On the afternoon of March 15, Professor Jenn Stephenson, Associate Dean of the DAN School of Drama and Music of Queen's University (Canada), and Sunny Wang, Undergraduate Admission Official of the university, visited Zhejiang Conservatory of Music (ZJCM) and conducted academic exchanges. Professor Dong Dejun, Vice President of ZJCM, welcomed the guests together with professor An Yi, Deputy Director of the Department of Drama of ZJCM, and the head of the International Office. Professor Stephenson delivered a lecture entitled "Theatre in Canada" to teachers and students of the Department of Drama.
During the lecture, Professor Stephenson briefed the relevant achievements and topics of "participatory theater" projects collected, sorted out and investigated by her academic team in the past 10 years or so. After analyzing the overall characteristics of the "socially engaged art" in the 20th century, she offered a new analysis and definition of the way of creating "participatory theater" and the scope of participation in the era of the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada. In addition, she introduced the unique characteristics of the times and profound connotations of "participatory theatre" as a kind of personalized experience under the category of relational aesthetics and a new form of drama. In the following interactive Q&A session, the students had warm exchanges with Professor Stephenson on such topics as the trend of drama and the development of online musical theater in the pandemic era.