Miranda Bouchard trained in design with Ruth Howard at Jumblies Theatre.
What have you achieved and learned over the course of your mentorship?
I’ve been mentoring with Ruth Howard, Founding Artistic Director of Jumblies Theatre (Toronto), learning about design for community-engaged theatre. We’ve had in-person visits to Jumblies Theatre and its offshoot companies (Arts4All, Community Arts Guild, MABELLEarts and Making Room Community Arts) and to my home company in Algoma, Thinking Rock Community Arts (TRCA). I feel my twin desires to gain the skills necessary to be the lead designer for the Rivers Speak (the multi-year community play project that TRCA is engaged in) and to further develop my skills and style as a community-engaged artist and facilitator have been fulfilled. Over these months I’ve been granted opportunities for hands-on learning in a supportive and collegial environment, which has made my PTTP experience enriching and fulfilling.
|Earth Day tree planting at the Apple Shaver House,|
Broadacres Park, with MABELLEarts, April 2016.
How do you feel you have grown in your chosen discipline?
|Humber College Puppetry Intensive, June 2016.|
(Photo: A. Marcus Raja)
How has your relationship with your mentor developed?
|Ruth Howard, Miranda Bouchard and past PTTP trainee Robin|
Sutherland at AlgomaTrad, August 2016. (Photo: S. Hodge)
Where you think this training will take you as you continue your career?
A fact that’s continued to surface through my time with Ruth and the Jumblies is that there’s always more to learn in and about community-engaged theatre and visual practice. The PTTP mentorship has given me a taste of what’s still to know, and ideas for directions to move in from here – and I’m anxious to pursue this. Training I’ve received, supported by this grant through Theatre Ontario, will continue to inform my career and direct my learning for years to come. The connections, self-awareness and understanding I’ve developed are invaluable to me.
The next application deadline for the Professional Theatre Training Program is October 3, 2016.
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Theatre Ontario’s Professional Theatre Training Program is funded by the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.