THE QUEER THEATRE AND PERFORMANCE ARTISTS’ DATABASE
SEARCH ARTISTS BY NAME / DISCIPLINE / KEYWORD
This initiative began as a response to some patterns of misrepresentative and exploitative practices from directors, companies, organizations that use queerness as a marketing tool for their projects without making an effort to queer their spaces and processes by taking steps such as:
1. Hiring queer actors to play queer characters
2. Employing queer directors/ADs/producers
3. Mounting work written by queer CREATORS
As a productive tool to counter this trend, the intention with this database is to provide of list of Canadian-based artists that can be shared with artistic directors of theatre companies / curators / programmers / anyone who holds power within the performance industry when they decide to create a "queer" show in order to work towards authentic representation.
We operate with a working definition of queer as being a practice in addition to an identity.
QTPAD seeks to create a sense of community for arts workers who identify as any part(s) of the LGBTQIA+ spectrum. Our definition of queer also includes the practice of confronting and dismantling oppressive systems of heteronormativity, patriarchy, sexism, racism, and ablism in the performance arts.
request for access
For the security of the artists involved, contact emails for artists are by request only to request an email please fill out this form
Please note that all requests shall not contain any homophobic, transphobic or racist intentions - or any other hateful or derogatory language. this request is for collaborative, industry, and work-related purposes only
If you would like to submit an event to the E-Digest, which is emailed out to all of our members at the beginning of each month, please fill out the following form with:
1. CATEGORY (OPPORTUNITIES - i.e. auditions, calls for submissions, residencies, etc. LISTINGS - i.e. events, panels, discussions, podcasts, performances, workshops).
3. EVENT TITLE
4. BRIEF DESCRIPTION (MAX 300 WORDS)
6. CONTACT INFORMATION