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Broadleaf Theatre

theatre meets environmentalism

WHO WE ARE

Founded in 2014, 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 Broadleaf has engaged over 50 emerging, diverse, and socially conscious artists. 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. The company is led by Artistic Director and Producer Kevin Matthew Wong, and Associate Producers Mirka Loiselle and Angela Sun. 


UPCOMING:

  • Broadleaf Theatre will be continuing development on The Chemical Valley Project
  • Our next performance of The Chemical Valley Project takes place Wednesday Septmber 27 at 9:00 pm at Hart House at the University of Toronto. More info: harthouse.ca/the-chemical-valley-project/
  • Upcoming performance of The Chemical Valley Project Friday September 29 at the Aamjiwnaang Water Gathering and Toxic Tour, organized by Aamjiwnaang and Sarnia Against Pipelines, September 29 - October 1.
  • We're developing a Theatre-for-Young-Audiences version of our 2016 Fringe show Bite-Sized, with a focus on water.
  • Broadleaf Theatre will host a Climate Change Theatre Action reading in November 2017.

HELP MAKE OUR ART HAPPEN.
DONATE TO BROADLEAF THEATRE.

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

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.

Activists Lindsay and Vanessa Gray during an interview for The Chemical Valley Project.

Activists Lindsay and Vanessa Gray during an interview for The Chemical Valley Project.

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/

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 across Ontario.
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.

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

The Chemical Valley Project. Photography by Dahlia Katz.

The Chemical Valley Project. Photography by Dahlia Katz.

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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@gmail.com

 

Who we've worked with.

Alex Jacob, Alex Treude, Alexandra Simpson, Alexander Friesen, Amalea Ruffett, Angela Sun, Ariel Martz-Oberlander, Bridget Yaqi Huang, Dan Newton, David Madras, Dorcas Chiu, Emma Tse, Esme Coyle, Jordan Angrove, Joseph Osawabine, Julia Howman, Kevin Matthew Wong, 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, Stephen Pereira, Tasha Stoltz, Vanessa Gray, Veronika Gribanova, Theatre Passe Muraille.