Teaching Artists: Working Through the Lens of Civic Practice With Gwenna Fairchild-taylor and Patrick Maubert
In the final DalVoice Discusses of 2020, we sit down with two Canadian artists, Gwenna Fairchild-Taylor and Patrick Maubert, who are committed to sharing the magic of the arts through awareness of intersectionality in community arts facilitation. Gwenna and Patrick will discuss their work as teaching artists in marginalized communities, where they seek to foster a community of change beyond the performance stage.
Canadian soprano and teaching artist Gwenna Fairchild-Taylor holds an MMus in Opera (University of Toronto) and is currently a second year Holland Community Opera Fellow at Opera Omaha. This past season, Gwenna was a recipient of an Encouragement Award at the Nebraska District Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. As a teaching artist, she wrote the curriculum and continues to consult for “Learn English Through Song,” a program run by The Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall that facilitates language learning and community building for newcomer women through singing. She is also a four-time recipient of Government of Nunavut Culture & Heritage Grants in support of her music and drama programs in communities in Nunavut.
Patrick Maubert is from Fredericton, New Brunswick. He has a Master’s Degree in Musical Theatre Creative Practice, specializing in Directing, from ArtsEd (City, University of London, UK) and he studied Musical Theatre Performance at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy of New York City. As a performing artist, Patrick has been a member of the 12 Tenors, touring internationally for seven years. He is currently the Head of Voice & Musical Theatre at the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts and has taught, coached, and directed at musical theatre educational establishments throughout Europe and North America. As a Community Engagement and Arts Facilitator, Patrick has enjoyed a range of opportunities within diverse communities. Maubert believes in creating space for community engagement through the arts.