DART Invitational FAQ

The Invitational is part of the admissions process for students interested in entering the Department of Dramatic Arts (DART) at Brock University. You will be invited to attend and successfully complete one of two Invitationals after you receive your conditional offer of admission to the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Dramatic Arts or Bachelor of Arts (Honours)/Dramatic Arts Concurrent Education programs. The Invitationals take place in St. Catharines.

The DART Invitational is an exciting, full day event of workshops that will introduce you to all facets of theatre study our program offers – from drama in education and applied theatre, to production and design, to performance and theatre praxis. Whereas most drama programs ask you to prepare a classical monologue and give you a two-minute opportunity to “impress the judges,” we will be taking you through a series of workshops, which will allow you to walk away with some introductory skills, as well as an original piece of theatre you’ve created with peers.

Throughout the day’s events, you will have an opportunity to meet some of the program’s faculty and staff, current students, as well as recent graduates of the program. Lunch and snacks will be provided. A tour of our facilities will take place at the end of the day.

As part of Brock University’s ongoing efforts to protect the health and safety of students, faculty, staff and the community in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Department will be adapting the regular Invitational process for applications for admission beginning September 2021.

For 2021 we are planning the Dramatic Arts online Invitational Interview to be scheduled for February to May, 2021.
You will spend an hour in the company of Faculty from the Department of Dramatic Arts introducing you to the program and discussing your areas of strength and interest.

In the event public health policy permits us to invite applicants to campus we will plan for the DART Invitational Event for those wishing to have an in person experience.

Details will be posted on this page as soon as they are available: brocku.ca/miwsfpa/dramatic-arts/dart-invitational
See our page at the Virtual Fall Preview here.
Read about our approach to teaching, learning and research for 2020-21 here.
For updates about the university’s policies to safely guide us through the pandemic please see here.

The purpose of the DART Invitational is to attract students who are well suited to our program. You are more likely to succeed in our program if you are making an informed decision to join us based on the unique skill set our program will foster in you. DART seeks to graduate students with an integrated knowledge of all four of the concentrations we offer, while giving you the opportunity to gain specialized knowledge in one chosen area of study. Through our program’s emphasis on “praxis” – the integration of theory and practice – you will acquire the skill set to analyze, synthesize, theorize, devise, and collaborate in a broad range of situations – from the stage to the classroom to the public sphere – and move fluidly through different disciplines of theatre study.

No. This workshop will give you a sampling of the range of courses of study our program offers. You may find that the experience will help you identify what your interests are.

Please check back here for details about preparation for the Interview.

In advance of the workshop, participants will be asked to do the following:

Read Sophocles’ Antigone (442 BCE). We are recommending a translation by Ian Johnstone available on-line at:
http://johnstoniatexts.x10host.com/sophocles/antigonehtml.html and as a PDF file.
After reading the play, participants will be asked to bring the following three items with them to the Invitational:

  1. Two to four consecutive lines from the play that are important or meaningful to the participant.
  2. An image or object that resonates with the play or captures a personal response to the play.
  3. A one-page reflection paper on the play that identifies a particular theme or issue of interest to the participant. (Single spaced, typed in Times New Roman 12 pt font.)

All written work should be your own. Plagiarism occurs when you submit material, in whole or in part, that is not your own work without citing the source. Plagiarism is a serious academic offense.

When must you give credit? You must give credit (cite), when you use another person’s ideas, opinion, theory, facts, statistics, etc., or any information that is not considered common knowledge.

For the purposes of the DART Invitational there is no requirement to include or refer to secondary sources in your written material (e.g., on-line articles, notes, reviews). However, if you do you must correctly cite these sources using the MLA citation style and use quotation marks where appropriate (see for example the MLA Style Quick guide found on this page: http://researchguides.library.brocku.ca/styleguides/mla .)

