Current Season

DART Performances in 2020-21

Presented by the Department of Dramatic Arts, Brock University

In this era of the Covid-19 pandemic the Department is presenting innovative theatre experiences ONLINE.
Reservations for all performances are available online through Brock University Tickets
Please contact the Production Manager Brian Cumberland for assistance with reservations.

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poster art by Kelly Wolf. click to open a pdf to print.

Fall Mainstage Production:

scenes from an Execution
by HOWard Barker

Scenes from an Execution is a genre-bending feeding frenzy of high impact theatre, art film, and social media. This production features the story of a 16th century punk feminist painter named Galactia. She outsmarts and out-arts all the other hangers-on with her ability to wield a paintbrush and her prowess with a video camera. She stores her lover in a plexiglass box, and, well, everything takes off from there… Taking place in an in-between pandemonium of dozens of separate performance spaces around the region and the world, Scenes From and Execution integrates the live and the recorded, and blood and paint, in festival of good-times-for-all that won’t be easily ignored!
Directed by David Fancy.

Live streamed on:
October 30 at 7:30 PM
October 31 at 7:30 PM
November 01 at 2:00 PM
November 06 at 7:30 PM
November 07 at 7:30 PM

Where: created at the Marilyn I. Walker Theatre, 15 Artists’ Common, St. Catharines with content from the performance spaces of students and artists in Canada and Mexico, streamed to the MIWSFPA YouTube Channel.

Reservations to view the Scenes from an Execution performance of your choice can now be made at brocku.universitytickets.com
There is no charge for reservations, but numbers are limited. Please book your ticket soon.

CREATIVE TEAM:

Director: David Fancy
Assistant Director: Molly Lacey*
Set/Costume Designer: Kelly Wolf
Assistant Designer: Wyatt Hoskins*
Dramaturge: Asenia Hall*
Choreographer: Trevor Copp
Dance Captain: Marley Mahon*
Audio Design: James Dengate*
Stage Manager: Peter Herbert*
Assistant Stage Manager: Alyssa Ruddock*

CAST:

Galactia – Holly Hebert*
Carpeta – Neo Moore*
Urgentino – Jesse Caines*
Suffici – Jackson Wagner*
Rivera – Heidi Nickel*
Ostensible – Diego Blanco*
Prodo/Third Sailor – Jarrod Vandenbogaerd*
Sketchbook/Pastaccio – Celine Zamidar*
Supporta – Sammie Marett*
Dementia – Chloe Petrou*
Sordo/First Sailor – Maiya Irwin*
Official/Gaoler – Isaiah Alton*
Lasagna/Second Sailor – Marley Mahon*
First Sailor/Workman/Woman in the next cell – Thea Van Loon*

PRODUCTION:

Production Manager: Brian Cumberland
Technical Director: Gavin Fearon
Assistant TD: Sid Malcolm*
Sound Operator: Alex Sykes*
Head of Wardrobe: Roberta Doylend
Wardrobe Assistant: Julian Corlett*
Construction Head: Ed Harris
SM Supervisor: Carolyn MacKenzie

( * DART student)

Upcoming productions

GIMME TWO FESTIVAL

OCTOBER 2020
presented online!
Every DART 1P99 student performs in a Gimme Two directed by an upper year student.

The Department of Dramatic Arts and the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre present:

Walker Cultural Leaders Series for 2020:

Theatre in The Era of Climate Crisis: A weekend of performances and discussion of the intersections between climate change, performing arts and activism

Brock University’s Department of Dramatic Arts (DART) has teamed up with the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre to offer online performances and virtual discussions that explore the intersection of performing arts and climate change as part of the Walker Cultural Leaders Series from Friday 13 – Sunday 15 November 2020.

The weekend is convened by DART Professors David Fancy and Karen Fricker and will include the sharing of five commissioned performance provocations, a live-streamed performance of Broadleaf Theatre’s award-winning production The Chemical Valley Project, co-created by Kevin Matthew Wong and Julia Howman, and a panel discussion with contributing artists Kevin Matthew Wong (Broadleaf Theatre), Santee Smith (Kaha:wi Dance Theatre), and David Fancy.

As part of the Walker Cultural Leaders Series, Brock University commissioned 10 regional theatre artists to create short online presentations exploring the climate crisis in relation to any area of their interest. The first five performance provocations will be showcased as part of the November gathering and will include artists who are performers, devisors, designers, educators, and writers. These artists have explored a multitude of themes in relation to climate change including consumerism, feminism, colonialism, COVID-19, healing, ecological grief and more. Excerpts of these works in progress will be shown followed by a talk back.

“We’re committed to manifesting Marilyn Walker’s vision and legacy of cultural leadership by bringing creative and critical attention to the climate crisis,” said David Fancy. “We’re especially grateful to have the opportunity to collaborate with the PAC on this series of presentations.”

