DART Productions

The Brock Dramatic Arts department’s fourth year students have been working hard on their final production of this academic year. Ouroboros is a piece of pre-recorded devised theatre that will be streamed April 17-18, with a matinee and an evening show on each day. Tickets are free (here’s a link) with a recommended do…

The fourth-year Brock Dramatic Arts course DART 4F56 involves an ensemble of students, led by a faculty director, staging two fully-produced shows in the course of the academic year. In this time like no other, DART 4F56 expertly pivoted in Fall 2020 to stage Jordan Tannahill’s play Concord Floral completely online (th…

How do we keep theatre alive during a global pandemic? This question arose nearly a year ago, motivating theatremakers to develop Zoom theatre. Whether it be live or pre-recorded performances, it’s being done over Zoom. Since this exploration began, my work inside some such productions and my viewing of others has prom…

Scenes from an Execution has opened, and even as someone working on it I was floored by how well the ambitious design turned out and how far the actors have come since the first rehearsal. As the dramaturg I have been watching the production night after night from the comfort of my living room. Though some performers a…

Tarndeep Pannu writes, The DART Mainstage talkback is an integral part of the mandate of our Dramatic Arts degree. It brings the praxis element of theatre, the weaving together of theory and practice, to the fore, so that every student has an opportunity to learn from the theatrical process. Tarndeep Pannu, Karen Frick…

Welcome to the first post in our blog series on the Brock University Dramatic Arts winter mainstage production of Top Girls! Written in 1982 by Caryl Churchill and directed for DART by faculty member Danielle Wilson, Top Girls is an exploration of and critical look at women and their relationships to power and success.…

Questions of representation and ethnicity have been at the forefront of dialogue in Brock University’s Department of Dramatic Arts (DART) this year. In a talkback after the department’s Mainstage production of Gormenghast in November, a student audience member wondered about the fact that all the lead performers in the…

“A queer and trans-gender guide to help the survival of the quirkiest!” That’s how upcoming graduates of Brock’s Dramatic Arts Department describe their performance piece about LGBTQ issues, Awkward and Uncomfortable, coming out to Brock University on April 16th! Students in the fourth-year class DART 4F56 have been wo…

Cast members (from left) Sanger, Walker, Jackson, Turner, and Pashkovsky. Photo by Melinda Mohammed. Melinda Mohammed writes: Ex-boyfriends, doctors, sex, and clowns — oh my! That’s right, clowns! Sexual Healing, a production playing this weekend at Brock University, brings laughter, laughter and, well, more laughter.…

Next week sees the Brock Department of Dramatic Arts main stage production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, featuring several members of the DARTcritics team. The production, co-directed by DART professors Gyllian Raby and Danielle Wilson, is set in the 1950s and laced through with country blues music. It plays from 7-9…