The New Stories Project is a newly established Storytellers Unit that offers a series of accessible storytelling workshops to emerging and established artists living with intellectual differences.
Launched in 2018 in partnership with Les Muses (Centre for artists with intellectual disabilities), Mackay Centre School (for children and youth with disabilities), and the West Island Association for Intellectual Handicapped (WIAIH), the program provides professional experience and fosters intergenerational exchange within the community.
Six dynamic artists living with intellectual differences are selected to work intensively with Project Leader Jesse Stong (Playwright/Arts Educator) and co-facilitators and mentors (Sophie Gee, Gabe Maharjan, Laurent M. Pitre, Johanna Nutter, and Erin Lindsay) to build their own pieces of theatre that will be performed at an end of season in a dynamic public showcase, as well as mini-performances and talk-backs within the community settings (presenting to children/youth/adults living with different abilities).
PWM values the power of storytelling, and understands the significance of seeing one’s identity represented on stage. By creating a more inclusive and accessible support system, new voices from marginalized communities will be heard and seen by Canadian audiences.
Stay tuned to meet this season’s storytellers and get to know their work in development.