New Pilot Training Program for Emerging BIPOC Theatre Reviewers Announced — BC Alliance for Arts + Culture

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The following is excerpted from Neworld Theatre.

Critical Futures will offer paid journalistic writing training and exposure to a cohort of 4 BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) who are interested in arts criticism.

The program will run from October 2022 – June 2023 and be a combination of classroom learning and opportunities to review a number of performances over a condensed period of time with mentorship throughout. The aspiring critics will hone their professional voice and skills in areas such as:

  • Overview of the current media climate in Canada

  • History of Criticism in Canada

  • Introduction to the Canadian Theatre ecology and the systems of theatre

  • Overview of the roles in theatre (dramaturge, director, designers etc.)

  • Writing reviews, previews, editorials, and features

  • Criticism practices across performing art forms (theatre, dance, circus, etc.)

  • Print vs. Digital tools

  • Different cultural frameworks for interpreting art

  • Ethical artistic practices

  • Building a future career in journalism

Critical Futures is a pilot program produced and managed by Neworld Theatre in partnership with Arts Club, Electric Company Theatre, GVPTA, Rumble Theatre, and STIR.

The application deadline for Critical Features is July 30, 2022, 5pm PST. For more information about the program, click here.

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