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Theatre grad works to break down institutional barriers from within – Troy Media

by ahnationtalk on July 3, 2022114 Views

July 3, 2022

Deneh’Cho Thompson found that traditional systems hindered his progress. So he set out to change them

Deneh’Cho Thompson confesses to a mild rebellious streak in his youth.

As a high school student in Calgary, he fell short of completing his diploma for “myriad reasons,” he says. Though he enjoyed many subjects and excelled in some, drama was the subject that most held his interest.

Thompson eventually enrolled in a theatre program at Capilano and Simon Fraser universities, and while he valued much of what he learned, he couldn’t help feeling academic training in drama was somewhat flawed. He was discouraged by a range of systemic barriers hindering progress for Indigenous students.

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