The Shoe Project

Presented by SkirtsAfire Festival in partnership with Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre supported by YWCA Edmonton

March 2 @ 7:30pm  
March 3 @ 1:30pm & 7:30pm

The Shoe Project is a national initiative that amplifies the voices of Canadian immigrant and refugee women through storytelling. Whether selected by choice or imposed by circumstance the shoes we wear can make or break a journey, shape our experiences, and open doors to our future. The Shoe Project 2024 is Edmonton’s third live iteration of this compelling project. In November, a group of immigrant and refugee women began working with veteran Canadian playwright Conni Massing to write stories of their arrival and adaptation to Canada centred around a pair of shoes they have worn. Once their stories were complete, each woman was coached by local theatre professionals and they now tell their story for audiences in a revelatory public performance.

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Iryna Kalynka, Ukraine
Farzana Nemat, Afghanistan
Lydia Nabunya, Uganda
Yanal Alhussein, Syria
Sawsan Helwa, Syria
Nancy Kirugi, Kenya
Freshta Rezaie, Afghanistan
Fatima Subaita, Bangladesh
Vlada Savitskaia, Ukraine
Olha Yatsiv, Ukraine
Ama Dogbefou, Togo

Artistic Team:

Amena Shehab, Project Coordinator
Conni Massing, Writing Mentor
Alyson Connolly, Voice & Speech Coach

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    • Storytelling
    • $30.00 inc $3.00 fee
    • March 3, 2024
    • 90 minutes
    • Walterdale Theatre
    • subvenue Walterdale Theatre
    • Parental Guidance (PG)
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