drama

Drama

 

Topics:  Playwriting;  Directing;  Improvisation;  Collective Creation;  Theatre History;  Feminist Theatre.

 

2011 – present. Visiting and Sessional Lecturer at the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies, University of Toronto, Canada.

 

Courses include:

· DRM 400 Performance III: The Resource Show

· DRM 268 Canadian Theatre History

· UC One Engaging Toronto: Performing the City

· DRM 411 Movement for Theatre

· DRM 386 Performance and Reality: Contemporary Theatre of the Nineties and the Noughts

 

· DRM 400 Performance II: Acting Skills for the Contemporary Stage

 

Lectures and workshops

 

Workshop: Cracking Movement Theatre. An introduction to creating movement for characters and text. With choreographer Julia Aplin. 2012.

 

Guest lecturer, undergraduate and graduate level, University of Washington, Seattle, USA, 2007.

Lecture: "So You Want a Revolution: Aspazija and her Pen"

"Fire and Erotica: Aspects of Aspazija's The Silver Veil"

Screening of "Escape from Troy"

 

Undergraduate course on Untraditional Playwriting at the Latvian Academy of Culture, Riga, 2000/2006

I provoked students versed in the craft of the well-made play to consider other forms of playwriting.  I combined seminars on playwrights and creators such as Sarah Kane and Pina Bausch with various physical and writing exercises to open up the creative potential of my students.

 

Undergraduate Introductory Drama course at Glendon College, York University, Toronto, Canada 1987-89

A course for English undergraduates combining seminars on 19th and 20th century plays with acting workshops and a production in the second term.

 

Seminars, lectures and workshops at the universities of Toronto, York, Winnipeg, Simon Fraser, Queen's, Canada;  University of Dusseldorf, Germany;  University of Alaska, USA.

 

Conferences

 

Post-show talk, "Building The Anna Project," Hart House Theatre, March 5, 2015.

Keynote video lecture, "Creativity during a Crisis," Subject: Creativity, a conference in Liepāja, Latvia, February 20, 2015.

Lecture, "You're Invited: Performing Mrs. Dalloway," 24th Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf, North Illinois University, June 5-8, 2014.

Colloquium, "Boom, Baby, Boom," with Martin Julien, Centre for Drama, University of Toronto, April 1, 2014.

 

"Devising Truth:  The Role of Theatre in Post-Soviet Latvia," After the Wall was Over:  Performing

the New Europe, University College Drama Program, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada,

November 19-22, 2009.

 

Discussion leader, Arkady Ostrovsky speaking on Tom Stoppard's "The Coast Of Utopia", Berlin in Riga, June 3, 2006.

 

"One Red Chair", lecture on set design, Theatre by Design: Scenography in Canada.  Graduate Centre

for the Study of Drama, University of Toronto, January 24-25, 2003.