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30 January 2014: At the end of their embedding, and having read some of their classmates’ review responses to the production, the five students following the process of The Valley reflected on their experiences. Here are excerpts from what they wrote:  Anthony Kuchar writes: In all the years I’ve been working and study…

Critics in residence Nicholas Leno and Hayley Malouin write, How can we write an ending to a weekend that has been the most hectic, fun, and inspiring experience we’d had since making this little ol’ town our home? We aren’t quite sure, but we’re definitely going to try. If you loved In The Soil as much as we did, then…

In The Soil critics in residence Nicholas Leno and Hayley Malouin write, Hello and welcome to Nick and Hayley’s mini-blog site for coverage of the 2014 In The Soil Arts Festival! We hope you’re pumped up and ready for a weekend of exceptional artistic talent – we certainly are. A little bit about us: we’ve spent the la…

Actor and critic in residence Hayley Malouin writes, I’ve always been fascinated by the process of adapting books into plays. Narratives and dramatic text have such different manners of discourse. Different methodologies; different modes of presentation; different stories. The type of story-alchemy that changes one int…

Embedded criticism involves an arts writer following a creative process closely and generating writing about the process that reflects this insider knowledge. The term was coined by London (UK)-based theatre critic and blogger Andrew Haydon in April 2012 and expanded on by the New York City-based arts writer and advoca…

Early Saturday morning on March 8, a group of five of us #DARTCritics headed to the Shaw Festival Theatre, to sit in on a rehearsal of director Peter Hinton’s production of Cabaret. With little idea of what to expect, and the buzz of coffee-charged chatter filling the small car, we made our way to the beautiful Niagara…

20 February 2014: As part of their preparation for our colloquium, The Changing Face of Theatre Criticism in the Digital Age,  the DARTcritics undertook research on a number of critics, bloggers, and others with an interest in their work, looking in particular at how online forms of communication (including social medi…

As part of their participation in Jill Dolan’s visit to Brock and the theatre criticism colloquium, a group of DARTcritics have imagined a utopian theatre community online. Here is a link to their research on this: http://utopiantheatre.wordpress.com

Richards (left) and Griffith with Céspedes and Bolin (background) in The Power of Harriet T 1 March 2014: Carousel Players’ mandate is to create professional theatre for young audiences aged 5-15. So, what impression would one of their shows have on a group of University students? The DARTcritics reviewed Carousel’s pr…

10 April 2014: This is a selection of the DARTcritics’ reviews of A Beautiful View. Cassandra Moerman writes: Well, fans and friends, I went to see A Beautiful View by Daniel MacIvor, and let me tell you: the view was pretty incredible. Volcano Theatre put on this stellar performance in a section of the Sean O’Sullivan…