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Disability Stage Right

Disability Stage Right

By Disability Stage Right
Welcome to Disability Stage Right: a podcast about putting artists, access and disability on stage, right. DSR examines access to, and the barriers faced in, training, physical spaces and attitudes through interviews and discussions with incredible Canadian theatre and performing artists with disabilities.

We'd love to hear what you think, and continue the conversations we have in each episode. You can find us:
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Getting To Know You

Disability Stage Right

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Game Changer
For this final episode of this pilot season, Myles and Stefanie have a remarkable conversation with accomplished actor, writer, director and educator Alex Bulmer. The conversation is particularly focussed on two topics: in the first half we hear and discuss the game-changing secret (listen to the episode and it won't be a secret!) that enabled Alex to build the successful and wide-ranging career in the UK, a dynamic conversation about training opportunities, for actors with disabilities: both obstacles and possibilities for students and instructors alike. If you are interested in being part of an effort to create an Access to Work style program in Canada, or simply want to stay connected with what's next for the podcast, please join our mailing list: https://mailchi.mp/5ed7a4511483/kip8b0vovd Or, if mailing lists aren't for you: Send us a message here, OR Reach out to us via social media (see links at the bottom), OR Leave us a voice message on our podcast landing page Episode Related Links and References Learn more about Alex and her work at her website: https://www.alexbulmer.co.uk/ And check out this article she wrote that we particularly like (and is relevant to this episode): https://journals.lib.unb.ca/index.php/tric/article/view/25325/29312 Learn More about the UK's Access to Work Scheme here: https://www.gov.uk/access-to-work “Backstage in Biscuitland” (Jess Thom’s book) actually called “Welcome To Biscuit Land: A year in the life of Touretteshero” https://www.touretteshero.com/shop/welcome-to-biscuit-land-signed-copies/ (We also highly recommend her blog--at www.touretteshero.com--and note that "Access to Work" is one of the indexed terms--you can find it mentioned in 48 different blog posts...both the good and the bad of it). Photo courtesy of Harbourfront Centre Thanks for listening to our podcast! If you enjoyed it, please share it with friends--or random strangers on social media! The Disability Stage Right Team is Angela Chalmers (technical producer/director) Myles Taylor (co-host and secret repository of technical podcast know-how) Stefanie Wiens (co-host and podcast originator/producer) You can follow us... On Twitter @DisabilityStage On Instagram @disabilitysr On Facebook @disabilitysr or email us at: dsrpodcast at gmail dot com Disability Stage Right is made possible by a Digital Originals grant from the Canada Council for the Arts
01:13:47
March 12, 2021
I Won't Call You Out (But I Might Call You In)
Toronto-based Disability Consultant and Podcaster (and our very own podcast mentor) Drew Gurza joins Myles and Stefanie in conversation about his experiences of theatre, ableism and the importance of authentic disability representation--not only onstage and screen, but behind the scenes as well. Episode References: The director Drew mentions working with is Jonathan Seinen, who can be found here: https://www.jonathanseinen.com/ The Malteser commercial Drew mentions is called New Boyfriend and you can find it here: It turns out it was part of a series of Malteser commercials featuring disabled and non disabled characters. Here’s another fun one:  The light side of disability (The Wedding) Finally: If you recognize the description of the one man fringe festival show that Stefanie saw in the 90s (she thinks it had a name like a Clean Shave or Close Shave)… and know what that show is, or who the performer was, please send us a message—Stefanie would LOVE to figure this out!! You can find Drew at... Facebook: @DrewGurzaTweets Twitter: @DrewGurza Instagram: @DrewGurza Website: www.andrewgurza.com Listen to his podcast Disability After Dark (find it at his website, or wherever you get your podcasts from) Photo Credit: Alice Xue, 2020 The Disability Stage Right Team is Angela Chalmers (technical producer/director) Myles Taylor (co-host and secret repository of technical podcast know-how) Stefanie Wiens (co-host and podcast originator/producer) You can follow us... On Twitter @DisabilityStage On Instagram @disabilitysr On Facebook @disabilitysr or email us at: dsrpodcast at gmail dot com Disability Stage Right is made possible by a Digital Originals grant from the Canada Council for the Arts
