Virtual Humanity Curator
Duration: Part-time, Contract, +/- 150 hours
Term: Mid January, 2021 to Early April, 2021
We are living through a time of great change and we want to be part of that change.
As a company that is devoted to creating and producing new plays that amplify voices from the margins, with a focus on queer and trans work, we believe that stories, and the artists who tell them, can change the world. We are committed to changing the systems of oppression and we are committed to improving access and advancement for our Black and Indigenous friends, colleagues and family.
We recognize that Black and Indigenous folks bear the greatest impacts from colonialism, slavery and genocide and remain most impacted by the ongoing effects of systemic racism. We believe that the voices of Black and Indigenous people are essential in story telling and for that reason we are seeking Black and/or Indigenous curators to creatively lead Zee Zee’s Virtual Humanity digital storytelling project.
Who should apply
- Artists, theatre makers, storytellers, organizers, creators who self-identity as Black or Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit, or Métis)
- Who are interested in finding ways of creating meaningful community building in a digital era.
- Who live in BC (we are a Vancouver-based company, but welcome the opportunity to collaborate with artists elsewhere in the province).
Virtual Humanity is a new Zee Zee Theatre initiative, which pivots Human Library, a community-based storytelling event into a new digital platform. Zee Zee has produced Human Library over the past eight seasons, and is keen to reimagine the project for this new era.
In Virtual Humanity audience members select a title from the collection of 30+ “virtual humans” in the collection – something that intrigues them, confuses them. They will then proceed into a one-one-one digital face to face conversation with their Virtual Human, a person who will share the true personal story that is reflected in their title, over the course of 20 minutes. This is a project designed to shatter preconceived notions about otherhood, to challenge our biases and misunderstandings and put a human face to difference as a means to foster empathy.
The Virtual Humanity Curator is responsible for envisioning, recruiting and training existing and new “virtual humans” for Zee Zee Theatre’s digital presentation of Virtual Humanity, inspired by the Human Library project created by Denmark’s Stop the Violence.
Working in tandem with the Virtual Humanity Producer, the Curator will be a creative thinker with a passion and practice for helping shape narrative stories (past curators have been playwrights, storytellers). The ideal candidate is engaged in their communities and keen to expand their networks; a self-starter who is self-motivated and keen to explore how we have meaningful community engagement in a time when we can’t gather in person. As part of the Zee Zee Theatre team, the Virtual Humanity Curator acts as an advocate of Zee Zee Theatre to arts professionals, various stakeholders and the community at large.
- Working with Virtual Humanity Producer, in consultation with Zee Zee’s staff to identify what kinds of “virtual human” titles/subject matter resonate in 2021
- Preparing and circulating a call for “virtual humans” from communities throughout the Lower Mainland.
- Reaching out to communities with a shared ethos to Zee Zee Theatre to expand beyond the reach of the existing catalogue of “virtual humans”.
- In consultation with the Virtual Humanity Producer and Associate Artistic Director, reading and responding to all submissions, curate the roster (aka “the stacks”) and identify deficits within the cross-section of titles.
- Working one-on-one (digitally) with “virtual humans” to help them shape their personal lived experience stories into a 20-minute container.
- Facilitating group training workshops for all “virtual humans” through a digital platform.
- Consulting with the Virtual Humanity Producer as he designs and executes the shape of the project, while honouring its Human Library roots
- Being present for performances in March 2021, and assisting “virtual humans” through the process, in consultation with the Virtual Humanity Producer
- Attending production meetings with Zee Zee staff and/or having regular meetings with Associate Artistic Director, as appropriate.
- This part-time position involves creative visioning in late 2020, and implementing that vision in early 2021 for a March 2021 project launch
Currently in its thirteenth season, Zee Zee Theatre believes in individual stories that provoke and inspire us, and that foster common understanding and empathy across our diverse human experiences.
We are devoted to telling diverse stories and amplifying the voices of those on the margins with a focus on LGBTQ2SI+ communities. Zee Zee explores intimate moments through which the infinite complexity of human character can be revealed.
We produce and present a breadth of kinds of work from hard-hitting dramas (My Funny Valentine, Trans Scripts, Part I: The Women), to iconic local musicals (Elbow Room Café), all ages drag celebrations (Parents Are a Drag, Family Drag Brunch), to national/international co-presentations (Testosterone, Black Boys).
HOW TO APPLY
Send resume and cover letter or video post (max 5 mins in length) answering the following questions:
- What stories are the vital personal stories of 2021 that need to be shared?
- What is your artistic vision for Virtual Humanity?
Please email in PDF form with the subject “Virtual Humanity Curator” to Associate Artistic Director Dave Deveau at email@example.com
APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED
December 14, 2020