The Afterword

A Postscript to the Last World

The Afterword aims to give young creators a chance to share their thoughts about their current work and life – a snapshot that captures the shifting, evolving context of the arts in the time of COVID-19. We’re interested in the idea that in any sudden contextual shift within quotidian life, there are always words left unsaid, stories untold.

This project captures the thoughts, fears, hopes, and ambitions of 8 young Canadian creators. It is a chance to make peace with the world being left behind and imagine the world that is emerging.

The Afterword is co-produced by Wallis Caldoza and Madison Lymer. Videos are released weekly in the lead up to the festival.

Wallis Caldoza (dramaturg and performance lead) is a dramaturg and artist-researcher pursuing her PhD in the Social Justice Education department at OISE at the University of Toronto. Her research works at determining how to prevent Othering in tertiary academic institutions using quotidian dramaturgy. Selected credits include: research as a graduate assistant for Dr Kathleen Gallagher’s SSHRC-funded project Audacious Citizenship (University of Toronto, 2019-2020), playwriting for Beyond the Bard (Driftwood Theatre, 2020), playwriting for Trafalgar 24 (Driftwood Theatre, 2019), postgraduate induction workshop facilitator (Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (RCSSD), 2018), collaborative writer and scenographer for Armen Avanessian & Enemies #33 Corresponding with ghosts – A staged reading with music on the legacy of debt (RCSSD and the Volksbühne Berlin, 2017 – 2018), founder and facilitator of A Space: 48 Hours at Queen’s University (2017), dramaturgy intern at CAHOOTS Theatre (CAHOOTS Theatre, 2016 – 2017), and stage manager of the Young Company’s touring production of Violet’s the Pilot (The Thousand Islands Playhouse, 2016). Wallis also holds an MA, with distinction, from RCSSD for Theatre Criticism and Dramaturgy and a BAH from Queen’s University.
Festival Producer Madison Lymer has worked in various roles with SpiderWebShow and FOLDA since 2017. Alongside her work with SWS she works as the Sales Coordinator and Data Analyst for VAULT Festival, a performance festival based in London (UK) which supports over 600 works in development annually across disciplines. In the past, Madison has also worked as a Stage Manager and Event Coordinator for various Canadian entities. Most recently she completed her MA from Goldsmiths at the University of London in Arts & Politics and is interested in performative politics and the intersection of arts organisations within governments.