Elspeth Pratt

Associate Professor and Director

Email: epratt@sfu.caPhone Number: 778.782.3766
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Elspeth Pratt

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Elspeth Pratt teaches visual art core courses, sculptural practices, drawing and undergraduate art theory seminars. 

Bio:

The sculptural practice of Elspeth Pratt interrogates the relation between how everyday space is constructed and how that same space is defined through architecture and lived space. This line of questioning is considered in relation to the conceptualization of abstract space, a place where definition is nascent and possibility is inherent. It is in this tension, between definition and possibility that provides the core of her research. Recently, she has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally, including a collaboration on a major commission for the Richmond Olympic Oval, and was invited by the Vancouver Art Gallery to be the fourth artist to participate in Offsite, their outdoor public art space. In 2011, a monograph was published that considers her work through the presentation of six scholarly essays and images.

Rob Kitsos

Associate Professor and Associate Director

Email: rkitsos@sfu.caPhone Number: 778-782-9829
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Rob Kitsos

Areas:

Contemporary Composition, Aesthetics, Technique, Collaboration.

Bio:

Rob Kitsos is an acclaimed dancer, dance instructor, performing artist, musician, visual artist and choreographer who has performed across North America, Europe and Asia.  He has performed his own and other works at international festivals including the Spoletto Festival in Charleston South Carolina, the World Expo in Lisbon, the Grec Festival in Barcelona, the Palais Royale in Paris, and others in Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Netherlands, Hong Kong and Venezuela.  Kitsos has also appeared in well-known theatres including the Cultural Center in Hong Kong, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, the Joyce Theatre and DTW in New York.  He has been commissioned by artists and companies in Hong Kong, Seattle and Vancouver including Bard on the Beach and the British Colombia Ballet in Vancouver BC. Rob has been a member of more than fifteen performing companies and collaborated with many artists which cover a broad range of styles from mime to hip hop, improvisation to ballet, including the Doug Elkins Dance Company, Gina Gibney Dance, Hillary Easton, Jannis Brenner, KT Niehoff, Colin Connor, Pat Graney, the Chamber Dance Company, Peter Bingham and the Berkshire Ballet. 

As a choreographer, Rob has created over 80 original works, many of which include collaborations with artists from a range of disciplines.  He has studied Mime at Ecole Jacques Lacoq in Paris and played drums in a rock band in popular clubs like CBGB's in New York City as well as a tour through Spain in 2004 with the band Westport Sunrise Sessions based in New York City.  He continues to record and collaborate with the WWS.  Rob has composed and performed many of his own sound scores and video projections for his choreography. Rob has received support from the Social Science and Research Council through Simon Fraser University, the BC Arts Council and Canada Council for his project WAKE. In addition to other support, Rob was awarded support from the Leisure and Cultural Council in Hong Kong in 2003 as well as the Donald E. Peterson Endowed Fellowship for Excellence at the University of Washington in 2001 and 2002. 

In addition to choreographing and performing, Rob has been teaching dance in universities for twelve years. He was a Guest Artist at Virginia Commonwealth University in 1998, a full time faculty member at the University of Washington from 1998-2002. He then began a two-year Senior Lecturer position at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. In 2004, Rob joined the faculty of Simon Fraser University as an Assistant Professor in the School for the Contemporary Arts. He will be serving as Undergraduate Chair of Contemporary arts and head of Curriculum over the next three years.  He teaches contemporary dance, composition, repertory, dance aesthetics, improvisation in performance and interdisciplinary collaboration.

 

Rob received his BA in Theatre/Dance from Bard College and his MFA in Dance from the University of Washington in 1997.

Links:

www.robkitsos.com

Lara Amelie Abadir

MFA Graduate Student

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Lara Amelie Abadir

Areas:

Dance, Film/Video

Bio:

‘In what parts of my body does the essence or projection of a certain image live? How am I fragmented inside?’ When attempting to answer these questions I experience a network that conveys ideas not just specific to dance. Often an image, thought or sensation comes to me in one medium and then I end up wanting to visualize it in another. I work around the performance of movement and the body experimenting with compositional and aesthetic strategies, dramaturgic approaches, non-conventional spaces, appropriating uses of the new technologies, crossing disciplinary boundaries and cultural hybridity.

I can’t dance in a vacuum; the world around me affects and inspires my feelings and thoughts and therefore also my art. My practice in photography and film can be perceived as an instantaneous reaction to myself in relation to my environment. I respond by putting myself in proximity, often crawling around and adapting my body as I would do in a contact dance. The camera, pressed against my face becomes an extension of whatever drives me. I tend to shoot video in real time or black and white stills in a space that is part of the character's (fictional or not) identity.

I often try to find a certain sense of lightness within the gravity of a subject, enjoying the accessibility of weighty topics when humor is present. It´s important to experiment to find doors for the audience which allow them to experience my work rather than being told exactly what to think about, or what to do with it. I am not as interested in a ‘public’ experience of my work as in how an image can speak to you in a very subjective manner, both charged with knowledge and with memory.

Laura Abadir: Dance, Film/Video, (Belgium/Vancouver)

 

Barbara Adler

Graduate Program Assistant

Email: mfagrad@sfu.caPhone Number: 778.782.9593
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Barbara Adler

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Barbara Adler is an interdisciplinary artist whose work brings together literary performance, composition, live event production and arts education to explore the intersections between text, music, sound and theatre. Her work has been presented through multiple solo and band albums, publication in spoken word anthologies and performances at major music and literary festivals, including The Vancouver Folk Festival, The Vancouver Writers Festival, The Winnipeg Folk Festival, and the Vienna Literature Festival. Recent collaborators include Lesley Telford, Mascall Dance, documentary filmmaker Jan Foukal and composer Ron Samworth.

Barbara is a veteran of Canada's spoken word community, recognized for her solo work, her interdisciplinary collaborations and for her role as a founding member of the acclaimed folk-poetry band The Fugitives. She continues to explore the musicality of language under the banner of Ten Thousand Wolves, an intimately collaborating ensemble whose projects gather together songwriting, storytelling and poetry to create performances for thinking, laughing and dancing.

In over a decade of work as an arts educator, Barbara has taught writing workshops to elementary school students, high school students and adult learners across British Columbia and Canada, working with organizations including Literacy B.C. and the Vancouver Poetry House. She has been an artist-mentor in the Vancouver East Cultural Centre's Ignite!  program, an artist-in-residence in the Vancouver Biennale's Big Ideas program, and frequently collaborates with other artists to deliver interdisciplinary workshops to adults and youth.

As a curator and producer, Barbara's recent work explores the potential for live performance and artistic labour to create an ethos of critique and care in the public sphere. She recently helped launch Sawdust Collector, a weekly performance series presenting new, experimental and improvised works by established and emerging artists in an interdisciplinary context. Other projects to which Barbara has contributed include an interactive audio installation called Signals from the Mountain, the annual Accordion Noir Festival, and Extravagant Signals, a 7-day performance series that brought together live music, spoken word, social dance and visual art at the former Gallery 1965 in Vancouver.

Barbara holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Studies (2015) and a BA in Art and Cultural Studies, both from Simon Fraser University.

// www.badler.ca //www.proudanimal.com // www.tenthousandwolves.com //

asmaa al-issa

Alumni, MFA Graduate

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asmaa al-issa

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drawing, installation, sculpture, photography

Bio:

my process-based work is heavily informed by eastern philosophies. using art practice as a mode of inquiry, the repetitive and contemplative works draw references from art practices of different spiritual traditions.

i was born in iraq and lived most of my life in calgary, alberta, where i received a bachelor of fine art from the university of calgary in 2013.

asmaaalissa.com

Mary Louise Albert

Sessional Instructor, Dance

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Mary Louise Albert

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Laura Albert

MA Graduate Student

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Laura Albert

Areas:

Dance and Dance Studies, Performance Studies, Critical Race Theory, Feminist Theory
 

Bio:

I am a dance educator, arts administrator, and community organizer. My work is driven by questions about representation, access, and inclusion in the arts, and the role of the artist in society. I have taught and performed dance in over 10 cities in North America and abroad. I completed my BA at SFU in 2010, with a major in Humanities and a certificate in Sustainable Community Development. In addition to my work in the SCA MA program, I currently co-direct Luciterra Dance Company and act as Outreach Manager for Indian Summer Festival.

luciterradance.com
indiansummerfest.ca

As a settler I dance and write on the unceded and occupied territories of the Musqueam, Sḵwxwú7mesh, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples, in this place I know and love as home.




 

Patti Allan

Sessional Instructor, Theatre

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Patti Allan

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Patti is committed to theatre in education, and directs theatre for young people at the Vancouver Youth Theatre, and is a Drama Artist in Residence for the Vancouver School Board. She has adjudicated numerous theatre festivals. In addition to teaching at SFU School for the Contemporary Arts, she has taught for the Arts Club Summer Musical Theatre Intensive, The Emily Carr School of Design for Film students, The Vancouver Playhouse Community Outreach Program, and has lead acting workshops for film maker’s for Praxis and Cineworks.

Bio:

Patti Allan is one Vancouver’s best known actors with a career that spans film, television and theatre. A graduate of the Simon Fraser’s School for the Contemporary Arts, she is a "many time" Jessie nominee, and 4 time recipient of Jessie Richards Award for her roles in Theatre in Vancouver.

Patti Allan has appeared numerous in film, T.V. and theatre productions, locally and across the country and has performed in cartoon voiceover projects, and on several radio drama’s for CBC radio.

Patti also sings with the Swing Sisters, a swing/jazz girl group that performs in and around Vancouver.

