Natalie Rewa – Professor

She holds her Ph.D from University of Toronto, Graduate Centre for the Study of Drama is a Professor in the Department of Drama and is cross-appointed to the Department of Women’s Studies.

As editor and later Managing Editor of Canadian Theatre Review from 1987 to 1995, she developed special issues on scenography, theatre for adolescents, theatre and ethnicity, transformations/multimedia, words on stage, Canada on the Pacific Rim, Native theatre, theatre in the North, actor training, and Black theatre. She has also served as a member of the editorial board for Queen’s Quarterly, and a contributing editor to Sources of Dramatic Theory, vol.2 (Cambridge University Press). Currently she is on the editorial board of Theatre Research in Canada/Recherches théâtrales au Canada and reviews and referees for this and other journals. Her research into English, French and Ukrainian language theatre has explored both the historical dimension of theatre and contemporary expressions of multicultural theatre. Articles by Natalie have appeared in Women on the Canadian Stage: The Legacy of Hrosvit (R. Much, ed.); The Performance Text (D. Pietropaolo, ed.); The Potentials of Space (C. White, ed.); Environmental and Site-Specific Theatre (Andrew Houston, ed.) ; as well as in the Canadian Encyclopedia, Theatre Research in Canada, Canadian Theatre Review, Australasian Drama Studies, Themes in Drama, and Tessera. Her study of the Das Rheingold designed by Michael Levine in New Spaces of Authenticity (D. Larionow, ed.,) is forthcoming.

The main focus of Natalie’s current research is scenographic design in Canada since the 1970s. She was the convenor of Theatre by Design a conference held at the Graduate Centre for the Study of Drama in 2003, and an invited member of the jury for the first edition of the Siminovitch Prize for theatre design. Her Scenography in Canada (University of Toronto Press, 2004) features chapters on individual designers, together with sketches and colour photos of designs and productions. Natalie was the co-curator of the Canadian exhibition to the Prague Quadrennial 2007 which featured the work of 9 professional designers from Canada, the work of an experimental lab, two architects and examples of student work from 13 university and college level design programs. The catalogue of the exhibit Imprints of Process (L’APASQ, 2008) features images of work exhibited in Prague as well as statements by the designers about their artistic process. This spring Design and Scenography (Critical Perspectives on Canadian Theatre in English, vol. 15, Playwrights Canada Press, 2009) was launched. This collection of essays edited by Natalie includes articles by designers, academic and critics. It delves into the place held by design in Canadian theatre and its more complex expression in performance.

Natalie’s current research is concerned with scenographic design for opera with a specific focus on the work of Michael Levine and his production design for Canada’s first complete Ring Cycle mounted by the Canadian Opera Company 2004-2006.


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