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The Overbrook Community Association encourages community engagement by providing welcoming opportunities for all residents to voice their interests and concerns, organize events, and participate in projects related to: membership; environment, preserving heritage and parks; fundraising; communication, planning and development; social events; traffic and safety; and arts and culture. We invite all residents to use their gifts and actively promote social inclusion.



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We acknowledge that our offices are on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Anishinaabe Algonquin Nation. The peoples of the Algonquin Anishinaabe Nation have lived on this territory for millennia, stewarding the land, the water and all that contributes to life in this region.  Today, many Indigenous communities continue to be denied the opportunity and resources to make and experience their traditional art on this land. We pledge to make justice and reconciliation a priority through our work by amplifying Indigenous voices and their experiences.


Shenkman Arts Centre
245 Centrum Blvd, Suite 260
Ottawa, ON K1E 0A1
Tel: 613-580-2767

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Eleanor Crowder is a performer, director, playwright and producer with a life-long community arts practice interwoven with her work in professional theatre. Her work across the Ottawa region was recognised with the Victor Tolgesy Award in 2002. As a performer, she just toured a solo show, Shakespeare’s Will, to rural Newfoundland. With Lola Ryan and Sarah Waisvisz, she is in the creation process for Skin Songs, with funding from the Canada Council for the exploratory stage of work. This fall she will direct This Flight Tonight, a tribute to Joni Mitchell, at The Gladstone. For Bear & Co. she produces and directs summer Shakespeare in the Parks. She has worked in the Glebe to stage large-cast community plays and musicals for 20 years. She has written 5 pieces for that inter-generational group. Long-term projects include Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre’s Poverty Players and Faith and Arts Ottawa’s young adult outreach exploring belief, environmental despair, and most recently, transgender issues. In 2017, she directed Overbrook, the Musical and created a community production process with the planning team.







Overbrook Diary, is a performance project which celebrates the voices of the neighbourhood. Open to the community, the project includes actors, singers and dancers of all ages working in several languages. The inspiration for this project came from last year’s community response to the closing of Rideau High School, which included Overbrook, the Musical, which she was asked to direct. It resulted in a group of community members inspired to spotlight their neighbourhood and to document their lives.

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