01:11:35
February 26, 2021
Audience Check-in
With 6 of our 8 pilot episodes out in the world, we are eager to hear what you would like to hear more of...or if you'd like to hear more at all! (Transcript of this 2 minute segment is in italics at the bottom of this description). The Disability Stage Right Team is Angela Chalmers (technical producer/director) Myles Taylor (co-host and secret repository of technical podcast know-how) Stefanie Wiens (co-host and podcast originator/producer) Please follow us: On Twitter @DisabilityStage On Instagram @disabilitysr On Facebook @disabilitysr or email us here (dsrpodcast at gmail dot com) Disability Stage Right is made possible by a Digital Originals grant from the Canada Council for the Arts Transcript of Audience Check In Hey there—Disability Stage Right listeners! Stefanie Wiens here, with some questions for you. We have released 6 of the 8 episodes of this pilot season of the Disability Stage Right Podcast, which means we have only 2 left to release and We have been thinking about what the future is going to bring—and specifically: is it going to bring more of the Disability Stage Right Podcast? We know there are still a myriad of topics that we haven’t explored yet, and wonderful guests we could interview—but just like theatre, we figure podcasts are at their best when they’re a collaborative effort, and that the ultimate collaboration is always that of the artists with the audience. So, we would love to hear from you, our listeners: What would you like to hear? What are you curious about? What have you particularly liked about the episodes you have heard so far? Are there questions or ideas you would like to hear explored, or artists you’d love to hear interviewed? And, importantly, If we made another season—would you keep listening? And why? If you have answers to these questions, or any thoughts you’d like to share with us about what you would like to hear more of on Disability Stage Right, You can email us at dsrpodcast@gmail.com You can leave us a voice message on the anchor website: anchor.fm/disabilitystageright (that’s all one word). Or send us a message on your favourite social media platform: On Twitter @DisabilityStage On Instagram or Facebook @disabilitysr And, while you are there—if you haven’t followed us yet, please do! We truly would love to hear from you. And, be sure to tune in on February 25 for our seventh episode, featuring our podcast mentor, the one and only Drew Gurza. This pilot season of the Disability Stage Right Podcast has been made possible by a Canada Council for the Arts’ for a Digital Originals grant .
02:23
February 24, 2021
Extra / Ordinary
In our first interview with a "Theatre Adjacent" performer and creator, award-winning performing and recording artist, non-fiction writer, and broadcaster Christa Couture joins Myles and Stefanie. Accessibility experiences working in a wide variety of venues, the vital importance of representation, and the side benefits for an organization of being upfront about the physical access of your space, even when it's not perfect, are all touched on in this wide-ranging conversation.  Photo Credit: Jen Squires *Note--the episode is 8 minutes shorter than it currently appears (there are 8 minutes of silence at the end)...when we fix it, we will remove this note! In the meantime, don't let the length scare you off! Learn more at: christacouture.com Follow Christa on social media: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/officialchristacouture/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/christacouture Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/christa-couture-89b207111 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/christacouture The Disability Stage Right Team is Angela Chalmers (technical producer/director) Myles Taylor (co-host and secret repository of technical podcast know-how) Stefanie Wiens (co-host and podcast originator/producer) You can follow us... On Twitter @DisabilityStage On Instagram @disabilitysr On Facebook @disabilitysr or email us at: dsrpodcast at gmail dot com Disability Stage Right is made possible by a Digital Originals grant from the Canada Council for the Arts
01:16:26
February 12, 2021
Do It. Do it. Do It! | Part ii (Trish Cooper)
