Founded in 2004, MT Space is the Waterloo Region's first and only multicultural theatre company. Its mandate is to create, produce, and present high quality artistic performances and cultural events reflective of the people who live here. Please join us for a conversation between Pam Patel (Artistic Director, MT Space) and Dr. Lamees Al Ethari (Department of English Language and Literature, University of Waterloo) as we discuss the role of MT Space in fostering meaningful interaction through art and culture in our communities.
Pam Patel is an actor who has toured nationally to cities including Montreal, Toronto, Edmonton, Vancouver, and Victoria, and has traveled overseas to perform in Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon. She is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University's music program. Pam's creative work has focused on improvisation in both music and physical theatre, and she has had her talents showcased at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival and the Stratford Summer Music Festival. Pam has been an Artistic Associate at MT Space since 2009, and was appointed Artistic Director in July 2016.
Lamees Al Ethari, Ph.D., is a faculty member in English Language and Literature at the University of Waterloo. Her collection From the Wounded Banks of the Tigris was recently published with Baseline Press. Her book Waiting for the Rain: A Memoir, on the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq, is due for publication in 2019. Her work is also published in The New Quarterly, About Place Journal, The Malpais Review, and the anthology Al Mutanabbi Street Starts Here and has been printed as broadsides. She is currently completing her book, Resistance and Memory in Iraqi Women’s Life Narratives.