The Art of Ideas - Shaw Festival Theatre

The Art of Ideas
The Art of Ideas

NEW! You know TED Talks? Join us for Shaw Talks! Two speakers – one an academic and one an artist – reflecting on big ideas connected to our 2022 productions. A two-hour morning program.

Call 1-800-511-7429 to book. Schedule subject to change.

The Art of Ideas: Hidden Identities
When
June 25, 2022
Time
10:00 am
Where
TBD
Cost
$50, $40 for Shaw Friends
Many classic and modern plays/musicals, from Cyrano de Bergerac to The Importance of Being Earnest, to Damn Yankees and Chitra, involve characters hiding their identity. What does it mean to be “our true selves”? What are the reasons for hiding our identity and what does assuming a different persona achieve?

Part 1: The Ideas. Behavioural psychology is the study and analysis of observable behaviour. What do our actions say about us? With Dr Jason Deska, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Ryerson University

Part 2: The Artists. Actors use a variety of techniques to bring a fully realized character to the stage including methods which involve drawing on personal lived experiences to illicit ‘real’ emotions. How can actors do eight shows a week while not disrupting their personal psyche? How does The Shaw ensure actors are supported and safe in the rehearsal room and on the stage? With Shaw Ensemble Member and Intimacy Coach, TBC

The Art of Ideas: Moral Obligation and Responsibility
When
July 16, 2022
Time
10:00 am
Where
TBD
Cost
$50, $40 for Shaw Friends
Social responsibility is the ethical concept that individuals and groups have morally-based obligations to others, based on larger ethical and moral codes. How does this personal behaviour relate to our cultural landscape?

Part 1: The Ideas. How do moral obligations and ethics play out in the medical community? What is the difference in perspective from patient to doctor? How was this challenged and tested during the pandemic? With Dr Dianne Godkin, PHD Senior Ethicist, Regional Ethics Program, Trillium Health Partners, Mississauga
Investigator, Institute for Better Health, Trillium Health Partners
Adjunct Lecturer, Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto
Member, Joint Centre for Bioethics, University of Toronto

Part 2: The Artists. Do the arts have a moral obligation to actively serve community or is communal well-being a natural by-product of the arts? What are the modern responsibilities of a not-for-profit charitable arts organization like the Shaw Festival and how is this achieved? With Tim Jennings, Shaw Executive Director
The Art of Ideas: Myths and Modern Storytelling
When
September 17, 2022
Time
10:00 am
Where
TBD
Cost
$50, $40 for Shaw Friends
Mythological narratives play a fundamental role in society. Why does theatre consistently draw upon myths and ancient tales in storytelling for the stage? How do we keep myths/tales alive in the age of social media?

Part 1: The Ideas. Why are ancient myths important to us today and what do they have to teach us? Will there ever come a time when we’ve learned these lessons and don’t require these stories any longer? With Tim Carroll, Shaw Festival Artistic Director

Part 2: The Artists. Today, podcasting has increasingly become a popular medium to share information, thoughts and stories. What makes podcasts such a compelling narrative device for oral storytelling? With Leah-Simone Bowen, Writer, Producer, Director, Podcaster
The Art of Ideas: Celebrating Women’s Voices: Then and Now
When
October 1, 2022
Time
10:00 am
Where
TBD
Cost
$50, $40 for Shaw Friends
As the Shaw Festival enjoys its 60th Season, we acknowledge that modern Canadian Theatre is relatively young. What is the history of women theatre artists from our recent past? What are the realities facing these artists today? Are Canadian theatres an equitable place for all genders?

Part 1: The Ideas. How have the voices of women, and those identifying as women, changed in the last hundred years? With Marlis Schweitzer, Associate Professor, Theatre and Performance Studies, York University, Toronto

Part 2: The Artists. What challenges do women-identifying artists face today? Has Canadian theatre embraced gender equity? Are we more, or less restrained by current gender politics? What does the future hold? With a panel of four Shaw women theatre professionals, TBC
The Art of Ideas: Hidden Histories: Niagara-on-the-Lake, a Victorian Lens
When
November 19, 2022
Time
10:00 am
Where
TBD
Cost
$50, $40 for Shaw Friends
Despite its reputation as a Christmas classic, Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol to “… strike a sledgehammer blow … on behalf of the Poor Man’s child,” and to expose the “hidden” parts of Victorian society. Niagara-on-the-Lake is often referred to as the “prettiest town in Canada.” But what was it really like to live in Niagara in the Victorian era?

Part 1: The Ideas. How did people live and celebrate the Victorian holiday season? Who was here, what were they doing, and how did they mark the holiday season? And whose stories have not been included in the history books? With Niagara-on-the-Lake museum expert, TBC

Part 2: The Artists. Built in 1915, the Royal George Theatre has had a rich and interesting past before becoming part of the Shaw Festival. What did this theatre represent to Niagara-on-the-Lake then and now? What does the drive to preserve certain historical buildings say about our society? With Megan Gilchrist, Shaw Education Coordinator
The Art of Ideas: Hidden Histories: Niagara-on-the-Lake, a WWII Lens
When
November 20, 2022
Time
10:00 am
Where
TBD
Cost
$50, $40 for Shaw Friends
Irving Berlin’s White Christmas is based on the story of two Second World War army buddies who reunite to try and save their commanding officer’s Vermont Inn. Did you know that Niagara-on-the-Lake played a significant part in the military history of Canada during World War II and beyond?

Part 1: The Ideas. What was Niagara like during that time? How did the presence of Niagara Camp shape the town? And whose stories haven’t been told? With Parks Canada expert, TBC

Part 2: The Artists. What can we learn about the history and culture of Niagara during wartime, and how we have recreated the era in our productions? With With Shaw artists, TBC
The Art of Ideas: Hidden Histories: Niagara-on-the-Lake, a Victorian Lens
When
December 7, 2022
Time
10:00 am
Where
TBD
Cost
$50, $40 for Shaw Friends
Despite its reputation as a Christmas classic, Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol to “… strike a sledgehammer blow … on behalf of the Poor Man’s child,” and to expose the “hidden” parts of Victorian society. Niagara-on-the-Lake is often referred to as the “prettiest town in Canada.” But what was it really like to live in Niagara in the Victorian era?

Part 1: The Ideas. How did people live and celebrate the Victorian holiday season? Who was here, what were they doing, and how did they mark the holiday season? And whose stories have not been included in the history books? With Niagara-on-the-Lake museum expert, TBC

Part 2: The Artists. Built in 1915, the Royal George Theatre has had a rich and interesting past before becoming part of the Shaw Festival. What did this theatre represent to Niagara-on-the-Lake then and now? What does the drive to preserve certain historical buildings say about our society? With Megan Gilchrist, Shaw Education Coordinator
The Art of Ideas: Hidden Histories: Niagara-on-the-Lake, a WWII Lens
When
December 8, 2022
Time
10:00 am
Where
TBD
Cost
$50, $40 for Shaw Friends
Irving Berlin’s White Christmas is based on the story of two Second World War army buddies who reunite to try and save their commanding officer’s Vermont Inn. Did you know that Niagara-on-the-Lake played a significant part in the military history of Canada during World War II and beyond?

Part 1: The Ideas. What was Niagara like during that time? How did the presence of Niagara Camp shape the town? And whose stories haven’t been told? With Parks Canada expert, TBC

Part 2: The Artists. What can we learn about the history and culture of Niagara during wartime, and how we have recreated the era in our productions? With With Shaw artists, TBC
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