Q2Q-2: Refusing the Queer Monolith
Winter 2021

What does it mean to actively question what binds us as a queer theatre community?

presented by Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, in association with the frank theatre company

What does it mean to actively question what binds us as a queer theatre community? How do we support multiple and often overlapping queer communities? How do we create environments that support division without being divisive?

A virtual symposium, Q2Q-2: Refusing the Queer Monolith, shines a light on the conversations happening in and around the works we see on stage and asks us to consider the makeup of queer theatre communities across Turtle Island. The conference brings together queer, trans, and 2-Spirit performance creators for a series of digital longtables, panel discussions, and performances, fostering thoughtful exchange and planting seeds of collaboration.

lead curator + producer
Makram Ayache
advisory committee
Elena Belyea, Yolanda Bonnell, Santiago Guzman, Darrin Haggin, Tawiah M’Carthy, Nikki Shaffeeullah, Anais West, Richie Wilcox, Kaitlyn Yott

Dates and programming information will be released in the fall.

photo by Dylan Mitro


Established in 1996, the frank is the oldest professional queer theatre company based on the occupied, stolen lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlil̓wətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations, colonially called Vancouver, BC, Canada. We play a crucial role in this city’s theatre ecology: we are one of few theatre organizations in the country led by a genderqueer, immigrant woman of colour, and we collaborate with a large community of LGBTQ2S artists and arts workers. Through collective approaches, we create work that challenges Western, Eurocentric and Colonial aesthetics and storytelling. We subvert these methods by engaging collaborators whose practices are rooted in different disciplines, cultures, abilities, and languages. We strive towards a utopic world free of prejudices and assumptions. We believe in the power of storytelling to show the nuances and the complexities of human experiences, and we pursue this vision through award-winning productions and community-based activities. We explore what it means to be queer, and the place of queer individuals in society, by creating, developing, producing and presenting theatrical work.