Our MFA Students often come from a strong background in a single discipline and value the stimulation of an interdisciplinary environment; their studio practice often fuses two or more disciplines. At SCA they develop the theoretical or scholarly context of their practice.

Jennifer Anderson

MFA Graduate Student

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Jennifer Anderson

Areas:

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

Bio:

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/


 

David Biddle

MFA Graduate Student

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David Biddle

Areas:

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. 

Patrick Blenkarn

MFA Graduate Student

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Patrick Blenkarn

Areas:

theatre, live art, performance art, installation

Bio:

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

Areas:

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

Bio:

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

youtube.com/user/Crematorial

Minahil Bukhari

MFA Graduate Student

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Minahil Bukhari

Areas:

Installation / Painting / Sculpture

Bio:

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. 

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.

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.

Stephanie Gagne

MFA Graduate Student

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Stephanie Gagne

Areas:

Popular culture, sexuality, neighborhoods and childhood nostalgia.

Bio:

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. 

Lief Hall

MFA Graduate Student

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Lief Hall

Areas:

Music, performance

Bio:

Lief Hall is a composer, singer-songwriter, director/choreographer and creator of opera, musical theatre, video and installation. Her interdisciplinary installation and performance works explore themes of nature, technology and the body as they relate to mythology, feminism and the production of cultural ideology.

Hall was previously the vocalist for Vancouver no wave punk band ‘Mutators’ (2007), vocalist for the improvisational trio ‘Glaciers‘ (2009), and one half of Canadian ‘femme noir’ pop duo MYTHS (2012). Lief Hall’s solo musical works include improvised and extended voice and experimental electronic ‘pop’ which integrates performance, video, photography and costume making.

liefhall.com
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Julie Hammond

MFA Graduate Student

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Julie Hammond

Areas:

theatre, performance, devising

Bio:

I am a performer and performance maker who creates works for the stage and stage-like spaces, and uses methods developed in devising to create experiences for audiences (of one, or of many). I believe in collaboration—with other makers, designers, writers, dramaturgs, and audiences—stupid moments, and intuition. Since 2004 I have made 12 full length shows as a company member of Portland's Hand2Mouth Theatre and have performed at La MaMa (NYC), On the Boards (Seattle), The Myrna Loy Center (Helena, MT), PICA's T:BA Festival, and numerous colleges and venues across the west coast.

I received a BA in Theater (Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa) from Bates College (Lewiston, Maine) and have trained/studied with Toshiki Okada (Japan), Mariano Pensotti (Argentina), Double Edge Theatre, and Teatr Stacja Szamocin (Poland) among others. As a sometimes dancer, I have performed at Conduit's Dance+ Festival (dir. Kristine Anderson) and at my house (long time ago - present). From 2003-04 I assisted William Pope.L in development and touring of The Black Factory. My work has been supported by the Oregon Arts Commission and, with Hand2Mouth, through residencies at EMPAC (Troy, NY), Caldera (Sisters, OR), and Casa Santa Ana (San Miguel de Allende, MX).

www.juliehammond.net

Maj Britt Jensen

MFA Graduate Student

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Maj Britt Jensen

Areas:

Video / Feminisms / Performance and performativity / Site-specificity / Dialogue and collaboration 

Bio:

“Look at me, this is me”. And also: I experiment looking at myself, this is who I am. But, what I am, or even better, what I seek (as abstract as it may seem) is not there, it is not trapped within the image; it is not evident, since it has no bearing with my surface, except very seldom, when it prints itself upon it. It is definitely neither in my face, nor in my body as it is.

What I am looking for is shown in the movements, in the changes, in the instability. In the way that I touch, articulate, in the manners in which the things are said to me, in the interchange with other individuals.

I have always collaborated with other artists and shared authorship by creating structures where individual and mutual desires are negotiated. I have moved on to performativity, asking myself how to construct spaces which don’t exclude emotions and open opportunities to learn eagerly. I recognized limits of individual practice and the problems of cultural representation.

www.majmajmaj.info 
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Sasha Kleinplatz

MFA Graduate Student

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Sasha Kleinplatz

Areas:

I like ice cream, hip hop, dating as performance art, no manifestos, and spend a large percentage of my time thinking about radical generosity as a motor for art and action.

