Presenters in the International Association of Theatre Critics’s ‘Mature Criticism in Children’s Theatre’ keynotes panel. L-R: Dr Octavian Saiu, Dr Manon van de Water, Tracey Saunders and Professor Emmanuel Dandaura.
On Socially Conscious Theatre . . .
“Participation is not just a dramatic term or a method of Theatre making. It’s a political idea. And it’s critical that the level of project design is clear about the level of participation required for that engagement.”
“If you are talking about Arts projects, you need to talk about cultural policy in Japan. It is a nation that bases its culture on the Arts.”
-Dr Norifumi Hida
On Being Latino/a in the USA . . .
“I have a strong resentment about what’s happening in our schools. I’d like to undermine the institutionalised barriers to education. In the private schools, they are building theatres, they’re building sculpture labs, they’re building film studios. In public schools, if the school has even one Arts person on the faculty full-time, it’s a miracle.”
On Criticism in Children’s Theatre . . .
“What would creativity be without critical judgment? Without value judgment? Without that sense of hierarchy that real genuine criticism provides? In Theatre, we should always balance these two complementary dimensions.”
-Dr Octavian Saiu