PTC Announces WrightSpace 2019


WATCH the ASL version of this announcement by Landon Krentz:

This year’s PTC WrightSpace residency (January 10-19, 2020) welcomes Catherine Joell MacKinnon to Vancouver to develop her bilingual (ASL-English) play, Inaudibility World. A solo play created and performed by Catherine, Inaudibility World explores the challenges of growing up as a deaf woman, dealing with love, grief and loss. Catherine delves into her struggles in gaining acceptance in a world that is not deaf, while examining the complexities of whether or not she is accepted by the Deaf community.

PTC is now working with Catherine to design a bilingual ASL-English dramaturgy team to create a cross-cultural exchange and dynamic creative process. Stay tuned for an announcement of a conversation on Deaf- and deaf-led creation processes that we’ll convene during the residency.

As PTC develops our Deaf cultural competencies as an organization, we are taking purposeful steps to work with artists in as fully-resourced a way as possible. For this residency, that means focusing on a single project to ensure a well-designed bilingual environment.

“After witnessing a reading of Inaudibility World at the SOUND OFF Festival in Edmonton, I could see that my experience in developing solo shows (Empire of the Son, 1 Hour Photo) might be of use, and that I need to learn about ASL story structure and narrative to fully participate in a creative conversation. This creative exchange is at the heart of this year’s WrightSpace residency,” says PTC Artistic & Executive Director, Heidi Taylor.



WATCH the ASL version of this announcement by Landon Krentz:


About Catherine Joell MacKinnon

A former Festival Director of the Toronto International Deaf Film and Arts Festival, Catherine Joell MacKinnon is an award-winning filmmaker known for her documentaries, film and television work. She was the ACTRA Woman of the Year Award 2016 recipient and the Deaf Community Consultant for the Deaf Artists and Theatres Toolkit (DATT), Cahoots Theatre. Catherine participated in Stratford Festival Second Track Lab in early October 2018 and worked with the cast of The Music Man. Selected Theatre Credits: Silence (Grand Theatre & National Arts Centre), After The Blackout (Rare Theatre/Soulpepper), ASLImprov (DeafWest Theatre), cas9 (Robertson Theatre); ASL DI: Monday Nights (Luminato Festival), Ultrasound (Cahoots Theatre), The Enchanted Loom (Cahoots Theatre).

In addition to ASL Coaching, she also worked on the feature horror film The Silence, as well as in recent theatre productions of Good Morning Vietmom (Cahoots Theatre) and ART (Soulpepper Theatre). Catherine was the only Canadian producer for The Hammer, a feature film biopic of Matt Hamill.