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. 

Save the date: VUKA Community Meal

For our first Prelude community event of 23/24, we will be hosting a free community meal in celebration of our VUKA Emerging Black Creation Unit Showcase. The meal will be provided in between our VUKA performances on Saturday December 2, 2023. More information to come!

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.