Patti Allan in IMDB

Santa Aloi

Professor Emerita, Dance

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Santa Aloi

Areas:

Dance, choreography

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Santa Aloi’s career as a contemporary dance choreographer, performer and teacher, began in New York City with Gus Solomons Company and Zena Rommett. It continued for 30 years in Canada where, with Iris Garland, she was co-designer of the Dance Major program at Simon Fraser University. She directed Transitions Dance Company at the Laban Centre in London, and has choreographed and performed as Artist in Residence in England, France, China, and throughout North America. Her collaborative work with fellow School for the Contemporary Arts faculty characterized much of her career at SFU.

As Professor Emerita she continues to teach and to choreograph in the community, with particular interest in combining tap, contemporary dance and theatre. Santa Aloi’s long service to dance and the community includes her present position as member of the Dancer Transition Resource Centre’s national Board of Directors, six years as Chair of the Vancouver Dance Centre Board, service as a director of the Dance Foundation Board among others, teaching seniors movement at the Roundhouse in Vancouver and on Pender Island, as well as advising community groups and individuals

Christopher Anderson

Sessional Instructor and Alumni, MFA (Music, 2012)

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Christopher Anderson

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Christopher Anderson's interests include exploring new approaches to interactive musical performance, and the use of generative systems within composition. Much of his recent work has involved the use of audio/visual technology for performance and installation interaction. He is also a research assistant working with the Generative Electronica Research Project (GERP) within SCA and SIAT’s Metacreation Agent & Multi-agent Systems (MAMAS) Research group.

Bio:

Christopher is originally from Pitt Meadows BC and lives in Vancouver. He studied music at Capilano University majoring in jazz studies and trombone. He is a composer and performer with a background in both traditional and electroacoustic music. 

Jennifer Anderson

MFA Graduate Student

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Jennifer Anderson

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Music performance, instrument building, sound design, interactive new media.

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Jennifer Anderson is an experimental musician and her passion is designing, creating, and building augmented and original instruments. While instrument design is her main focus, she is also interested in creating interactive experiences using new media. Jennifer has experience in various audio creation software, new media programming languages, and digital fabrication tools. These are her main tools for creating musical experiences and interactions. Jennifer is also a qualified audio engineer and sound designer, having ten plus years of experience in the field. She has worked concerts and theatre productions operating the soundboard, along with backstage experience. If there are saws, nails, and drills around, she will use them to build stuff.

jennifer-anderson.webflow.io/


 

Rose Anza-Burgess

MA Graduate Student

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Rose Anza-Burgess

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Early modern, humanism, posthumanism, renaissance, revolutions, and the human form.

Bio:

I am a fledgling writer pursuing an MA in Comparative Media Arts at Simon Fraser University. In this program, I am hoping to gain a deeper understanding of the consequential periods of time that result to transformative changes in the way we see, feel, and interact with the world around us. 

I am a transfer from the MA in Liberal Studies program at SFU. My educational background is in humanities and art history. I earned my BA in Liberal Studies from Capilano University, and have pursued further studies in Art History and Visual Art at the University of British Columbia. My undergraduate research is an interrogation of art, knowledge, and visual culture during the early modern period. My work in the field of art are reflected in the following: as a Curatorial Intern at the Gordon Smith Gallery of Canadian Art, as an Official Photographer at the Vancouver Biennale, as a Production and Site Assistant at the Vancouver fringe Festival, and as a Museum Assistant at the UBC Museum of Anthropology.

Outside of arts and academics, I have a competitive background as a student-athlete. During my undergraduate years, I played for Capilano University’s Women’s Basketball team. However, an ACL injury ended my career in the cutthroat world of college sports, leading me to pursue a career in coaching. I have since coached Point Grey Secondary’s Junior Girls Basketball team from 2010 to 2014, and Cariboo Hill Secondary’s Bantam team from 2015-2016. I am taking a short break from coaching in order to focus on my career as an emerging writer and arts scholar.

Passion is what drives me to pursue. I have a very talented and inspiring wife, and a big family who teaches me a lot about love, life and humility. 

Bahar Arapkirli

MA Graduate Student

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Bahar Arapkirli

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Performance studies, theatre, transnational migration

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I started off from Istanbul. There, I successfully obtained two undergraduate degrees in Business Administration and Media and Visual Arts. I feel truly blessed to get knowledged-up in this one of the most chaotically beautiful and authentic cities in the world. In a nutshell, my time there was full of soul-searching and wayfaring, protesting and complying, connecting and disconnecting. As a performer in theatre I got the chance to collaborate with the brightest theatre lovers where I have observed unconditional devotion. Upon graduation, I have been organically guided to Canada to pursue this journey in this “land of freedom” where I started a Master’s degree in Comparative Media Arts. Looking from the perspective of performance studies, I am currently exploring the artistry of being on the move and daring to re-born in an alien land to co-produce and co-peregrinate. At the core of my work lays the notions of ongoing-ness, being in-the-process and in-between, growing, demolishing and reconstructing.
 

Matthew Ariaratnam

Alumni, MFA Graduate

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Matthew Ariaratnam

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Music Composition, Sonic Art, Improvisation, Installation, Electroacoustics

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Matthew Ariaratnam is a composer, improviser and guitarist. His music and research explores sonic textures, graphic/alternative scoring, field recordings, prepared instruments, electroacoustic music, performative listening, and songwriting. Matthew is currently interested and exploring the writings of Bertrand Russell, Brandon LaBelle, Georg Simmel, Michael Bull, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nicolas Bourriaud, Edgard Varèse, Bernie Krause, and Steve Roden. Matthew’s music has been heard nationally on CBC radio and also internationally. Involved in the musical projects Mice Bards, Organic Strategies, Waylaid, Sweet Pieces, and Code of Silence, Matthew is currently exploring interdisciplinary work in Vancouver working with performance artists, physical theatre makers, dancers, visual artists, laptop gurus, and other musicians. Matthew has a Bachelor Degree in Music Composition from Wilfrid Laurier University where he studied with Peter Hatch, Linda Catlin Smith, Glenn Buhr, and Terry McKenna. He is currently a teaching assistant and a Master of Fine Arts candidate at Simon Fraser University.

Linda Arkelian

Sessional Instructor, Dance

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Linda Arkelian

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Dance

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Linda has performed internationally with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Theatre Ballet of Canada, Anna Wyman Dance Theatre and the Judith Marcuse Dance Company. She was the recipient of a Canada Council grant in 1991 to study at the National Dance Intensive  and the National Voice Intensive. Linda has choreographed for and collaborated on numerous contemporary dance projects. Linda teaches Ballet and Contemporary Dance at Scotiabank Dance Centre. In addition Linda is a visual artist, actor and film maker. She created her "Bringing Artists Together" project integrating musicians' and visual artists' work into her dance journey.

Photo credit, Yvonne Chew.

Dorothy Barenscott

Sessional Instructor: Art, Performance and Cinema Studies

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Dorothy Barenscott

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Ric Beairsto

Sessional Instructor, Film

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Ric Beairsto

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Screenwriting, filmmaking.

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Ric Beairsto is an award-winning screenwriter, director and producer who has written more than a dozen feature-length screenplays, and whose TV writing credits begin with The Beachcombers for CBC and extend to Mixed Blessings for APTN, where Ric was the Creator and Head Writer.  Ric has also written, directed and produced extensively in the area of nonfiction film, including both one-hour and documentary series for CBC, Knowledge, Global and Bravo!

Ric has taught screenwriting on a part-time basis at various post-secondary institutes, including the Vancouver Film School, SFU, Trinity Western University, Langara College, Emily Carr University of Art + Design and UBC, where he has actively workshopped more than 1500 short screenplays.  He is the author of THE TYRANNY OF STORY: Audience Expectations and the Short Screenplay, a book that has been used as a textbook in over a dozen North American film schools, including UCLA and the American Film institute.

Website: 
www.laughingmountain.ca

Degrees: 
B. Ed, U of A
MAA, ECUA+D

 

Lisa Beley

Sessional Instructor, Theatre

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Lisa Beley

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Lisa is a Linklater trained voice teacher and studied with David Smukler at York University.  

She is also on faculty with Canada’s National Voice Intensive and teaches a voice-over component in the University of British Columbia’s BFA theatre program.

Bio:

Lisa has been a sessional instructor in the theatre department since 1997.  She teaches both second and third year voice and speech and has also taught first year acting. 

Outside of the classroom Lisa has gained a reputation as one of the Vancouver’s leading dialect coaches and can often be found on any one of Vancouver’s numerous film and TV sets. As a voice-over artist she can be heard in numerous animation series and commercials. She has been integral in developing a new project within Canada’s National Voice Intensive, complementing its 25-year successful history. This new project saw her direct Aeschylus’ Agamemnon in 2011 and David Hare’s The Bay at Nice in 2010.

Jelena Beokovic

Alumni, MA Graduate 2015

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Jelena Beokovic

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Photography, social and media arts, performances, cultural studies, communication, documentary film

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After graduating from French Language and Literature in Belgrade, I received a master degree in Management in Culture and Cultural Policy, Interculturalism and Mediation in the Balkans in cooperation with University Lumière Lyon 2 France. I am a cultural manager, freelance translator and photographer.

I'm interested in how the uses made of photography are implicated in wider social, cultural and political transformations, and the interdisciplinary relationships between photography's artistic, digital, urban and social media practices. The French New Wave Films particularly Godard; modern political philosophy especially the work of Slavoj Zizek.

My research is based on how the usage of digital photography changed very much the world we live in. Today, photography is just few clicks away from the public Internet platform and social medias. The context we put on the Internet is accessible in few seconds to the whole world. My recent research is focused on the meaning of photography and follows its role through social media in the field of communication, marketing, politics, economy, ethics and performance.

Carolina Bergonzoni

Alumni, MA Graduate 2015

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Carolina Bergonzoni

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Dance, Philosophy, Aesthetics

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I grew up in Bologna, Italy, where I have been practicing dance since my early childhood. I am currently pursuing contemporary dance supplemented by yoga.

