Insight Passes the Torch

Nadine’s answers to Luna:

1. What was your favourite thing about working with Insight these last three years?
The post-show van rides!  I'd get to hear what was going on in troupe members’ lives—their thoughts, their interests and their future plans. And I could always count on them for some hard-core laughs!

2. Can you tell me about a moment when you realized the power of the Insight program?

I was once sitting in the audience during a performance. Some Grade 10 students sitting behind me began snickering as soon as the show began. They were chatting and making jokes until the troupe presented a scene about using the word gay as an insult. Suddenly, the laughter stopped. When the scene ended, one of them said quietly, “I get it.” I realized then what sort of power Insight has to change people's lives.

3. What are you going to miss most about being coordinator?

The people. The youth, the PPO staff, the volunteers and the various community partners I've had the privilege of meeting during my time with Insight.

4. What do you hope to see happening in the Insight program in the coming year?

This year's show is so fantastic—I just want as many youth as possible to see it! I think the new customizable format is a great new feature, as are our new Insight/Community Education packages. I hope both are a hit with teachers and community educators. 

5. What adventures are you off to now? What's your next step?

First a little bit of a break to spend time with my family and work on freelance projects. Next year, I hope to begin working towards a master's degree in human sexuality, a step in becoming certified as a professional sexuality educator.

Luna’s answers to Nadine:

1. Tell us a bit about what you were doing before you came to PPO.

Mainly, I’ve been writing and performing spoken word. But, about three years ago, I made a move into theatre as a solo performer. Since I moved back to Ottawa in 2008, I’ve also been writing for Xtra as a freelance journalist.

2. What excites you most about being the new Insight Theatre Coordinator?

Besides everything? Working with youth doing anti-oppression, sex education and theatre—wow. This is my dream job. But the thing that I’m feeling most passionate about is the mentoring and support that I can offer the youth.

3. Which is your favourite scene?

The scene where gonorrhea and chlamydia are evil masterminds hiding out in their lair with a pelvic inflammatory ray. It’s hilarious and keeps these STIs on people’s radar.

4. Which is destined to become an iTunes hit: The Condom Song or The LGBTQQ Rap?

Honestly, they’re neck and neck in terms of being ear worms! But I vote for the LGBTQQ Rap. I’ve been singing it to myself for weeks!

5. If you could have three wishes what would they be?

Wish #1: The destruction of all shame—sexual shame, identity shame, body shame. Wish #2: That every youth could have safe people to talk to about sex and identity. Wish #3: At least one orgasm per person, per day. It may just be the way to world peace.