Industry Session Series

The Citadel's Industry Session Series is an opportunity for artists to learn from the industry’s top voices at home and across the globe. The series will feature an internationally renowned theatre-maker leading a session on a topic they are passionate about – sharing their expertise and opening a window to their work. Join us online for instruction, questions, exercises, conversation, and more!

Sessions are all free! Registration will be required to reserve a spot, limited to the first 250 respondents. 

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Director as Dramaturge

Monday, September 28, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. MDT

How do you approach the dramaturgical process on a new play, and facilitate a healthy development of a script?

Taught by multi-award-winning Canadian director and dramaturge Nina Lee Aquino (Artistic Director of Factory Theatre, founding AD of fu-GEN Asian Canadian Theatre Company, former AD of Cahoots Theatre), this session explores dramaturgy and new play development through a variety of processes. Nina will share lessons on how to navigate the relationship between dramaturge and creator from beginning to end: from choosing the right projects to work on, how to create and maintain meaningful relationships with playwrights, how to facilitate different kinds of new play development workshops, and how to navigate dramaturgy in the rehearsal process.  We will also dive in to her experiences from a storied career in new play creation and discuss her dedication to collaborating with Canadian playwrights and BIPOC artists.

90 minutes (60 minutes of instruction with 30 minutes open Q&A at the end). Live Closed Captioning and ASL Interpretation are available. ASL INTERPRETERS are Carmelle Cachero and Ava Hawkins.

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Nina Lee Aquino

With a string of firsts in Asian Canadian theatre, Nina Lee Aquino was the founding Artistic Director of fu-GEN Asian Canadian Theatre Company, organized the first Asian Canadian theatre conference, edited the first (2-volume) Asian Canadian play anthology, and co-edited the first (award-winning) book on Asian Canadian theatre. She became Artistic Director of Cahoots Theatre, currently holds the same position at Factory Theatre and is now the youngest President of the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres. She has directed world premieres and revivals at theatres across the country and has won the Ken McDougall Award, the John Hirsch Prize, and three Dora Awards for Outstanding Direction. Nina co-wrote Miss Orient(ed) and her monologues have been published in Beyond the Pale (edited by Yvette Nolan) and She Speaks (edited by Judith Thompson). Nina has lectured, taught and directed innovative projects at Canadian educational institutions and was recently appointed Adjunct Professor at York University’s Department of Theatre. Her leadership has extended into mentoring emerging artists as well. She was the 2019 winner of the Toronto Arts Foundation’s Margo Bindhart and Rita Davies Cultural Leadership Award.