During my studies in Philosophy with an emphasis on body movement, I have done thorough research of the works of the French philosopher Merleau-Ponty. I have received my Bachelor of Arts (BA) and completed the first three years towards my Master’s (MA).

The possibility for the body to find organic movement fascinates me. I am further very interested in art - particularly dance - in its context as well as the relationship between dance and technology, especially motion capture and the usage of computer and software.

My research is directed towards experimenting how the body can find its own story and space, as well as understanding what thinkers write about that.

David Biddle

MFA Graduate Student

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David Biddle

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Business and Pleasure

Bio:

Life’s inherent movement toward novelty and complexity seems to be in direct contrast with the inherent movement of the Universe™ toward absolute disorganization in the form of universal equilibrium. While the chickadees masterfully navigate the mess of branches outside my window with an inspiring sense of ease and even joy, I work hard to establish new corporate strategies that are guaranteed to work for you. Understanding the role of individual agency in awakening the ©osmic unity that we all rely on to underlie a stable economy is an often overlooked aspect of good philosophical practice.

I specialize in providing unique systems tailored individually to the needs of my clients to help them harness the kind of cutting edge creativity that the Universe™ displayed when it created itself. 

Thomas Billingsley

Sessional Instructor, Film

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Thomas Billingsley

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Film

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Allison Birt

Sessional Instructor: Art, Performance and Cinema Studies

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Allison Birt

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Sabine Bitter

Associate Professor

Email: sabine_bitter@sfu.caPhone Number: 778-782-5982
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Sabine Bitter

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Visual Art

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Vancouver-based artist Sabine Bitter collaborates with Vienna-based artist Helmut Weber on projects addressing cities, architecture, and the politics of representation and of space since 1993. Mainly working in the media of photography and spatial installations their research-oriented practice engages with specific moments and logics of the global-urban change as they take shape in neighborhoods, architecture, and everyday life.  Dealing with architecture as a frame for spatial meaning, their ongoing research includes projects like “Educational Modernism” and “Housing the Social”.

Recent projects and exhibitions include 2016: “Fleeting Territories”, urbanize!-festival, Vienna; “What’s Left?”, MuseumsQuartier Vienna; “Trophäen ihrer Excellenz”, Schauraum der Angewandten, MQ21, Vienna; "Henri Lefebvre in New Belgrade", Gallery GPLcontemporary, Vienna; ”How We Want to Live”, Façade art project for BUWOG headquarters, Vienna. In 2015 Bitter/Weber were artists in residence from The Arts and Culture Division of the Federal Chancellery of Austria at the Studio Grand Chelsea, New York City.

In 2004, Sabine Bitter, Jeff Derksen and Helmut Weber have formed the urban research collective Urban Subjects. Recently Urban Subjects curated the exhibition “The Militant Image - Picturing What Is Already Going On” with Camera Austria, Graz, participated in Western Front’s “Urgent Imagination” and in Jayce Salloum’s project ThirstDays. Urban Subjects were artists in residence at the Leuphana Arts Program at the University Lüneburg in 2012/2013 and were artists in residence at the EXPO Milan, 2015.

Publications include:

The Militant Image. Reader, Ed. Urban Subjects and Camera Austria, Graz, Austria 2015

Sabine Bitter |Helmut Weber, Front, Field, Line, Plane. Researching The Militant Image, Kunstraum Lüneburg, Leuphana Arts Program at the University Lüneburg. 2016

About Academia (Case Study: Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC) Co-editor with Antoni Muntadas, co-published by Line Magazine and The Audain Gallery. 2014

“Sabine Bitter / Helmut Weber: Right, to the City”, Fotohof Edition, Salzburg 2009

“Sabine Bitter & Helmut Weber: Autogestion, or Henri Lefebvre in New Belgrade”, Eds. Urban Subjects, Sternberg Press, Berlin & Fillip, Vancouver, 2009

From 2009 – 2013 Sabine Bitter was the coordinator of the Audain Visual Artist in Residence program and the curator of the Audain Gallery SFU Woodward's, realizing projects with Marjetica Potrč, Raqs Media Collective, Elke Krasny with the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre, Ricardo Basbaum, Claire Fontaine, Muntadas, amongst others.

Since 2015 Bitter/Weber are represented by GPLcontemporary Vienna.

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www.urbansubjects.org

Doug Blackley

Alumni, MFA

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Doug Blackley

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Doug Blakely is primarily interested in a twentieth and 21st century harmonic palette,  mainly in composition, but an essential tool for composition remains a study of music theory.  Recently, he has focused attention on the writings of György Sándor Ligeti, Olivier Messiaen, and Karel Janecek.

Bio:

After years of working with many different musical sounds, Doug focused on spending time with notes, chords, melody, harmony, and musical form, all unadorned with timbral colours. As such, he is working with music for the piano. 

Patrick Blenkarn

MFA Graduate Student

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Patrick Blenkarn

Areas:

theatre, live art, performance art, installation

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I make most of my work using theatrical concepts and through collaboration. My projects have included plays in theatres, plays in specific sites outside of theatres, plays over email, plays within orchestras, as well as street performances, interventions, video art, and installations. At the moment, I’m interested in art that is multilingual and performances that involve tasks or labour.

I have a background in continental philosophy, film theory, and theatre and performance studies, with particular focus on deconstruction, Deleuze, and new materialism, as well as the respective cinemas of Peter Greenaway and Chantal Akerman. I was born in Ottawa and I have an undergraduate degree from the University of King’s College and Dalhousie University in Halifax.

Aryan Borboruah

MFA Graduate Student

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Aryan Borboruah

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Music composition, music theory, music for screen, dance and visual arts, art history, and electronics.

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I have an undergraduate music degree from Middlesex University London UK. My main area of focus is composition, I have written various musical pieces including String Quartets, Piano, Cello and Piano, Japanese Flutes, Piano trios as well as heavy metal music. I also have over 6 months of teaching experience, mainly focused on music theory, music history and music compositions. I am a guitarist and I have performed in various bands over the years. For my undergraduate project I have scored for Tod Browning’s 1931 Dracula with over an hour of music. I have been attracted to the darker side of music since the past couple of years and I have been doing research and studying on improving my understanding of atonal and darker tonal harmonies both on acoustic instruments as well as on modern metal music. My interest in arts from Simon Fraser University should enable me to collaborate with performers from many different backgrounds. One day I hope to write a horror opera for talented performers.

soundcloud.com/aryan04

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Eli Bornowsky

Sessional

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Eli Bornowsky

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Mariane Bourcheix-Laporte

Sessional Instructor, Interdisciplinary, Alumni, MFA (2012)

Mariane Bourcheix-Laporte

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Mariane Bourcheix-Laporte is interested in examining the discursive constitutions of public spaces and in subverting everyday interaction with these spaces through the embodied interactions. She is currently researching the potential of interstitiality as an instance of non-definition, which, as such, remains non-identified because it is situated in between what has been delimitated. 

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Mariane Bourcheix-Laporte is a recent graduate of Concordia University’s Studio Arts Program and has moved from Montreal to Vancouver to pursue an MFA degree at Simon Fraser University. She is a multi-disciplinary visual artist who accomplishes interventionist performances in public spaces and plays with the documentation of these actions to create visual installations. 

She is the co-founder of MAAM, a Montreal-based art dissemination company, that published the artists’ book Lettres/Letters in October 2010. Recently, she co-curated the exhibition Furtive Conundrum at the 1612 Gallery, Vancouver, with Ryan Mathieson.

Elysia Bourne

Alumni, MA Graduate

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Elysia Bourne

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Film, Video, Visual Arts, Gender Studies and Women's Studies, Geography

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I have lived in Vancouver, BC for most of my life and have been studying film, video and cultural theory for the past ten years at Langara College and Simon Fraser University. I finished my BFA in Film in Spring ’13 at SFU's School for the Contemporary Arts.

Currently developing research on affects in the urban landscape, I'm attempting to explore psychogeographical aspects of Vancouver using video and my research of other art works dealing with similar phenomena. Working with the theory of the shadow archive by Derrida, and furthered by Cinema professor Akira Mizuta Lippit, I'm also examining absent narratives and the early archival practice of Vancouver archivist J.S. Matthews as well as other contributions to the present state of local mediation of our landscape.

These days I'm watching a lot of early Vancouver experimental film and video of the 1960’s - 80’s, exploring lots of diasporic/exilic cinema and enjoying immersing myself in media scholarship and advocacy for the humanities and arts.

Kirsten Broekman

Sessional Instructor, Theatre

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Kirsten Broekman

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Applied theatre, Theatre for development, Shakespeare in Global Contexts, Social Arts

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Sasa Brown

SESSIONAL INSTRUCTOR, THEATRE

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Sasa Brown

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Colin Browne

Professor Emeritus, Film

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Colin Browne

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Documentary and innovative film production, poetry, writing for the screen, poetics, critical writing, art history, Surrealism, the ceremonial art of the NW Coast and Alaska, opera, fiction, interdisciplinary performance, British Columbia and Canadian film history, documentary film history, archival film and film archives.

Bio:

Colin Browne's films have been invited to national and international festivals. His has been nominated for the Governor-General's Award for Poetry; his recent books include Ground Water, The Shovel and The Properties, all from Talonbooks. He has made films for the NFB, is co-founder of the Praxis Centre for Screenwriters and is active in the preservation and conservation of archival film. He serves on the boards of B.C. Film, the Vancouver International Film Festival, the Kootenay School of Writing and The Capilano Review. He taught production, screenwriting, critical writing and courses in Canadian and documentary cinema.

Research Interests:
I've been researching the relationship between les surréalistes and the ceremonial art of the North West coast of British Columbia and Alaska. My recent essay, "Scavengers of Paradise" in the book produced for the Vancouver Art Gallery's "The Colour of My Dreams" exhibition offers an introduction to the history and legacy of this little known and fascinating encounter. A collection of essays on the subject is underway.

