Demystifying a career in the arts
There are interesting questions being asked about where theatre is headed. Is it enough to go to the Royal Alex anymore and sit in the dark and watch a play for two hours when there is a whole world accessible through your phone? What is the way in which we as people attend theatre? What is the experience of going out to the spectacle of theatre? In the age of social media what is the impact of new media theatre? What is Instagram, TikTok, and Snapchat theatre? How do we create environments and performances? What is the relationship to space and the things being done in the space? How do you conceive a whole story on stolen land?
Marcel Stewart is a father, artist, facilitator, and arts administrator who loves smoked gouda.
Marcel serves as Artistic Director of bcurrent Performing Arts and as an Artistic Associate for SpiderWebShow Performance. Marcel also sits on the Board of Directors for Essential Collective Theatre. He has worked with Soulpepper, Factory Theatre, Thousand Islands Playhouse, Obsidian Theatre, The Theatre Centre, The Blyth Festival, Festival Players, Studio 180, The Grand Theatre, Persephone, Theatre Direct, Carousel Players, Theatre SKAM, and Atlas Stage. For three years Marcel worked at Suitcase in Point as Outreach Director, co-founding the Nest Artist Residency and Electric Innovations. When Marcel is not creating theatre, he is an arts educator who has facilitated programming to community youth groups, professional actors, students in university, high school, and elementary. He has taught classes at the National Theatre School, Brock University and Sheridan College. Inspired by the teachings of d’bi young anitafrika, Marcel often returns to the questions: Who am I? How am I? How did I get here? Who have I lost? What is my purpose?