PRESENT / PRÉSENTES:
Moira Day, Louise Forsyth, Marlene Moser, Barbara Drennan, Rebecca Burton, Paula Speradokos, Sherrill Grace, Anne Nothof, Melanie Stevenson, Cyndi Zimmerman, Shelley Scott, Cara Garagano, Joanna Falck, Dragana Varagic, Helen Gilbert, Silvia Jestrovic, Claire Borody, Rosalind Kerr.
The Women's Caucus Annual Meeting was held at Restaurant Louis Hébert.
Sincere thanks to Francine Chaîné for searching out the place
and making the reservation.
Discussion and recommendations:
1. Mentoring: established faculty will offer mentoring services to junior colleagues. Junior colleagues were encouraged to ask specific individuals to offer help in any appropriate areas. Over the next year, it is expected that this activity will be carried out on an individual basis. The email listserv will be sent out to everyone. Other women are encouraged to join in.
2. The issue of feminist-based curricula across Canadian Drama Departments was discussed. Some participants shared course outlines. The general consensus was that we need to have more drama courses with content that takes the representation of women into account. Making these changes will require a reframing of not only individual courses but of historical and theoretical approaches to the material. More materials are also needed in the form of anthologies of women's writings for the theatre.
3. The issue of the dissemination of research was also raised. Most of the members agreed that we need to find more ways to keep ourselves and others informed of ongoing research into feminist focused theory and practice in the teaching of Drama and Theatre.
a) next year's meeting be a working luncheon
b) proposals be advanced for several sessions or possible roundtables for next year's congress in Toronto on these as yet very general topics: feminist methodology, feminist curricula, feminist research, women in the profession, feminist theatre practice, choice of theatre seasons, possibilities for funding.
The meeting adjourned about 11 PM.
Newsletter / Bulletin 25.2