About Project: Humanity
Though our practice is based locally in Toronto, our focus is on global issues.
Project: Humanity (PH) creates original and innovative socially-minded audience experiences. Our creations are characterized by the inclusion of a multiplicity of local voices and perspectives, the application of simple and powerful metaphors, and a grappling with questions of justice. We are committed to joining and advancing community conversations, and finding new ways of listening. Our fusion of artistic excellence and a rigorous social justice mandate resonates with many communities outside of the performing arts; PH presents across the country at conferences, high schools, universities and youth shelters.
PH is one of Canada's leading developers of Verbatim Theatre: transforming original interview transcripts into drama. We gravitate towards work that foregrounds the narratives, experiences and insights of marginalized people. These communities and individuals are typically mis- or under- represented by mainstream media. For over 8 years, we've continued to develop a detailed methodology and ethical code for our work that is grounded foremost in developing relationships and partnerships with frontline workers, academics and activists engaging with the issues in question. These relations are key to our process and practice.
PH is a non-profit based in Toronto, Canada and was incorporated in 2008.
Project: Humanity began as a group of artists who developed a theatre program for youth in Ontario prisons as a means of giving back to our community. We turned our attention to global causes by traveling to Jamaica to work with Father Ho Lung and the Friends of the Poor, caring for children in orphanages and assisting with Jamaica's first musical. These experiences inspired us to start a non-profit organization that would channel the creative energy of our artistic community towards making a difference. Project: Humanity was born.
"An act of creation is not necessarily artistic in nature. By presenting an issue from a fresh perspective, it is possible to create understanding. By articulating a message that is accessible and engaging, it is possible to create awareness. By inspiring a community to work together, it is possible to create solutions." (PH Founding Member Antonio Cayonne)