Category: Diversity

Female Characters’ Changing Role

I appreciated this article from The New Yorker regarding the new television sitcom “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” from co-creators Tina Fey and Robert Carlock. It’s a show that I’ve been enjoying for its quirky humour, unshakeable upbeat message, and for its more sinister undertones around sexual assault, which Emily Nussbaum discusses in the article below. Ms. […]

“Stay the hell where they came from”

This past Wednesday we posted about Zunera Ishaq’s travails in taking the oath to become a full-fledged Canadian citizen in light of Harper’s government challenging her desire to wear a niqab. In light of recent events one can’t help but wonder whether the Conservative government is fighting her for purely racist reasons. MP Larry Miller, […]

…racism’s still alive

I found this article recalling an event that happened in Vancouver last week. Antonio Cayonne, an actor and educator, was on his way home late in the morning when he heard some pretty disgusting language from beneath one of his apartment windows. I won’t go into the details, Antonio tells the story much better than […]

Harassment in Theatre

By now I’m sure you’ve read The New York Times article that’s been making the rounds in the theatre community, detailing the experience of Marin Ireland when she was working with her then-boyfriend Scott Shepherd on a 2012 production of Troilus and Cressida, which was co-produced internationally by the The Wooster Group and the Royal Shakespeare Company. Ms. […]

Feminism’s Many Battles

We’ve posted about the many different aspects to feminism and its responsibilities in the past, but this article is a nice refresher. Written by Carmen Rios and posted by Everyday Feminism, the article below reminds the reader that feminism is based on fundamental rights being afford to everyone. Not just to women. /EMH Originally published by […]


This article from The Huffington Post explores the very strong public reaction on Twitter to Always’ #LikeAGirl commercial that was aired during the Superbowl. I’d actually already seen the commercial, in its full length, online several weeks prior to the Superbowl. After watching it I was, at first moved, and then couldn’t help but wonder somewhat about […]

Louis (C.K.) and Diverse Casting

This article delves into the world of Louis, the FX television created by comedian Louis CK. Having watched Louis I can speak to my own surprise when I first met Janet, Louis’ ex-wife, on the program and discovered she was black. And I loved it. I thought it was ground breaking, exciting, and stretching all the […]

I’ll Disband My Roving Gang of Thirty Asian Playwrights When You Stop Doing Asian Plays in Yellow Face* (*Exception: David Henry Hwang’s play Yellow Face)

Howlround has published a fantastic article about the representation of diversity in theatre and the fact that yellow face is still used unabashedly on some major stages in the United States. In it, HowlRound.com contributor Mike Lew envisions a a new norm for what equitable representation in theatre would look like. He points out that the thirst for Asian-American theatre is […]