#CdnCult Times; Volume 5, Edition 7: AUDIENCES

#CdnCult Times; Volume 5, Edition 7: AUDIENCES


Critiquing the behaviour of audiences at live performance is de rigueur in North America at present. I am of the mind this behaviour is fairly natural:

But other people have strong opinions to the contrary:

As Sarah Garton Stanley points out, electricity changed the nature of the theatrical experience and the web is changing it again, a theme Alison Bowie also picks up on in this edition. Meanwhile, Michelle Kennedy reminds us volunteers are also a part of our audience connecting this discussion to the controversy surrounding how people of all abilities can participate in The Edmonton International Fringe Festival.

In all instances the hope was people would sit still and be quiet, but instead they are fired up and logging in.

Michael Wheeler
Editor-in-Chief: #CdnCult



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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.