Learning from the Birds

Intermission is hosting creative and critical responses to select shows from Soulpepper’s Around the World in 80 Plays as a part of the Taking on the World mentorship program for emerging IBPOC artists and arts writersTaking on the World is a partnership between Intermission, Soulpepper Theatre Company, Brock University, the University of Toronto, and the University of Windsor, with funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

What can we learn from Soulpepper’s audio drama The Parliament of the Birds?

For me, it seemed fitting to explore my learnings and journey through its original format – sound. You will hear excerpts from the playwright Guillermo Verdecchia and the director Soheil Parsa taken from our interview with the playwright, director and sound designer, along with my own voice overs and compositions.

A special thanks to Intermission, Soulpepper Theatre Company, SSHRC-CRSH and the organizers of Taking on the World for creating this opportunity. 

Around the World in 80 Plays runs until June 30 on Soulpepper’s website. For tickets and more information, click here.


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Olivia Wheeler is a mixed-race, Chinese Canadian emerging performance designer, composer, and interdisciplinary creator. As an emerging artist, her artistic and technical work in sound design, scenography, music direction, and composition aim to challenge the definition of each of these practices by pushing the parameters of traditional theatre. In addition, the pandemic has provided the opportunity to expand on her own original work through the mediums of story-creation and puppetry. She has been involved with the arts community on the west coast and across Canada through organizations such as Theatre SKAM, SNAFU Dance Theatre Society, Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival, Alberta Theatre Projects and the STEPS Initiative. The recent graduate from the University of Victoria holds an undergraduate degree in Theatre with a minor in Music, and focused on performance design, technical theatre, music composition and music technology during her studies, and was a recipient of the Jamie Cassel Undergraduate Research Award by the University of Victoria for the creation of her immersive performance installation EVOKE.