In my latest book of poems, The Properties (2012), I've been exploring the idea of expanding the possibilities of what we call "documentary," a form that seems pervasive and troubled in our time, yet filled with promise.

Rebecca Bruton

MFA Graduate Student

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Rebecca Bruton

Areas:

Electroacoustic Composition, Music Performance, Visual Arts, Writing

Bio:

Rebecca Bruton is a violinist, vocalist and composer from Treaty 7 Territory (Calgary, AB).  She works primarily within the realm of Free or Wyrd folk, combining a strongly traditionalist approach to folksong with noise, psychedelic and free-improv sensibilities.  One grandmother threw her fists down into dry ground; the other carried salt.

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Minahil Bukhari

MFA Graduate Student

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Minahil Bukhari

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Installation / Painting / Sculpture

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Minahil Bukhari is a visual artist working in mixed media and installation art. She graduated from the BFA program at ACAD, Calgary in 2016 and was awarded a distinction. Her topic of research is based on her personal experiences of displacement and diaspora. She is interested in the subtlety and sensitivity of the inner unrest caused due to displacement, while recognizing the complexity of that space. There is conflict and duality that is hard to comprehend within the parameters of language and she attempts to convey that through her art pieces. 

Andrea Bussmann

Sessional Instructor, Film

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Andrea Bussmann

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Liz Cairns

Program Assistant, Praxis Centre for Screenwriters

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Liz Cairns

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Praxis Centre for Screenwriters

Bio:

Liz joined Praxis Centre for Screenwriters in 2012. She graduated from SFU's School for the Contemporary Arts in 2008 with a BFA in Film, and continues to make independent film + video work outside of her office hours. She has screened her work at various festivals including the Toronto International Film Festival, Austin Film Festival, New Forms Festival, Female Eye Film Festival, Music Waste Festival, and the Montreal Film Festival.

Yves Candau

Alumni, MFA Graduate (2015)

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Yves Candau

Areas:

Dance improvisation / Embodied cognition / Sound

Bio:

I have been dancing for the past 17 years, coming to movement from a background in science ­- MSc in Applied Mathematics and MSc in Cognitive Sciences. Dance became a way to pursue a form of embodied research, exploring my nature as a living moving being and my place within the world. This exploration has been invaluably nourished by a number of past and present practices: Aikido, Contact Improvisation, and most importantly Steve Paxton’s Material for the Spine and the Alexander technique.

My work focuses on solo improvisation and is grounded in an investigation of pedestrian and functional patterns; the incorporation of somatic techniques as generative and creative tools; and seeing movements as emergent forms - determined by and emerging from underlying structures of mind and body. These forms are not isolated but connected in rich webs of possibilities. The challenge of improvisation then is to navigate these webs in real time - the forms constantly appearing, shifting and dissolving.

While dance and improvisation have been my main practices, I have gradually been drawn to other media in pursuit of similar fascinations: emergent forms, both in natural and artificial systems; the interplay between complexity and simplexity; and the dynamics of transformation through practice.

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Photo credit: Levi Gershkowitz

Roxanne Charles

MFA Graduate Student

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Roxanne Charles

Areas:

Visual art

Bio:

Roxanne Charles is a mixed media artist of Strait Salish and European decent. She is an active and proud member of Semiahmoo First Nation in Surrey, BC where she promotes art, language, and culture.

Roxanne recently completed a double major from Kwantlen Polytechnic University, receiving a BA in general studies with a minor in anthropology and a BFA with a minor in art history. Roxanne also holds a certificate in northwest coast jewelry design from The Native Education College.

Her work often explores a variety of themes such as spirituality, environment, identity, hybridity, and various forms of violence. Roxanne likes to work with a wide range of media and really enjoys combining both traditional and contemporary practices. Roxanne is a historian, artist, and contemporary story teller whose goal is to touch, move, and inspire others through her work. She finds creative ways to engage her audience by employing methods of performance and focusing on providing a multisensory experience.

Pedro Chamale

Alumni, BFA (Theatre, 2010)

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Pedro Chamale

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Theatre

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Pedro Chamale received his BFA in theatre performance from SFU. Since then, Pedro has performed in such projects as: The Walking Projects: Vancouver, Crawling, Weeping, Betting (Battery Opera), Matador vs Minotaur (Ensemble Fou), From Whence He Came (rice & beans theatre), Are We There Yet? (Neworld Theatre), The Show Must Go On and Poetics: a ballet brute (Push Festival).

As co-artistic director of rice & beans theatre, Pedro has directed Mobils In Mobili and The Libation Bearers for the company. Most recently, with fellow rice & beans artistic director Derek Chan, he co-directed the gods detest you and Canvas, a live tattooing theatre performance for Hive: New Bees 3. Pedro is interested in performance, directing, writing and hopes to facilitate, create and collaborate with anyone who is interested. Pedro would like the theatre he creates to push audience’s perspectives, values and ideas of theatre while telling interesting, evocative and funny stories. 

Since the company's inception Pedro has produced of all of the company's projects and has worked behind the scenes with local theatre companies such as Leaky Heaven, Boca del Lupo, and The Only Animal. 

Tara Cheyenne

Dance Alumni

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Tara Cheyenne

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Tara is a choreographer, performer, educator and Artistic Director of Tara Cheyenne Performance. Based in Vancouver, she has been creating and performing her unique brand of hybrid dance-theatre for the past decade and is known for her expert blending of comedy, dynamic physicality and character work. Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg creates and performs kinetic theatrical expressions of the ever strange and wonderful human experience. Through exquisitely realized characters, crafted choreography, a healthy dose of comedy, and lashings of tragedy, Friedenberg works to reveal and connect. TCP’s vision is to create works that speak to people on the levels of common human experience, our own comic-tragic behavior, and our lives in movement. The design of gesture, text, movement, and sound to draw lines between meanings is what Tara Cheyenne Fridenberg continuously strives to achieve in her work. This choreographic craft, derived from character and psychological landscapes, is the foundation for discovery, expression, and communication. Tara Cheynne credits her time at Simon Fraser University with Judith Garay, Grant, Iris, Cheryl, Santa, Jacci Levitan and Donna Zapfe for giving her the tools and encouragement to do what she does.

Sammy Chien

BFA (Film, 2011)

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Sammy Chien

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Cinema, sound art, new media, and dance performance

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Sammy Chien (Chimerik) is a Taipei born, Vancouver-based interdisciplinary media artist who seeks to merge cinema, sound art, new media, and dance performance techniques into a new individual practice. He has studied film at Simon Fraser University (BFA Honors) and developed an expertise in electroacoustic music and digital technology in performance environment. After learning real-time performance software from Troika Ranch (NYC/Berlin) he continues his deep interest in interdisciplinary collaborations and forges deep connections between image, sound, and movement. He has collaborated visually, aurally and conceptually in numerous multi-disciplinary projects range from film, theatre, dance, audiovisual performance to interactive installation which have exhibited across Canada, Western Europe, and Asia including Centre Pompidou(Paris), Museum of Contemporary Arts Taipei, National Centre for the Performing Arts (Beijing),  Hellerau: European Centre for the Arts Dresden. Sammy has recently embarked collaboration with the Beijing Modern Dance Company and fortunately working with artists such as Wong Kar Wai’s Cinematographer Christopher Doyle, Zhang Yimou’s production designer Gao Guangjian and the Father of Rock in China Cui Jian as well as having lunch with Ai Wei Wei. Sammy has also been involved in research, collaborations or mentorship in projects that focus on the integration between art, science and technology as well as engaging with various community groups such as social activists, low-income residents, cultural, gender and ethnic minorities and youths. Sammy is the Co-Founder/Co-Artistic Director of Chimerik collective, which is a vision, philosophy and imaginative environment that values creative technology and new media practices as important vehicles capable of bridging various art forms to construct new kinds of artistic engagement and language that are transnational, transcultural and prompt social change.

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Bob Christie

MA Alumi, Sessional Instructor: Film

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Bob Christie

Areas:

Activism; cinema; performance; new media

Bio:

Bob is a graduate of Simon Fraser University’s film production program and has been working in the local film and television industry for over fifteen years. Much of that time has been spent in the television advertising production working with many of the major agencies. The flexibility of commercial television industry also offered the opportunity to direct many projects of his own, including video installations, corporate, promotional and music videos. In 2006 he returned his attention to his true passion, documentary. His first feature project The Royal Eight, a memoire of his father’s large eccentric family, was awarded completion funds from the National Film Board of Canada. The following year Bob began production on Beyond Gay: The Politics of Pride, a feature length documentary that examines the global politics of Gay Pride. It premiered at Image + Nation Montréal in 2009 and took home the jury prize for best documentary.  It has since gone on to screen in over fifteen countries, winning nine more festival awards, and many other honours, including being featured as the Canadian Gala at the Victoria Film Festival.

Bob’s research in the Masters of Comparative Media Arts program will further his passion for activism, exploring the powerful and dynamic space where cinema, performance, new media and other art practices intersect with the social justice movements of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities.

Amanda Dawn Christie

MFA (2007)

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Amanda Dawn Christie

Areas:

Film, Video, Performance, Photography, and Electroacoustic Sound Design.

Bio:

Amanda Dawn Christie is an interdisciplinary artist working in film, video, performance, photography, and electroacoustic sound design. She has exhibited and performed in art galleries across Canada, and her films have screened internationally from Cannes to Korea to San Fransisco and beyond. She was the 2014 Atlantic finalist for the National Media Art prize, and recently had a 10 year retrospective exhibition of her work curated by Mireille Bourgeois, at the Galerie d’art Louise et Reuben Cohen, and was also included in the Marion McCain Biennale of Atlantic Contemporary Art, curated by Corinna Ghaznavi. Since 1997, she has been actively involved with artist run centres, in both volunteer and staff positions: serving on various boards, working as both a technician and later as a director, teaching workshops, publishing articles, and serving on juries across Canada. She completed her MFA at the SFU School for the Contemporary Arts in Vancouver, before moving to Amsterdam. Upon her return to Canada she worked at the Faucet Media Arts Centre & Struts Gallery. She later worked as the director of the Galerie Sans Nom and the RE:FLUX festival of music. She left the GSN last year to work full time as an artist with the support of a new media creation grant from the Canada Council for the Arts. Concepts and themes explored in her work focus primarily on the relationship between the human body and analogue technology in a digital age.

