DART Performances in 2015-16

Our inaugural season in the new theatre of the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, located at 15 Artists’ Common in downtown St. Catharines!

Imagining the City

The Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts presents Imagining the City, part of the Walker Cultural Leaders Program, 2015-16.

Brock University has opened the doors to its new downtown fine and performing arts building, the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts. To celebrate this new location and the bond between the Brock and downtown arts communities, the departments in the MIWSFPA (Dramatic Arts, Music, and Visual Arts), the Centre for Studies in Arts and Culture, and Rodman Hall Art Centre present Imagining the City, part of the Walker Cultural Leaders Program. The season will run throughout the 2015-16 academic year, and consists of performances, exhibitions, concerts, and conferences, all themed around ideas of the urban, and the relationship between the City and the University.

Listed below are the events produced or sponsored by the Department of Dramatic Arts for ITC as well as DART’s Inaugural season at 15 Artists’ Common! Click here for more information about the entire ITC program across the school, and stay connected on social media by following #BrockuDART #miwsfpa and #itc.


The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny

WRITTEN BY: Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill
DIRECTED BY: Virginia Reh

Show dates/times: November 13, 14, 20 & 21 at 7:30 p.m.
Matinee performances: Sunday, Nov. 15 at 2 p.m., & Friday, Nov. 20 at 11:30 a.m.

Performed in the Dramatic Arts Theatre, Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, 15 Artists’ Common, St. Catharines.

Come to Mahagonny where all your dreams and nightmares come true. The Widow Begbick welcomes you to her fantasyland for grown-ups. Every day’s party day in Mahagonny. Music! Dance! Drama! Why would you ever want to leave?

Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet)

WRITTEN BY: Ann-Marie Macdonald
DIRECTED BY: Danielle Wilson
ASSISTED BY: Mark Harrigan
SET DESIGN BY: Nigel Scott

Show dates/times: Feb. 26 & 27 and March 4 & 5 at 7:30 p.m.
Matinee performances: Feb. 28 at 2:00 p.m. & March 4 at 11:30 a.m.

Performed in the Dramatic Arts Theatre, Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, 15 Artists’ Common, St. Catharines.

What would happen if Desdemona and Juliet didn’t die? Constance Ledbelly, an overlooked academic, is transported into Shakespeare’s Othello and Romeo and Juliet, becomes entangled in the plays, meets these iconic women and changes the plots entirely.

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Exhibition: DART@PQ2015

When: September 2015 – April 2016
Opening: Alumni Homecoming and Grand Opening, September 18, 2015
Location: DART Theatre Lobby, 2nd Level, 15 Artists’ Common

Exhibit of DART’s participation in the Canadian PQ2015 (Prague Quadrennial) exhibit Elevations, including parts of national collective project Totem. Theme: MUSIC. WEATHER. POLITICS. Also including: Fault Lines: digital exhibit of Brock students’ work. 


Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine & Performing Arts Alumni Homecoming

When: September 18, 2015 – 5:00pm – 11:00pm

Alumni of the Arts and Culture, Dramatic Arts, Music and Visual Arts programs and our friends and guests from the Niagara Region and GTA are cordially invited to the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts Alumni Homecoming and Grand Opening!

Please click here or on the poster image for more information.


City Treaty

Saturday, September 19, 2015, 5 – 9 pm:
5:00 PM Opening Ceremony
5:30 PM Dance, Drumming & Vendor Fair
6:30 PM Historical Talk with Rick Hill
7:00 PM City Treaty Presentation

Sunday, September 20, 2015, 12:30 – 9:30 pm:
12:30 PM Perpetual Peace Project Concert
2:00 PM City Treaty Presentation
3:00 PM Workshops
5:00 PM Closing Ceremony
5:30 PM Celebration at Rise Above,
120 St. Paul Street, St. Catharines

Location: In and around the DART Theatre and lobby,
15 Artists’ Common, Other Downtown Locations

Featuring a stage adaptation of Marvin Francis’ epic poem City Treaty, a historical talk with Rick Hill, workshops, dance demonstrations, music, food and more. The event wishes to honour the land the new theatre is built upon and open its doors to all peoples.



(DART 4F56: Performances by graduating students)
by Theatre Complicite

Show dates/times: October 23 and 24, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.
Location: the Dramatic Arts Theatre at 15 Artists’ Common

Stories of journeys fragment, reflect, repeat and revolve like the act of memory itself as Mnemonic questions our understanding of time, our capacity to distort history and our attempts to retell the past. In order to rehearse and present the play, the students in DART 4F56 must disassemble the assemblage devised by the original creators, and put it back together twenty years in the future.

Tweets by @dartmnemonic

Tickets cost $5.00 and are available for purchase through the box office of the First Ontario Performing Arts Centre in St. Catharines. Online purchases may be made at www.firstontariopac.ca


Engaging Possibilities /
Joining The Fires

When: November 17 – 19, 12 – 5 pm
Location: Studio A (MW 251), 15 Artists’ Common

Presentation of transdisciplinary workshops including the Alternative Augmentative Communication (AAC) community and DART scenography students.

