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Yvonne Wallace (Ucwalmicw) joins us to share excerpts from útszan (to make things better), a play dealing with language reclamation and Yvonne's own progress in language fluency. Notably, útszan has grown without the support of public granting programs, instead coming to production through community support. The unique development of this project will be a starting point for a larger conversation around how we might seek to challenge colonial notions of career success in the arts. útszan had its world premiere in September 2019 at the Maury Young Arts Centre (Whistler), and will be presented at the Burnaby Learning Festival in May 2020.
Co-Presented by the SCA Speakers Series and the Professional Practice Series
Yvonne Wallace (Ucwalmicw) is from the Lil’wat Nation. Her enthusiasm for playwriting began while she worked at The Centre for Indigenous Theatre. Later, she graduated with honours from the Humber College Theatre Acting program. She has written three plays: Smothered Sweetly, The Last Dance, and ustzan, a play dealing with language reclamation her own progress in language fluency. Since graduating from Capilano University from the Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree program, she has been teaching ucwalmicwts to other adult learners at the Ts’zil Learning Centre. She's currently writing 7 Misconceptions of a Half-Breed Mother, a tragicomedy about the public-school system.