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DART Performances in 2021-22

Presented by the Department of Dramatic Arts, Brock University

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The Department of Dramatic Arts presents

Walker Cultural Leaders Series 2021-22: Transformation and Adaptation in Theatre Pedagogy and Training

The Department of Dramatic Arts (DART) invites you to the first online presentation of Transformation and Adaptation in Theatre Pedagogy and Training, a new series presented as part of the 2021-22 Walker Cultural Leaders Series:


Sept. 20, 2021 — 6:30 to 8 p.m. 

An online discussion between Philip Akin and Mike Payette, moderated by Luke Reece.

The speakers and moderator, all Black Canadian theatre leaders, will reflect on changes in Canadian theatre in recent years, with a focus on the mandates of theatre organizations.

How have they approached season planning and programming within existing and evolving organizational mandates? Who’s coming to see their work, and how can programming bring in the audiences they intend to cultivate?

Register for the Zoom webinar here.

Philip Akin (Panelist)
Former Artistic Director, Obsidian Theatre company

Philip Akin is an award-winning cultural leader and has been acting and directing for 46 years. He is a founding member of Obsidian Theatre, Canada’s leading Black theatre company, and has served as its Artistic Director from 2006 to 2020. He has been the recipient of the Silver Ticket Award, Mallory Gilbert Leadership Award, PGC’s Bra d’Or Award, William Kilbourn Award, The Herbert Whittaker/CTCA Award for Distinguished Contribution to Canadian Theatre, Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts as well as the Life Membership Award from Canadian Actor’s Equity Association. He is currently the Vice-President of the Board for the Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre (2009 to present) and a director on the Board of the Koffler Centre of the Arts, Against the Grain Theatre and the Shaw Festival. His legacy awards program can be found at

Artistic Director, Tarragon Theatre

Mike Payette is a Montreal-based actor and director who has worked with many great companies from coast to coast. Directing work includes Hosanna and Choir Boy (Centaur), Reaching for Starlight and Virginia Wolf (Geordie), Burning Vision and Indecent (National Theatre School), the Quebec premiere of Héritage – A Raisin in the Sun (Théâtre Duceppe) and the national tours of The Tashme Project (Tashme Prod/Centaur/Factory/Firehall) and Lorena Gale’s Angélique (BTW/Tableau D’Hôte/National Arts Centre/Factory/Obsidian). Mike is a two-time Montreal English Theatre Award (META) recipient, was the co-founding Artistic Director of Tableau D’Hôte Theatre, past Assistant AD for Black Theatre Workshop, and is currently the Artistic and Executive Director of Geordie Theatre. He will be taking the artistic helm of Tarragon Theatre in Toronto this fall.

luke reece (moderator)
Associate Artistic Director, Soulpepper Theatre

In a failed attempt to escape Presto Luke left his hometown of Mississauga under the guise of becoming a Toronto-based artist. He strives to share authentic and engaging stories with audiences through his work as an award-winning producer, playwright, poet and educator. Luke is the Associate Artistic Director at Soulpepper Theatre, one of Canada’s leading non-profit theatre companies. Through Luke’s work as an artistic leader within the national arts community, he advocates for engaging and nuanced storytelling that challenges Canadian audiences. He is one of Toronto’s most decorated slam poets, and has represented the country internationally. In 2020 Luke was featured performing for former Toronto Raptor and NBA Champion Serge Ibaka on his Instagram Talent Show. Luke has recently been named to York University’s inaugural Top 30 Changemakers Under 30 list.

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Please check back soon for updates on our exciting 2021-22 season!

All Mainstage performances:

  • Appropriate for High School-Age Audiences
  • Shows may contain mature language and situations
  • Post-performance Q&A with the actors and creative team are available for both productions.
  • Teacher Workshops are available
  • Audience Maximum: varies depending upon the production, contact the Production Manager
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  • Purchase regularly priced tickets here

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