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Barbara Chung

Mac Support

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Barbara Chung

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Mac support

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Barb comes to us from the University of Alberta where she studied Industrial Design. She is a photographer and mac user.

Calla Churchward

Alumni, MFA

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Calla Churchward

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Calla Churchill likes to begin her process of creation by asking questions and by exploring the subject matter through her body and through basic materials and performance sites. She believe that more questions are raised and more discoveries are made by listening to what her body and what the outside world has to say. Calla's dramaturgical practice often includes speaking with other people and hearing their stories or thoughts. She is interested in integrating video and sound into her live performance projects. Collaborative work, where creativity and energy is shared between artists, is also of interest to her.

Bio:

Calla Churchward grew up in a small town in South Western Ontario and graduated from the drama program at the University of Waterloo. She is interested in new performance work that explores socially relevant issues. Her undergraduate senior studies project, 29 Beats per Minute: Metaphors for Madness, was a one person performance written and performed by her on the subject of mental illness. The performance explored questions of identity, the nature of mental illness, and how institutions are successful at hiding messes. Video work, soundscape and audience participation were integral to the piece.

Joe Clark

Sessional Instructor, Film

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Joe Clark

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Film

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Allyson Clay

Professor

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Allyson Clay

Areas:

Drawing; painting; photo-based work and video; artist book projects and image/text work; installation; contemporary feminist & critical theory.

Bio:

Allyson Clay has a BFA in Painting from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, and a MFA in Painting from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. 

Over the years material approaches in her practice have included painting, installation, photographs, text works, and video. The enclosures, pathways and permeabilities of the spaces and places of the affective city are investigated through these different media and, most recently, painting. Clay has exhibited locally, nationally and internationally and her work belongs to many Canadian and international public and private collections. These include the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Vancouver Art Gallery, and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, the collection of the City of Perugia, and a permanent installation at the Maison Patrimoniale de Barthète, France. She has been the beneficiary of many awards including two Senior Artist Grants from the Canada Council, the Mexico/Canada/USA artist exchange residency, and the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Residency Program.

Degree and Studies:

Accademia di Belle Arti di Roma 1972
Temple University in Rome 1973
Loyola University in Rome 1974
Nova Scotia College of Art and Design B.F.A 1980
University of British Columbia M.F.A. 1985

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allysonclay.com

Sara Coffin

Alumni, BFA Dance (2003)

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Sara Coffin

Areas:

Dance, choreography

Bio:

Sara Coffin graduated from SCA is 2003, she's based in Halifax and is the artistic associate of Mocean Dance. She has cultivated her professional career in Vancouver, BC, Halifax, NS, and Northampton, MA where she completed her MFA in Choreography at Smith College (2014). Sara additionally holds a BSc. in Kinesiology (Dalhousie, 2004). 

She has worked professionally with many collaborators and art makers from across the Canada and south of the border, and she is a co-founder of SiNS (Sometimes in Nova Scotia) dance collective. An award winning choreographer, her choreographic work has been presented in many prominent dance festivals, commissioned by Mocean Dance (2014), and her 2011 self-produced work Taking Your Experience for Mine was been described by the press as “hauntingly gorgeous.”

James Coomber

Alumni (Music, Theatre)

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James Coomber

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Theatre, Music

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James is Executive Director of Theatre Terrific.

He graduated from SFU Contemporary Arts with two BFAs, one in music and one in theatre. Outside of SFU, he collaborates in the theatre and music community.

Rhonda Cooper

Sessional Instructor, Dance

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Rhonda Cooper

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Krystle Coughlin

MFA Graduate Student

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Krystle Coughlin

Areas:

Visual art

Bio:

I am a Selkirk First Nations artist and Indigenous feminist, with a primarily visual art practice. My artist practice draws upon my identity as an urban Indigenous woman; and I am known to work with photography, painting, sculpture, video, installation, printmaking, textiles and collage. I have recently graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in visual art, and a Bachelor of Arts from the Institute of Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice. My work combines Indigenous philosophy and Feminist theory, along with a contemporary art practice – often with a touch of humor.

Brady Cranfield

Communications Assistant

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Brady Cranfield

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Brady Cranfield is a sound and visual artist, musician, and writer. He has a MA in Communications and a MFA from SFU. His work has been exhibited and performed across Canada. He is also co-owner of Selectors' Records in Vancouver. 

Evan Crowe

Sessional Instructor, Film

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Evan Crowe

Areas:

Directing; editing; screenplay; film production

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Evan Crowe is an SFU Alumni whose films and videos have been screened internationally. He is also a graduate of the Canadian Film Centre's Directors Lab. He balances his time between working in artistic, non-profit, industrial and educational environments.

Wendy Dallian

Alumni, MA Graduate 2015

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Wendy Dallian

Areas:

Film, visual arts, performance art, philosophy, cultural studies.

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I have an undergraduate degree in film, a background in theatre, and a deep fascination with philosophy and languages.

My research centres on artistic expression that explores the connection between art and philosophy, and the human condition. I am interested in examining the contrast of illusion and the real, in an exploration of the seductive lure of the liminal space, as it pertains to cinema and art, and its subsequent effect on a contemporary society of thinkers.

Henry Daniel

Professor

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Henry Daniel

Areas:

Dance, Performance Studies and New Technology

Bio:

Dr Henry Daniel is an artist/scholar with a teaching and research specialty in Dance, Performance Studies and New Technology. He teaches at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. His work strives to prepare students to be knowledgeable and well informed, articulate, as well as expert practitioners in their chosen discipline by exposing them to an arts education seen through the lens of arts practice as research. Dr Daniel also uses his funded projects as platforms for introducing both undergraduate and graduate students to the professional world. Through these projects they have the opportunity to establish first hand contact with other academics and artists working within as well as outside a university setting.

Professor Daniel’s current multi-year research Contemporary Nomads investigates the large-scale movement of bodies across international spaces as a kind chaotic transnational choreography, one that speaks to the deep fragmentation existing between communities across national borders, between nationalized and personalized bodies, and between the social and political institutions that were originally designed to serve their communities.

Ph.D.        Dance and Performance Studies, Bristol University, UK
M.A.          Dance Studies, City University London, The Laban Centre, UK.

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www.henrydaniel.ca

Janet Danielson

Limited Term Lecturer and Sessional Instructor, Music

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Janet Danielson

Areas:

Music composition, theory and analysis

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Janet Danielson is a composer and music theorist. She is a former Chair of the Association of Canadian Women Composers, and was 2010 Composer-in-Residence for Sonic Boom, which premièred her Suite Vancouver for string orchestra and erhu. She has composed for most genres including an opera, The Marvelous History of Mariken of Nimmigen, and recently orchestrated her work for the Orchid Ensemble and chorus, In the Very Highest Place, which was premiered April 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri.

As an SFU instructor she has developed an online version of her Music Fundamentals course, twice nominated for national awards, as well as a text, Basic Organization of Music. She has published articles on women and music, music and the history of technology, and the harmonic basis of linear perspective; and lectured at conferences in Asia, Europe, and the USA. Current commissions include a work for the Cambridge Music Conference’s upcoming Performing Arts and Restorative Justice Conference, November 2012.

Degree and Studies:
B. Mus., University of Victoria; MFA, California Institute of the Arts. Composition studies with Cornelius Cardew.

Luciana D’Anunciação

Alumni (MFA 2015)

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Luciana D’Anunciação

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Dance, Performance, Video

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Luciana D’Anunciação is a Brazilian artist who has been living in Vancouver since 2007. Driven by the uncountable artistic possibilities of being expressive through the body, D’Anunciação has done body training from butoh to contact improvisation, somatic dance practices and physical theatre. Her pieces has a starting point her own perceptive interactions within the world and social contexts, which make her pieces very personal and appealing to the human senses. Her works have a strong dialogue with video, installation, and sound. She has performed and exhibited in festivals and venues internationally such as Biennial de Performance Deformes 2014 (Chile), LIVE Biennale 2013 (Vancouver), the European Performance Art Festival 2011 in Poland (EPAF), Direct Action at Institut für alles mögliche in Berlin. Currently she is a member of the collective Dance Troupe Practice and is part of the board of directors for Live Biennial Performance Art Festival.

Luciana D'Aunciacao: Dance, Performance, Video, (Brazil/Vancouver)
www.lucianaartwork.com

Sarah Davachi

Sessional Instructor, Music

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Sarah Davachi

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Kevin Day

Professional Development Advisor (Interim)

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Kevin Day

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Career advising, internship coordination

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Kevin Day's role as Professional Developer Advisor involves working one-on-one with students to provide internship opportunities as well as career advising and support. Kevin obtained his MFA in Visual Art from UBC in 2012. Prior to working at SFU, he held positions in teaching, student services, and career services at both UBC and Kwantlen. In 2016 he will begin his PhD in Art and Technology Education. As a practicing artist, he has exhibited internationally, published his writing, and received funding from the Canada Council for the Arts. His work can be seen at www.daykevin.com.

