a chat with Taiya

Q: Can you please introduce yourself?

Hi! My name is Taiya and my role in 12 is the swing understudy for all 11 parts. I’m in grade 9 and I live in Ottawa.

Q: What does being in 12 mean to you? 

Being in 12 is impactful for me because it allows me to not only voice my rage and sadness on the climate crisis but to also share that emotion with others. Drama is such a great outlet for what you feel, and it’s even more an outlet when you focus on certain global issues.

Q: What’s your favorite part of the natural world?

Tectonic plates. I enjoy the thought of everything constantly moving and changing. I gives me hope.

Q: What’s one of your specific Climate Change worries?

Although broad, I worry that some people think it’s too late to even try to do something. That mindset is even scarier than any natural disaster or pollution because it continues the cycle and doesn’t stop the problems.

Q: What’s a question you’d like to ask anyone about Climate Change?

To what extent would the negative effects of climate change have to go before we take substantial action?

Q: When the audience leaves 12, you hope they will–

I hope you leave in reflection, and with hopefulness and adaptability in your hearts. I hope our show will encourage you to take action and not give up.

Q: What’s your favorite word? 

(things last temporarily….there’s a due date)


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