Current Season

DART Performances in 2022-23

Presented by the Department of Dramatic Arts, Brock University

Dramatic Arts events

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One Acts Festival 2023
A collection of eight short plays presented in two parts.

Part A

Friday, May 26 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, May at 2 p.m.

Fifteen Minute Minimum by Roberto F. Ciccotelli, Directed by Hayley Bando

Trial of a Ladies Man by Sally Clark, Directed by Meg Dobson

The Yellow Wallpaper by Jeff G. Rach, Directed by Abby Malcolm

Video by Yvette Nolan, Directed by Benoit St-Aubin

Part B

Saturday, May 27 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday May 28 2 p.m.

Hold the Phone by John Cook, Directed by Michael Naszados

Excerpts from Daniel MacIvor’s ‘Here Lies Henry’ by Daniel MacIvor, Adapted/Directed by Zakk Milne

Made for a Woman by Alan Ball, Directed by Laura Maieron

Excerpts from Rosamund Small’s ‘Vitals’ by Rosamund Small, Adapted/Directed by Hayley King

Admission: Pay-what-you-can at the door

Marilyn I. Walker Theatre, MIWSFPA
15 Artists’ Common, St. Catharines, ON

Welcome Home

Presented by the Department of Dramatic Arts and Laser Shark Productions (DART 4F56)

Welcome Home is a horror comedy created by Laser Shark Productions and presented by the Department of Dramatic Arts. You are formally invited to watch the show of a lifetime! Featuring a Captain putting his crew in danger for the pursuit of answers and in living colour, a child you thought was dead coming home for dinner. All while the new hire realizes the dark reality of the job she has taken. Secrets will be revealed, decisions will be made, relationships will be torn apart, and your voice will be heard in a life-altering decision. We hope you enjoy your stay; the guests of this endless labyrinth sure do!

Opening Night
Friday, March. 31, 2023 at 7:30 PM

Other Showtimes
April 1, 2023 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Tickets at the Door
General Admission $10
Students $5

Marilyn I. Walker Theatre, MIWSFPA
15 Artists’ Common, St. Catharines, ON

Content Warning: Mature subject matter, murder, unreality, and strong language. Flashing lights.

A Vampire Story

Presented by the Department of Dramatic Arts

In this blood-curdling comedy by award winning playwright Moira Buffini, Ella yearns to tell the truth about her undead state, but the citizens of her new town are more weird and insatiable than her vampire mother.

Opening Night
Friday, March. 3, 2023 at 7:30 PM


Other Showtimes
March 4, 10 & 11 at 7:30 p.m.

March 5 at 2 p.m.


Marilyn I. Walker Theatre, MIWSFPA
15 Artists’ Common, St. Catharines, ON

Welcome Home is an episodic comedic horror created by Laser Shark Productions (DART 4F56) and presented by the Department of Dramatic Arts. Welcome Home tells the story of a house. The house is fantastic and welcomes you into an amazing world where you get everything you ever could want. You can impress that girl you think is so totally hot. Your mother who left for years finally comes back. You get to go to space after years of training at aerospace school. Every day is a dance party! You may even get a cool shirt. But something is off. The eyes on the portraits always seem to follow you. You feel a deep urge to crawl deeper and deeper into the house. There’s always a weird noise coming out of one of the rooms. Your decisions have unknown consequences. And you cannot seem to find the friend you entered the house with. Will you make it out alive?

Dec. 9 – 10, 2022

Marilyn I. Walker Theatre

Free admission. Tickets must be reserved.

Department of Dramatic Arts Creative Research Exchange

Dec. 13, 2022, 1-4 p.m.
Marilyn I. Walker Theatre

Please join the Department of Dramatic Arts for its first-ever symposium showcasing the research of contract and sessional faculty members and teaching assistants.

