The W. Ross Macdonald Project

Working with the W. Ross Macdonald School for the Blind

Prologue Performing Arts has partnered with the W. Ross Macdonald School for the Blind to explore how the arts community can support and present new and engaging performing arts initiatives for young audiences with vision loss and low vision, while also mentoring and learning from the young people throughout the creative process. Students will be leaders in defining how the arts community can further their engagement with young people with vision loss. 

The Impossible is Only the Untried: a Prologue Podcast

Through this audio journal, W. Ross Project Coordinator Mandy E. MacLean is documenting the project; sharing experiences and learnings.

Episode One
Episode Two
Episode Three
Episode Four
Episode Five: Sound
Episode Six - Directionality with Sound
Episode Seven - Transforming Sound
Episode Eight: The Test Audience
Episode Nine: Tech & Performance Week

Student Poetry Submissions

The Prologue Team worked with the W. Ross Macdonald drama students to help create their year-end production That One Drama Class.
As part of the creation process, the students were given the writing prompt “you can’t stop me”.
They wrote beautiful pieces that were used as inspiration while writing the play and generously shared their work with us.

A screen shot of Logan from the poem reading video of his piece "You Can't Stop Me". It links to the reading on YouTube.
An Image of the poem 'You Can't Stop Me' by Maya. It begins 'You can't judge me because I'm blind You can't judge me for being blind when you have no idea what it's like
An image of the poem "You Can't Stop Me" by Alessia written in braille. It links to the YouTube Video of the reading.
An image of the poem 'You Can't Stop Me'by Colyn. It begins 'Strange magic space room. Gives teen boy God like powers. Must learn how to use powers for good.'
Image: a sketch of a keyboard piano in white on black background. It says 'You can't Stop me' by Q and links to the reading on YouTube
An image of the poem 'THE SWORD OF SHADOW WOLF' (excerpt) BY SEAN-RAY. It begins 'It was dark and cold night, high winds and horse hoofs where clumping. I was on my way to achieve the sword of shadow wolf' There is a graphic of the outline of a wolf.

Artistic Team

Maria Williams
Executive Director

Emma Pagacz
Prologue’s Special
Projects Manager

Mandy E. MacLean
Project Coordinator
(Phase 1 & 2)

Kaela Gillian
W. Ross MacDonald
Drama Teacher
(Phase 1 & 2)

Leah Holder
Dramaturg & Script Consultant
(Phase 1 & 2)

Mike Brunelle
Technician Consultant
(Phase 1 & 2)

Richard Feren
Sound Consultant
(Phase 1 & 2)

Laird MacDonald
Lighting Consultant
(Phase 1)

Alex Bulmer
Guest Artist (Voice)
(Phase 1)

Adam Paolozza
Guest Artist (Movement)
(Phase 1)

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts