Walker Cultural Leader Series 2012 - 13

Faculty of Humanities: Department of Dramatic Arts

Walker Cultural Leader Series 2012 - 13

The Walker Cultural Leader series brings leading artists, performers, practitioners and academics to the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts at Brock University. Engaging, lively and erudite, these sessions celebrate professional achievement, artistic endeavour and the indelible role of culture in our society. Please join us in this inaugural year of the series.

This educational program is generously funded by Marilyn I. Walker.

For the complete program please see:
The Walker Cultural Leader Series 2012- 13

see the news item in The Brock News

The five programs include two hosted by the Department of Dramatic Arts:

Stephen Nachmanovitch, performer, author and workshop leader who emphasizes improvisation and creativity in “life and the arts” will provide a presentation and workshops for students, workshop for fine arts teachers, and a public performance.

Nov. 15

  • Presentation to DART 1F95 students: 9 - 10 am, Rm. AS 202 (closed session)
  • Workshop for DART 1F95 labs 1 & 2: 11 am - 1 pm; labs 3 & 4: 2 - 4 pm, Pond Inlet (closed session)
Nov. 16
  • Public lecture/performance: 7:30 - 9 pm, Rm. TH 325 (free community event)
Nov. 17
  • Workshop, invited faculty and students, 9 - 12 noon, TH 103/105 (closed session)
Contact: Prof. Joe Norris, Dramatic Arts

Author of the book Free Play: Improvisation in Life and Art, improvisational violinist Nachmanovitch has dedicated his life to fostering the creative spirit within us all. Central to his beliefs is the importance of play. He has traveled world-wide lecturing on creativity and the spiritual underpinnings of art. He has presented master classes and workshops at many conservatories and universities, and has had numerous appearances on radio, television, and at music and theater festivals. Collaborating with other artists in media including music, dance, theater, and film, Stephen has developed programs melding art, music, literature, and computer technology. He is a pioneer in free improvisation on the violin, viola and electric violin and has developed software including The World Music Menu and Visual Music Tone Painter. While music has been his major artistic form, his work inspires the artists of any genre. More information about Nachmanovitch and his work can be found at freeplay


Daniel Levinson, movement and stage fighting expert, will be providing a Movement and Stage Combat Intensive program delivered Feb 20 - 23, 2013. 

Feb. 20, 21, 22 & 23

  • Single Sword workshop:  9:30 am - 12:30 pm, Dance Studio, Walker Complex (closed session; registrants only)
  • Unarmed Combat workshop: 1:30 - 4:30 pm, Rm. TH 141 (closed session; registrants only)
Maximum enrollment: 20 students per session. Sign up by Nov. 1 at the DART main office ST 104, or by email. There is a non-refundable $10 deposit upon registration.
Contact: Prof. Virginia Reh, Dramatic Arts
Daniel is one of the leading fight directors and stage combat instructors in Canada. He is a certified Fight Director and Fight Instructor with Fight Directors Canada, and the past president of Fight Directors Canada.  His qualifications are recognized by the Society of American Fight Directors, the British Academy of Dramatic Combat, the Nordic Stage Fight Society, the New Zealand Stage Combat Society and the Society of Australian Fight Directors. Daniel is the Artistic Director of Rapier Wit and The Rude Mechanicals, and is resident Fight Instructor at Sheridan College and Theatre Erindale.
Daniel has performed with and/or created fights for numerous theatre companies including Factory Theatre, Equity Showcase, Crow's Theatre, Canadian Stage, Skylight Theatre, Walking Shadow Theatre Company, The Canadian Opera Company, Earthbound Theatre, Lovers & Madmen, Tarragon Theatre and Theatre Voce. He is in his fourth season at the Stratford Festival, where last season he worked on Jesus Christ Superstar and went on with it to Broadway.
For the complete program please see:
The Walker Cultural Leader Series 2012- 13

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