CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS
Analytic: A theatre criticism workshop 2022 with Natasha Tripney and Tom Mustroph
24-29 October, 2023
Over a six-day period, participants will attend workshops exploring the purpose of criticism – both as a space for analysis and debate, and a creative act – and the process of writing a theatre review. There will be the chance to discuss different critical approaches, style, structure, and form, as well as the changing role of the critic in an evolving media landscape. With the reduction of space for arts coverage in most mainstream media outlets, we will look at the practical realities and responsibilities of working as a critic today and discuss the benefits of a healthy and rigorous critical culture to Kosovo’s artists and audiences.
Participants will be invited to watch the performances over the course of the Kosovo Theatre Showcase and to produce written responses to the work they see. There will be an opportunity for one-on-one feedback and mentoring with the ultimate goal of publication for their work.
The call is open for theater practitioners, journalists and writers with a passion for the theatre and an interest in criticism, though people from other backgrounds are welcome and previous experience is not essential. There is no age limit. A good level of spoken English is required. Participants from Kosovo will be compensated an amount of 70 euros in total. For regional participants, accommodation and travel costs will be covered by the organizer.
Natasha Tripney is the International Editor at The Stage, the UK-based theatre industry newspaper. She studied English Literature at King's College, University of London and Warwick University. In 2011, she co-founded Exeunt, an online theatre magazine, which she edited until 2016. She is now the editor of SEEstage.org, an online platform for theatre criticism in South East Europe. As a journalist, she has written about arts and culture for the Guardian and the BBC. She has also contributed to the Independent, the London Evening Standard, Nachtkritik and Kosovo 2.0.
Tom Mustroph works in Berlin and Palermo as a freelance journalist and dramaturg. He operates in several journalistic fields, such as theatre, fine arts and sports. While doing this, he is most interested in how self responsible work may succeed elegantly and in accordance to minimal moral standards. He collaborates for several German language media such as TAZ, FAZ, Neues Deutschland, NZZ, zeit online, Deutschlandfunk and WDR.