prize. He holds an Honours B.F.A. in Film from Ryerson University and a B.F.A. in Acting/Theatre from the University of British Columbia. Norman was born in Guangzhou and divides his time between Toronto, Los Angeles, and his hometown of East Vancouver, on the traditional and unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples.
Nitasha Rajoo is the creator of Creative Inclusive Educators offering schools and teachers an opportunity to engage with BIPOC theatre professionals to reinvigorate and reimagine their drama and arts curricula by recentering stories from diverse, cultural and racialized groups. She is also the Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at Collingwood School. Nitasha has over 20 years experience in Performing Arts education, wearing many different hats; she recently worked at the Stratford Festival as the Interim Director of Education and as the Education Manager for the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre. Nitasha was also on the TTTOC Advisory Committee and has been a Social Justice facilitator on Antiracism Strategies and Creating Inclusive Spaces for the BCTF.