The Canadian Popular Theatre Alliance
Organization profile published 1986
Year Published:  1986
Resource Type:  Organization
Cx Number:  CX3104

The CANADIAN POPULAR THEATRE ALLIANCE was founed in 1981 at the Bread and Circusess Theatre Festival in Thunder Bay. A national organization of Canadian theatre workers and troupes, it states:

"We share a common belief that theatre is a means and not an end. We are theatres which work to effect social change."

"We see our task as an ongoing process in which art is actively involved in the changing nature of the communities in which we live and work."

"We particularly attempt to seek out, develop and serve audiences where social reaility is not normally reflected on the Canadian stage."

The second theatre festival, Bread and Roses, was held in Edmonton, in 1983. The third, Bread and Dreams/Du Pain et des Reves, focusing on racism, militarism, and peace, took place in Winnipeg, in June 1985, with a score of companies. These bi-annual festivals present the best of social-issue theatre, at affordabel prices, as well as a series of workshops such as "Native Life through Drama" and "The Collective Process: Moving Away from Traditional Theatre Hiearchy."

CPTA also fosters international contacts and critical analysis of theatre.

This organization no longer exists.
This abstract was published in the Connexions Digest in 1986.

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