Huge thanks to Canada Council for the Arts for awarding Covid-19 Emergency Funds to The Centurions Project. We are now working on the development of a documentary inspired by the script Centurions and our creative journey together: Speak Up Centurions (working title).
Speak Up Centurions is a celebration and call to attention of the project thus far, exploring Centurions from the moment of conception to our presentation at the Evergreen Cultural Centre and possibilities for life beyond Covid-19. While reflecting on the challenges of combatting silence in an ever-evolving social and technological landscape, Speak Up Centurions gives voice to the artists involved and keeps the story alive.
“A playwright, sexually assaulted as a child, for decades allows shame to silence her, then speaks up against a similar injustice, finds her voice and writes a script—inspired by themes of silence and ‘why?’—then partners with a director to assemble a diverse group of artists to present the play in a joyful process committed to: creating community; speaking up and taking ownership of self; learning from one another; and engaging with a larger community.”
Centurions opened as a polished working presentation to audience acclaim and thrilling discussion. A heartfelt, belated thank you to David Mann and the staff and crew at the Evergreen Cultural Centre for making Centurions a success.
“The fantastic technical team at Evergreen worked with us very closely and made themselves available to help in every way and facilitated the ‘polished and sophisticated production’ that we were able to present. The Evergreen Residency was the magic ingredient that took this project from the page to the stage and also allowed the community engaged portion of the project to be tested with positive results.” – Lynna Goldhar Smith
Shadbolt: July 2019
So many exciting developments to share about The Centurions Project!
The Centurions Project was awarded an Explore and Create: Concept to Realization Grant from the Canada Council for the Arts and completed their residency at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts in July 2019.
.And– just completed–
An amazing two week Design Residency at Shadbolt Centre for the Arts.
Here is what the team had to say about this experience.
Congrats again on such a great residency. It was really interesting to me in the way that we worked. Totally unique, and so successful in many ways. Definitely one of the most collaborative processes I’ve been involved with.
Jordan L. Watkins, Projections Designer / Mentor
I would say that the residency at the Shadbolt was a unique and beautiful experience because it allowed me to engage with show designers and the technical team in different ways than I am used to. I have a greater knowledge and respect for the work that technical teams put in to productions, with such a short amount of time. The Shadbolt was an accessible and welcoming venue, the staff were kind and the venue was beautiful.
Sarah Roa, Actor / Costume Design / Mentor
Working so closely and collaboratively with the designers and stage manager, with the time to create every cue so precisely, and the joy of facilitating a process that deepened the young actors awareness of what design and stagecraft can bring to their performances– was like a prize that I was waiting to win. Thank you Cory Philley and Shadbolt for providing this opportunity. Lynna Goldhar Smith, Director/ Mentor
For myself, I had a wonderful time at the Shadbolt Arts Centre. Phil, Masha and Robert have been nothing but professional and accommodating to us. The rest of the reception and box office staff at the Shadbolt were considerate and great to get along with throughout our Residency. Jethelo E. Cabilete, SM / Mentor
This residency was crucial to understanding the play at its technical level. As a performer, I’m grateful we had these two weeks to work out the logistics of everything. . . It was also very interesting to be included in the technical team’s processes, and get mentored in sound design. It has humbled me as a performer, and made me more versatile in this industry. Thank you! Jade Lim, Actor
Thank you so much for this amazing experience! I am so incredibly excited for the Evergreen, and the residency has taught me so much. I know I definitely love theatre and acting and want to do it for a long time. So fulfilling. Chantal Gering, Actor
Our residency at the Shadbolt was a designer’s dream experience. Getting the time and space to experiment alongside the entire creative team proved to be an amazing and productive collaborative experience that gratified both the artistic process and end result.
Evan Rein, Sound Design / Mentor / Production Assistant
If you want to read about our journey from the page to stage click here
If you want to read about the play Centurions click here