“The climate crisis is going to require our collective creativity to rise to its challenges,” said Annie Wilson, PAC’s Programming Supervisor. “We appreciate the opportunity to work alongside Brock’s Dramatic Arts Department to build this opportunity to reflect as a community on this most important issue.”

The full weekend program features:

Friday 13 November 2020

5pm-6:30pm  

Walker Cultural Leaders Series Commissioned Artists
Dani Shae Barkley exploring the economy, globalization, ecological grief and the climate
Kelly Wolf exploring feminism and the climate
Iain Lidstone exploring the relationship between land and healing

Excerpts will be followed by a discussion chaired by Michelle Mohammed.
Livestreamed on both the PAC and MIWSFPA Facebook and YouTube pages. Content available for viewing until Sun 29 Nov.

7pm

The Chemical Valley Project by Broadleaf Theatre, co-created by Kevin Matthew Wong and Julia Howman
Livestreamed performance from Robertson Theatre at FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre. Presented by the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre in partnership with Brampton’s Rose Theatre, Kingston’s Grand Theatre and Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts. Supported by Ontario Presents and Ontario Arts Council.

Tickets for The Chemical Valley Project are pay-what-you-can and are available on the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre website at www.FirstOntarioPAC.ca. Content available for viewing with PWYC ticket purchase until Sun 29 Nov.

Saturday 14 November 2020

2pm

The Chemical Valley Project by Broadleaf Theatre, co-created by Kevin Matthew Wong and Julia Howman

Livestreamed performance from Robertson Theatre at FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre. Presented by the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre in partnership with Brampton’s Rose Theatre, Kingston’s Grand Theatre and Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts. Supported by Ontario Presents and Ontario Arts Council.

Tickets for The Chemical Valley Project are pay-what-you-can and are available on the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre website at www.FirstOntarioPAC.ca. Content available for viewing with PWYC ticket purchase until Sun 29 Nov.

Sunday 15 November 2020

1pm 

Land, Water, Activism, Performance: A talkback and discussion panel featuring Kevin Matthew Wong of Broadleaf Theatre; Santee Smith, Artistic Director of Kaha:wi Dance Theatre; and DART Professor David Fancy, moderated by Karen Fricker.

Topics will include Broadleaf Theatre’s commitment to climate-focused dramaturgy; Kaha:wi Dance Theatre’s Indigenous futurist dance production Skén:nen; and the upcoming Theatre Training in the Era of Climate Crisis volume and conference co-edited and organized by David Fancy.

Livestreamed on both the PAC and MIWSFPA Facebook and YouTube pages.

2pm-3:30pm

Walker Cultural Leaders Series Commissioned Artists
James McCoy exploring fatigue and the climate; the emotional response to climate change
Adrienne Smoke presenting Rona: exploring colonialism, COVID-19 and the climate

Excerpts will be followed by a discussion chaired by Michelle Mohammed.
Livestreamed on both the PAC and MIWSFPA Facebook and YouTube pages. Content available for viewing until Sun 29 Nov.

Tickets for The Chemical Valley Project are pay-what-you-can and are available on the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre website at www.FirstOntarioPAC.ca. There are no tickets required for The Walker Cultural Leader Series Commissioned Artists and Land, Water, Activism, Performance: A talkback and discussion panel. These events will be livestreamed on both the PAC and MIWSFPA Facebook and YouTube pages. Content available for viewing until Sun 29 Nov.

ABOUT THE WALKER CULTURAL LEADERS SERIES:

Beginning in 2011 the academic programs of the Marilyn I. Walker School have celebrated the legacy of Marilyn, her gift and her vision by programming the Walker Cultural Leaders (WCL) Series. The ongoing development and refinement of the WCL program facilitates invitations to recognized cultural leaders, top researchers, visiting artists, scholars, professionals, theatre companies, producing and presenting organizations, associations, and others to contribute to the intellectual and creative life of the School and the Niagara region.

ABOUT THE FIRSTONTARIO PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE:

The FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre is located in downtown St. Catharines, Ontario on the shared traditional lands of the Haudenosaunee, Anishinaabe, Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, the Neutral Peoples and many other Indigenous people from across Turtle Island. We offer our sincere gratitude and respect to the original and continued stewards of this land. We also acknowledge Black, Indigenous, People of Colour, and 2SLGBTQQAI+ that have been marginalized for centuries and more – and our collective responsibility to take action for a better world free from oppression, discrimination and racism. The PAC aims to provide meaningful opportunities to bring our community together in a place of mutual understanding, empathy, and respect through the arts.

Designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects, the 95,000 square foot cultural complex opened in November 2105 and is comprised of four state-of-the-art performance venues which hosts international, national and local artists alongside community members and organizations.

The FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre acknowledges the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Canada Council for the Arts, the City of St. Catharines and our long time partnership with Brock University for their ongoing support.

Department of Dramatic Arts Presents:

DART 4F56

A presentation by the DART 4F56 (Advanced Studies in Theatre)/DART 4P97 (Collaborative Stage Production) graduating students’ ensemble for Fall 2020. All productions are created, produced and performed by DART students under the direction of a guest director.

