Digital Criticism Pedagogies / Pédagogie numérique de la critique théâtrale

Organizers / Comité d’organisation : Barry Freeman (University of Toronto Scarborough), Karen Fricker (Brock University), Michelle MacArthur (University of Windsor)


UPDATED: Digital Pedagogies Workshop

Synchronous Workshop and Discussion: Friday, August 7, 2-4pm (EST)

Via: Zoom

NB: Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Digital Pedagogies Workshop has had to reschedule Anand Rajaram’s performance of Outside the Actors Studio to a later date outside of the conference schedule. We still welcome CATR/SQET members to attend; information is below.

Our synchronous discussion around the current “state of play” during the pandemic will proceed as scheduled on Friday, August 7, from 2-4pm (EST). CATR and SQET members are welcome to join us as we discuss how we might talk and write about the abundance of performance happening online in the present moment, and what kinds of tools and resources are available to support theatre criticism and pedagogy related to these performances. The workshop will be held primarily in English, but facilitators welcome French-speaking members to attend and can offer ad-hoc translation.

Register for any of these events with Karen Fricker at kfricker@brocku.ca .

Registration closes on Wednesday, August 5 at 9am (EST).

Information on rescheduled events:

We are excited to present Outside the Actors Studio, an original performance by award-winning artist Anand Rajaram, commissioned with funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (performed in English). All conference attendees are invited to this digital theatre outing; tickets are pay-what-you-can with all proceeds going to the artists.

The performance can be attended on its own, or as part of the Digital Pedagogies Workshop, where participants will use Outside the Actors Studio as a springboard to experiment with diverse modes of critical engagement.


Members of CATR/SQET are invited to participate in a workshop in which we will experiment with digital media to develop critical responses to an online theatre production. This workshop has been slightly altered in response to the conditions of the pandemic and the pedagogical issues and questions it poses. It involves three parts: (1) an asynchronous discussion about the ‘state of play’ during the pandemic, including how we might talk and write about the abundance of performance happening online in the present moment, and what kinds of tools and resources are available to support theatre criticism and pedagogy related to these performances; (2) an asynchronous digital theatre outing and the generation and sharing of critical responses to it; and (3) a final synchronous meeting to discuss the materials generated in Part 2.

This workshop builds on knowledge, relationships, and plans formed at the 2019 CATR seminar “Theatre Criticism in the Digital Age: Practicing new critical models in Canada” and the ongoing work of a group of scholars, critics, and practitioners who are advancing and transferring knowledge about Canadian theatre criticism. Participants will come away with new approaches to practicing and teaching theatre criticism that challenge traditional modes of engagement and adapt to the conditions of the pandemic. The co-facilitators will communicate with workshop members in advance of CATR/SQET in order to coordinate the details of the asynchronous discussion and the digital theatre outing.  


Nous invitons les membres de l’ACRT et de la SQET à prendre part à un atelier où nous utiliserons les technologies numériques pour faire la critique d’un spectacle diffusé sur le web. Nous avons modifié notre proposition initiale en raison de la pandémie et des contraintes pédagogiques qu’elle impose. La nouvelle version de l’atelier comporte trois étapes :

  1. une discussion asynchrone faisant l’état des lieux en temps de pandémie. Cette discussion explorera nos réponses, tant orales qu’écrites, au récent essor des productions théâtrales diffusées sur le web. Elle se penchera aussi sur les moyens dont nous disposons pour soutenir et enseigner la critique de ces spectacles ;
  2. le visionnement asynchrone d’un spectacle sur plateforme numérique suivi de l’élaboration d’une réponse critique à cette expérience ;
  3. une réunion synchrone pour réfléchir sur le matériel produit en deuxième étape.

Cet atelier fait suite au séminaire « Theatre Criticism in the Digital Age: Practicing new critical models in Canada », tenu au colloque de l’ACRT en 2019. Il s’appuie sur les relations qu’on y a développées, sur les connaissances qu’on y a partagées et sur les plans qu’on a élaborés au terme du séminaire. L’atelier se fonde aussi sur les échanges en cours entre universitaires, critiques et artistes engagés dans l’avancement et le transfert de connaissances sur la critique au Canada. Les personnes intéressées à suivre l’atelier en retireront de nouvelles approches à l’enseignement et à la pratique de la critique théâtrale leur permettant de s’éloigner des modèles traditionnels et de s’adapter au contexte actuel. Le comité d’organisation communiquera avec les participants et participantes à l’avance du colloque afin de leur transmettre les détails de la discussion asynchrone et du spectacle à visionner.

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