Bio:

In my decade of work as a professional contemporary dance choreographer, performance curator, and teacher, I have focused on exploring the meanings and applications of community, care, and ethics within performative practices. As an artistic director and curator I work to generate contexts that allow artists to take creative risks while developing new, heterogeneous dance publics. I am the creator and curator of three performance initiatives (Short&Sweet, Piss In the Pool, and Involved), which have had multiple iterations at festivals throughout Canada, and editions of these events have also been presented in Oakland, California, London, and Paris. My choreographic works have been presented at venues throughout Canada and the United States, including Performance Mix festival in NYC, and as part of the Danse Danse series at Place des Arts in Montreal.  In 2015 I was invited as a visiting faculty member at Université du Québec at Montréal, where I taught a Performance and Interpretation class that culminated in the full-length choreography L’Échauffement. 

Alexandre Klinke

MFA Graduate Student

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Alexandre Klinke

Areas:

Sound art, music.

Bio:

I am a sound artist from Sao Paulo, Brazil, currently based in Vancouver, Canada. I’ve been creating, recording and performing music as a solo artist, while also working as a composer and sound designer for film.

I am drawn to old musical practices, such as pentatonic scales, the use of drones and the simple forms of ethnic and early music. At the same time, I’m attracted to experimental and unorthodox music idioms that push the boundaries of conventional genres, such as free improvisation, glitch and ambient.

A common thread that connects all my work is the amalgamation of folkloric music traditions and contemporary audio technology. Rather than embracing established musical styles, I intend to explore these traditional practices and show them in a different light, merging them with modern sounds and systems, combining acoustic and electronic elements, and embracing new techniques.

Irina Lord

MFA Graduate Student

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Irina Lord

Areas:

Film/video, visual arts

Bio:

I have graduated from the University of Oxford with a BFA in Fine Art in 2015. I am a filmmaker and a writer at heart, but I enjoy getting involved in projects beyond my practice as a way to stay grounded. This past year I have co-founded an international artist collective around the idea of storytelling, called Nomad92-3. Under its umbrella, we are currently working on a number of projects, including an online film festival (Break Big) and Mile#1 magazine, a creative non-fiction publication discussing contemporary conflict.

My video art practice has so far been concerned with small, subjective narratives touching on issues of memory, family, and distortion. I plan to continue to push boundaries of cinema against more experimental, visual art approaches and exhibition methods. My goal whilst studying at SFU is to produce character-driven films and build on-screen psychologically reflective environments through sound, light, colour, texture.

www.irinafilm.com

Ian McFarlane

MFA Graduate Student

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Ian McFarlane

Areas:

Theatre, puppetry

Bio:

I am a multifaceted theatre artist. I navigate my life with an old fountain pen, a reclaimed bicycle, a wooden paddle, a pair of weathered hiking boots, and an indefinite accumulation of fantastical images that gather at the edges of my periphery. I have a fierce fascination with the discarded, the misplaced, and the forgotten. My obsession is with puppets, or rather, anything that can be given life through animation.

I received a BFA in Multidisciplinary from the University of Lethbridge in 2010. Since then I have occupied Calgary, Alberta, where my practice has encompassed performance, scenic design, devised theatre, painting and puppetry. I am a co-founder of Mudfoot Theatre, an interdisciplinary ensemble committed to devising contemporary folk narratives through humble magic. I have trained with One Yellow Rabbit Performance Theatre and The Old Trout Puppet Workshop, as well as have been a contributing ensemble member of Swallow-a-bicycle Theatre and Bread and Puppet Theater.

Ian Mcfarlane

MFA Graduate Student

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Ian Mcfarlane

Areas:

Theatre artist

Bio:

I am a multifaceted theatre artist with a fierce fascination for the discarded, the misplaced, and the forgotten. These fascinations have driven me into a study of object-oriented performance and a unique practice of landscape poetics, junkyard theatrics and performative alchemy. My obsession is with puppets and the performative potential of unusual materials.

​I received a BFA in Multidisciplinary from the University of Lethbridge in 2010. Since then I have occupied Treaty 7 territory (Calgary, Alberta) where my practice has encompassed performance, scenic design, devised theatre, painting and puppetry. I am a Co-Founder of Mudfoot Theatre, an independent, interdisciplinary performance ensemble in Calgary, Alberta, as well as a Puppeteer with Bread and Puppet Theater in Glover, Vermont. I am currently pursuing my MFA in Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University.

