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Public transit carries workers, students, our families and friends. While it moves our current loved ones from one place to another, it also moves our future loved ones towards cleaner air, better health, and a better life.
A Love Letter to Public Transit Ali writes: The number 10 bus was a salt-stained rocket to freedom for me as a teenager. I’d catch it by a baseball diamond in Dartmouth and get off on Barrington Street with my heart pounding. Pre-smart-phones, I carried a highlighted paper bus schedule in my bag and a precious fold of neon bus tickets in my corduroy blazer pocket.
This is an audio love letter to public transit from my teenage heart. Part story, part sonic time capsule, all hope.
I created this piece for you, listener/reader, 1 month after I moved home to Kjipuktuk (Halifax) after living away for 12 years. This is an attempt to find my way home again through memory, place, and the mundane miracle of public transit.
The transcript or descriptive text for this piece can be found by touching the "Text" button in the bottom right hand corner of your screen in the "View the Art" section.
Ali Joy Richardson (she/her) is a writer, director, educator, and therapist-in-training. She’s newly based in her hometown of Kjipuktuk (Halifax) after over a decade of living and working in Tkaronto (Toronto).
Ali’s quartet of plays about mental health, One Deep Breath, has toured to 50,000+ students with Education Arts Canada since 2017. Her play A Bear Awake in Winter (about a high school band class) premiered on the mainstage of Toronto’s Next Stage Theatre Festival and was recently published by Scirocco Drama. Her newest play Dad (about theatre school teachers) is in development with Toronto's Studio 180 Theatre. Other plays include Fool (about the only female court jester), which received a reading in DaPoPo Theatre’s 2017 Live-In Festival, and Roxy (her darkly comedic solo show about an unorthodox motivational speaker/self-defence coach).
Ali has completed directing residencies with the Canadian Stage Company and the Musical Stage Company and was a member of Nightwood Theatre's playwrights unit. She’s had the pleasure of teaching artists at Mount Allison University, Brock University, Sheridan College, George Brown College, Randolph College, the Paprika Festival, and the Toronto Fringe’s TENT Program (where she is currently Program Director).
Photo Credit: Neil Silcox
Neil Silcox (he/him) is a teacher and theatre artist who was raised in Ontario and has recently moved to Halifax. He is an actor, director, and theatre photographer who has worked with companies large and small from across Canada. Neil has taught acting, directing, and theatre-making to post-secondary students and professionals since 2013. In 2018, driven by a desire for a space to share with, and learn from, other theatre teachers, Neil founded the Canadian Theatre Educators’ Conference (CTEC) through which he brings teachers together (virtually and IRL) to support one-another and to figure out new ways to teach and take care of our students.
For 50 years, EAC has championed various sustainable transportation initiatives, including successfully advocating for the first U-Pass program for university students in the Atlantic Provinces. Toot Toot!
EAC’s transportation team works to increase the use of transportation modes like walking, cycling, and transit use, all of which reduce greenhouse gas emissions, promote healthy communities, and increase equitable access to civic space. Their work includes educating youth and adults about safe, active transportation, supporting school travel planning, and advocating for policies and infrastructure investments from all levels of government that actually make it possible to get where we’re going happily without having to use cars.