March 30, 2009

Anita Majumdar visit

Category: events — theprof @ 5:28 pm

Hello all,
This is to invite you all and students in your classes to the visit of Anita Majumdar this Thursday at 1:00 pm (either in the Rot or 106).

Anita Majumdar is the playwright actor of Fish Eyes, and The Misfit, the first two plays in her trilogy. In The Misfit she employs Kathak dance to address issues of marriage, domestic abuse and personal female bearing in society. Come and find out how Black Eyed Peas, Beyonce, Britney Spears, and Jem and the Holograms find themselves conscripted into a hybrid culture in this refreshing insightful theatre.

For more information… just ask Natalie Rewa or see the posters.

Scenography Exhibit

Category: events — theprof @ 5:24 pm

Hello all,
This is to let you and any class that you teach know that on Tuesday, March 31, from 3:30 -4:30 there will be a scenography exhibit in the Rot. The exhibit is an exploration of scenographic interaction, developed out of Pamela Howard’s observation that scenography begins from the actor and proceeds outwards.. so the members of the Scenography and Its History class have set up several interactive exhibits for you to experience. The briefness is meant to overlap classes in our departmental schedule. The exhibits are joyful … so if you have a moment… come engage with us.

With a warm invitation.
Natalie Rewa

Wendy Crewson’s note


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Wendy Crewson sent the following note after her visit last week, and asked me to pass it along. You made quite the impression on her:

“I had a truly wonderful time… and was so impressed and inspired by your students. Thank them please for making me feel so welcome. I’m looking forward to great things from them”


March 16, 2009

2009 Dunning Trust Lecture

Category: events — theprof @ 2:11 pm

What: “After the Humanities,” by Marjorie Garber (Harvard University)
When: Thursday March 19, 5:30pm
Where: Ellis Auditorium
Sponsored by the departments of Women’s Studies, Cultural Studies, Drama, and Film & Media
See Poster for more detail

March 2, 2009

Inquiry at Queen’s

Category: events — theprof @ 12:14 pm

An impressive number of drama students are presenting papers at this year’s Inquiry at Queen’s. Please come out to Stauffer library this Thursday and Friday to support them! If you are thinking about going to graduate school, this event will give you an idea of the kind of work one can do. Check out for full details.

Johanna Lawrie
Playing With Time: An Analysis of Time and Space in Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
Thursday 5th 11:40-12:40

Adam Wray
Healing the Civic Body: Darren O’Donnell’s Social Acupuncture
Thursday 5th 1:30-3:30 (Adam is first on this panel) + Performance/Experiment “Share this Soapbox” at 1pm

Ashley Williamson
Audience Expectations of Autobiographical Performance
Thursday 5th 3:45-4:45 (Ashley is first on this panel)

Sacha Atherley, Justine Labute, Caitlin Stanley, Beth Turcon & Ashley Peoples
Friday 6th 1-2:30 (They are first on this panel)

February 28, 2009

Graham Abbey visit on Monday

In The Border

Remember that Graham Abbey will be visiting our Monday class, and that there will be no Wednesday class this week. We’ll screen some of Graham’s work, and he will engage us in a Q&A about the Canadian theatre and tv industries, his experiences as an actor in both, differences in working in the two media, and a host of other insider information. Bring your questions!

February 9, 2009

Wendy Crewson to visit DRAM 205!

We are very lucky to have accomplished actor Wendy Crewson visiting DRAM 205 on Wednesday March 25. Crewson has played a wide range of roles in such films as Away from Her (2006), What Lies Beneath (2000), Better than Chocolate (1999) and The Santa Clause (2004), and has had recurring roles in TV series such as 24, ReGenesis, Street Legal, and Night Heat. Wendy will visit the class on Wednesday, March 25. On the previous Monday (March 23), we will screen Perfect Pie (2002), which stars Crewson, and is based on the stage play of the same name by Judith Thompson. The play is recommended reading for the week, and is available on short term loan (for 3hrs) at Stauffer library.

The class schedule has changed to accommodate this visit – please make sure your calendars are up to date.

February 4, 2009

Film Screening AND Black History Month

Category: events — theprof @ 10:51 am

Here’s a change to expand your film knowledge and celebrate Black History month at the same time:

The Little Black Schoolhouse, Sylvia Hamilton
Sunday 8 February, 1 – 4 pm, Agnes Etherington Art Centre

The Little Black School House (60 minutes) examines the largely unrecognized history of slavery in Canada, and the experiences of Black communities in Nova Scotia and Ontario. The Agnes Etherington Art Centre, in cooperation with the Queen’s Department of Art and the Cultural Studies Program, is proud to present an afternoon with Sylvia Hamilton, a Trudeau Mentor and award-winning documentary maker. Focusing on segregated schools present in rural communities across Nova Scotia (the last of which remained open until 1983), and in Southern Ontario into the 60’s, the screening of Hamilton’s most recent documentary will be followed by a talk and reception.

The Little Black School House weaves individual accounts with archival photographs and historical documents, the result of Hamilton’s own archival research, to examine the social conditions that legitimized the racial segregation of education in Canada. Trudeau Scholar Kate Hennessy describes the film as “a striking example of the power of the documentary to unearth such stories, generate new knowledge, and re-situate otherwise obscured narratives in these historic places and the people who remember them.” With a vibrant musical score composed by jazz legend Joe Sealy, this poignant documentary is an unflinchingly honest evocation of the struggle of African Canadians to achieve dignity and equality through education. After the screening, Hamilton’s presentation on her work will include clips from other films and a discussion with the audience. A reception with light refreshments will follow.

Sylvia Hamilton is a multi award-winning filmmaker, writer, and educator known for her documentaries which explore the little known history, contributions and experiences of African Canadians. She has been an invited filmmaker and keynote speaker for conferences around the world, including Sierra Leone, Guadeloupe, New York City, Mexico City and Paris. Throughout her career she has received numerous awards including a Gemini, the Japan Broadcasting Corporation’s Maeda Prize, the Progress Women of Excellence Award for Arts and Culture, the CBC Television Pioneer Award, and the Portia White Prize for Excellence in the Arts. Ms. Hamilton graduated from Acadia University with a Bachelor of Arts and subsequently completed a Master of Arts in Education at Dalhousie University. She resides in Grand Pré, Nova Scotia and is president of Maroon Films Inc.

For further information, please contact Pat Sullivan at 613.533.6000 x 77053 or Matthew Hills at x 77049

February 3, 2009

Don’t give me your mumps!

Category: administrative notes,events — theprof @ 4:54 pm

Apparently there is an outbreak of the mumps at Queen’s. In a purely selfish move, I am encouraging everyone to get vaccinated if you have not already done so. I have been vaccinated, but you never know :)

This notice is from

Get a catch-up vaccination for Mumps Feb 5 & Mar 4
Posted: January 27th, 2009

As per a message from Queen’s University Environment Health & Safety:

Mumps is back!

Four out of five people are not fully protected against mumps. Make sure you are. Queen’s University is working with the KFL&A Health Unit to provide a couple of catch-up vaccination clinics.

Mumps is a very contagious disease that can cause serious complications in young adults. The age group at risk, are those born between 1970 through to 1991, or ages 18 to 39 years. Catch it and you’ll spend 9 days in isolation, among other very serious complications.

Get your mumps catch-up immunization on Queen’s Campus in the John Orr Rm on the 2 nd floor of the JDUC Thursday, February 5, 2009 from 11am to 2pm, or in Victoria Hall, Main Common Area from 4 – 8pm. There will also be a clinic on Wednesday, March 4, 2009 from 11am to 2 pm in the John Orr Rm on the 2nd floor in the JDUC.
Please bring your Health Card to the clinic with you.

For more information on the Mumps Catch-up Campaign call KFL&A Public Health at 613-549-1232 ext. 1119, or visit

For more information on the clinics at Queen’s University please refer to our posters:

Feb 5 or
Mar 4

January 27, 2009

The Border’s Graham Abbey to visit DRAM 205

Great news! The Borders star Graham Abbey is going to visit DRAM 205 on Monday, March 2. We’ll screen some of his work, and then talk to him in person. Graham starred in lead roles at the Stratford Festival for 10 years before leaving to concentrate on other projects. He is also a Queen’s grad.

I have updated the schedule to reflect Graham’s visit. Please note two things in particular: on the week of March 2, there will only be a Monday class, and not a Wednesday class. Also, several topics have shifted weeks in the schedule reshuffle, so make sure to check in before digging into your weekly readings.