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Broadleaf Theatre

theatre meets environmentalism

WHO WE ARE

Toronto-based Broadleaf Theatre creates original works based on local, national and global environmental issues. The company seeks to merge environmentalism and theatre praxis and to make little-known environmental issues immediate and accessible.

Since its conception in 2014, Broadleaf has engaged over 70 emerging, diverse, and socially-engaged artists. Its debut work The Broadleaf Plays won the Presidents' Award for Best Production at the University of Toronto Drama Festival. In 2016, Broadleaf Theatre produced Bite-Sized at the Toronto Fringe, which featured 18 plays in 60 minutes, each exploring environmental topics from a Canadian perspective.

Its current work The Chemical Valley Project, created by Julia Howman and Kevin Matthew Wong, documents the vital work of Indigenous water protectors and land defenders Vanessa and Lindsay Gray for their community, Aamjiwnaang. The Chemical Valley Project was a NOW Magazine Summerworks Critics' Pick and will be touring locally, nationally and internationally in 2018/19.

The company is led by Artistic Director and Producer Kevin Matthew Wong, and Associate Producers Mirka Loiselle and Angela Sun. 


UPCOMING:

  • Broadleaf Theatre is thrilled to be a company-in-residence this year at Theatre Passe Muraille. We will be continuing development on The Chemical Valley Project throughout 2018/19.

  • The Chemical Valley Project will tour throughout Canada in 2018 appearing in Toronto in January, in Kitchener-Waterloo in March, in British Columbia in May, and is available for touring throughout the year. Contact broadleaftheatre@gmail.com for more info.

    Our next performance takes place on Wednesday March 7 at 7:30 pm at The Registry Theatre in Kitchener.
    Tickets available now at:
    http://www.registrytheatre.com/the-chemical-valley-project/ 

  • In Spring 2018, Broadleaf will be developing a Theatre-for-Young-Audiences version of our 2016 Fringe show Bite-Sized, with a focus on Ontario water.


Support Broadleaf Theatre

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DONATE TO BROADLEAF THEATRE.

For more information on how you can support our work, email us at broadleaftheatre@gmail.com


Water Protectors Lindsay and Vanessa Gray during an interview for The Chemical Valley Project. Photo by Kevin Matthew Wong.

Water Protectors Lindsay and Vanessa Gray during an interview for The Chemical Valley Project. Photo by Kevin Matthew Wong.

Broadleaf theatre is currently working on

The Chemical Valley Project

PROTEST. PERFORMANCE. RECONCILIATION. 

Aamjiwnaang, an indigenous community of 800 residents, is smothered by Canada's petrochemical industry. Two sisters, Vanessa and Lindsay Gray, have dedicated themselves to fighting environmental racism and protecting their community's land and water. In The Chemical Valley Project, Broadleaf artists Kevin Matthew Wong and Julia Howman document and explore Canada’s ongoing relationship with energy infrastructure, its colonial past and present, and indigenous solidarity and reconciliation.

Through a unique blend of documentary-theatre, projections and object puppetry, the show seeks to spark conversations on Canadian environmental policy, treaty rights and indigenous relations, as well as the current nature of Canadian identity and values. The Chemical Valley Project is created by Kevin Matthew Wong and Julia Howman, with the dramaturgy and advisement of Vanessa and Lindsay Gray.

Kevin Matthew Wong performing The Chemical Valley Project at the Aamjiwnaang Water Gathering. Photo by Michael Tol.

Kevin Matthew Wong performing The Chemical Valley Project at the Aamjiwnaang Water Gathering. Photo by Michael Tol.

An air quality monitoring station on the Aamjiwnaang First Nations Reserve.

An air quality monitoring station on the Aamjiwnaang First Nations Reserve.

ABOUT

The Sarnia Chemical Valley is a petrochemical processing hub located in Southern Ontario. The Valley is home to 63 factories that process petrochemicals into consumer goods. It also acts as a terminal for several oil and gas pipelines that traverse North America. Completely surrounded by the Chemical Valley, the Aamjiwnaang First Nation's Reserve is directly impacted by industry. 

Learn more about Aamjiwnaang at:
https://aamjiwnaangsolidarity.com/


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The Chemical Valley Project appears next at Theatre Passe Muraille's BUZZ Series, Saturday January 27 at 2:00 pm and Sunday January 29 at 8:00 pm. These two presentations offer our audiences a unique opportunity to interact with the creators after the show and provide feedback for its further development. Tickets are PWYC and very limited.

These two presentations are supported by the Laidlaw Foundation and Theatre Passe Muraille.

Tickets available at: www.artsboxoffice.ca

Kevin Matthew Wong in rehearsal for "The Chemical Valley Project." Photo by Dahlia Katz.

Kevin Matthew Wong in rehearsal for "The Chemical Valley Project." Photo by Dahlia Katz.

Book the Show:

The Chemical Valley Project is available for touring in British Columbia in May 2018 and across Canada throughout 2018.
For inquiries please email Artistic Director Kevin Matthew Wong at broadleaftheatre@gmail.com


DEVELOPMENT

The Chemical Valley Project was the winner of Theatre Passe Muraille's fall 2016 Crapshoot! It has also been shown at the 2017 FOOT Festival at the Centre for Drama Theatre and Performance Studies and "Protest in Performance: Solidarity with the Chippewas of the Thames." The work has been generously supported by Theatre Passe Muraille and the Ontario Arts Council through the Theatre Creators' Reserve Program. The Chemical Valley Project was then developed at the 2017 SummerWorks Performance Festival, where the project was a NOW Magazine Critics' Pick. The Chemical Valley Project is being developed as part of Theatre Passe Muraille's 2018 BUZZ Series, supported by the Laidlaw Foundation.

Post-BUZZ Development of The Chemical Valley Project has been supported by an Ontario Arts Council Recommender Grant from Studio 180.

Contact broadleaftheatre@gmail.com for booking details and our show package.

 

REVIEWS & MEDIA

Mooney on Theatre:
"I highly recommend seeing this show for the important reality it exposes. To its diligent creators: thank you."

NNNN - Now Magazine Critics' Pick
"Wong has a warm, generous and fully present delivery style, and Howman's imaginative production design goes beyond a slide presentation to create something with a grassroots, humane feel....

Wong is sensitive to the idea of cultural appropriation, and so he lets the siblings talk for themselves in audio interviews; in a video clip, he even shows them the work in progress and asks for suggestions, which he then implements"

alt theatre magazine
"I left The Chemical Valley Project with a sense of the value in stories, and with a model for what it takes to really listen and come to understand others’ lived experience... earnest, accessible, and very well told."

 

The Chemical Valley Project. Photography by Dahlia Katz.

The Chemical Valley Project. Photography by Dahlia Katz.

 

SEE THE SHOW

The Chemical Valley Project will be seen next in:

 
Associate Producer Angela Sun, Artistic Director Kevin Matthew Wong and Associate Producer Mirka Loiselle. Photo by Graham Isador.

Associate Producer Angela Sun, Artistic Director Kevin Matthew Wong and Associate Producer Mirka Loiselle. Photo by Graham Isador.

Contact BROADLEAF

 

Artistic Director
Kevin Matthew Wong
broadleaftheatre@gmail.com

General Inquiries
broadleaftheatre@gmail.com
647-720-0886
 

 

Associate Producer
Mirka Loiselle
broadleaftheatre.outreach@gmail.com

Associate Producer
Angela Sun
broadleaftheatre.communication@gmail.com

 

The cast and crew of Bite-Sized (2016).

The cast and crew of Bite-Sized (2016).

Who we've worked with.

Alex Jacob, Alex Treude, Alexandra Simpson, Alexander Friesen, Amalea Ruffett, Animacy Theatre Collective, Angela Sun, Ariel Martz-Oberlander, Bridget Yaqi Huang, Dan Newton, David Madras, Dorcas Chiu, Emma Tse, Emerjade Simms, Esme Coyle, Jesse Wabegejig, Jordan Angrove, Joseph Osawabine, Julia Howman, Kevin Matthew Wong, Keshia Palm, Kezia Island, Lucrece Shim, Lindsay Gray, Marlow Stainfield, Maya Wong, Michael Henley, Mirka Loiselle, Mimi Warshaw, Minha Lee, Morgan Johnson, Natalie Young, Nathaniel Rose, Nikolas Koschany, Parmida Vand, Rion Chow, Shashwat Sharma, Smith Purdy, Stephen Pereira, Tasha Stoltz, Vanessa Gray, Veronika Gribanova, Theatre Passe Muraille.