Distant Early Warnings: Arts Leadership and Creative Practice in Unsettled Times
Parry, Evalyn S.M.
Arts Leadership , Artistic Direction , Theatre , Canadian Theatre , Feminist , Queer , Decolonization , Buddies in Bad Times Theatre , Songwriting , Autotheory , Choral Music
Distant Early Warnings: Arts Leadership and Creative Practice in Unsettled Times is a MA research-creation project that reflects on the relationship between arts leadership, creative practice, and cultural change. Using songwriting as an embodied, queer feminist method, this ‘portfolio’ format thesis includes three songs and six written chapters to examine the experience of being the Artistic Director of Buddies in Bad Times Theatre between 2015 and 2020. Engaging Marshall McLuhan’s idea of art as a “Distant Early Warning system,” the project explores how art, artists, and arts organizations may function as vanguards and harbingers of the future.