Spring 2019 - CA 359 D100

Selected Topics in Theatre (3)

PuSH 2019

Class Number: 7936

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 3 – Apr 8, 2019: Fri, 9:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    CA 250, or prior approval.



A specific topic in theatre not otherwise covered in-depth in regular courses. The work may be practical and/or theoretical.


Topic: The Theory and Practive of Festival Performance: PuSh 2019

International performance festivals have become crucial to the circulation of new multidisciplinary work in the live arts, helping to connect international artists with local audiences, incubating conversations about innovative performance practices and presentation models, providing industry networking opportunities for artists and programmers, and bringing together a city’s creative communities. As Vancouver’s PuSh International Performing Arts Festival enters its fifteenth year, this course will give students a unique window onto its inner workings. In addition to attending and analyzing a range of performances, we will audit industry talks and pitch sessions, participate in panel discussions, and meet with members of the PuSh staff. Several visiting artists will also share their expertise in a series of master classes with students. Following the conclusion of the festival, we will turn our attention to contextualizing our experiences, assessing our individual artistic relationships to festival presentation, our collective takeaways from this year’s PuSh in relation to its curatorial vision, and working to document some of this history in the form of a final archival and outreach project.


  • Attendance and active participation 20%
  • Performance review 1 15%
  • Performance review 2 15%
  • Written project description and in-class festival pitch 20%
  • Group archiving and community outreach project 30%


Visiting Artists (to be confirmed) 

Bertrand Lesca and Nasi Voutsas - BertandNasi

Evalyn Parry (and maybe Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory)

Naufus Ramirez Figueroa 

Keyon Gaskin



A Series or Articles and Critical Materials will be posted to Canvas

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