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March MAP Presentation Series

Fri., Mar. 29, 2019 3:30 p.m. - Fri., Mar. 29, 2019 4:30 p.m.

Location: Education Building Room 113

The Dramaturgy of Non-Translation & Inter-Audience Dynamics

Dr. Art Babayants, Lecturer, Department of Theatre


Art Babayants is a theatre artist, educator and researcher, who has worked in Canada, the US and Europe. His doctoral dissertation, completed in 2017 at the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies (University of Toronto), looks at the phenomenology of multilingual acting and spectating. Drawing from Sara Ahmed’s Queer Phenomenology (2006), it proposes a new conceptualization of multilingual dramaturgy as diversity work. The script of his thesis production "In Sundry Languages" is scheduled to be published in the Canadian Theatre Review in April 2019. As a theatre practitioner, Art has presented his artistic creations at various Toronto festivals such as Toronto Fringe, Toronto SummerWorks and Toronto Nuit Blanche. His stage credits include musical theatre (Seussical, 2007; Gypsy, 2009; Godspell, 2014), mockumentary theatre (Miss Toronto Acts Back as part of the DitchWitch Brigade, 2011), contemporary Canadian drama (The…Musician, 2014). Since 1997, Art has also been developing theatre projects integrating acting and second language teaching. He now teaches Acting and Dramaturgy at the University of Regina and is working on his first monograph 'Devising a Multilingual Actor'.

Admission is free.

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