BMO Lab's 2024 Winter Lecture Series: Staging Infrastructure

When and Where

Wednesday, March 27, 2024 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
room H-12
BMO Lab, University College
15 King’s College Circle, Toronto, Ontario M5S 3H7


Theatre is made of more then sets, words, and actors. It is made possible thanks to countless forces, energies, efforts, and things – from janitorial services to urban transit, air conditioning to box office tabulation. Increasingly theatre scholars as well as artists are following the broader “infrastructural turn” in cultural and media studies to notice the unnoticed ‘backstage’ of our art, and our wider world. This March, the Lab will host three events pulling back the curtain on the politics and histories of the everyday work that makes theatre tick, with talks on race and hair styling, gender and child care, and historiography and electric light. We are honored to host Christin Essin and Ulf Otto, two of the leading global scholars of backstage theatre technology, as well as Norah Sadava & Amy Nostbakken, who will reflect on their devised work Universal Child Care (currently at CanStage) after its run. 

Christin Essin – Friday March 1st, 4:00-6:00pm – Please RSVP 

Norah Sadava & Amy Nostbakken – Friday, March 8th, noon-1:00pm – Please RSVP 

Ulf Otto – Wednesday, March 27th, 4:00–6:00pm – Please RSVP 


15 King’s College Circle, Toronto, Ontario M5S 3H7