Gertrude Brew, Soji Cole, Kosar Dakhilalian, Mike Griffin, Kevin Hobbs, Mike Metz, Shannon Hughes, Genevieve Jones, Travis Seetoo, and Priya A. Thomas

Evalyn Parry, DART’s 2022-23 Walker Cultural Leader

This event is free of charge. No reservations are required.

The Department of Dramatic Arts and the Walker Cultural Leaders Series presents…

In conversation with Evalyn Parry: Award-winning queer performance-maker, theatrical innovator, and artistic leader

With DART Associate Professor Karen Fricker, Parry will discuss her acclaimed theatrical productions including Kiinalik: These Sharp Tools, Gertrude and Alice, and Obaaberima, her five years (2015-2020) as artistic director of the renowned queer theatre company Buddies in Bad Times, and her current MA work in the Cultural Studies program at Queen’s University.

Tuesday, Nov. 22, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Marilyn I. Walker Theatre

Free admission. Tickets must be reserved.


DART’s Fall 2022 Mainstage

Oct. 28 – Nov. 5, 2022

Marilyn I. Walker Theatre, MIWSFPA


DART’s Fall 2022 Mainstage production is a theatrical event which explores how the alienation that results from humans’ supremacist behaviour towards one another contributes to the climate crisis, as well as engages the ethics of theatricalizing the present climate emergency. It playfully mingles elements of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, real-life figures including Toussaint L’Ouverture and various youth climate justice activists, and fictional characters in a scenographic environment that suggests multiple locations and time periods. Twelve DART students perform, and thirty others serve in creative and backstage roles, in this original work written and directed by David Fancy, designed by David Vivian, and choreographed by Trevor Copp and Colin Anthes, with live music performed by Devon Fornelli.

Staging planetary evolution and destruction: A roundtable discussion about AnthropoScene

Nov. 2, 2022 – 6:30 p.m.

Marilyn I. Walker Theatre, MIWSFPA


A panel of experts from Brock and beyond discuss the Department of Dramatic Arts’ fall Mainstage production, AnthropoScene, which explores the how the alienation that results from humans’ supremacist behaviour towards one another contributes to the climate crisis, as well as engages the ethics of theatricalizing the present climate emergency.


Fiona Blaikie is Professor of Art Education and former Dean of the Faculty of Education at Brock University, Canada. She has won numerous awards for scholarship, most recently the InSEA/USSEA 2020 International Ziegfeld Award for visual arts pedagogy. Fiona’s scholarship has shifted from a focus on aesthetic values inherent in studio art assessment practices to looking at visual and cultural identity constructs encompassing social theory on the body, clothing, affect, new materialism, situated knowing, weak theory, and posthumanism. Currently she is chair of the Arts Education Research Institute (AERI) and Associate Director of the Posthumanism Research Institute at Brock University. Her edited collection Global perspectives on youth and young adults: Situated, embodied, and performed ways of being, engaging and belonging was published in 2021 by Routledge.


Christine Daigle is Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Posthumanism Research Institute at Brock University. She has published extensively on existential phenomenologists Friedrich Nietzsche, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Simone de Beauvoir. In recent years, her research has focused on posthumanist theory, more specifically material feminism as well as the environmental posthumanities. She is the editor of Interconnections. Journal of Posthumanism/Interconnections. Revue de Posthumanisme and Co-editor of the series “Posthumanism in Practice” at Bloomsbury. Her most recent monograph titled Posthumanist Vulnerability: An Affirmative Ethics is forthcoming in spring 2023 at Bloomsbury. Her current research project focuses on cultural and philosophical understandings of the Anthropocene. She is working to establish the concept of “joyful extinction.”

Katrina Dunn is an Assistant Professor in the University of Manitoba’s Department of English, Theatre, Film and Media. Her scholarly chapters and articles explore the spatial manifestations of theatre, as well as ecocritical theatre, and have been published in several edited collections, as well as national and international journals. In 2021, her dissertation, “Empty House: Real Estate and Theatricality in Vancouver’s Downtown,” co-won the Canadian Studies Network’s Best PhD Dissertation Prize. In 2022 her chapter “Coproducing Mimesis” won CATR’s Richard Plant Award for the best long-form article. Katrina’s long career as a stage director and producer has had considerable impact on the performing arts on the West Coast and has been recognized with numerous awards.

