Connor Yuzwenko-Martin has nurtured a lifelong passion for theatre and accessibility, beginning in grade school and continuing into his young adulthood with his first major stage debut as Billy in Tribes at the University of Alberta Timms Centre. More recent work includes serving as the Deaf Consultant for Concrete Theatre’s production Songs My Mother Never Sung Me (2019) and various roles in Canada’s only Deaf arts festival Sound Off (2017-19).
In June 2020, Connor premiered his first independent performance, The Invisible Practice, during Nextfest’s online 2020 season. He considers this to be the beginning of a new journey into interdisciplinary art with a focus on symbology and ASL poetry.
Connor partners with many local and national organizations such as CRIPSiE and Edmonton Fringe to consult and act upon accessibility and inclusion initiatives. Currently he manages the social media streams for Deaf Spectrum, Canada’s fastest-growing Deaf-owned business.
“Thunderous change is coming – indeed, is already in the room with us tearing down the fraudulent wallpaper. I aim to give it names so that others can see, feel, and understand what it means. I intend to lead and follow any other willing learners into the breaches that have cracked open before us. Walk and run and roll! Our time is now.”