#CdnCult Times; Volume 3, Edition 1

#CdnCult Times; Volume 3, Edition 1


Welcome back for our 3rd Volume of #CdnCult Times, which will feature a new edition every second Tuesday from now until the end of the summer.

This Edition explores the changing nature of theatre criticism, which is getting some mainstream attention these days as Ben Brantley and his review in The New York Times is attacked by James Franco on social media, while The Guardian’s Lyn Gardner questions if critics are even reviewing the right plays.

The self-publishing revolution is having a profound impact on the small number of critics that once were the sole arbiters of artistic merit, and pushback is coming from many different directions.

Michael Wheeler
Editor-in-Chief: #CdnCult Times



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About the Author

Michael is Artistic Director of SpiderWebShow, which he co-created with Creative Catalyst Sarah Garton Stanley. He was previously Executive Director and Transformation Designer of Generator, where he led the transition from a fee-for-service model named STAF, to the current capacity-building model it operates on. Since 2003, he has run Toronto-based Praxis Theatre, with which he has directed 14 plays and curated several festivals while writing for and running performance-based websites. He teaches regularly at The National Theatre School and Queen's University, where SpiderWebShow is currently in residence.