About

Windsor Feminist Theatre, a non-profit theatre company founded in 1980, is recognized as one of the nation’s first feminist theatre organizations and is among the oldest organizations of its kind in Canada. 

We acknowledge that the land on which we gather is the Traditional Territory of the Attawandaron (Neutral), Anishnabeg and the Haudenosaunee peoples.  It is through their connection to the land and waters that we look to their beliefs and values: that it is the responsibility of all people to protect the environment that sustains us.

On June 15, 2021, the board of (then) Windsor Feminist Theatre formally and unanimously adopted a motion to change our name to Waawiiyaatanong Feminist Theatre, as an act of reconciliation.  A territorial acknowledgement starts with the land: it’s about acknowledging and honouring the land and the people traditionally and currently residing on it.  It offers us the opportunity to pay respect to traditional territories and build awareness of present-day Indigenous culture in our community. 

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, 2015: http://www.trc.ca/reconciliation.html 

United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, September 13, 2007:  https://www.un.org/development/desa/indigenouspeoples/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2018/11/UNDRIP_E_web.pdf

Recognizing the urgent need to respect and promote the inherent rights of indigenous peoples which derive from their political, economic and social structures and from their cultures, spiritual traditions, histories and philosophies, especially their rights to their lands, territories and resources.  

Windsor Feminist Theatre (WFT): Brief History

Since 1980, WFT has written, created, developed, produced, and presented hundreds of socially relevant and ground-breaking productions to thousands of audience members.  Our season consists of participation in MayWorks Windsor, the production of The Pelee Island Stone & Sky Music & Arts Series, the Greek Revival Theatre Festival, and at least one other original creation annually.  With a goal of inclusion and priority of reconciliation, WFT invites community participation, and provides employment for professional artists through specialized workshops/master classes, artists’ residencies, and original productions.  WFT is the founding organizational member of The Lollipop Guild, an association of non-siloed professional artists who seek payment for their work. 

MISSION STATEMENT

Illuminating the reality of women’s lives and stories through theatre and the arts.

CORPORATE OBJECTS

  1. a) To provide improved opportunities and facilities for the general public to become aware of and appreciate theatre arts relating to the situation of women;
  2. b) To provide improved opportunities and facilities for emergent and established artistic talent, and to conduct or support performances, recitals, workshops, artist residencies, and other like events for such purposes;
  3. c) To promote interest in and study of theatre arts on the status of women.

Vision Statement

“A community that values and celebrates women’s stories expressed through the arts.”

Governing Core Values:

A Feminist Framework – We recognize & support the social, ethnic, political, and economic empowerment of women and girls.

Engagement – We encourage critical thought and creative expression for effecting social change with participating artists and our audience.

Learning – We foster collaborative mentorship, training and education within our organization and our community.

         

Board of Directors

Lorraine Steele, President 

Susan McLeod, Vice-President

Ezra Poku-Christian, Treasurer

Nikolas Prsa, Secretary 

Rebecca S Mickle, Ex Officio Artistic Director 

 

We wish to recognize the support we receive from:

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