DARTCritics is a project of the Department of Dramatic Arts, founded by Dr. Karen Fricker.  Launched in 2013, the site originated as a practical way for students to train in the art of reviewing, and also sought to bring the artistic community of Brock University and St. Catharines closer together. The website features writing about theatre produced and seen in Niagara, Hamilton, Stratford and Toronto. Please follow DARTCritics as they continue to search for awesome theatre, meeting fascinating artists along the way.

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DARTcritics.com is partially funded by the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, in support of student learning; experiential education; student professionalization; public engagement with the teaching, learning and production activities of the Department of Dramatic Arts; new ways of thinking; and the nurturing of links with our communities.

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  • Bringing magic and theatre together: Matthew Martin makes a connection
    “The magic of theatre” – a common descriptor of productions and a personal favourite explanation as to why I love the arts. Theatre has an ability to compel with such a force that the result is sometimes unexplainable. Whether it be the lights, the performers, or the set, when a world onstage is created that...
  • From Purgatory to Purgatory: Welcome “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot”
    For nearly two years, theatre lovers have felt entrapped in their own little purgatories.  Artists have been unable to perform on stages, and audiences been left peering through screens to get their dose of magic. Although online theatre has made strides and offered new dimensions to theatrical experiences, there’s nothing quite like performing in and...
  • Behind the scenes at Shaw: Frances Johnson’s internship blog no. 1
    Frances Johnson graduated from the Department of Dramatic Arts in 2020 and was about to begin an internship at the Shaw Festival when the Covid-19 pandemic halted live theatrical activity. Her internship in stage management is now happening this spring and early summer, as the Shaw Festival continues to navigate pandemic uncertainties while working towards...