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Caleb Johnston University of Edinburgh, UK

Caleb Johnston is a Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Edinburgh. His work engages the intersection of performance and politics, with interests in testimony, witnessing, subaltern urbanisms and precarious labour. I have a long history in political theatre, having curated several main stage productions (City of Dreams, Counter Mapping, Do You See What I Mean?). He also co-wrote and co-produced Nanay, a site-specific testimonial theatre project engendering public debate about Canada’s Live-In Caregiver Program. This work premiered at Vancouver’s PuSh Festival (2009), and went on to tour to Berlin’s HAU1 Theatre (2009), Edinburgh (2012), Whitehorse (2015), and Metro Manila (2013; 2015). Caleb is currently working on a new theatre project with T’lingit and Filipino theatre artists in the city of Whitehorse. This piece revolves around a game of bingo wherein audience members participate as bingo players and potential storytellers. The playfulness of the event provides an occasion for serious play around shared histories of dispossession, structural racism, and to complicate the relationship between First Nation communities and Filipino migrants in the Canadian North.