Don Bouzek is the founder and Artistic Director of Ground Zero Productions, an Edmonton-based Popular Theatre that for 25 years has developed original works of creative non-fiction for the stage, with a focus on specific communities, social change and Popular Education. He works in both theatre and video, with projects ranging from broadcast programs for Access TV through web-based educational video to small scale community performances of live theatre. He is the recipient of an Alberta Centennial Medal for his work in the arts.
Notable projects include:
GWG: Piece by Piece (2004-2011): He collaborated with singer-songwriter Maria Dunn to create a Video Ballad which has been seen in Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg and Edmonton and toured throughout Alberta in early 2012. He created the video segments in both official languages for the award winning virtual exhibition.
- Alberta Labour History Institute: He is a founding Director of ALHI, created in 1999 to collect, preserve and publicize the stories of Alberta’s working people and their organizations. Don has been instrumental in developing ALHI’s oral history program, an extensive collection of interviews. He developed 11 web videos for ALHI in honour of the centennial of the founding of the Alberta Federation of Labour in 2012.
- 100 Years of Nursing Don worked with the nurses in Saskatchewan and Alberta to create a series of bilingual videos about the history of their profession in the two provinces.
- The Back Row and Three Strikes: Don created two half hour programs about Alberta History for Athabasca University and Access TV.
- Cultural Capital Community Arts Program: Don acted as coordinator for the community arts projects undertaken in 2007/08 for Edmonton’s year as Canada’s Cultural Capital.