If in doubt, contact our office at dramatic@brocku.ca

Our program is modeled on the collaborative, ensemble framework one encounters in the professional theatre world. Successful completion of the workshop, therefore, will be determined on the basis of the criteria necessary to succeed within that framework. Attention will be paid to participants’ abilities to:

  • work in a creative and collaborative way within an ensemble
  • engage analytically and creatively with the assigned play
  • listen well and engage thoughtfully with others’ contributions and responses to the play
  • respond well to artistic and academic challenges, as well as constructive criticism or feedback
  • Engage in physical theatre work with focus and awareness

We are particularly interested in students who are eager to develop themselves both artistically and intellectually in a university context. Your one-page reflection paper on the play Antigone is an opportunity for us to become familiar with your abilities to engage with and write thoughtfully on a work of dramatic literature – skills that will be developed as you work through a university degree.

Even when you are preparing a monologue for an audition, you need to read the play from which the monologue is taken in order to convey that you have a rich and fully developed sense of the character you are representing. It is often glaringly apparent when a student has not read the full play, since he or she is unable to convey the broader story of the character’s conflict, circumstances, and journey in the monologue. In the case of the DART Invitational workshops, this fuller knowledge of the play and its conflicts is crucial, since the play will be the basis of the scenes you will develop with your peers, as well as the workshop exercises.

It’s also important to keep in mind that a university degree in Dramatic Arts requires that you read and write critically about works of dramatic literature, as well as historical and theoretical texts about the theatre. Your one-page reflection will allow you to convey to us your thoughts and interpretations of the play and demonstrate that you are prepared to undertake writing, reading, and critical reflection assignments required through the course of your university studies.

Because this will be an active day, requiring you to move around, we ask that you wear loose, comfortable and neutral clothing including plain, black pants and a t-shirt:

  • You must wear a plain, white, short sleeved T Shirt to the DART Invitational. On the FRONT and the BACK of your T-Shirt write your preferred first name followed by your last name, in Permanent BLACK Marker in letters that measure at least 6 inches.  Your first name should be above your last name in 2 lines. This will help everyone to refer to you by name.
  • We also recommend that you avoid wearing jewelry, particularly dangly earrings, rings, bracelets, etc., that could get caught on other people’s clothing as you work.

You may want to bring a water bottle to keep hydrated, but lunch and snacks will be provided. When you book your placement in the workshop, please inform our Administrative Assistant if you have any food allergies.

Beginning at 9:30 a.m. in Brock University’s new Marilyn I. Walker Theatre and running to 3:30 p.m. (tour at 3:30 p.m.), all participants will be taken through a range of workshops, each focused around the four concentrations of study our program offers: Performance, Theatre Praxis, Drama in Education and Applied Theatre, and Production and Design. Each of these workshops will use the play Antigone as the basis for a series of exercises. In the afternoon, you will be invited to apply the range of skills you have acquired in the morning. Using the lines, images, or objects each participant has brought in response to the play you will collaboratively create your own original piece of theatre for presentation at the end of the day.

Workshops, brainstorming, and rehearsal sessions will be broken up by snack and lunch breaks. You will also receive a brief introduction to the program, the exciting opportunities available to you throughout your degree, and you will also have an opportunity to get to know the department’s faculty in a friendly environment. The DART Invitational will be a welcoming, exhilarating, and memorable event for all participants.

We are notifying applicants early of these dates so that you can keep these days free of other obligations. We suggest that you keep all of these dates free, since participation in the workshop is required for admission into the program. If you are unable to attend any of these dates due to urgent circumstances, alternate arrangements will be made. Contact the Department of Dramatic Arts at dramatic@brocku.ca to book a Personal Alternate Interview.

International applicants:
You are invited to contact the department to schedule an alternate Invitational experience. This may include the submission of :

• a video portfolio,
• an interview by Skype or similar,
• a letter of reference,
• the assignments we ask students to complete at the DART Invitational.

Contact the Department of Dramatic Arts at dramatic@brocku.ca to book a Personal Alternate Interview.

Once you have received your conditional offer of admission you will be invited to register and reserve your place in the DART Invitational.

Registration will open in December and will be available here.

There are only 60 registrations for each date, so register early to insure your preferred date.

  • There is no cost for the Dramatic Arts Invitational Interview.
  • There is a registration fee of $80.00 which includes materials, snack, refreshments and lunch.
  • Payment is made when you register online.

All participants will receive a results email from the Department within 1-2 weeks of participating in the workshop. The Department will also notify the Admissions Office of the result. The Admissions Office will extend an offer to your program as soon as you are deemed academically eligible.