Drama Criticism Course Returns to In-Person Theater – The Brock News


After two years of viewing performances online, Brock University students learning the art of theater criticism will experience theater both indoors and in person at the famed Stratford Festival and Shaw Festival Theatre.

DART 3P94 Theater Criticism is an intensive online summer semester course running July 11-22, enhanced by field trips to see live productions at Canada’s major theater companies.

Taught by Karen Fricker, Associate Professor of Drama and Theater Critic for The Toronto Starthe course introduces students to the practical profession of theater criticism and delves into the theoretical context of the discipline.

Fricker said after two years of classes during the pandemic and with students looking exclusively at digital theater, it will be exciting to see live productions again.

“The Shaw and Stratford festivals have full indoor seasons this year and I can’t wait to bring the course to the shows there,” she said. “We set up post-show talks so that students can ask questions about the productions they have seen with the artists who made them.

The Stratford Festival welcomes the public back from May with a seasonal theme ‘New Beginnings’ and featuring pieces such as Hamlet and Little woman and the musical Chicago. North America’s largest classical repertoire theater celebrates its 70th anniversary in 2022.

The Shaw Festival Theatre, in its 60th season, will present 13 plays on three stages in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Productions include The importance of being serious, Everybody and The doctor’s dilemma.

After viewing productions, students will write about and discuss responses to them and learn about alternative, digital, performative, and visual forms of critical response, while engaging with theater culture.

Registration for Spring/Summer courses is now open through the Admissions website. Students interested in learning more about the course are encouraged to contact Fricker at [email protected]

Learn more about the 2022 seasons at Stratford Festival and Shaw Festival Theater on line.


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