Drama students get exposure on the world stage
Queen’s drama students are showcasing their work at this year’s Prague Quadrennial, the world’s largest performance design event.
“The exhibit we are submitting reflects our students’ high level of professionalism and their ability to do different kinds of design work depending on the art form,” says Natalie Rewa, a professor in the Department of Drama.
The exhibit includes student work on set, light and costume design from the last four years. The pieces demonstrate that Queen’s students measure up to their peers at professional theatre schools around the world.
“As a liberal arts university, we are not trying to graduate professional designers, but the high level of Queen’s teaching enables many people to go on to work in the field. The different performance spaces at the university provide students with many design opportunities,” says Dr. Rewa.
Participants from more than 60 different countries will examine the study and practice of design for performance through a variety of activities during the 10-day exhibition that runs June 16-26.
Dr. Rewa is participating in two events – looking at the ways opera houses have changed over the last 20 years, with a particular focus on the new Four Seasons Centre in Toronto, and another presenting the design work of Queen’s students as part of the public programming of the Canadian Schools Exhibit.
“I consider the Prague Quadrennial a lab where I can learn new things, think about the history of design and how it fits into current practice, and determine how we use the things we already have,” she says. “It will enrich my teaching activities.”
Cameron Lapp, a recent Queen’s drama graduate, will travel to the Czech Republic capital for Scenofest, the education portion of the Prague Quadrennial where more than 1,500 students take part in workshops and mount performances in the streets and venues of the city. He will also participate in the presentation of design for performance at Queen’s.