Opening the Curtain to Collaboration: Allowing for Cross-Border Theatre Partnerships in Vancouver, BC and Seattle, WA
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This study approaches the lens of cross-border collaboration and partnership in the Pacific Northwest region through an artistic framework. Drawing upon an existing body of literature in border management, security, trade, and economics that focus on the Pacific Northwest as a region, the study seeks to answer the question “what are the opportunities for the theatre communities of Vancouver, British Columbia and Seattle, WA to collaborate to increase cultural vitality in the transborder Pacific Northwest?” From there, the study investigates current levels of collaboration between the two communities, the barriers to collaboration, and the significance of encouraging artistic collaboration. An in-depth literature review features detailed information about the cities of Vancouver, BC and Seattle, WA, their individual theatre communities, their respective state and province, the Pacific Northwest Region, and the cultural policy of Canada and the United States in order to give a framework for this research. Qualitative research methods are applied to supply a personal perspective from the theatre communities and examples of certain barriers and benefits that can be derived from cross-border collaboration. Through these methods, the study presents and analyzes the views of professional theatre artists and arts administrators towards collaboration between the two cities. Ultimately, these methods and instruments work together to provide a plan for increased theatrical collaboration between the two theatre communities. This plan will detail specific methods that theatre artists and mangers can realistically apply in the next 1, 5, and 10 years in order to increase artistic collaboration to further the creative vitality of the Pacific Northwest region.