Carolyn Deby

Dance Alumni

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Carolyn Deby

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An artist/choreographer creating site-based performance work under the name sirenscrossing, Carolyn Deby is also (part-time) Head of Professional Studies at London Contemporary Dance School (LCDS) in London, UK. Although based in London since 1993, she has created performance projects internationally – in Canada, Sweden, and England. She is a graduate of SFU’s BFA Dance program (1987-1990). She has lectured extensively in Professional Studies, Choreography, and Site Specific practice (LCDS, Trinity Laban, University of East London, University of Warwick, and others). Carolyn is currently undertaking a part-time practice-led PhD at University of Warwick. Carolyn’s work with sirenscrossing examines the lived experience of urban humans — situating the human body/mind within landscape and specific sites of the ‘everyday’. It reveals the urban as a place of wild nature, of animal and elemental movement, and equally, urban space as social space and technologically reconstructed nature: a field of converging flows and energies that compose our lived experience. Both human and non-human ‘actors’ are significant, as is the inter-mingling of conscious, unconscious, felt, and sensed ways of knowing. 

Samantha Diamond

Director's Assistant

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Samantha Diamond

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On maternity leave.

Samantha has several year of experience working in academic environments.

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Samantha is happy to be back at SFU after completing her Bachelor of Arts degree in 2005.  She started working in SCA in May 2013.   Before this, she was working in SFU’s School of Communication and Faculty of Health Sciences and Alumni Relations at The University of Melbourne and UBC.

Peter Dickinson

Professor

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Peter Dickinson

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Perfomance Studies

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Peter Dickinson is a Professor with a joint appointment in the School for the Contemporary Arts and the Department of English at SFU. He is also Director of SFU’s new Institute for Performance Studies. Trained as a literary critic, he now works primarily in the interdisciplinary field of performance studies. This means that in addition to having published widely on theatre, dance, film, and performance art (in journals like Theatre Survey, Theatre Journal, TDR, Screen, and Dance Research Journal) he has also conducted research on the performance and politics of same-sex marriage; civic memorials and the protocols of public mourning; and the Beijing and Vancouver Olympics. His most recent books and co-edited collections are: World Stages, Local Audiences: Essays on Performance, Place, and Politics (Manchester University Press, 2010); Women and Comedy: History, Theory, Practice (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2014); and MEGA-EVENT CITIES: Art, Audiences, Aftermaths (PUBLIC 53, Spring 2016). He has also written for the stage: The Objecthood of Chairs, a collaboration with Contemporary Arts faculty, students, and recent graduates, premiered at SFU Woodward's in September 2010; and his newest play, Long Division, premieres at the Gateway Theatre in November 2016 in a Pi Theatre production directed by Richard Wolfe. A former board member of the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival Society, Peter also blogs regularly about Vancouver performance at performanceplacepolitics.blogspot.ca.

Degrees and Studies:
B.A., University of Toronto
M.A. and Ph.D., University of British Columbia

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Institute for Performance Studies: www.sfu.ca/ips
www.sfu.ca/~ped
performanceplacepolitics.blogspot.ca

Kim Dixon

Dance Alumni

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Kim Dixon

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Since graduating from the school for the contemporary arts at SFU, I've had the chance to train at Edam in contact improvisation as well as dance with a local company for one of their seasons. During that time I realized my passion wasn't so much in performance but more in choreography and dance education. I am now a full time teacher at Pro Arte Centre in North Vancouver. Because of my training at SFU I am able to instill in my students the art of contemporary and modern dance. I learned so much about the art form and my choreography during my time at SFU and I am privileged to now share that with a future generation of movers. I currently have an ex student of mine in the dance program and I hope to have many more. SFU changed how I approach dance and I wouldn't be doing what I am doing now if it weren't for my time there.  I continue to take class around Vancouver especially when I see an SFU prof is teaching.

Kevin Doherty

Alumni, MFA Graduate

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Kevin Doherty

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Video, filmmaking, visual art

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I am a video/filmmaker based in Vancouver, BC. In 2011, I received my BFA in Film Production from the University of British Columbia. Leash, my final project, was selected for the Toronto International Film Festival's Student Showcase. Since graduation, my pursuits have reached beyond filmmaking: I play guitar in the local band Weed and serve on the Archive Committee at VIVO Media Arts Centre. I am drawn to working in video because it provides a venue to synthesize all my interests, and I am eager to experiment with both the approach to and presentation of my work while at SFU.

Bill Dow

Sessional Instructor, Theatre

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Bill Dow

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Theatre - Acting, Directing, Theatre History, New Plays
Classical Mythology - Greek Tragedy, Homer

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Bill Dow is an award winning actor and director and occasional writer in theatre , film, and television, with scores of credits over a long and varied career.  Dow has directed and performed in several award-winning productions.  He served as Associate Artistic Director at the Vancouver Playhouse, Blyth Festival and Belfry Theatre, and resident dramaturg at the Banff Playwrights Colony.

Desirée Dunbar

Sessional Instructor, Dance

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Desirée Dunbar

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Desirée recently received a MFA in choreography and performance at the School of Dance at the University of Arizona, Tucson.  Her Graduate Concert, The Astro Dance Project was presented at UA Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium.  Desirée is honoured to have been a dancer in Judith Garay’s repertory company Dancers Dancing since 1998 and has performed in over twenty new works by various distinguished choreographers from across the country.  She has also had the pleasure of dancing with companies Mascall Dance and Wen Wei Dance with whom she toured throughout Canada and as far away as Colombia, South America.  While in Vancouver, Desirée has originated various community dance projects in collaboration with Moberly Arts and Cultural Centre including Startdance, training and performance ensemble and annual cultural and contemporary showcases LINK and The Connecting Community Dance Series.

Photo credit photographer: David Cooper with permission from Dancers Dancing

Desiree Dunbar

Dance Alumni

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Desiree Dunbar

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She has had the honour of dancing in principal roles of over twenty new works by esteemed Canadian choreographers including Serge Bennathan, Anik Bouvrette and David Earle while a member of Judith Garay’s Dancers Dancing Repertory Company since 2000. While on scholarship at the University of Arizona in Tucson to study choreography, she developed her Dancing the Wild method that incorporates the study of authentic movement, energy work and awareness practice as performance training for dancers.  Dancers explored this method in her MFA thesis project The Astro Dance presented at the Flandrau Planetarium in Tucson, AZ, 2012.  She received her Master of Fine Arts degree in 2012.She mentors emerging dance artists in her Catalyst Dance program and is grateful for her partnership with West Point Grey Community Centre since Fall 2013.She is also a celebrated community builder, uniting dancers from the professional, community and cultural realms.  She originated and directed Startdance Recreational Dance Company, Connecting Community Dance Series and LINK Community Dance Concert in partnership with Moberly Arts & Cultural Centre & Roundhouse Arts and Recreation Centre.

Lucien Durey

Alumni, MFA Graduate (2015)

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Lucien Durey

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Visual Arts

Bio:

I'm an artist working between Saskatchewan and Vancouver. The variety of media approaches that comprise my work begin with an often performative engagement with found objects. Drawing from personal and popular experience, my practice explores themes of authenticity and compensation. Recent exhibitions include: Baba’s House at The Ukrainian Museum of Canada in Saskatoon and Dunlop Art Gallery in Regina; Shelved presented by the Burnaby Art Gallery in collaboration with Vancouver’s Artspeak and the University of British Columbia; and When I Get This Feeling, a video performance created for Performatorium 2014 at Neutral Ground Gallery, Regina, and recently presented at Hardscrabble Gallery in Vancouver.

As a singer I perform regularly with singer/songwriter Leah Abramson and her project The Abramson Singers, recording supporting vocals for two studio albums, most recently for Late Riser released in 2013. In July 2015 we performed on the main stage at West 4th Ave Khatsahlano Street Party. Our new project Lost Lagoon has us co-writing for the first time, creating sparse, haunting songs that put our voices and tight harmonies front and centre.

Deborah Edmeades

MFA

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Deborah Edmeades

Areas:

Video, Visual Art, Performance

Bio:

Deborah Edmeades was born in the UK and lived in South Africa before moving to New York City, where she lived for 17 years. She currently lives in Vancouver.

Deborah’s performances, videos and photographs emerge from the often shameful intersection between the constructs of personal and cultural identity and embodied process of self. She utilizes acting, therapeutic and meditational techniques that privilege the body’s autonomic responses, to explore and expose notions of discrete selfhood and it’s inevitable narrative.

Deborah has shown work in the US, Canada, UK, Europe, Mexico, Brazil and Korea and has received grants form Franklin Furnace Archive (New York) as well as serving on their peer review panel. She was also a guest lecturer of performance art at the University of Texas at Austin.

A current project: Looking for God is based on the practice of eye-gazing utilizing modified teleprompters. There is a fascination with the complete re-orientation of perception of self this practice (among others) gives rise to; the transgression of a localized and sealed sense gives way to a spatially expanded perception that affectively includes the other as self.

Deborah Edmeades: Video, Visual Art, Performance (NYC/Vancouver)

Arne Eigenfeldt

Professor

Email: arne_e@sfu.caPhone Number: none available
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Arne Eigenfeldt

Areas:

Live Electroacoustic Performance, Interactive Systems, Algorithmic Composition, Metacreation, Digital Art.

Bio:

Composer of acoustic and electroacoustic music, and researcher in intelligent software tools.

Recipient of major research grants into Computational Creativity and Generative Art.
Creator of a variety of music programs for Mac OSX.
Research presentations and performances at International Computer Music Conferences (ICMC), International Symposium for Electronic Art (ISEA), New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME), ArtTech, EvoMusArt, Generative Art, International Conference on Computational Creativity (ICCC), Sound and Music Computing (SMC) and Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO).

