Theatre of Medicine/Staging Medicine

Suvendrini Lena MD,MPH FRCPC Staff Neurologist CAMH
Colleen Murphy, Playwright.

2015-16 Theatre of Medicine Seminar

How does the structure and craft of great theatre work to unsettle our ideas of disease and healing?

This seminar invites residents across medical specialties to enter into the subjective experience of illness through the medium of theatre. In the Incubator at Toronto’s newly renovated Theatre Center we will read scenes from Chekhov, Shakespeare and Ibsen as well as contemporary playwrights.  As actors/reader we will enter directly into the world of – psychosis, suicide, cancer, and dementia for example – in order to see and understand these states freshly and deeply. Fuelled by this understanding we will write our own scenes with a staged reading of new work as a possible finale to the seminar.

The seminar will include Ibsen’s Enemy of the People staged at Tarragon in October 2014 and Chekhov’s The Seagull at CanStage February 2015.

The Seminar is led by Suvendrini Lena, neurologist and playwright together with renowned playwright Colleen Murphy. Murphy is a recipient of a Governor General’s Award for her play The December Man. Seminar can be taken for elective credit. Please contact course director for further details.

Participation is limited to 12-16 residents/fellows please register early.  Deadline for registration is August 30 2014.

Elective credit available.  Details may vary according to program.  Please contact course director for further information on dates/registration/location:

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