David Fancy, PhD is Professor in the Department of Dramatic Arts, Brock University. His plays have been produced in Canada, the United States, Mexico, and Ireland. His text Khalida won the Alberta PlayRITES prize. His most recent project, AnthrApology is a 24-hour play that operates as a truth and reconciliation between humans and the planet. Fancy has a longtime practice as a director of theatre, opera, and circus; he is the editor of a website on the subject of actor training and diversities. He has undertaken politically-engaged theatre collaborations with migrant workers, persons with disabilities, those experiencing Islamophobia, and other minoritized groups. Fancy brings his philosophical interests in immanentist thought to performance studies, science and technology studies, and critical disability studies. Recent publications include Fancy, David, and Hans Skott-Myhre, Eds., Immanence, Politics and Aesthetics: Thinking Revolt in the 21st Century (McGill-Queens University Press, 2019); Fancy, David, and Conrad Alexandrowicz (eds), Theatre Pedagogy in an Era of Climate Crisis (Routledge, 2021); and Fancy, David, and Lillian Manzour (eds), Teatro de Tres Americas: Antología Norte (Ediciones Sin Paredes, 2022). Fancy’s current publishing projects revolve around notions of resonance and how these intersect with technocapital and social control, as well as notions of geoartistry, or the ability of the earth’s many other-than-human entities to generate and also receive aesthetic experience.

Lin Snelling is a dancer whose artistic practice brings the qualities of improvisation into dance, theatre, writing, visual art, and somatic practice. She toured the world with Carbone 14 and worked with many improvisation ensembles. She teaches dance, experiential anatomy, and composition at the University of Alberta where she is also Director of Graduate Studies in Theatre. In 2019 she received a McCalla Professorship for a new collective creation, A Sounding Line. Her recent dance collaborations include Far Away and Personal, a dance film with musician/composer Michael Reinhart, and ENTRANCES with writer David Gagnon Walker and multimedia designer Tori Morrison from Strange Victory Performance. Rewriting Distance, her ongoing research collaboration with Belgian dance dramaturg Guy Cools has been performed in 7 countries and 14 different cities:

Priya A. Thomas, PhD is a dance/theatre historian, musician, and dancer/choreographer. Her scholarly and creative activities reflect a multidisciplinary critical practice that questions changing historical understandings of the “human” in dance and performance practices. Dr. Thomas’ research on historical configurations of the nonhuman/monster in transatlantic contexts of the long nineteenth century (1750-1913) has been recognized through publications in leading peer-reviewed journals, book chapters, international conferences, and a number of prestigious research awards, grants, and fellowships. Until June 2021, she served as a tenure-stream assistant professor at Texas Woman’s University, and after relocating to Canada, worked as Research Faculty at McMaster University and is currently an assistant professor of Dramatic Arts at Brock. She serves as Review Editor of the peer-reviewed journal, Theatre Research in Canada/Recherches théâtrales au Canada (University of Toronto Press) and leads the Mindfulness in Motion Lab at York University, an international research consortium dedicated to the study of mindfulness in movement-based modalities. She is currently working on a SSHRC-funded book on monsters in theatrical performance as well as a fictohistorical audiovisual installation project entitled, The Last of the Rhinestone Cowboys: Expo 67’s Sunset Years.

David Vivian is the scenographer in the Department of Dramatic Arts at Brock and teaches courses in production and design for theatre. He holds a Masters in Fine Arts from the University of British Columbia and is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada. David researches marginalized and virtual spaces through visual arts and theatre design, the application of digital technologies to the collection of performance ephemera, and regional identity construction and transmission through scenographic practice and research. David was the third Director of the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts and is currently the Director of the Centre for Studies in Arts and Culture

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