Degree and Studies:
M.A., Simon Fraser University
D.M., Northwestern University

Links:

Website: www.sfu.ca/~eigenfel

Marla Eist

Associate Professor

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Marla Eist

Areas:

Ballet; contemporary dance techniques; movement fundamentals (science & somatics); dance history; composition; repertory

Bio:

Choreographer, dance educator and performing artist. Performed with DC Contemporary Dance Theatre (Washington, DC), The Green Room (New York City), Sybil Dance Company (Philadelphia) and numerous independent artists. Awarded a full fellowship, she received her MFA in dance from Tisch School of the Arts, NYU. Her choreography has been presented nationally and internationally. She has been teaching dance for over 25 years. Her teaching is heavily influenced by somatic practices, functional anatomy and injury prevention. Teaches ballet, contemporary technique, somatic approaches and applied anatomy, dance history, composition, and repertory. She has also directed the Off-Centre Performance Company and Apprentice Program in the School for the Contemporary Arts, SFU.

BA in Dance, American University, Wash. DC.; MFA in Dance, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, NY.

Shauna Elton

Sessional Instructor, Dance

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Shauna Elton

Areas:

Contemporary modern dance, choreography, voice and movement, Ashtanga Yoga.

Bio:

Shauna Elton has been active in the dance community for 20 years. She is an independent choreographer, modern dance teacher and rehearsal director. For 7 years she was a senior dance artist and resident choreographer with Le Groupe Dance Lab (Artistic Director Peter Boneham)based in Ottawa. As a company member she has worked and performed with numerous acclaimed artists from across Canada and abroad. Her choreographic works have been showcased in the Canada Dance festival, Dance in Vancouver, the Ottawa council for the Arts, Dances for a small stage, 12 minutes max, and the Studio A series at Le Groupe Dance lab. She also teaches professional and pre-professional classes in Vancouver. She is a certified yoga instructor having studied traditional Ashtanga yoga in Thailand and India. She is currently studying holistic nutrition part time at the Institute of Holistic Nutrition in Vancouver, and is a full time mother of two.

Degree and Studies:
Graduated with a BA Honors in Dance From the University of Winnipeg in affiliation with Winnipeg Contemporary Dancers. Is a Certified RYT-200 Yoga instructor, Yoga Thailand.

Alex Ferguson

Sessional Instructor, Theatre

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Alex Ferguson

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Jon Festinger

Sessional Instructor, FCAT

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Kristina Fiedrich

Alumni, MA Graduate 2015

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Kristina Fiedrich

Areas:

biometrics, technology, body, identity, transformation, drawing

Bio:

Through a drawing-centered practice, I explore the corporeal form through the lens of technology and embodiment, engaging a phenomenological approach toward an evolving and adaptable investigation of bodily possibilities. The primary focus of my MA thesis project was largely determined by a CIHR grant awarded in 2011, investigating the relationship between the technological advancements of prostheses and the emergence of prosthetics as a means to transform identity and the body itself. My upcoming research intends to further examine corporeality and embodiment through the lens of biometrics, as instrument and subject in image-making, its reflection on contemporary culture, and the forming of identit(ies) within the proliferation of technological interventions.

I have earned diplomas in photography and printmaking, an undergraduate degree in studio art and Master of Applied Arts degree in Visual Arts from Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Alongside my art practice, I produce work as part of Vancouver-based artist collaborative Lucida Lab, teach as sessional faculty at Emily Carr’s Visual Art and Material Practices department, act as Secretary of the CARFAC-BC Board of Directors and maintain several arts administration roles including project manager, artist liaison and grant writer. 

Photo Credit: Annie Briard

Jim Finlay

Alumni, MA Graduate

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Jim Finlay

Areas:

Visual Art, Art History, Education

Bio:

Self-directed life long learner with undergraduate degrees in Art and Art History (McMaster), Fine Art Studio (McMaster), Art Education (UBC) and a graduate diploma in Art History (UBC).

My interests are varied and unfocused. I am at times interested in doing research which investigates the performative and theatrical nature of the live Canadian fine art auction as an institutionalized expression of Canadian nationalism. How and using what preferred vehicle of communication did Canadian art auction houses co- opt national identity in the service of commerce? Did auction houses simply appropriate and extrapolate existing ideologies of Canadian visual and performative culture in the service of political commerce? How does a changing focus on marketing practices by Canadian art auction houses shape the market and national identity? Is the fine art auction performance art? What role do the artworks play at the auction? Why are specific regionalist expressions of Canadian landscape absent in major Canadian art auctions?

Subtexts of art and value, early 21st century capitalism and the anomalies and eccentricities of the ‘colonial’ in the post-colonial experience may also inform my academic research and artistic praxis. I have been engaged in a lengthy ongoing project to create a material culture, as a descriptive embodiment of an-other.

Rebecca Foley

Dance Alumni

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Rebecca Foley

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After completing the Dance program in 2012, Rebecca graduated from SFU with a BA (hons) with distinction in Communication and Dance in 2013. She then went on to complete her MA in Communication and Culture from York University in 2016 and has recently started her PhD in Public Health at the University of Alberta. While her interests are no longer focused on dance and the art world the skills she learned during her time in the dance program prepared her immensely for her graduate student work. The most valuable skills Rebecca gained from the Dance program were the ability to approach a topic or problem from unique and alternate perspectives, learning when to let go of grades, particularly when their subjectivity means little in ‘the real world’, and knowing when to get out of a mental ‘funk’ by going back to movement. 

Emmalena Fredriksson

Alumni, MFA Graduate

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Emmalena Fredriksson

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Dance, Performance Art

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I’m a Swedish dance artist, most recently based in the UK and now in Vancouver. I trained at SEAD- Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance in Austria and have worked as an independent dance artist since 2008 presenting work in Sweden, Germany, Ireland and the UK.

As an artist I’m working with ‘states of dance’ in performance on stage, in gallery and site-specific work. I am interested in making work that can capture moments of being and the thoughts in motion. Life is an embodied experience, through which I perceive myself and the world around me. By dancing I can see clearer what that is. During the MFA I would like to continue my research on the sculptural aspects of the body and the potential narratives that it holds. Continue to play with duration and improvisational practices to question the perceptions of body and notions of dance.

2009-2010 I was an artist in residence with Daghdha Dance Company in Ireland and I’ve been an Associate Lecturer in Choreography and Dance at Falmouth University from 2011-2013.

Links:

www.emmalena.se
www.theliving.co.uk

Claire French

Program Facilitator for Summer Intensive

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Claire French

Areas:

Choreography, dance

Bio:

Claire will be a program leader for the SCA Summer Intensive.

Claire French is Co-Artistic Director and choreographer of Restless Productions.

French was born in the UK and has been primarily based in Vancouver for the last fifteen years. Since 1994, French has been an independent choreographer, teacher and collaborator working across Europe, the UK, and Canada. Recent projects and roles include choreographer for The Moment of Forgetting, a full-length dance and music work premiered by Restless Productions, Redshift Music, and The Dance Centre, crowd director/ choreographer for the Canadian Badlands Passion Play in Alberta, choreographer and collaborator for a large-scale interdisciplinary installation performance commissioned by Mocean Dance and Sarah Bonnemaison Associate Professor of Architecture, Dalhousie University in Halifax Nova Scotia, a collaboration with animator and visual artist Allison Hrabluik including an exhibition in Gent Belgium, choreographer for graduating students of Lincoln University UK, Associate Producer of Dance in Vancouver 2013 and Guest Teacher and Contemporary Dance Specialist for Victoria DanceWorks. French was Dance Artist in Residence/ Teaching Fellow in the School of Performance and Cultural Industries at Leeds University, UK from 2005 - 2007.

In Vancouver, she has taught dance and composition at Simon Fraser University, Capilano University, CADA West, Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, UBC, and many private studios. French has presented many works for a variety of Vancouver platforms including 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Torch Relay Celebrations, PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, Global Dance Connections, Dance in Vancouver, Dances for a Small a Stage, and 2013 World Dance Alliance Festival. French is the founder and director of Project CPR (Choreographic Practice and Research) an annual program for emerging choreographers and dancers, now in its fifth year.

Claire holds a first class BA (Hons) degree in Dance with Inter-Arts, Bretton Hall UK (1994) and an MFA Interdisciplinary Studies from Simon Fraser University (1999).

Stephanie Gagne

MFA Graduate Student

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Stephanie Gagne

Areas:

Popular culture, sexuality, neighborhoods and childhood nostalgia.

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Stephanie Gagne was born in Vancouver and is a local visual artist. She completed her BFA at Emily Carr University in 2016. Her interests include popular culture, sexuality, neighborhoods and childhood nostalgia. Stephanie's interdisciplinary projects involve sculpture, photography, drawing and video. 

Judith Garay

Associate Professor

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Judith Garay

Areas:

Contemporary Dance, Modern Dance, Choreography, Costume Design, Performance.

Bio:

Judith Garay is a ten-year veteran of the Martha Graham Dance Company. During her international performing career she performed with companies and choreographers in Canada the USA, France and England. At SFU Ms. Garay teaches all levels of contemporary dance technique, dance composition and repertory.  She is also involved in rehearsal direction and costume design and construction.  She has also taught extensively in New York, Holland and throughout British Columbia.

Judith is the artistic director of Dancers Dancing, a professional dance company since 1999. With Dancers Dancing she has choreographed, commissioned, produced, presented and toured. She has also mentored and taught professional and emerging dancers, created and engaged in educational shows and done extensive community outreach. She has linked her professional work with the SFU Contemporary Arts programs through apprenticeships and hiring graduates. She collaborates regularly with composers, video artists and costume designers.

Degree and Studies:
London School of Contemporary Dance, certificate.

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Dancers Dancing www.dancersdancing.com

Kyla Gardiner

Assistant Professor

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Kyla Gardiner

Areas:

Design and production of visual and tactile environments for live performance; my media includes light, scenery, and costume.  Creation, collaboration, and new work development. Technical direction & production management.

