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July 30, 2022

Critical Futures: A Training Program for Emerging BIPOC Theatre Reviewers

Hosted by 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 production
  • 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 Theatre, Electric Company Theatre, GVPTA, Rumble Theatre, and STIR.

We are seeking 4 individual BIPOC who are passionate about the arts and are interested in analyzing the future of arts criticism. With the shift from traditional print reviews to digital platforms, the nature of theatre criticism is dramatically shifting on several fronts. As Carly Maga (Toronto Star) notes in her feature, The Pedagogy of Theatre Criticism in Canada, “As print journalism business moves from paper to digital sources, this unprecedented access to online publishing platforms can give emerging writers more critical power than ever before.

Simultaneously, the increasing demand for journalists to better reflect Canada’s diversity – a widespread problem throughout the industry and indeed in the arena of arts criticism – requires innovation not only in the medium through which theatre criticism is delivered but in terms of who is creating the content.” We, along with our partners agree with Carly Maga and created Critical Futures as a way to support more diverse theatre critics in Canada.

Deadline: JULY 30, 2022


Space accessibility: There is a spacious elevator from the ground floor to the room, which is across the hall from accessible, gender-neutral washrooms. On regular workdays, the entrance has a concierge who can direct folks. The elevator buttons all have raised numerals and their braille counterparts.


Neworld Theatre

1422 William Street, Vancouver, BC, V5L 2P7, Canada