The “Prelude” is our series of community events inspired by the shows in our season. Our hope is to provide more context, another perspective, or a deeper look into the themes of our productions. This season our Prelude events will include community meals, panels, workshops and more. All of our Prelude events are open to the public and free to attend.

Recordings of our past digital events are below and stay tuned for some exciting announcements about our future programming. 

Prelude: Chatting Chinese Canadian Culture & Cuisine with Ann Hui and Vanessa Ling Yu

Banner featuring black and white head shots of writer Ann Hui and food activist Vanessa Ling Yu on either side. In between them is a collage of colourful illustrations of dim sum dishes and a Chinese takeout box of noodles. The background is yellow.

Are we what we eat? Join TPM Community Engagement Coordinator Angela Sun, award-winning writer Ann Hui (Chop Suey Nation), and caterToronto’s founding executive director Vanessa Ling Yu for this delicious conversation on food, family, and connecting (or reconnecting) with your culture through cuisine.

This event is FREE and will take place in the TPM Mainspace on Sunday April 14 at 4:15 PM. The conversation will last around 1.5 hours. Snacks will be provided!

All of our community events take place in a Relaxed environment. Please let us know if there are any other access needs we can support in the form below.

Registering for the panel will include a pair of free tickets to a showing of Woking Phoenix.

The Digital Prelude Archives

During the 20/21 season, we hosted a series of digital Prelude conversations inspired by the themes of our productions. Check out the recordings of our digital Preludes below!

Prelude Conversation with Nicole Brooks

For our first digital Prelude event, we invited playwright, director, performer, and Sangoma, Nicole Brooks to discuss her unique multidisciplinary practice and how her art honours her ancestral journey. In this uplifting conversation with Associate Artistic Director Indrit Kasapi, they reminisce about the creation of the hit show OBEAH OPERA and what advice Nicole would give emerging artists with big dreams. This event was inspired by our 20/21 digital production of 11:11 by Samson Bonkeabantu Brown.

English captions are available for this video.

Prelude Conversation with Ryan Knighton

For our second Prelude event of the season, acclaimed author Ryan Knighton spoke with TPM Board Member and Accessibility Specialist Darren Cooper on his journey as a writer, what it’s like to write about your own life, and why you should never forcibly grab a Blind person by the elbow during a global pandemic. This event was inspired by our 20/21 digital production of Speculation by Leslie Ting.

The event was a primarily auditory event to improve accessibility for patrons at all levels of sight and/or living with Blindness. English captions are available for this video.