Bio:

I am a designer and performance creator based in Vancouver, BC. My artistic research investigates non-human agency, design-based approaches to devised creation, and the ways deep collaboration might challenge ideas of artistic authorship.  I hold a BA in Theatre and Philosophy from the University of British Columbia and an MFA from the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University.

kylagardiner.com

Nikolai Gauer

Alumni, MFA (2012)

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Nikolai Gauer

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Nikolai Gauer is a multidisciplinary artist working mostly in video, installation and sculpture. He creates art with the intention of stimulating a thought-process in the spectator through constructed artificial atmospheres, situations, and confrontations with seemingly dumb or absurd objects. He has also researched concepts and subjects such as sensory deprivation, nothingness, systems, chaos, memory and information theory. In his studio he has explored simple ways of acknowledging and conveying the fundamental natural laws that govern and shape us. This exploration has resulted in a series of simple, poetic, borderline naive sculptures.

Bio:

Nikolai Gauer grew up in the countryside outside Oslo, Norway. He has a diploma in music and sound engineering from Sunnhordland Folkehøgskule, Norway (2002), Examen Philosophicum from the University of Bergen, Norway (2003), and a BFA with a major in Intermedia from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University (2008).

Mallory Gemmel

MA Graduate Student

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Mallory Gemmel

Areas:

Photography, Art History, Visual Culture and Curating.

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After spending majority of my youth in Edmonton Alberta, I moved to Vancouver five years ago to pursue a BFA in Photography and Curatorial Studies at Emily Carr University. I am now entering my first semester of the MA program at SFU.

My BFA consisted of making photographs as a way to experience and understand the conditions that surrounded me. It also offered me an opportunity to look into the past on a personal and culture level. This made me realize my tendency to believe in a metering of veracity by questioning truths and falsehoods. I love to learn and I enjoy engaging within spaces and communities that allow me to do so. I hope for my MA to be an extension of my simple knowledge in visual studies, culture and art history.

I am unsure of where my studies will guide me however I have keen interest in contemporary media and popular culture. I plan to research the production and consumption of the constant disposable imagery that culture is currently accustomed with to form an effective understanding of how these media are affecting the development of youth and youth culture. With an interest in the current state of contemporary art, I wish to produce methods of curating that challenge the status of exhibition making, writing and speaking about art. I hope to form a method of curating that breaks the boarders of art’s exclusivity and shows a broad spectrum of consumers that art is a pivotal part of culture and our understanding.  

Vanessa Goodman

Dance Alumni

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Vanessa Goodman

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Vanessa Goodman is a Vancouver-based dance artist who creates independently as Action at a Distance, is Co-Artistic Director of The Contingency Plan and is an artistic associate with Small Stage. She received her early training in Toronto from Canadian Children's Dance Theatre, PBJ Dance Projects and Etobicoke School for the Arts. Vanessa holds a BFA from Simon Fraser University and continues her training locally and abroad, including intensives with the Batsheva Dance Company in Israel and the Hofesh Schechter Company in England. Vanessa was the recipient of the 2013 Iris Garland Emerging Choreographer Award from the Scotiabank Dance Centre, which supported her first full-length work, "What Belongs to You".

Independently she has interpreted works for Wild Excursions Performance (Conrad Alexandrowicz), Justine A. Chambers, Jennifer Clarke Projects, dumb instrument dance (Ziyian Kwan), the plastic orchid factory (James Gnam), Restless Productions (Claire French and James Maxwell), Mascall Dance (Jennifer Mascall), Julia Sasso, Holly Small and Judith Marcuse. Since 2006 she has been a company member with Dancers Dancing, where she has had the pleasure of working with artistic director Judith Garay and other prestigious Canadian choreographers.

Vanessa has been commissioned to create works for the Dancing on the Edge Festival, The Gwaii Trust, Vancouver Biennale and the SFU Dance Program (2010/11/13/15). Most recently her work has been presented locally and nationally by The Canada Dance Festival, The Magnetic North Festival, The Dance Centre, Dance in Vancouver, Dances for a Small Stage, The Firehall Arts Centre, The Modulus Festival, The Chutzpah Festival, The Shadbolt Centre for the Arts and Dance Allsorts. Vanessa has facilitated workshops and master classes throughout BC and in Toronto. She is also certified Method PMI Pilates instructor.

Martin Gotfrit

Professor

Email: gotfrit@sfu.caPhone Number: none available
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Martin Gotfrit

Areas:

Music (electroacoustics, improvisation), Film (soundtrack), New Media (Interactive systems, coding for music, installations).

Bio:

Studied electroacoustic music with Bengt Hambraeus, alcides lanza, and Kevin Austin. Before coming to SFU in 1981, musician, sound designer and worked in concert and theatre production. Often collaborating with artists from both music and other disciplines, works in music, dance, theatre, film/video, new media and installations have been presented both locally and internationally. Avid improviser.

Born Montreal, Quebec. Resident of Vancouver since 1977. Married with two children.

BA Music and Film Joint Major, Concordia University 1974
MA Communications, McGill University 1977

Links:

www.sfu.ca/~gotfrit

Curtis Grahauer

Alumni, MFA Graduate (2015)

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Curtis Grahauer

Areas:

Video, Film and Installation

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Since graduating from Emily Carr in 2004 with a Bachelor of Media Arts, the majority of my artistic output has included video, film and installation. I have participated in Vancouver’s LIVE Biennale, Nuit Blanche Toronto, in residencies at KIAC in Dawson City, at SÍM in Reykjavik, while some of my film and video works have been screened at various locations and festivals throughout Canada and the USA. My interest in the formal aspects of genre film has informed a recent solo exhibition, ROLLING THUNDER, presented by Interurban Gallery in Vancouver. Encompassing sculpture, video and sound, and inspired by the 2011 Stanley Cup riots, as well as research into theories of groupthink, this installation project used elements of action cinema of the 1980s to inform its aesthetic, from lighting and smoke effects, to a synthesizer soundtrack. While at the School of Contemporary Arts, my goal is to create installation and environmental projects that incorporate research into social psychology to produce works that are influenced by the emergent behaviour of social groupings.

Molly Grant

Alumni, MA Graduate 2015

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Molly Grant

Areas:

Art history, film, photography

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I received a diploma in professional photography from Western Academy of Photography, and recently graduated from the University of Victoria with a BA, focused in Art History and Film. I am drawn to works and artists that address socio-cultural concerns as well as the implications of rapid advancement and consumerism. I am deeply inspired by the work of Ed Burtynsky, and throughout my MA at SFU, I hope to explore issues of connectivity and detachment, and how artists such as him navigate between aesthetic and authenticity. 

I was born and bred on Vancouver Island, and from a young age I have explored, hiked, biked and trekked all over its beautiful terrain. I have always been preoccupied with an incessant desire to travel the world, and hope that one day I can find a job that allows me to feed this wanderlust! I would live on my bike if I could, playing the piano makes me calm and I have a long running addiction to crossword puzzles. 

Rob Groeneboer

Senior Lecturer

Email: rgroeneb@sfu.caPhone Number: 778.782.4262
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Rob Groeneboer

Areas:

Directing; editing; screenplay; film production

Bio:

Film and Video maker. Written and directed several short films and videos which have been screened internationally. Teaches all aspects of film production.

Patricia Gruben

Associate Professor

Email: gruben@sfu.caPhone Number: 778-782-5982
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Patricia Gruben

Areas:

Film, screenwriting

Bio:

Patricia Gruben is a filmmaker, Associate Professor of Film and Director of Praxis Centre for Screenwriters. She has written and directed several experimental narrative shorts (The Central Character, Sifted Evidence), two dramatic features (Low Visibility, Deep Sleep) and a feature-length documentary (Ley Lines), which have been screened internationally in cinemas, on television, and at numerous festivals including Toronto, Sundance, New York and Edinburgh. Patricia also works as a script consultant and screenwriter, and has published several articles and book chapters on Canadian filmmakers, screenplay structure, and adaptation. She teaches screenwriting; directing and acting for film; film studies; and is Director of the SFU Field School in Art & Culture of Contemporary India. Her play The Secret Doctrine and installation The Veil of Nature were produced in Vancouver in 2013.


Research Interests:
Screenwriting; directing; story editing; Canadian and Indian cinema.

Linnea Gwiazda

Alumni, MFA Graduate

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Linnea Gwiazda

Areas:

Choreography, Contemporary Dance, Performance, Video, Installation, Photography.

I study everyday human experience utilizing the relationships developed between the choreographic themes of subject, time and space. Through my work, I examine the impacts that people, places and events have on individuals throughout their lives. Namely, I am interested in personal archiving, cellular memory, behavioural patterns, internal dialogue and the performativity of self.

Bio:

I am a multidisciplinary artist, performer, arts administrator and stage-manager. Originally from Victoria BC, I earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts, awarded with distinction, from Concordia University (Montréal QC, 2013) where I majored in Contemporary Dance.

My studio practice focuses on performative work, investigating choreographic principles within visual arts media and exploring image within movement. Drawing attention to the mundane, finding the strange in the ordinary and exploring narratives within imaginary constructs, I aim to better understand human behaviour through its observation, analysis and representation.

I have performed and presented work both across Canada and internationally. I worked with Ingrid Bachmann on her video piece and performance, The Gift as part of The Hybrid Bodies Project, exhibited at Kunstkraftwerk (Leipzig, Germany), The Hannah Maclure Centre (Dundee, Scotland), the University of Toronto Art Centre, The International Festival of Video Art (Camagüey, Cuba) and Centre PHI. I have been a collaborator and performer for the company FOR BODY AND LIGHT in the show Coming And Going, directed by choreographer Stéphanie Morin-Robert and spoken word artist and musician Ian Ferrier, participating in creation and research residencies at Hexagram - Concordia University, MainLine Theatre and Main & Station and performing across Canada and in New York City at such venues as Wildside Festival, TANGENTE: Laboratoire de mouvements contemporains and The Canadian Festival of Spoken Word. A collection of three short films based on Coming And Going, directed by Ben Rich, premiered at NextFest in 2015.

Photo taken by Stéphanie Morin-Robert