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Writing on a Notebook

The Art of the Interview: Capturing an Oral History

Does someone in your family have an incredible story to tell, and you don’t know how to get started?  From selecting the least expensive/most effective recording equipment, to creating simple tools that will help you easily search the hours and hours of unforgettable stories you will collect, join Tetsuro as he guides you step-by-step on how to capture the story of a lifetime.
In the second hour, we’ll explore Self-Producing.  If a playwright wants their play to be produced, their best shot is doing it themselves. An important part of creating momentum in a career is establishing the brand of the playwright, and what kind of theatre experiences audiences can expect from them. We’ll explore how marketing strategies can support both short and long term strategies.


Governor General’s Award finalist, Tetsuro Shigematsu, is one of the most highly produced playwrights in Western Canada. Dubbed “the voice of our Azn generation,” Tetsuro became the first person-of-colour to host a daily national radio program in Canada, where he coproducednearly a thousand hours of network programming, as well as writing, producing and voicing over 50 pieces of radio drama. His last three stage plays have garnered a total of 21 Jessie nominations, including 3 for “Best Original Script.” A former writer for This Hour Has 22 Minutes, Tetsuro’s solo-work 'Empire of the Son' was described by theatre critic Colin Thomas as, “one of the best shows ever to come out of Vancouver. Ever.” The Georgia Straight declared him to be, “one of the city's best artists.” Follow him at

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