The Citadel Theatre undertook work to update our website and visuals of our facility in Spring 2023 thanks to a generous grant from Canadian Heritage and the Re-engaging Audiences Fund for Professional Arts Presentation Organizations. This work was led by consultant Kristi Hansen, with review support on Pathway Videos with voiceover scripts provided by Carly Neis. The Citadel Theatre is tremendously grateful for their labour and energy during this project. We would also like to thank Inside Out Theatre (Calgary), Nanc Price Photography, VisualizeIt, Alpacalypse Productions, PosterTech and Shadow Art Camera Services.
The Citadel Theatre’s Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Committee wishes to acknowledge artists and arts workers who have influenced disability-centred practice and accessibility within the Edmonton arts community. We recognize that there will always be those whose waves of influence and work have come before and often that work has gone unacknowledged by theatre companies, professional associations or funding organizations. Our community continues to benefit from this work, and we are grateful for the lessons and learning that came before us. We recognize that many disability organizers/organizations are at the intersections of disability, chronic illness and/or neurodivergence and other marginalized identities (2SLGBTQIA+, racialized, class, immigration status, etc.), which may lead to further isolation or invisibility of their work.
This non-exhaustive list of acknowledgement was prepared by consultant Kristi Hansen with advisory support from Brooke Leifso and Rebecca John. For many of the organizations listed below, arts work may only be part of their mandate and their main focus often centres around community support and advocacy.
INDIVIDUALS WORKING WITHIN THE REALM OF ACCESSIBILITY AND/OR DISABILITY-CENTRED ARTS WORK IN EDMONTON
CRIPSiE performers (past and present)
Sissy Thiessen Kootenayoo
ORGANIZATIONS WORKING WITHIN THE REALM OF ACCESSIBILITY AND/OR DOING ACCESSIBILITY WORK IN EQUITABLE COLLABORATION WITH ACCESSIBILITY ARTS WORKERS
Alberta Workers’ Health Centre
Black Arts Matter
Brown, Black & Fierce Festival (2014)
Common Ground Arts Society
CRIPSiE: Collaborative Radically Inclusive Performers Society in Edmonton (iDance)
Edmonton Fringe Theatre
Good Women Dance Collective
Mile Zero Dance
Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts
Rising Sun Theatre
Shades of Colour
Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre
INDIVIDUALS AND ORGANIZATIONS OUTSIDE OF EDMONTON BUT STILL CONNECTED/RELEVANT TO ACCESSIBLE ARTS WORK IN EDMONTON
Ashley King & Col Cseke (Inside Out Theatre)
Battersea Arts Centre
Heather McCain and Creating Accessible
Tangled Art and Disability
While person-first language (people with disabilities) is commonly used in Canada, throughout this report we use language that reflects the social model of Disability. This is a reflection of our commitment to removing barriers to d/Deaf and Disabled people’s involvement with Citadel Theatre. The social model of disability understands disability as created by inaccessible architecture, policies and attitudes that exclude disabled people from full participation in society.