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ERIC Number: EJ870779
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 16
ISSN: ISSN-1360-3116
New Strategies for Representing Mental Illness on Canadian Stages
Johnston, Kirsty
International Journal of Inclusive Education, v13 n7 p755-766 Nov 2009
Workman Arts, a Toronto-based theatre and visual arts company with a 20-year history, provides a rich site for re-imagining stigmatised representations of mental illness. Writing and performing against a long tradition of representing people with mental illnesses as incoherent speakers and visually different, company members seek to re-imagine mental illness on stage in the light of lived experience. Offering high-calibre arts training programmes and a lively series of arts events and performances, Workman Arts provides the foundations for both amateur and experienced artists to develop as artists and showcase their work. The company also offers works that provide both nuanced and challenging representations of mental illness that seek to engage and educate a range of public audiences. While the membership of over 300 draws primarily from people with experience of mental health treatment, the company takes no prescribed stand on the value of medical practice, nor purports to offer dramatherapy. Aligned in some respects with the disability arts movement, Workman Arts nevertheless focuses on mental illness issues in particular. This paper provides an outline history of the company, highlights important works and analyses its educational mandate and practices. (Contains 12 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada