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2017-18 NEWS & EVENTS

April 23, 2018 | Department of English & Writing Studies
Professor Manina Jones appointed Chair of the Department, effective July 1, 2018
Manina comes to the position as an established scholar, an innovative teacher, and an effective and collegial administrator. Manina is author of The Art of Difference: “Documentary-Collage” and English Canadian Literature, co-author (with Priscilla L. Walton) of Detective Agency: Women Re-Writing the Hard-Boiled Tradition, and co-editor (with Marta Dvorak) of Carol Shields and the Extra-Ordinary, and has also published numerous articles in the fields of Canadian literature and detective fiction. She has also taught extensively in both areas, introducing a popular general interest course that works across genres and media of detective fiction, similarly pioneering community-based learning with an undergraduate course on Canadian Literature: Creativity and the Local, and supervising countless graduate students to successful completion of their degrees. As an administrator, Manina greatly expanded the role of Vice-Chair of the Department: in collaboration with the University Students' Council, she introduced the Student Writer-in-Residence position, unique among Canadian universities, and generally not only fostered a sense of community within the department but helped it look outward to its place in the university and beyond. For the past two years, she has been President of the largest organization of college and university teachers of English in Canada, ACCUTE. The Department is fortunate to have Manina serve as its next Chair. Welcome, congratulations, and thank you, Manina!

April 21, 2018 | Stratford Festival Reviews
A professor and a fourth-year honours student on Fun Home
Under the co-supervision of Professor Kim Solga, Rachel Windsor wrote her English 4999E - Undergraduate Thesis on Alison Bechdel’s “Fun Home,” the graphic memoir on which Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori’s musical adaptation is based. They saw the Toronto premiere of the musical for Stratford Festival Reviews together.

April 19, 2018 | Performance Beyond Theatres
Extraordinary Performatives Start Here
Created by Thomas Sayers for his final project in Theatre Studies 2202G - Performance Beyond Theatres, this 15-minute long audio walk critically engages with the Be Extraordinary posters that make up our university landscape. Take this walk to become more aware of how these posters could shape your time at Western and find out what they're really saying (and doing!).

Start in front of the Western Road and Lambton Drive gates. Start the audio track and then follow the directions. Make sure to make a left turn after passing through the gates!

March 12, 2018 | Undergraduate Scholarships & Awards
Congratulations to Camille Intson, winner of the 2018 Lillian Kroll Prize in Creative Writing for her one-act play Marty and Joel and the Edge of Chaos
Adjudicated by Professors Michael Fox and Jamie Johnston, Camille's one-act play, which will be premiering at Alumnae Theatre on March 21, is preoccupied with exploring relationships between past and present, stasis and progression, time and perception, memory and identity. The play tells the story of two people, the photographer Joel and his subject Marty, who share an evening photoshoot in 1989 and then meet again at Joel’s wedding reception in 2017. While Joel considers his photographs “slivers of the past,” Marty wonders about the troubling nature of time and the possibilities of its capture. Camille hints darkly that something isn’t quite right that first night, and as the evening cuts to and then blends in with 2017, what’s happened to the pair in the intervening years is partially revealed. Sparse, often fragmentary lines of dialogue move quickly between Joel and Marty and mark seamless exchanges linking their past to their present. Throughout, the audience is challenged to try to relate what it hears and sees to a traditional, linear narrative, all while wondering about larger questions the play raises concerning the inscrutability of time, the uncertainty of human relationships, and how those concerns inform and intersect with each other in powerful ways.

December 14, 2017 | Western News
Western News looks back on 2017
Camille Intson, third-year English & Theatre Studies student and accomplished playwright named Newsmaker of the Year!

November 27, 2017 | Destination Theatre
Students reflect on Destination Theatre
Travel to London, UK for two weeks in June where you will see theatre and participate in workshops with theatre professionals in Central London and Stratford-upon-Avon. Funding is available!

September 14, 2017 | Western News
Camille Intson takes to stages across the country
A third-year English and Theatre Studies student and accomplished playwright, Camille’s works have been produced professionally across the country.

September 7, 2017 | Western News
Daniel MacIvor, playwright, director and actor, 2017-18 Writer-in-Residence
Beginning September 18, 2017 Daniel will be available to offer feedback to, and consultation with, both experienced and novice creative writers from the University and the London community. Contact to make an appointment.

2016-17 NEWS & EVENTS

May 10, 2017 | Western News
Daniel MacIvor, playwright, director and actor, 2017-18 Writer-in-Residence
As Western’s 48th Writer-in-Residence, part of his work on campus will revolve around helping develop the newly renovated Theatre Studies Program. “Studying theatre makes us better humans. It’s the liberal arts. Theatre study is a really interesting way of discovery into who one is, and what one wants, and sometimes, when you enter into a theatre studies program, you don’t know where you want to go with that. But it will reveal itself; it’s a wonderful kind of broad and blank canvas,” explained MacIvor, who is perhaps best known for his acting roles in independent films and the Canadian sitcom, Twitch City.

April 6, 2017 | Western News
Workshopping Samuels’ ‘Because I Am Your Queen’
Andrea Holstein shares her experience of working alongside Samuels, Dugal and fellow students in this one-of-a-kind learning experience.

April 4, 2017 | Destination Theatre Blog
Ready, Steady ...
Professor Solga weighs in on her fears and expectations as students in Theatre Studies 3900G - Destination Theatre get ready to head to the UK on June 19.

March 21 & 22, 2017 | IGAB, Chu Centre
Theatre Creation Workshop with Mina Samuels & Jacqueline Dugal
Working with a script in process, Because I am Your Queen (a feminist fantasia in one act), we will mess around with the elements of theatricality using a mash-up of physical techniques stolen from Lecoq, Clown, Commedia, Viewpoints and modern dance, as well as the devising structure of Tectonic Theatre Project’s Moment Work. Come dressed to move in neutral clothing. No prior acting experience is required! Mina, the playwright and director, will be present, as will her choreographer – they will be creators, teachers, and guides. Student participants will have the opportunity not only to gain some experience in theatrical devising and physical theatre techniques but also to influence the direction of the script as it develops! Questions? Want to join? Please contact Kim Solga | by Mon Mar 13.

March 21-23, 2017 | AHB
Auditions 2017 Fall Drama Production - Macbeth
Auditions are being held now so that students can enroll in English 2041F for Fall 2017 and thus get course credit for their role in the production. All are welcome! Running since 2007, the Fall Theatre Production course draws students from all faculties together to perform, produce and even compose as a team.

March 11, 2017 | IGAB Atrium
March Break Open House
Join us for March Break Open House to meet with our faculty, staff and students and learn more about Theatre Studies at Western.

March 7, 2017 | The Gazette
Antagonist highlights modern day tyrants in Antigone
This student-led production is made up of students from all disciplines across campus, including our own from English & Theatre Studies. Written by Jean Anouilh and adapted by Lewis Galantière, Antigone reimagines the Greek tragedy by Sophocles within the context of the German occupation of France in the 1940s. Compared to the big name musicals and popular 20th century classics university theatre groups frequently produce, a performance based off of a classical text stands out as a unique project in the Western community.

February 1, 2017 |
2016 Outstanding Comedy Win - Much Ado About Nothing
Congratulations to Jen Hale and Kait Rietdijk, and the whole Much Ado/Western Summer Shakespeare crew, for their 2016 Brickenden Outstanding Comedy win!

November 21, 2016 | University Community Centre
Once again we participated in International Week at Western. Such fun connecting with our students and talking about how Destination Theatre 3900G can help shape their international learning experience. Submit your application here!

November 13, 2016 | IGAB Atrium
Fall Preview Day
Thank you to all future students and parents for visiting us during Fall Preview Day! We had a blast talking to you about the Theatre Studies program and look forward to seeing you on campus again, soon!

November 9-12, 2016 | The Arts Project
Q1 Hamlet
Come experience Shakespeare’s Hamlet as you’ve never seen it before! Theatre Studies at Western and the Department of English and Writing Studies proudly presents Q1 Hamlet, the First Quarto of The Tragicall Historie of Hamlet, Prince of Denmarke (1603), the earliest printed version of the Bard’s most famous tragedy. Less than half the length of more familiar editions of the play, Q1 Hamlet features live original music and includes a bonus short Tudor Interlude, John Rastell’s “Four Elements. Tickets: $15 General, $10 Students/Seniors

November 1, 2016 | Original Kids Theatre Company
Employment Opportunities
Original Kids Theatre Company is hiring artistic staff for their Spring 2017 season!

October 26, 2016 | The Grand Theatre
Joni Mitchell
A luminous theatrical presentation, Joni Mitchell: River celebrates the music of one of Canada’s most important artists. Tony-award nominee Louise Pitre (Mamma Mia!), award-winning singer/songwriter Emm Gryner, and Brendan Wall (Mirvish, Once), accompanied by a four-piece band, showcase 27 songs that trace the arc of a love affair from Help Me and Big Yellow Taxi to the breathtaking Both Sides Now. Tickets: $18.40 (SPECIAL OFFER FOR TS STUDENTS)

October 26, 2016 | Stratford Festival Theatre
A Chorus Line
Students from Theatre Studies 2201F will be attending the live performance of A Chorus Line at the Stratford Festival Theatre in Stratford.

ABOUT THE PLAY: On stage, they move as one. But each member of that glittering line has a unique history of hope and heartbreak, revealed in the life stories they share in this inspiring musical masterpiece.

October 25, 2016 | Grad Club
Pub Night
EVERYONE WELCOME to join us at the Grad Club on October 25 at 5pm for the FIRST-EVER Theatre Studies pub night! We look forward to seeing you all there.

October 5, 2016 |Stratford Festival Theatre
Students from English 3227E - Shakespeare attended the live performance of Macbeth at the Stratford Festival Theatre in Stratford.

ABOUT THE PLAY: Surrender to a haunting story of ambition and its dark consequences, as a military hero and his wife conspire to seize the throne of Scotland.

October 5, 2016 | McManus Theatre
History Boys
Students from Theatre Studies 2201F attended the live performance of The History Boys at the McManus Theatre.

ABOUT THE PLAY: Winner of the 'Laurence Olivier Award For Best New Play' (2005) and the 'Tony Award for Best Play' (2006), The History Boys centre's around 8 teenage boys attending Cutler's Grammar School, Sheffield U.K. Set in the early 1980's the play follows these eight history students preparing for their entrance exams to Oxford and Cambridge and their relationships with each other and the teachers that are in charge of their education in and out of school.

October 1, 2016 | Toronto, ON
Nuit Blanche
For one sleepless night, from sunset to sunrise, students from Theatre Studies 2202F joined the annual, city-wide celebration of contemporary art in the streets of Toronto. Students explored the artistic playground and enjoyed a series of exhilarating contemporary art experiences in unexpected public spaces.

September 21, 2016 | AHB 2R21
Theatre Studies 3900G/Destination Theatre Information Session
If you would like to learn how you can study contemporary theatre in London, UK and earn a 0.5 credit doing so, please join us!

Course Highlights: live performances; lectures, workshops & seminars at University of London, Royal Shakespeare Company and Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and tours of theatres and archives.
Assignments include: journal component, class blog, performance review and final project. Funding available!

September 9, 2016 | IGAB Atrium
Welcome new and returning Theatre Studies students
Join us for light refreshments. Theatre Studies courses begin in second year, but if you’re entering first year and curious about theatre on campus, please feel free to come along for a slice of cake, some helpful information, and a chance to win prizes courtesy of The Grand Theatre!

2015-16 NEWS & EVENTS

August 26, 2016 | Association for Theatre in Higher Education
Congratulations Professor Kim Solga. Recipient of the 2016 Award for Excellence in Editing for her achievement in editing Performance and the Global City editors (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) and Performance and the City editors (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009).

April 5, 2016 | London Public Library - Landon Branch
Shakespeare 400
To celebrate William Shakespeare (d. 1616), M.J. Kidnie highlights the 2016 Stratford Shakespeare season, including Shakespeare in Love.

March 29-31, 2016 | AHB 1B06
Auditions 2016 Fall Drama Production - Q1 Hamlet
All are welcome! No need to prepare anything! Auditions and Crew sign-ups are being held in March so that interested students may register in English 2041F for Fall 2016 and hence receive a course credit for their part in the production. No summer rehearsals! For more information, please contact the director, Professor Jo Devereux (

March 21-22, 2016 | IGAB 1N05
Auditions 2016 Summer Shakespeare - Much Ado About Nothing
All are welcome! You do not have to be a Western student to audition. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script - no need to prepare anything. Show will run July 2016. To book your audition slot, or if you have any questions, contact Jennifer Hale and Kaitlyn Rietdyk at

March 12, 2016 | Western University
March Break Open House
On this day of discovery, you will have a chance to meet with Theatre Studies faculty, staff and students and learn why Western offers the best student experience among Canadian Universities. Attend faculty presentations, take a bus or walking tour of campus, tour one or more of our residences, visit our marketplace to hear about services for students, sample our food services for lunch or a snack and enjoy Western's beautiful campus. Join us for the day and feel the spirit and pride we hold for Western.

March 9-12, 2016 | McManus Theatre
French Drama Production: L'Oratorio de Noel by Michel Tremblay
Noel is a renowned neurosurgeon who suffers from a degenerative brain condition. In his hospital room, he is visited by his ex-wife Jacqueline, his son Jean-Sébastien and his daughter Isabelle. Dementia is slowly taking hold of Noel. There are now three incarnations of each member of the family on stage, recognisable by their age: his ex-wife at 20, 40 and 59 years old, his son at 15, 25 and 40 years old, and his daughter at 17, 25 and 38 years old. Noel attempts to untangle fiction from reality as his family put him on "trial," exploding in choirs of unending recriminations that Noel can’t seem to shut down. The silence is never more complete than when Noel is faced with the inevitable: the lost memories of what he once was.

March 8-26, 2016 | The Grand Theatre
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Rick Miller
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea is a re-imagining of the
 Jules Verne undersea adventure classic. Board the Nautilus with the mysterious Captain Nemo as he explores the depths of the ocean, the heights of technology and the edge of madness. Rediscover a sense of wonder at human ingenuity in this eye-popping, multi-media experience. A commission of the TORONTO 2015 arts and cultural festival PANAMANIA. EXCLUSIVE OFFER FOR WESTERN STUDENTS! Simply book using promo code WESTERNU and show your student card at the door when collecting your ticket. Some conditions apply.

March 8, 2016 | Student Success Centre
Interdisciplinary Intent to Register (ITR) Fair
Wondering what courses and modules to take next year? Don't miss the ITR FAIR hosted by LAMP, The Student Success Centre and various Faculty Councils! This event is poised to be Western’s largest intent to register (ITR) and professor meet and greet event, targeting all students in years 1, 2, and 3. Pizza is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

March 4, 2016 | Bridging Academic Minds (BAM) Conference
The Art of Communication & Success in Research
Dr. M.J. Kidnie provided training in effective communication to BAM conference participants. Kidnie demonstrated how to triangulate the dynamic between performer, audience, and space and analyzed a few non-theatrical examples of effective communication to show how speakers in the “real world” manipulate these elements of performance. The group was also introduced to theatre exercises designed to help speakers gauge the impact of their words and body language on others, and as necessary, to make spontaneous adjustments. As conference co-organizer and BAM co-President, Nasser Chahbar, explained, “Being able to effectively communicate complex research implications to an academically diverse audience is critical. Communication is everything – we start with shared language and meaning in order to arrive at common and socially acceptable understandings. Developing these skills allows us to empathize with others. To really put ourselves in someone else’s shoes, to ultimately understand one another, is how we allow for more thoughtful communication.

March 3, 2016 | The Arts Project
Theatre Studies Program Launch
Evocative puppets, stunning computer animation energized by a Rock’n’Roll soundscape, and the skills of a master storyteller weave together to bring to life Milton’s astonishing tale. Created, adapted and performed by multi-talented Montreal actor/director/playwright Paul Van Dyck (2013 Neil Munro Intern Director at the Shaw Festival; Oroonoko - Winner: best director, Montreal English Theatre Award; The Harvester - Winner: Best Drama, Atlantic Fringe Festival), PARADISE LOST won Best Production at the New York Frigid (Fringe) Festival and the Atlantic Fringe Festival. Van Dyck and the production were awarded with the prestigious ‘Revelation of the Year’ Award by the Montreal English Critics Circle (MECCA).

The performance on Thursday, March 3 marks the formal launch of the new Theatre Studies program at Western University! We invite the London community to join us before the show from 7pm for a reception that will include lively discussion of performance, creativity, and adaptation for the modern stage. Both nights, stay back for a Q&A with the creative team of PARADISE LOST, Paul van Dyck and Sara Rodriguez.

Launch reception: Mar 3, 7:00 pm
Performances: Mar 3 & 4, 8:30 pm
Location: The Arts Project, 203 Dundas Street, London
Cost: $15 general, $12 student and senior

March 3, 2016 | Western News
Taking to a new stage
Theatre Studies students share why they love studying theatre at Western.

March 1, 2016
Summer Shakespeare - Call for Director and Stage Manager
Join our creative team! Applications for Director and Stage Manager for Summer Shakespeare 2016 are now being accepted. Summer Shakespeare is a longstanding Western-London tradition of outdoor theatre which runs for five nights in July. This event welcomes participation from Western University, Fanshawe College, and the London community, both in terms of creative team and audience.

Feburary 25, 2016 | The Gazette
Squalls of Glass by Meg Cormack
A small student drama group from Western University is performing their original one-act play “Squalls of Glass” at the McManus Theatre. The play deals with mental health young adults, and centres on the issues of suicide prevention. The proceeds of the ticket sales are being donated to the Canadian Mental Health Association Middlesex. Squalls of Glas: A theatre company struggles to finish a musical while juggling their traumatized relationships. Their lives have been knocked askew, and their burdens begin to blur the faint divide between the real world and the psychological.

February 25, 2016 | London Free Press
Justifying the ways of Milton
Free Press entertainment reporter James Reaney puts the spotlight on Professors M.J. Kidnie & John Leonard as they give voice to the upcoming performance of Milton’s, Paradise Lost.

February 25, 2016 | Western News
Theatre Studies launches a new conversation on the arts
The new Theatre Studies program is designed to train minds to think about theatre, analyze performance, critique it, understand the economics of it, as well as consider theatre in terms of how it works within a community.

February 11, 2016 | AHB 2R21
Panel discussion with Top Girls
The Departments of English, Theatre Studies and Women’s Studies and Feminist Research are pleased to invite you to a panel discussion with Vikki Anderson, Fiona Byrne, and Julia Course from the Shaw Festival’s acclaimed 2015 production of Caryl Churchill’s Top Girls | 9:30am-10:30am.

February 9-27, 2016 | The Grand Theatre
The Mountaintop by Katori Hall
Featuring Beryl Bain and E.B. Smith. The Lorraine Motel, Memphis. April 3, 1968. A chambermaid delivers coffee to Room 306. The following day, newspapers will carry a headline that will shock the world. An intelligent and imaginative interpretation of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s last night on Earth. An explosive production of the Broadway drama and winner of Britain’s Olivier Award for Best New Play. Exclusive offer for Western students! Simply book using promo code WESTERNU and show your student card at the door when collecting your ticket. Some conditions apply.

January 29, 2016 | Talbot College
Music Graduate Colloquium: Linda and Michael Hutcheon - The 'Germanic Flood': The Ageing Verdi, the Young Puccini, and Wagnerism
Future and Current Students, Alumni, Staff, and Community are invited to The Don Wright Faculty of Music Graduate Colloquia series. This series includes lectures by distinguished guests, Music faculty, and senior graduate students on all fields of research and creative activity in music.

January 29, 2016 | Paul Davenport Theatre
Opera at Western: Falstaff

January 2016 | The Gazette
Women Beware Women gets 4.5/5 stars!
With expressive line delivery and mesmerizing physicality, the audience was transported with ease into the world of Middleton’s tragedy.

November 26, 2015 | SilverCity London Movie Theatre
Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company's The Winter's Tale

November 25, 2015 | Paul Davenport Theatre
President's Lecture Series featuring Dr. David Bentley, 2015 Killam Prize Winner
Join us as Western showcases personalities of national and international prominence from various realms to engage the campus and broader community in meaningful public discourse on a wide range of important topics.

November 22, 2015 | The National Ballet
The Winter's Tale
Turning again to a classic work of English literature for inspiration, Mr. Wheeldon has adapted The Winter’s Tale, Shakespeare’s late romance that combines elements of fairy-tale, comedy, tragedy and fantasy, all of which the ballet embraces with the same inventive staging, astute characterization and precise emotional register for which the choreographer is so admired.

November 19-21, 2015 | The Grand Theatre
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Presented by Theatre Western.

November 19, 2015 | Western News
Raising the curtain on Destination Theatre
In January 2017, Destination Theatre will have its first full outing: 25 students from across the university plus two instructors will jet over to Britain for two full weeks of theatre, workshops, artists’ talks, guest visits to some of the coolest back stages around, and seminars with some of the best performance scholars in the country.

November 19, 2015 | CanStage
A 21st century operatic take on one of the 19th century's most provocative plays.

November 19, 2015 | Museum London
Participate in inspiring conversations with local arts and culture personalities during a province-wide initiative to develop ON's first culture strategy. Featuring Camilla Gibb (award-winning author) and Ali Al-Aasm (co-founder of Red Piston and web-developer).

November 16-20, 2015 | Western International
International Week
As part of the International Week at Western, Theatre Studies will be participating in the International Opportunities Fair and the Arts & Humanities International Showcase to talk about how students can create an international learning experience with Destination Theatre.

November 15, 2015 | IGAB Atrium
Fall Preview Day
Meet with faculty and learn more about Theatre Studies.

November 11-14, 2015 | McManus Theatre
Fall Drama Production - Women Beware Women
The Performance Studies Research Group at Western is pleased to announce a program of events in conjunction with the Department of English and Writing Studies production of Thomas Middleton’s Women Beware Women. Be sure to catch the pre- and post-show Q&A with the cast and crew. All welcome!

November 8, 2015 | Museum London
Words Fest, An Afternoon with Tomson Highway
In partnership with Indigenous Services at Western University, Museum London is pleased to present, "An Afternoon with Tomson Highway," hosted by Dr. Pauline Wakeham and Emily Kring.

November 2, 2015 | The Grand Theatre
Grand Theatre Rob Wellan Scholarship
The Grand Theatre is now accepting applications for the Rob Wellan Scholarship Fund. The scholarships (valued at $500 each) are designed to encourage young theatre artists and the future of professional theatre. Applications must be submitted to The Grand by Nov 27, 2015. Please visit the Grand Theatre website for more details.

2014-15 NEWS & EVENTS

November 20, 2014 | Western News
Theatre revival takes students beyond the stage
Theatre thrived on campus when poet and playwright James Reaney taught at Western from 1960 until 1992. It was the ‘heyday of performance’ in what was then known as the Department of English.

November 5-8, 2014 | McManus Studio Theatre
2014 Fall Drama Production