True Voice Theatre Project


True Voice Theatre Project: Legend of the Fireflies

Legend of the Fireflies is an imaginative, inspiring and original play created by youth participants of True Voice Theatre Project, a community arts program inclusive to individuals who have experienced homelessness or are currently vulnerably housed in Vancouver. Exploring themes of home and transformation, the story and characters weave fantasy and reality into a surprising adventure that crosses different worlds and lands in the heart.  

Performances: 5 & 6 May 2017, 7.30pm
The Cultch C-Lab, 1895 Venables St.
*Artist talkback after each performance  

True Voice Theatre Project
began in 2014 as a collaboration between RainCity Housing and theatre artist Luisa Jojic, who was engaged to lead a group of 10 participants from the RainCity community in a process of collaborative creation towards performances of the collaboratively created play, Much Ado About Something. The success of this pilot initiative, in providing participants a supportive and meaningful platform for self-expression, and in fostering through theatre, greater understanding of homelessness within the broader community, inspired Luisa Jojic to continue developing and building the project.

In 2015, Creativa International joined the team and the project welcomed new participants by referral through partner organizations Lookout Emergency Aid Society, Raincity Housing, Carnegie Community Centre, and through word of mouth. The group met on a weekly basis to develop their skills through peer mentorship and workshops led by Luisa Jojic, and worked collaboratively to create an original script and performance piece titled For a Muse of Fire, which explored the themes of community, equality, diversity and inclusion. For a Muse of Fire was premiered at the 12th Annual Heart of the City Festival in partnership with Vancouver Moving Theatre, as part of Homelessness Action Week 2015. Since then, For a Muse of Fire has continued its journey through the community, with two performances at the Justice Institute of BC as an initiative to support the social justice and anti-discrimination education of law enforcement students there, and most recently, with a performance in July 2016 at SFU Woodwards in partnership with the SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement.

Since January 2016, in addition to a new workshop series for adults, a weekly drop-in youth program was established in partnership with RainCity Housing, Covenant House, and the Gathering Place Community Centre. Introduced in response to the reality of homeless and vulnerably housed youth dealing with trauma, stigmatization and discrimination, the program aims to create a positive and welcoming space for the voices of youth to be heard, respected, and celebrated by the community at large.

Led by professional theatre artist Luisa Jojic in collaboration with various guest artist faciliators, True Voice Theatre Project has introduced participants to a variety of artistic mediums and styles of storytelling and performance, and built a supportive peer network in which these tools can be engaged to explore issues affecting the participants personally, and affecting us as a community.

True Voice Theatre Project is presented by Creativa International in partnership with Covenant House, RainCity Housing, the Lookout Emergency Aid Society, and Gathering Place Community Centre with support from the BC Arts Council, City of Vancouver, Province of BC, and SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement.