Thursday, February 07, 2013

leave of absence | panel discussion | this weekend!

Our panel discussion SEXUALITY, SPIRITUALITY, AND BULLYING is this weekend!  Featuring QMUNITY, Dignity Canada, and Lucia Frangione and moderated by Caroline MacGillivray, we are thrilled to deepen the conversation around some of the issues raised in LEAVE OF ABSENCE.

Saturday, Feb. 9th at approx. 4:30pm
(following the matinee performance of LEAVE OF ABSENCE)
FREE admission

All are encouraged to attend, even if you haven't seen the play!

**Please note: The start time really is approximate!  We will start after we can get ourselves reset from the matinee performance**


Robin Perry: As the Education+Outreach Community Developer at QMUNITY, BC's Queer Resource Centre, Robin works towards the health, wellbeing and inclusion of queer and trans* folk. Robin's roles include facilitation of queer competency trainings and other workshops, co-ordination of a wide range of social and support groups and community events, development of print resources, and much more. Robin comes from a social work background in South Australia.

Denis Benoit: Denis was born, raised, and educated in the Edmonton Catholic school system. He studied for the priesthood with the Franciscans in Santa Barbara, and returned to Edmonton, leaving the Fransciscan Order after two years. In 1982 he joined the Dignity Edmonton chapter, and was president of Dignity Canada from 2007-2011. Presently, Denis is the liturgy co-ordinator for the Vancouver chapter. He is concerned about bullying in general, whether physical or verbal.

Lucia Frangione: Lucia is a playwright and actress based out of Vancouver. Her twenty-five plays include Vancouver premiers: FRESCO (Bellaluna) Paradise Garden (Arts Club), Christmas on the Air, Cariboo Magi, Espresso, Chickens, Holy Mo (Pacific), MMM (Ruby Slippers) and Wobbling Madonna (Solo Collective). Currently in development: Maid for a Musket (St Lawrence Shakespeare) The Forgiveness Project (Horseshoes & Hand Grenades) Dog Park (Fugue) Diamond Willow (Prairie Theatre Exchange) and Frankie Armitage (Arts Club) Other productions include theatres: The Belfry, Solo Collective, Chemainus, Lambs Players San Diego and Teatr Powszechny Warsaw. She has won two Gordon Armstrong awards and the Sydney Risk award. She is published by Talon books and is a member of the Playwrights Guild of Canada.


Caroline MacGillivray: Caroline is the National Executive Director and founder of Beauty Night Society. MacGillivray, a Gastown Actor’s Studio Graduate, believes that healthy self-esteem can be fostered through entertaining and interactive educational programming. She has been honoured to be a Flare Volunteer Award recipient, Skakti 2012 Community Spirit Award, Spirit of the Crane Gold Community Award, MetoWe Finalist, 2-time Woman of Worth finalist and five-time YWCA Woman of Distinction Nominee. Caroline also hosts the radio show Sexy in Vancity.

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