Retired faculty from SFU School for the Contemporary Arts

Santa Aloi

Professor Emerita, Dance

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Santa Aloi

Areas:

Dance, choreography

Bio:

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

Colin Browne

Professor Emeritus, Film

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Colin Browne

Areas:

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.

Gary Harris

Senior Lecturer, Theatre Production and Design

Email: gharris@sfu.caPhone Number: 604.659.7592
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Gary Harris

Areas:

Set and Lighting Design, Arts Administration

Bio:

Gary brings expertise garnered over the years as a professional Production Manager, Stage Manager, Technical Director and Scenic and Lighting Designer to his role as Production and Design Faculty with the School.  He continues to be involved in the greater theatre and dance community, while mentoring students in the School for the Contemporary Arts as they prepare for their future in the arts world.

Rudolf Komorous

Retired Faculty, Music

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Rudolf Komorous

Areas:

Music

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Jacqueline Levitin

Associate Professor

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Jacqueline Levitin

Areas:

Women and film; film theory and production; women, poverty and the media; third world film and women.

Bio:

Dr. Jacqueline Levitin is a filmmaker and film historian. She is the co-editor of Women Filmmakers: Refocusing (2003), a collection of new writing by women filmmakers, critics and theorists. Her films and videos range from short experimental works to documentary and fiction features and live video collaborations with dancers and theatre performers. Building Bridge: a Housing Project for Women (2003) brings her early work in ethnographic documentary and participatory-style filmmaking to the exploration of ethical issues in imaging the poor and drug-addicted of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. Her latest film, the experimental documentary Mahjong & Chicken Feet (2008), uses her family's history in Harbin, China to explore memory and history and the relations of China and her others. As an historian-critic, Jacqueline Levitin's special focus has been on women filmmakers, genre film, and national schools of filmmaking. She has lectured in Beijing, Chongqing and Shanghai and is an Associate Professor in both the School for the Contemporary Arts and Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies departments at Simon Fraser University.

Website: jacquelinelevitin.com

David MacIntyre

Professor, Music Composition

Email: macintyr@sfu.caPhone Number: 778-782-9829
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David MacIntyre

Areas:

Music Composition, Interdisciplinary Composition and Collaboration.

Bio:

Composer/Professor David MacIntyre joined SFU faculty in 1979 when he co-founded the program in contemporary music. He has served as Graduate Program Chair for three terms and is a strong advocate of the School's interdisciplinary mission. As a composer with a specialty in music for the stage and interdisciplinary performance, Prof. MacIntyre has a extensive catalog spanning forty years that includes opera, music theatre, cabaret, choral, orchestral, chamber and vocal music, site-specific projects and collaborations in theatre, dance, and visual art.

Degree and Studies:
B. Mus (with distinction) University of Victoria 1975
M. Mus University of Victoria 1979

Links:

www.davidmacintyre.ca

Albert St. Albert Smith

Retired Faculty

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Albert St. Albert Smith

Areas:

Pan-African drums, jazz, popular music; contemporary dance accompaniment and performance; Pan-African culture

Bio:

African American musician whose specialty is instruments from different African nations and their Diaspora. He has studied and played many musical styles; jazz, rock and roll, folk, classical, Latin, and the fusion of these styles, as well as traditional and modern African music. A professional performer for over 40 years. As a faculty instructor at Simon Fraser University taught in the area of music for dance at the School for the Contemporary Arts and director of the SFU Ghana Field School in the Arts. Over the years he has performed with Nina Simon, Freddie Hubbard, Ernestine Anderson, and toured with World Drums Master Musicians of the World. He has performed with and recorded with Almeta Speaks, African Heritage and Uzume Taiko and Ache Brasil.

Greg Snider

Professor Emeritus, Visual Art

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Greg Snider

Areas:

Visual Art

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Penelope Stella

Professor Emerita, Theatre

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Penelope Stella

Areas:

Theatre performance, directing

Bio:

Penelope Stella is  a director and actor who has worked in Canada, the U.S. and the South Pacific. Her work abroad includes a two year period as artistic director of the National Theatre Company of Papua New Guinea where she worked in traditional and contemporary theatrical and dance forms. She has directed and co-wrote with her partner Marc Diamond a number of reinterpretations of the classics. She has a special interest in the performance and directing of the work of Samuel Beckett. She has worked extensively in the field of contemporary opera where she has directed five chamber opera pieces. She has twice been theatre director of Canada's prestigious National Choreographic Seminar. Currently she is an artistic director and performer with Square Planet Performance Group, an interdisciplinary company.

Grant Strate

Professor Emeritus, Dance

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Grant Strate

Areas:

Film

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Chris Welsby

PROFESSOR EMERITUS, Film

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Chris Welsby

Areas:

Film

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