Workshops open to particpants ONLY.

Contact David at dvivian@brocku.ca for more information.


Active Citizenship: Drama in Education & Applied Theatre Symposium

Friday, January 29, 2016, 7 – 8:30 pm Keynote by Kathy Lundy, with a response by Jonothan Neelands (Open to Public)
Saturday January 30, 2016, 10 – 4 pm, Workshops by Kathy Lundy and Juliana Saxton (by registration only)
Sunday January 31, 2016, 10 – 4 pm, Workshop by Jonothan Neelands (by registration only)

Locations: Friday: Dramatic Arts Theatre, 15 Artists’ Common, Saturday & Sunday: MW 207 & 211, 15 Artists’ Common

A symposium on the role of Drama in Education and Applied Theatre in exploring concepts of citizenship, community and care as they relate to living with others in structured and unstructured spaces.



BY: Essential Collective Theatre, co-presented by FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre with production assistance by the Department of Dramatic Arts

Show dates/times: February 18 – 28, 2016: Tuesdays – Saturdays at 8 pm; Sundays at 2pm

Tickets are available at firstontariopac.ca

Location: Robertson Theatre, FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, 250 St. Paul Street, St. Catharines

A new one-woman play by Vancouver playwright Suzanne Ristic, this darkly comic piece was first produced in 2014 at the Vancouver Fringe Festival. ECT’s production will be performed by DART part-time faculty member Monica Dufault and will be directed by Kim Selody, Artistic Director of Presentation HouseTheatre.

Major Predictions, Barbara

Show date/time: Tuesday, February 23, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Location: “Studio A” MW 251, 15 Artists’ Common

Workshop and reading of a new play by David Fancy written in response to George Bernard Shaw’s Major Barbara, featuring a cast of Shaw Festival ensemble members and DART students. Major Predictions, Barbara takes place in our contemporary world of “killer code,” TED talks, and predictive surveillance; Fancy’s text is intercut with passages from Shaw’s original text.

PLEASE NOTE: This event is now sold out. Please contact Karen Fricker if you would like to be placed on a waiting list.


One Acts Festival 2016:  Balancing Acts – presented by the Department of Dramatic Arts

Show dates/times: April 02 – 03, 2016
Location: the Dramatic Arts Theatre at 15 Artists’ Common

Join us for the annual One Act Play Festival in our inaugural season at the new Dramatic Arts Theatre of the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, 15 Artists’ Common, downtown St. Catharines

Tickets: At the door, first come first served
Cost: Pay What You Can
Limited paid parking on site


Engaging Possibilities /
Joining The Fires

Tuesday workshops: April 12 – May 10, 2016, 12-5 pm;
May 17, 9 am – 5 pm
Location: Studio B (MW 247), 15 Artists’ Common

Workshops for Community Members who use Alternative, Augmented Communication (AAC) and Open Studio on May 17.
Presentation of transdisciplinary workshops including the Alternative Augmentative Communication (AAC) community and DART scenography students.
Workshops will be in the afternoons (exact timing TBA). Workshops open to students and the DART community; possible final public outcome (TBA).

The Flu Season

Show dates/times: April 14 – 16, 2016, Curtain at 7:30 pm
Location: the Dramatic Arts Theatre at 15 Artists’ Common

Will Eno’s “The Flu Season” plays whack-a-mole with everything you expect love to be.

On stage in the Dramatics Arts Theatre, this Oppenheimer award-winning play has been selected by the graduating dramatic arts students as the strangest, most theatrical screen shot of the state of romantic affairs today.

This unexpected comedy comes from the playwright the New York Times hails as “a Samuel Beckett for the Jon Stewart generation.”

Tickets: $5 (applicable fees and taxes are extra), can be purchased at the door, or through the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre Box Office. email: boxoffice@firstontariopac.ca; or visit online at: firstontariopac.ca

Receive a $2 discount on your ticket with a purchase of a meal of $5 or more from the following participating downtown eatries: Mahtay Café, Rise Above, The Bull BBQ Pit, Sky Bar Lounge at Brock University, Bella Noella’s Pizzeria, Gwen’s Teas, and So Jollof. Simply bring your restaurant receipt or voucher to the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre Box Office to receive this discount. This offer is not available online.

Other Upcoming Events at DART:

Gimme 2 Festival (DART 1P99)
October 29, 2015 & March TBC, 2016 at 8 p.m.
2 minutes, 2 actors! This festival showcases short original works by first-year performance students.
Location: 15 Artists’ Common
Admission: Free

see the comprehensive events calendar for all public presentation activity at the MIWSFPA

Visiting High School students meet with members of the Ring Round the Moon company after the Schools’ Matinee in November, 2006