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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:

BLACK CANADIAN THEATRE LEADERSHIP: EMBRACING TRANSFORMATION AND ADAPTATION

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 www.bsla.ca

MIKE PAYETTE (Panelist)
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.

Fall Mainstage Production:

The last days of judas iscariot
BY STEPHEN ADLY GUIRGIS

Directed by Leighton Alexander Williams
ASSISTANT DIRECTION BY MICHAEL CICCHINI
CHOREOGRAPHY BY CHRIS CLARKE

Oct. 29, 30 and Nov. 5, 6 — 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 31, 2021 — 2:00 p.m.
Nov. 05, 2021 — 11:30 a.m. *DART students & faculty

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot isn’t just a long-ago fable, it’s a sassy exploration of sin and unconditional love and speaks to all about guilt, regret, and redemption. Set in a satirical version of a contemporary American Law Court, a pageant of comic saints and villains play a tug-of-war over the appeal for Judas’ case. Leighton Williams, one of Ontario’s most exciting emerging directors who is visiting Brock for this special production, has a profound respect for the comedy, the oratory, the smug corruption, and the tragic counterpoint to activism in Stephen Adly Guirgis’ award-winning play. Directed by Leighton Williams.

Where: Marilyn I. Walker Theatre, Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, 15 Artists’ Common, St. Catharines

Purchase tickets through Brock University Tickets.

Please note all public health and Brock University safety protocols apply including mandatory masks and proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 for all audience and visitors to the MIWSFPA. 

CREATIVE TEAM:

Director: Leighton Williams
Assistant Director: Michael Cicchini*
Choreographer: Chris Clarke
Set/Costume Designer: Kelly Wolf
Assistant Costume Designer: Ilona Rodriguez Reed*
Sound Designer: Alex Sykes*
Lighting Designer: Sandra Marcroft

CAST:

El-Fayoumy: Isaiah Alton*
Judas Iscariot: Simon Bell*
Caiaphas/Simon: Violet Brown*
Judge Littlefield: Luke Huffman*
Sigmund Freud/St Thomas: Lucas Irving*
Mary/Loretta/Sis Glenna: Maiya Irwin*
Hayley King: Hayley King*
St Matthew/Pontias Pilate: Sammie Marrett*
Bailiff/Matthias: Zakk Milne*
Henrietta Iscariot: Alyssa Ruddock*
Fabiana Aziza Cunningham: Jane Smith*
St Peter/Butch: Benoit St-Aubin*
Gloria/Mother Teresa: Bianca Taylor*
Satan: Frank Turco*
Jesus: Celine Zamidar*

PRODUCTION TEAM:

Production Manager: Brian Cumberland
Head of Construction: Ed Harris
Stage Manager: Jordine De Guzman
Assistant Stage Manager: Emma Van Barneveld*
Head of Wardrobe: Roberta Doylend
App Head of Wardrobe: Julian Corlett*

* DART student

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 second 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:

INDUSTRY PANEL WITH BIPOC CANADIAN THEATRE ARTISTS

Monday November 15, 6:30 to 8:00 ET 

Join us for an Industry panel with BIPOC Canadian Theatre artists.
Building on the 2020-21 BIPOC Speaker Series of the Department of Dramatic Arts at Brock University, join six BIPOC Canadian theatre production and design professionals and educators as they speak on a digital panel about recent experiences in their professional practice and discuss strategies for new approaches to pedagogy and theatre-making.

Guests include Carmen Alatorre (BC), Kat Chin (ON), Haui Hinton Davis (ON), Samantha McCue (ON), Shanna Miller (ON), and Wladimiro A. Woyno (BC). Giselle Clarke-Trenaman (BC) is moderator.

A presentation of the Department of Dramatic Arts at Brock University for the Walker Cultural Leader Series.
Register for the Zoom webinar here.

CARMEN ALATORRE (PANELIST)

Originally from Mexico, Carmen is a Latinx artist who earned her MFA degree in Theatre Design at UBC (2010) and lives in the unceded traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations (Vancouver) since 2006. Some of her recent design credits were seen in companies such as: Arts Club Theatre Company, Bard on the Beach, Globe Theatre Regina, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Citadel Theatre and Electric Company. Carmen has taught at UBC and is currently a sessional instructor at UVic. She is also a recipient of three Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards. For more information visit: carmenalatorre.com

KAT CHIN (PANELIST)

Kat is a Toronto-based stage manager, who has worked across Canada, Off-Broadway, and at the Palace of Versailles. She is an active member of the CAEA SM Committee, the International Cohort of the US Stage Managers Association, and has taught at X University and the SMArts Conference.

GISELLE CLARKE-TRENAMAN (MODERATOR)

Giselle was recently nominated for a Jessie Award (2019) for her work in Stage Management and highlighted by the Black Theatre Caucus for their 101 Black Stage Managers Celebration. She is currently the Production Coordinator at Presentation House Theatre in North Vancouver. She is also the creator of Black History Matters.

HAUI (PANELIST)

HAUI is a mixed media deviser, director, and designer working in theatre, film, and opera. His recent award-winning. feature film debut Mixed↑ (MixedUp) was produced with trans filmmaker Jack Fox and in association with OUTtv. He is currently an artist-in-residence with Wildseed Black Arts Fellowship (Black Lives Matter – Toronto).

SAMANTHA MCCUE

Samantha McCue is an Anishinaabekwe and Ned’u’ten theatre professional based in Ottawa, Canada. She graduated with a BFA in Theatrical Production from York University in 2017. With a variety of skills in costume design and construction, theatre management and administration, Samantha is passionate about developing the Indigenous theatre community in Canada and beyond. www.sammccuedesign.com

SHANNA MILLER (PANELIST)

Shanna Miller is the Technical Director at Young Peoples Theatre. She works with many theatre and dance with companies. Credits include Stria (ChartierDanse); Svadba – Wedding (Queen of Puddings Music Theatre); Agokwe (Buddies in Bad Times Theatre); Spin by Evalyn Perry (Outspoke Productions); Penny Plain, Billy Twinkle; Requiem for a Golden Boy and 10 Days on Earth, Provenance (Ronnie Burkett Theatre of Marionettes); A Craigslist Cantata – 2014 Alberta Tour (Acting Up Stage Company); I Send You This Cadmium Red – 2014 (Art of Time Ensemble); Kaeja d’Dance 25th Anniversary Concert (Kaeja d’Dance); Rocking Horse Winner – 2016 (Tapestry Opera); Sleeping Beauty and Peter Pan in Wonderland (Ross Petty Productions). Shanna is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada Technical Program.

WLADIMIRO A. WOYNO R. (PANELIST)

Wladimiro A. Woyno R. is a live performance designer and technologist with a unique interdisciplinary expertise in contemporary set, lighting, and projection design. With field experience in live performance spanning contemporary theatre, opera, dance, concerts, time-based installations and large-scale corporate events, his work explores and contributes performance designs that engage the sensory imagination. Originally from Bogotá, Colombia, he holds an MFA in Design from Yale School of Drama and a BFA in Theatre Design and Production from The University of British Columbia, with further professional training at The Banff Centre.

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
  • Contact Brian Cumberland, Production Manager, for more information: bcumberland@brocku.ca.
  • Purchase regularly priced tickets here

Publicity opportunities and media information:

Please contact Gillian Minaker, Communications Officer, MIWSFPA
905 688 5550 x4765
e-mail: gminaker@brocku.ca

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