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 //

Brady Cranfield

Communications Assistant

Email: scaweb@sfu.caPhone Number: 778-782-9561
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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. 

Samantha Diamond

Director's Assistant

Email: scasec@sfu.caPhone Number: 778.782.3603
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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.

Chelsea Hunter

Professional Development Coordinator

Email: cmc18@sfu.caPhone Number: 778.782.9592
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Chelsea Hunter

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Professional Development, Community Engagement, Service Learning

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EMAIL  |  778.782.9592

Chelsea's role as Professional Developer Coordinator involves working one-on-one with students to provide internship opportunities as well as career advising and support.

Chelsea was the Undergraduate Program Assistant at SCA from 2012 to 2014. Prior to working at the school, she has held positions in community development and food security in the downtown eastside. She graduated from SFU with a BA in Health Sciences in 2009, and is currently working towards completing her Master in Urban Studies. 

Dean Lastoria

New Students and Retention

Email: lastoria@sfu.caPhone Number: 778.782.3516
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Dean Lastoria

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New Students and Retention.

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Dean has worked at SFU for 20 years in various roles including Admissions, Operations, and Continuing Studies. He has advised Contemporary Arts students for 10 years and the last three focusing on new students.

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Facebook www.facebook.com/SFUContemporaryArts
Twitter www.twitter.com/SFUContmpryArts @SFUContmpryArts
 

Rachael Melanson

Director's Assistant | Interim

Email: scasec@sfu.caPhone Number: 778-782-3603
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Rachael Melanson

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Rachael Melanson is an transmedia artist from the UK who plays with the fissure between author/reader and online/offline environments, she explores the fluidity of this space, acting as a connective tissue that binds and blurs the divides between. She also performs under the alias, Rosen, and has produced event based works that have been presented at the likes of New Forms Festival (Canada), TARP Audio Visual Poetry Festival (Lithuania), The Audio Foundation and The Physics Room (New Zealand), VOIDOID Archive and the ICA (UK).

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Marc Paquin

Undergraduate Program Assistant

Email: ca@sfu.caPhone Number: 778-782-3363
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Marc Paquin

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Marc has worked at SFU for the past several years, previously holding roles as an undergraduate program assistant with the Department of Mathematics and as a communications assistant with the Teaching and Learning Centre.  Prior to this, he worked for an environmental non-profit and in municipal government. Marc graduated with a degree in political science and history from SFU and has taken a number of marketing-communication classes at BCIT.

Barbara Ringham

Undergraduate Advisor

Email: fpaadv@sfu.caPhone Number: 778.782.5733
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Barbara Ringham

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Academic advising for current undergraduate students, course scheduling, and general assistance to the School.

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Barbara has worked for SFU in a variety of roles and departments for 15 years.

Ben Rogalsky

Technical Director

Email: brogalsk@sfu.ca Phone Number: 604.218.7237
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Ben Rogalsky

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Technical Director
School for the Contemporary Arts

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Corbin Saleken

Film and Video Resource Specialist

Email: csaleken@sfu.caPhone Number: 778.782.4466
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Corbin Saleken

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Kristen Schiefke

Manager, Academic & Administrative Services

Email: kschiefk@sfu.caPhone Number: 778.782.3534
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Kristen Schiefke

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Management of the School's academic, financial, administrative and human resources areas.

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Kristen has worked at SFU since 2006. Before joining the School for the Contemporary Arts she worked in Student Services, the Department of Geography and the School of Computing Science. Kristen earned her BA in Music Therapy from Capilano College (now Capilano University).  Earlier post-secondary educational pursuits included studies in science, kinesiology and one year in the SFU dance program.  Kristen is thrilled to be able to use her advanced administrative skils to support the arts.  The ability to blend her work aptitude with her passion and background in music, dance and overall love for the arts is a great joy for her.  Kristen's interests and activities outside of work include singing, songwriting, reading, and writing fiction pieces and children's stories.  She is also "slightly obsessed" with her young dog, Kaia, a puggat (pug x rat terrier), whose spunky, reactive, anxious and hyper-vigilant behaviour continues to challenge, educate and amuse her on a daily basis.

Stefan Smulovitz

Computer & New Media Support Administrator & Sessional Instructor, Music

Email: ssmulovi@sfu.caPhone Number: 778.782.2062
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Stefan Smulovitz

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Sound.

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From Vancouver to Los Angeles, New York to Quebec City, award-winning composer, collaborator, violist and laptop artist Stefan Smulovitz has created more than 50 live scores for films and performed with many of today's leading improvisors including Fred Frith, Evan Parker and Uri Caine.  Stefan has been commissioned by the Vancouver Symphony, the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival and numerous instrumental and vocal ensembles.  His collaborative creations have been developed for theatre, dance, art installations, and DVD-ROMs, and his game-changing software -- Kenaxis -- is used by musicians around the world.

Degree and Studies:
MFA - Simon Fraser University

Links:
Website: www.stefansmulovitz.ca