Aisha Bentham

Student stage work to raise questions of race in Canadian theatre

Theatre should be a vehicle for education, say two drama students who will premiere their original work, For Those Who Stand Upon Our Shoulders, this weekend.

Fourth-year acting majors Aisha Bentham and Alexis Gordon drew upon their own experiences as the only two black women in their program to craft what they hope will be a jumping-off point for thought and discussion on the subject of race in Canadian theatre.

“We don’t have all the answers,” says Bentham. “We just want to raise some questions.”