‘Changing the Lens’ is aimed at reaching out to the entire UBC community, and proposes to develop a theatre piece addressing the issue of cultural identity and cultural sensitivity through a workshop process. Ideally, the piece will speak to questions such as why it seems insufficient for Canadians to just be Canadians, and why people tend to ask ‘where are you/your family really from?’, or challenge assumptions that are made about the ethnicity of international students. The beauty of this work is that the piece will reflect the voice of the UBC community, since it will be entirely developed by members from the UBC community. After the initial workshop phase, the piece will be rehearsed and then performed for the wider UBC community, so as to raise greater awareness of this issue.
We are currently looking for students who would like to be participants in this theatre workshopping process. The workshop will take place on 6 Sundays during January – February 2013, and students would be paid an honorarium for their time and effort. No acting experience is required, just a willingness and openness to play and learn.