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Artistic Producer, National Creation Fund

Sarah Garton Stanley (SGS)

Dedicated to the cultural questions of this land, SGS is focussed on the structures that support, construct and elevate creation in all its aspects. Compelled by what it means to be Canadian, SGS is seeking to make connections between the performing arts and the questions of our times.

Theatre Director, dramaturg, and Ph.D. Candidate in Cultural Studies at Queen’s University, SGS, from Montreal, now lives on the unceded and ancestral lands of the Mi'kmaq in Southwest Nova Scotia. In 2020 Sarah and her partner became co-stewards of the legendary Birchdale.

During her tenure as Associate Artistic Director of English Theatre at Canada’s National Arts Centre, she led The Cycle(s): a 7-year project dedicated to transformation in Canadian Theatre and The Collaborations: a curatorial adventure that supported theatre artists in their home communities creating work that could profoundly impact national conversations about, and presentations of, great theatre. She is co-founder of SpiderWebShow: the first digital first theatre company in Canada and FOLDA, an internationally recognized festival dedicated to live digital art. She also co-founded the Baby Grand Theatre, was the 1st female artistic director at Buddies in Bad Times and was the inaugural artistic associate for The Magnetic North Theatre Festival.

This award-winning artist has won and been nominated for several theatre awards and was the recipient of the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas’ Elliot Hayes Award, Honorary Member Award for Canadian Association for Theatre Research and was recently named a 2022 Arne Bengt Johansson Fellow at The Banff Forum in PEI. Her current research creation project Massey & Me: Conversations at the End of Theatre is a series of thought events referencing the CBC Massey Lectures. This critical reflection explores the genealogical, political, and administrative structures that house professional theatre in Canada.

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