Event Archive

May 9th, 2024

A world history of women’s innovations in theatre, dance, and performance is still being written. To date, existing accounts of women’s innovations in theatre, dance, and performance in English have been overwhelmingly tied to Euro-American histories of stage actresses, concert dancers, and feminist performance artists. Yet, a vibrant world of women’s social performances, vernacular expressive cultures, and popular entertainment exists beyond these accounts. This roundtable seeks to explore how “worlding”—as a verb, as a method, and as a politics—might open up new trajectories for feminist theatre and performance historiography aligned with decolonizing and Global Majority social and aesthetic movements. 

See here for panelist bios.

Poster for Worlding Feminist Theatre and Performance Historiography

April 13th, 2024

Engage beyond the stage with Mad Madge!  There are plenty of chances to learn more about the wild life of Margaret Cavendish, the incredible minds of the creative team, and some of the impassioned themes embedded in the show!

Join Director, Andrea Donaldson, and (Re)Setting the Stage Investigators: Keira Loughran, Jamie Robinson, and Marlis Schweitzer in a discussion on casting practices and conventions in Canada, and what it means when those conventions are broken.

Intentional Mis-Casting Panel
L-R: Andrea Donaldson, Keira Loughran, Jamie Robinson, and Marlis Schweitzer.

Launching January 2024

Welcome to Shaking Up Shakespeare, a podcast dedicated to examining the legacy of William Shakespeare’s work, specifically in the context of Canadian theatre culture and Canadian society more broadly. Building on recent conversations about diversity and casting practices, colonial structures, and accessibility, this podcast brings together the voices of many individuals with diverse perspectives on Shakespeare.

Shaking Up Shakespeare Cover Art
Cover art created by Hope Van Der Merwe.

(Re)casting Shakespeare in Cananda: A Symposium

April/May 2023

This two-day symposium seeks to challenge and engage professional theatre artists, scholars, educators, students, and the wider public in critical conversations about the history, legacy, and future of Shakespeare in Canada, with a specific emphasis on inclusive, intersectional casting practices modeled by IBPOC Canadian theatre artists.

This event took place at York University on April 30th and May 1st, 2023.

Poster for (Re)casting Shakespeare in Canada Symposium at York University. Poster by Hope Van Der Merwe.

Canadian Theatre Review 193: Casting and Race

Winter 2023

Excerpt from Issue Introduction:
“What appears to be new today is both a collective willingness to change and artists’ refusal to allow dominant practices to remain unchallenged. To amplify this moment of transformation and engage discussions of casting practices as they intersect with race, culture, and ethnicity, we have invited a group of artists, scholars, and students to offer their insights. We have prioritized the voices of racialized artists and scholars at various stages in their careers, while also recognizing that lasting change requires the attention and investment of all members of the theatre community.”

– Mariló Núñez, Jamie Robinson, and Marlis Schweitzer

Cover of Canadian Theatre Review 193: Casting and Race.
Cover of Canadian Theatre Review Vol. 193: Casting and Race. Image Info: Colin Wolf in There is Violence and There is Righteous Violence and There is Death, or, The Born-Again Crow, Gwaandak Theatre, 2018. Photo by Kris Moore Photography.

(Re)Setting the Stage: The Past, Present, and Future of Casting Practices in Canada

May/June 2021

“The event is a response to the call for greater transparency and accountability in creative practices, including (but not limited to) casting decisions and play selection within the Canadian theatre industry. It aims to bring together professional artists to reflect on the harmful legacy of casting practices and to build towards a better, more equitable future.”

– Mariló Núñez, Moderator and Panelist

Presented in Collaboration with York University

Video Archive

Interview with Dawn Jani Birley

Here is a recording of Jeff Ho’s full interview with Dawn Jani Birley about her experience playing Horatio in Why Not Theatre’s production of Prince Hamlet. This interview was conducted in November 2022 and excerpts of it are included in many episodes of Shaking Up Shakespeare.

(Re)Setting the Stage Panel Recordings