If you are in the Toronto theatre industry you may have heard about the impromptu forum that happened on Sunday January 11, 2015 spurred to life from a status on Facebook posted by Derrick Chua on December 3, 2014 where he said “At some point, I’d really love to have an open and frank discussion / forum to hear people’s thoughts and opinions on how to attract a larger audience / how to convince the general public to attend more original Canadian theatre!”
Then, he did it, as Derrick is wont to do. He didn’t do it alone, he also enlisted the help of Sue Edworthy and Sheila Sky. Between them, by eight days later they had announced Disappearing Act? A Public Forum on Canadian Theatre & Toronto Audiences with time and location. Location eventually had to be changed because the interest in the event was so high that the original venue wasn’t big enough.
Michael Kruse came on board and recorded it for his regular podcast, The Title Block. The episode that features the recording of this particular forum can be found here.
I stepped in (just as me, Megan, not as MoT) to pull together a quick follow-up survey to give people a chance to respond to some of the questions the organizers had presented at the forum, and a couple extra ones.
We’d love to hear from you whether you went to the forum or listened to the podcast or not. The survey is available here and should only take you about 5 minute, probably less.
It’s a great discussion, and we need to keep it going, and figure out where we go from here.
For quick reference, here are the links:
- Podcast of Disappearing Act? A Public Forum on Canadian Theatre & Toronto Audiences
- Survey – Don’t forget, you don’t need to have listened to the podcast or attended the forum, we still want to hear from you.
2 thoughts on “A podcast and a survey for Disappearing Act? A Public Forum on Canadian Theatre & Toronto Audiences”
The TAPA Audience Report, released last year, was a city-wide survey that highlights a few key factors regarding building, attracting and sustaining audiences: https://tapa.ca/advocacy/reports/
Yeah,I actually took a look at the report before I built this survey. We’ll for sure be looking at it closer when we move forward with the next stage of the process where I’m hoping to make a survey that will reach non-theatre goers. (It’s the one I was looking for working group folks for, but it’s a separate bigger project).
I think the work TAPA did was great, but this is meant to be pretty different, asking different stuff of different people.
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