Critical Futures: A Training Program for Emerging BIPOC Theatre Reviewers

Critical Futures: A Training Program for Emerging BIPOC Theatre Reviewers

Critical Futures will offer paid journalistic writing training and exposure to a cohort of 4 BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) who are interested in arts criticism.

The program will run from October 2022 – June 2023 and be a combination of classroom learning and opportunities to review a number of performances over a condensed period of time with mentorship throughout. The aspiring critics will hone their professional voice and skills in areas such as:
● Overview of the current media climate in Canada
● History of Criticism in Canada
● Introduction to the Canadian Theatre ecology and the systems of theatre
production
● Overview of the roles in theatre (dramaturge, director, designers etc.)
● Writing reviews, previews, editorials, and features
● Criticism practices across performing art forms (theatre, dance, circus, etc.)
● Print vs. Digital tools
● Different cultural frameworks for interpreting art
● Ethical artistic practices
● Building a future career in journalism

Critical Futures is a pilot program produced and managed by Neworld Theatre in partnership with Arts Club, Electric Company Theatre, GVPTA, Rumble Theatre, and STIR.

Details:

TIMELINE
October 12th, 2022 – 1-2pm – Meet and greet and information session with Neworld Theatre
October 19, 2022, 1-4pm – First session with Janet Smith
– See a show together as a cohort in October
November 9, 2022, 1-4pm – First session with Stephen Drover
– See a show as a cohort and write first draft of a review
November 23rd, 2022, 1-4pm – Second session with Stephen Drover

November 30th, 2022, 1-4pm – Session with Carmen Aguirre

December 7, 2022, 1-4pm – First session with Jiv Parasram
– See a show together as a cohort

Winter Break

Janurary 11, 2023, 1-4pm – Second session with Jiv Parasram
– See a show together as a cohort and write a draft of a review
Janurary 25, 2023, 1-4pm – Session with Lindsay Lachance
Feburary 8, 2023, 1-4pm – Second session with Janet Smith
– See a show together as a cohort and write a draft of a review
Feburary 22nd, 2023, 1-4pm – First session with Ashley Lee on Zoom
March 8, 2023, 1-4pm – Second session with Ashley Lee on Zoom

April 2023
– Write a final review to be published
– Meet with Jiv and Janet to go over reviews before public publishing
May 2023
– Final Review Published
– End of course Party!
June 2023 – Be part of the Making a Scene conference hosted by GVPTA to discuss the program.

 

 

Creative Team

Vivian Li
Stephen Drover
Shanae Sodhi
Reham Cojuangco
Lisa Akinyi May
Lindsay Lachance
Jiv Parasram
Janet Smith
Ashley Lee
Angie Rico
Angelica Schwartz
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