Paralleling my creative practice, I navigate my life with a bicycle, a paddle and a pair of hiking boots. Wild space, landscape and weather continue to be my greatest teachers.    

Brian Postalian

MFA Graduate Student

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Brian Postalian

Areas:

Theatre Director, Performance Creator

Bio:

"I create whimsical and visually imaginative work based in personal history and trauma. I'm always asking about how we connect to each other in a shared space."

Brian Postalian (Բրայն Փոսթալյան) is an award winning interdisciplinary performance creator born and raised in Toronto by way of Armenia, Ireland, Wales, and the Czech Republic.

Brian was Crapshoot Artistic Producer at Theatre Passe Muraille and Compass Points Curator at Canada's Magnetic North Theatre Festival. ​He has been a guest lecturer at the University of Toronto and Ryerson University and is a proud graduate of the joint University of Toronto and Sheridan College’s Theatre and Drama Studies Program. He frequents used book stores, rides bicycles, takes photos and is learning how to draw and play the duduk. Brian is the founding Artistic Director of Re:Current Theatre.

Brian is a graduate of the Artist Producer Training program with Generator, and is an alumni of the Young Creators Unit at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, SummerWork's S.L.I.P, and the inaugural Devised Theatre Lab with Common Boots Theatre. Brian has trained with the Volcano Theatre Conservatory (of which he was featured in their Emerging Artist series in 2016), and The Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards.

www.brianpostalian.com

George Rahi

MFA Graduate Student

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George Rahi

Areas:

Composition, sound art, Instrument making, and installation art

Bio:

George Rahi is a composer, sound artist, instrument maker, and installation artist exploring new hybrids between the acoustic, electronic, mechanical, and sculptural. His work commonly draws from a diverse array of interests, including electroacoustics, public space, the soundscape, and large-scale instruments such as the pipe organ and the Indonesian Gamelan. He has produced work for the Western Front, Vancouver New Music, Miscellaneous Productions, VIVO Media Arts Centre and Vancouver Co-op Radio's Media Arts Committee and has received support from the British Columbia Arts Council and the Vancouver Parks Board. He is a founding member of the artist collective Publik Secrets and the percussion ensemble Gamelan Bike Bike.

georahi.com
publiksecrets.com

Julia Schnitman

MFA Graduate Student

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Julia Schnitman

Areas:

Production design, Film, Theatre, Architecture, Scenic space.

Bio:

I am a production designer, architect and a multidisciplinary artist from Brazil. I have earned my bachelor degree in Architecture and Urbanism from the University of Salvador-Brazil. As an undergraduate student, I learned that art is a fluid process of imagination, reality and creativity, for understanding, and interacting with the world. My work is a blend of art and production design for television, film and theatre. My interests are not only the practical aspect of the production, but the necessity to base it on theoretical elements of design. For me, being able to manage the construction of a scenic space is as important as knowing the inner side of how the creative process works. I have worked at Rede Globo, the biggest TV production in Latin America. That experience enabled me to acquire a firm-grasp of Set Design, as well as enhance my aesthetics. I also worked for a TV channel in Brazil - Rede Record. There, I developed the scenic design for two historical soap operas. My artistic work aims to capture and transform an idea, a story or even a single word or image into an imaginary construct that people can be immediately introduced to a plethora of senses, emotions and thoughts.

Tessa Sechay

MFA Graduate Student

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Tessa Sechay

Areas:

Audio composition, Computational media, Electronics, Installation, Interactive media, Performance, Public intervention, Sculpture, Video installation.

Bio:

I am from Calgary Alberta, I studied Fine Arts and majored in Media and Digital Arts Technology at Alberta College of Art and Design, I graduated with distinction in 2015.  While in my undergrad I was able to do work in association with the Banff Centre, the Epcor Centre and for the Calgary Opera House. This work has ranged from interactive sculptures, computational media, sound design, video and performance. My work has been focused towards reimagining and defining aesthetic rules and how art can function in society. This has brought my work into looking at ethics, the disabled body in relation to the arts, operational art forms and artistic methods.  My work is research driven and has been materializing itself into video work for installation, interactive electronic living sculptures, performance, dance, and music. While in the graduate program my intentions are to create work and research that is inclusive, to support the community and to also contribute to creating tools and resources for other artists and people outside of the artistic communities. My artistic goals are to bring my research to a professional level and to find a unison out of the wide range of mediums that I work in. 

