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.

Our guests will engage in professional activities such as public lectures, performances, exhibitions, workshops, laboratories, and demonstrations, and will participate in other pedagogical and creative activities including guest teaching, the professional mentoring of faculty and staff, critiques of student work, and community engagement activities.

In addition to generally intensifying the creative, scholarly and teaching cultures of the School, special emphasis is put on developing knowledge and familiarity of the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts as an incubator in the arts and culture sector of Niagara, exploring potential intersections of the School and the surrounding community/region, and promoting inter‐ and trans‐disciplinarity within the School and beyond.

Walker Cultural Leader Program for 2019-20:

Ravi Jain
Keynote Lecture: Nov. 10, 3:00 p.m.
Play Reading: Pipeline by Dominique Morisseau , and Q&A: Nov. 10, 3:45 p.m.

Toronto-based stage director Ravi Jain is a multi-award winning artist known for making politically bold and accessible theatrical experiences. As the founding artistic director of Why Not Theatre, Ravi has established himself as an artistic leader for his inventive productions, international producing/ collaborations and innovative producing models. As a director, Ravi’s work has been critically acclaimed for its accessibility and politically bold perspective. In his talk, Jain will discuss how theatre artists can use innovative ways to challenge ideas of race, class, gender and abilities across the board.

Alternative visions of existence
While working in Nairobi, Kenya I learned of Ngugi wa’Thiongo. He was a pioneer of Kenyan theatre, who was exiled for rediscovering a Kenyan theatre, which challenged the British rule and history of the country. Someone wrote of his work, “he was searching for alternative visions of existence”. That phrase has stuck with me ever since, and is the bedrock of everything I do.”  – Ravi Jain

How do we challenge the status quo and use the arts to create a vision of the world we want to see, a version of the world we want to live in?  This talk will look at how artists can challenge their own assumptions of what theatre is, who gets to tell it, who it is for and what its purpose is.  An exploration of the imagination, activism and the story of an artist who is always looking for a better way.

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Donna Szöke
Public Lecture: Jan. 21, 7:00 p.m.

Interdisciplinary artist and Brock faculty member Donna Szöke discusses the motif of invisibility in her work and her current book project, to be published in 2020 by the Small Walker Press.

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Landon Mackenzie
Public Lecture: Mar. 12, 7:30 p.m.

A survey of works traversing over four decades.  A revealing personal exploration of creativity, painting and mapping.

Landon Mackenzie is an acclaimed visual artist based in Vancouver. Her international exhibiting and teaching career has been awarded the inaugural Ian Wallace Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Golden Jubilee and Diamond Jubilee Queen Elizabeth II Medals for outstanding contribution to culture in British Columbia and Canada, and the Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts (2017), among others.

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Walker String Quartet
Nov. 12, 12:00 p.m.
Mar. 3, 12:00 p.m.

The Walker String Quartet (WSQ) is the Department of Music’s quartet in residence. The group gives prominence to the department through public performance and working with students in high school string programs to share in the joy of music and promote Brock’s music program.

The Quartet features: Vera Alekseeva, Faith Lau (violins), Roman Kosarev (viola) and Gordon Cleland (cello)

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