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Join a Conversation with Annabel Soutar & J.R. Jamison

Interested in having brave conversations but unsure how to get started? Learn how storytelling and documentary theater can help us connect across differences and confront today’s political polarization.

Image of Porte Parole’s show “ASSEMBLEE.” Photo by Maxime Côté


Watch a Webinar Conversation

Wednesday, August 4 at 6:30 pm CST

Join Arts Midwest and our partners for a special conversation on August 4 at 6:30 pm CST with artists Annabel Soutar and J.R. Jamison who are both working to create more understanding and empathy through stories and performances that inspire action.

Whether you are a presenter looking to spice up programming or simply interested in tools for initiating brave conversations, we welcome you!

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Closed captioning will be available for this webinar. A recording of the webinar will be posted within 48 hours.


Meet the Artists

Annabel Soutar Headshot

Annabel Soutar

Playwright & Theatre Producer

Annabel Soutar is a Montreal-based playwright and theatre producer. In 2000 she co-founded Porte Parole Productions with actor Alex Ivanovici. The Company’s mission is to produce entertaining documentary plays that create a transformational sense of civic engagement in its audiences. Annabel studied Theatre at Princeton University. Since 1998 she has written 8 documentary plays including Seeds, Sexy béton, The Watershed, and Fredy. Since 2016 Soutar has been working with co-authors and actors Alex Ivanovici and Brett Watson on The Assembly – a devised series of documentary plays exploring the phenomenon of political polarization. Episodes have been produced in Montreal, at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland, and in Germany at the Munich Kammerspiele. Future episodes are currently being developed in the US, Lithuania, Brazil, and France.

J.R. Jamison

Writer & Civic Leader

J.R. Jamison is the author of Hillbilly Queer and a founder of The Facing Project, a national organization that creates a more understanding and empathetic world through stories that inspire action. He also co-hosts The Facing Project Radio Show on NPR. His work has been featured in The Guardian, Harlem World Magazine, The Huffington Post, and in numerous literary journals. He lives in Indiana with his husband, Cory, and their dog, J.J.


Presented by Arts Midwest in partnership with Indiana Humanities, Porte Parole Productions, The Facing Project, and the Québec Government Office in Chicago.