Marcelo da Silva

MFA Graduate Student

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Marcelo da Silva

Areas:

Music, video, narrative, installation

Bio:

I am a brazilian interdisciplinary artist working in diverse areas such as music composition/production, video art/performance, poetry and script writing, etc. I hold a bachelor in Cultural Production from Federal Fluminense University (Niterói), where I also attended the Master of Arts.

My research interest is the study of digital video-performances (VJing, Live Cinema, Video Mapping, etc), their creative processes, the experimental uses of narrative and their connections with other areas and artistic expressions such as music, dance, drama and computer programing.

Some of my previous artistic experiences:

  • Soundtrack and dubbing for the short animated movie “HOW TO EAT AN ELEPHANT”, winner of 15 prizes from several movie festivals;
  • The interactive video installation called “DUO” (Imaginarium Art Gallery, Rio de Janeiro, 2010);
  • The AV performance called “PINTANDO O 7”, in which projected images were controlled by the notes of my flute playing (Live Performers Meeting 2010 - Rome, Italy);
  • VJing and Scenography for the spectacle “V.I.S.T.O”, winner of 5 of the 10 indications for the Açorianos Dance Prize 2013 (Porto Alegre, Brazil), including Best Cenography and Spectacle;  
  • Video editing and musical vignette composition for the animated TV series “Jorel´s Brother” (Copa Studio), broadcasted by Cartoon Network.

http://av-digitalinsights.blogspot.com

Amy Wilson

MFA Graduate Student

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Amy Wilson

Areas:

Pedagogical arts, investigative journalism, object making, drawing, archive, installation, performance and poetry.

Bio:

Amy Wilson is an artist, educator and poet. Since, 2012 she has maintained and developed a socially engaged artistic practice, which partners 21st century learning strategies with participative art forms. Situational, experiential and collective in nature, the projects that she has facilitated and helped develop have been informed by collective explorations into the generative and emerging ways in which a person’s sense of agency can take shape through the arts. Issues of environment and international conflict have been the central focus of her work since its inception. Combining research and making in a holistic process, her practice has evolved to incorporate disciplines suitable for engaging communities in exploring the current events and issues that affect their lives. Such forms include: investigative journalism, object making, experimental drawing, archive, installation, performance and poetry. Her focus on creative, physical, performative and participative encounters offers the opportunity for the development of the critical, creative and adaptive tool/skills needed for learning, living and cooperating in a changing world.

Amy’s research focus at SFU will be investigating the generative tools and forms emerging from the relationships between socially engaged arts and 21st century learning practices. She has a particular interest in forms which fit the characteristics of Education for Sustainable Development.

Amy is a member of the Earth Charter International Youth Network and is a School Speaker for Amnesty International UK. She is a graduate of the Leith School of Art, Edinburgh and The Ruskin School of Art, Oxford University.

Amy is the Director of Amy Wilson Arts and the founder of international artists collective N92_3.

www.amywilsonarts.com

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Carl Winter

MFA Graduate Student

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Carl Winter

Areas:

Composition

Bio:

An aesthetically pluralist composer, Carl Winter has been creating chamber and orchestral music since 2001. Following initial forays into post-punk guitar playing/ songwriting he experimented with scordatura guitar soundscapes, which became the inspirational basis for his compositional studies with Christopher Butterfield and Owen Underhill as well as interactive technology studies with Arne Eigenfeldt and Chris Dobrian. Highlights include performances and readings by Turning Point Ensemble, Arraymusic, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and cellist Marina Hasselberg. Carl also occasionally performs in solo interactive settings on bass clarinet and cello with laptop using his own InverSamp software (designed in Max/MSP) and has also produced his own experimental music videos. Marked by stylistic, emotional and
dynamic extremes, Carl Winter’s at turns visceral and reflective idiom addresses collective / individual trauma, memory and neurosis as salient aspects of the human condition. Carl is preparing to release “Devolutions Per Minute” his debut CD of chamber music, recorded with the Yaletown String Quartet and pianist Rosemary O’Connor.