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podcast discussions on physical disabilities in canadian theatre



Double arm amputee Prince Amponsah on performing, character creation, and representation of disability on Canadian stages.

Prince is a Toronto based Actor, he has performed in the Shaw festival and been a part of many new works across the city as of now he is currently studying social work at Ryerson University. Prince is a double arm amputee and a burn survivor. We are very excited to share our discussion with Prince as he discusses his journey as an artist.


Below the knee double leg amputee David Connolly on his career, and representation of disability on Canadian stages.

David Connolly is a double-leg amputee, and has achieved global success as a dance choreographer. Having worked in Stratford and on Broadway, Connolly was kind enough to chat with the Walking the Space team, and go into detail on his experience working on 'Marathon of Hope: The Terry Fox Musical."

episode three - rena cohen

Realwheels Managing Director Rena Cohen on her work producing performances that deepen audiences' understanding of the disability experience.

Rena Cohen's (MFA Theatre - Directing) career in theatre includes roles as an award-winning director, teacher and published theatre critic. She has a strong artistic history as well as a reputation for innovative, strategic arts administration. Having served Realwheels as Managing Director since 2009, in 2015, Rena's responsibilities combined management and artistic oversight. Embedded into Rena's role with Realwheels is the passion to authentically reflect the values and the diversity of disability culture, and to serve as an ally and advocate on behalf of persons with disabilities in the arts.

Welcome to Walking the Space.
This podcast features discussions on physical disabilities in Canadian theatre. It was developed in 2016 by Yousef Kadoura, an actor who is also a right leg amputee. Identifying as an artist with a physical disability, Yousef wanted to reach out to other artists in the Canadian theatre landscape that also share a physical disability. Through conversations with these other artists, Walking the Space hopes to open a conversation about Canadian theatre and its relationship to its artists who live with a physical disability.