Trish Cooper, playwright, actor and mother of Isaac Vint, joins Myles and Stefanie in conversation about: advocacy as a parent; the importance of making arts events universally accessible, Isaac's general awesomeness, and much more. Be sure to listen to part 1 of this episode (ideally first!) for full context. Episode related links: The 22 minute documentary "The Tournament" by Sam Vint can be seen here:   https://www.nfb.ca/film/tournament-the/ Stefanie's blog post about Isaac's performance in A Christmas Carol can be read here:  http://enablingtheatrics.com/a-christmas-carol-at-royal-mtc-inclusive-casting-in-action/ The Disability Stage Right Team is Angela Chalmers (technical producer/director) Myles Taylor (co-host and secret repository of technical podcast know-how) Stefanie Wiens (co-host and podcast originator/producer) You can follow us... On Twitter @DisabilityStage On Instagram @disabilitysr On Facebook @disabilitysr or email us at: dsrpodcast at gmail dot com Disability Stage Right is made possible by a Digital Originals grant from the Canada Council for the Arts
39:38
February 05, 2021
Do It. Do it? Do It! | Part I (Isaac Vint)
10 year old actor Isaac Vint (with his mother, Trish Cooper in the vicinity), joins Myles and Stefanie in conversation on a range of topics such as: scary freight elevators; what it feels like to not be able to use your wheelchair; seeing other wheelchair users on stage; being stared at in public...and more. Episode related links: Check out Sam Vint's Film The Tournament here: https://www.nfb.ca/film/tournament-the/ The Disability Stage Right Team is Angela Chalmers (technical producer/director) Myles Taylor (co-host and secret repository of technical podcast know-how) Stefanie Wiens (co-host and podcast originator/producer) You can follow us... On Twitter @DisabilityStage On Instagram @disabilitysr On Facebook @disabilitysr or email us at: dsrpodcast at gmail dot com Disability Stage Right is made possible by a Digital Originals grant from the Canada Council for the Arts
33:51
February 05, 2021
Disability Stage Right TEASER
Disability Stage Right is a podcast about putting disability on stage, right.
00:32
January 28, 2021
A Landscape For Telling Universal Stories
Vancouver-based actor, writer, director, theatre founder James Sanders joins Myles and Stefanie in conversation about a wide range of topics, from attending theatre school as a young, newly quadriplegic man, to the importance of representation, and disability as "a landscape for telling universal stories." Photo Credit: Kevin Clark Find James on Social Media: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JamesRHSanders Twitter: https://twitter.com/JamesRHSanders Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/james-sanders-496375165/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/JamesRHSanders/featured IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0761583/?ref_=pro_nm_visitcons Learn more about Realwheels Theatre here: https://realwheels.ca/
01:19:38
January 22, 2021
Disability Is The Last Frontier
Toronto-based actor Prince Amponsah joins Myles and Stefanie in conversation on a range of topics including: returning to acting with an acquired disability,  the importance of disability being included in conversations about diversity and inclusion, and imagining ways that current barriers could be lowered or removed. Photo credit: Carlos Osorio You can find Prince Amponsah on Facebook at: https://m.facebook.com/prince.amponsah.90475 The Disability Stage Right Team is Angela Chalmers (technical producer/director) Myles Taylor (co-host and secret repository of technical podcast know-how) Stefanie Wiens (co-host and podcast originator/producer) You can follow us... On Twitter @DisabilityStage On Instagram @disabilitysr On Facebook @disabilitysr or email us at: dsrpodcast at gmail dot com Disability Stage Right is made possible by a Digital Originals grant from the Canada Council for the Arts
55:17
January 15, 2021
We All Have Access Needs
Debbie Patterson--actor, writer, director, theatre founder, and influential force on all 3 members of the DSR Podcast team--joins Myles and Stefanie in conversation about a wide range of topics, including why it's important for society to re-frame our understanding of "access". 
47:02
January 08, 2021
Getting To Know You
In this inaugural (and shortest by a long shot!) episode, get to know the core Disabilty Stage Right Team: Stefanie Wiens (podcast creator and co-host) Myles Taylor (co-host and secret repository of technical podcast know-how) and Angela Chalmers (technical producer/director) Find out what our motivations are for starting the podcast, and what to look forward to in the rest of our episodes, when we assume our regular format of interviewing fabulous Canadian theatre artists with disabilities. Episodes drop weekly 'til the end of the season. Disability Stage Right is made possible by a Digital Originals grant from the Canada Council for the Arts
15:36
January 01, 2021