When:

Spring Mainstage Production:

fever/dream
by Sheila Callaghan

Sheila Callaghan’s Fever/Dream is a rollercoaster ride of lyrical absurdity with a soupcon of parody and the surreal.

Seizing on real anxieties of plunging stock markets and corporate mayhem Sheila Callaghan, the author of Netflix’ series Shameless, chronicles the fortunes of the Basil Family Dynasty in this wildly modernized adaptation of the Renaissance Spanish classic Life’s a Dream.

A radical social experiment begins when eccentric billionaire  Bill Basil abdicates control of his business conglomerate to his feral, estranged son. Segismundo emerges from incarceration in the Customer Service dungeon yearning for his day of power. Meanwhile, other contenders for the corporate Presidency plot a takeover. The coldest-hearted businesswoman in the world is thwarted by a vengeful bike messenger who, in turn, is distracted by the discovery of her dead-beat dad. The rules that govern the world of corporate finance are permanently derailed as Love teaches everyone a little civilization, to the tune of Yellow Brick Road.

Fever/Dream adapted by Sheila Callaghan from the Spanish Golden Age classic by Calderon de la Barca, from Life’s A Dream.
Directed by Gyllian Raby with Dillon Bernier and Samantha Rideout. Scenography is by David Vivian, costumes by Alexandra Lord, lighting design by Chris Malkowski , videography and sound design by James McCoy, and stage management by Diego Blanco.

Live Streamed on:
March 5
March 6
March 7
Available online March 12-13.

Where: created at the Marilyn I. Walker Theatre, 15 Artists’ Common, St. Catharines with content from the performance spaces of students and artists in Canada, streamed to the MIWSFPA YouTube Channel.

Reservations to view the Fever/Dream performance of your choice will be made available at brocku.universitytickets.com
There is no charge for reservations, but numbers are limited. Please book your ticket early.

CREATIVE TEAM:

Director: Gyllian Raby
Assistant Director Dramaturgy, Design, DIE outreach: Dillon Bernier*
Assistant Director Dramaturgy, Choreography & Sound, DIE outreach: Samantha Rideout*
Scenic Design: David Vivian
Costume Design: Alexandra Lord
Lighting Design: Chris Malkowski
Sound Design/Projections /Videographer:  James McCoy
Choreographer: Rachel Romanoski
Stage Manager: Diego Blanco*

CAST:

Segis, the feral son of Bill Basil; – Luca d’Amico*
Rose, a spy; the disguised daughter of Fred Clotaldo and ex-lover of Aston Martin – Leah Rantala*
Claire, Rose’s room-mate, side-kick, and a deeply gifted office worker – Joanna Tran*
Bill Basil, CEO of Basil Enterprises (tops the Forbes 500 global business charts); an ailing control freak – Matt Martin*
Fred Clotaldo, Bill’s loyal office manager; Rose’s estranged father – Taj-Alexander Crozier*
Aston Martin, a charmer whose real name is Reginald, ex-lover of Rose – Peter Herbert*
Stella Strong, a spectacular icon of power and perfection whose business sense is matched only by her ambition – Emily Clegg*
Corporate Associate 3: Pixie – Yasmine Agocs*
Corporate Associate 1: Sparky – Violet Brown*
Corporate Associate 2: Daisy – Jane Smith*
Security Guard 1: Mick – Lucas Irving*
Security Guard 2: Sergei – Jonah Pace*
Accountant 1 – Lucas Irving*
Accountant 2 – Jonah Pace*

PRODUCTION:

Production Manager: Brian Cumberland
Technical Director: Gavin Fearon
Head of Wardrobe: Roberta Doylend
Construction Head and Technical Assistant: Ed Harris
SM Supervisor: Carolyn MacKenzie

( * DART student)

GIMME TWO FESTIVAL

MARCH 2021
presented online!
Every DART 1P99 student performs in a Gimme Two directed by an upper year student.

Department of Dramatic Arts Presents
ONE ACTS FESTIVAL 2021:

The festival is the final presentation for student directors enrolled in the third-year Directing II (DART3P54) course. All plays are created, produced and performed by DART students under the direction of Gyllian Raby.

Department of Dramatic Arts Presents:

DART 4F56

A presentation by the DART 4F56 (Advanced Studies in Theatre)/DART 4P97 (Collaborative Stage Production) graduating students’ ensemble for Spring 2021. All productions are created, produced and performed by DART students under the direction of a guest director.

When:

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

unless otherwise indicated, all performances for 2020-21 are online

PARKING

Parking is not available on-site, however, there are more than 1,000 spots available in nearby parking garages, surface lots and on city streets within a five-minute walk to our address at 15 Artists’ Common. Visit www.stcatharines.ca/en/livein/ParkingLotsGarages.asp for a list of parking locations, or see below.

Upcoming events at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre