Nestruck on Theatre: Who wants to kill the Arts Club? New podcast digs into Vancouver theatre’s history

By J. Kelly Nestruck

“As it happens, this is the perfect time for a deep dive into a major Canadian theatrical institution. There are two different narratives about them in this country right now, running in parallel to each other but rarely connecting.

On the one hand, there is widespread anxiety about these big theatres’ survival – whether they will make it through the pandemic, whether audiences will return even when they are allowed to reopen their doors, whether their business models are shattered.

On the other hand, there is a push to expose the long-standing problems that have existed in theatrical institutions: exclusionary programming and practices, exploitative and unhealthy work environments, a growth-oriented mindset that can leave artistic vision behind.“

Source: The Globe and Mail