Thank you to Jennilee Austria for writing about HILOT MEANS HEALER for The Philippine Reporter. Here's a link to the article.
Maraming salamat / many thanks to the community of artists, healers, and critical thinkers for helping me grow my play. - JSA
(Photo: Jo SiMalaya Alcampo, Playwright-in-Residence with her dramaturge and Cahoots Artistic Director, Marjorie Chan. Courtesy of J. Austria)
LIFT OFF! Festival at Cahoots Theatre
All events are free and held at Cahoots Creation Studio
FRIDAY, JUNE 19, 2015 @ 8pm
Cahoot Theatre presents
a free public reading of HILOT MEANS HEALER
By Jo SiMalaya Alcampo
Playwright-in-Residence, supported by Diaspora Dialogues
Set in World War II in the Philippines, Jo’s interdisciplinary historical drama about one family’s attempt to heal soul wounds born from atrocities and occupation, through the touch of plants and the hope found in the garden of a healer.
SUNDAY, JUNE 21, 2015 @ 7 pm
Storytelling by Hot House Play Creation Unit playwrights
Theme: "Shaken Roots"
Jo SiMalaya Alcampo is joining a group of Diaspora Dialogues authors for a day of readings at the secret Heritage Room, a crypt-like space underneath the Metropolitan United Church, as part of Doors Open Toronto.
They’ll read excerpts from their works, as well as selections of works that have been censored or banned, both at home and abroad, and speak about underground writing. Gain access to this secret subterranean space and experience works — formerly or currently — buried by repressive governments, schools, and religious organizations the world over.
Readings all day, from 11 am – 4 pm. Check out DiasporaDialogues.com for the full list of authors.
Time: 11 am – 4 pm
Where: Metropolitan United Church, 56 Queen Street East
Labour + LOVE is a celebration of Caregivers featuring storytelling, spoken word, and musical performances.
Kwentong Bayan in collaboration with CCESO (Caregiver Connections) will present stories from their comic book combined with live illustrations and audio soundscapes.
Special guests include Mahlikah Awe:ri, Lishai, Haniely Pableo, PANTAYO, Zak’isha Brown & Randell Adjei.
Kwentong Bayan: Labour of Love is a community based comic book project, created by Toronto-based artists Althea Balmes (illustrator) and Jo SiMalaya Alcampo (writer) in collaboration with caregivers and supporters, about the real life stories of Filipina migrant workers. Caregivers share how they resist the exploitative structure of the Live-in-Caregiver Program, while creating a community where they can care for their well-being.
Sunday May 11, 2014
2 pm - 5 pm
Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham Street
$5-10 PWYC admission, no one turned away at the door.
Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible ramp at entrance, washrooms are not accessible
Co-presented by Beit Zatoun. Co-sponsored by Neighbourhood Arts Network, Another Story Bookshop, and FADO Performance Art Centre
This event is part of the 29th annual Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts, taking place from May 1 - 15, 2014 at various GTA locations. For more details on this year's program, artists, and festival partners, please visit www.mayworks.ca
I am honoured to be the new Playwright-in-Residence for
2014 - 2015 at Cahoots Theatre Company supported by Diaspora Dialogues. Over the next year, I will develop my historical drama "Hilot Means Healer" set in WWII in the Philippines. There will most certainly be Singing Plants.
I am grateful to Carlos Bulosan Theatre for helping me grow these stories in their Play Creation Unit. Maraming Salamat/Many thanks for the community love and support. I look forward to creating interdisciplinary art together. - jsa
Kapwa Collective in Baguio City, Philippines
i accepted an invitation to present my installation, Singing Plants Reconstruct Memory at the KAPWA-3 Conference on Indigenous Knowledges in the Academe to be held at the University of the Philippines in Baguio City from June 28 to 30, 2012.
KAPWA-3 will convene scholars from diverse Philippine universities and Schools of Living Traditions, cultural workers and artists who are actively involved with preserving Indigenous Knowledge Systems and Practices (IKSP) in their lifeworks. There will be international discussants from Japan, Thailand, Mongolia, the USA and Canada whose research points to the importance of IKSP in formal education.
i will be journeying with a group of Filipino-Canadian healers, artists, and critical thinkers from Toronto: Aimee Gomez, Jennifer Maramba, Christine Balmes, and Kristen Sison. we are committed to sharing the learning process with our communities. so in truth, you will be journeying with us.
maraming salamat / many thanks to Kidlat Tahimik, Dr. Katrin de Guia, and the Heritage and Arts Academies of the Philippines (H.A.P.I.) team for their support.
learn more about our kapwa journey
from the CBT Blog: Six moths ago when the Carlos Bulosan Theatre Play Creation Unit formed with the Director of Play Creation Marjorie Chan, it was established that this year’s Tales from the Flipside would be a celebration of new works in development,. What a celebration! Each night we had to add more chairs to the crowds as the Playwrights introduced themselves and their inspirations through out their process.
_Carlos Bulosan Theatre in Partnership with Kapisanan proudly present
Flipside Festival + Tales from the Flipside
March 8-11, 2012
167 Augusta Ave (Toronto)
For the past six months, members of Carlos Bulosan Theatre’s Play Creation Unit - Meesha Albano, Jo SiMalaya Alcampo, Darrel Gamotin, and Flerida Peña - have been led by Director of Play Creation, Marjorie Chan to develop their writing as emerging professional playwrights.
jo simalaya alcampo explores memory, healing, and kapwa values through storytelling and community-engaged art