At a time when theatres are struggling to get their pre-pandemic audiences back, it’s shocking that strobe lights are still featured in many productions. They might seem like a splashy yet innocuous design choice, but they are at best a barrier for potential audience members — and, at worst, they have painful consequences.
Hannah Foulger is a disabled writer, theatre artist and access consultant. A British settler, she was born in Amsterdam and was raised in Cambridge, Ontario. She has a BA in Theatre and English from the University of Winnipeg and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph. Her writing has appeared in Prairie Fire, Matrix and the Winnipeg Free Press, as well as Femfest, the Winnipeg Fringe Festival and Sick+Twisted Thatre's Lame Is... cabaret. She lives and writes in Toronto and is the artistic director of Rhema Collective in Kitchener.