Faculty

The SCA's faculty are internationally recognized for research excellence. The majority of the faculty are established working artists, artist-scholars, and scholars. In general, the artists are creators — choreographers, composers, filmmakers, lighting designers, visual artists — as well as performers, directors, and dramaturges. Scholarly research centres on cinema and media theory, art history, and visual culture.

Elspeth Pratt

Associate Professor & Director

E: epratt@sfu.ca
P: 778-782-3766

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

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.

Christopher Pavsek

Associate Professor & Associate Director

E: cpavsek@sfu.ca
P: 778-782-4672

Areas: Critical Theory; Marxism; Political and Avant-Garde Film; Documentary Studies and Filmmaking; Environmental Humanities; Ecology.

Christopher Pavsek has a Ph.D. from the Program in Literature at Duke University. His book, The Utopia of Film: Cinema and Its Futures in Godard, Kluge, and Tahimik, was published by Columbia University Press on 2013. You can link to the book here.

He has published essays on Jean-Luc Godard, Alexander Kluge, Raoul Peck, Walter Benjamin, Sylvia Schedelbauer, Harun Farocki, and Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel, amongst others. His current scholarship focusses on the relationship between the arts and humanities and environmental science.

His most recent publications include "Leviathan and the Experience of Sensory Ethnography" (Visual Anthropology Review, Spring 2015) and "The Utopia of Reading" (Alexander Kluge Jahrbuch, No. 2, 2015), about the concept of time in Alexander Kluge's philosophy of reading. He is currently working on an essay about the implications for environmetnalism of the trend to increasingly use economic models to determine the value of natural assets.

Pavsek is also an experimental documentary filmmaker. His films "The One and All" (2002) and "To Those Born After" (2005) have shown widely at major international festivals. They form the first two parts of an anticipated trilogy of flms about the transformation of the US in the wake of the September 11 attacks. He is currently, and patiently, working on two films. "What Remains to be Seen" will be the third instalment in that trilogy, and will focus on the structural and discursive underpinnings of the current rightward/autocratic shift in American society. "The Iridium Anomaly" explores the political, philosophical, and aesthetic consequences of the ongoing anthropogenic mass extinction of species and the destruction of wild spaces around the globe.

Degree and Studies: 
BA, German Literature, Cornell University; Ph.D., Literature, Duke University.

Sabine Bitter

Associate Professor

E: sabine_bitter@sfu.ca
P: 778-782-5982

Areas: Visual Art

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.

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.

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.

Since 2015 Bitter/Weber are represented by GPLcontemporary Vienna.

lot.at / urbansubjects.org

Allyson Clay

Professor

E: clay@sfu.ca
P: 604-254-3557

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

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

allysonclay.com

Henry Daniel

Professor

E: hdaniel@sfu.ca
P: 778-782-3897

Areas: Dance, Performance Studies and New Technology.

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.

henrydaniel.ca

Peter Dickinson

Professor

E: peter_dickinson@sfu.ca

Areas: Perfomance Studies.

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 /  

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

Arne Eigenfeldt

Professor

E: arne_e@sfu.ca

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

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

sfu.ca/~eigenfel

Marla Eist

Associate Professor

E: eist@sfu.ca

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

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.

Judith Garay

Associate Professor

E: garay@sfu.ca

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

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.

dancersdancing.com

Kyla Gardiner

Assistant Professor

E: kylag@sfu.ca

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.

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

Steven Hill

Associate Professor

E: stevenfhill@gmail.com

Areas: Theatre Performance, Directing, Devising, Interdisciplinary Collaboration.

Steven Hill is an Associate Professor in theatre performance at the School for Contemporary Arts, SFU, where he has taught acting, directing and devising since 2007. His research includes ensemble collaboration, devising practices and emergent performance in contemporary theatre and is funded by private foundations, Canada Council, BC Arts Council and the City of Vancouver. Between 2001 and 2014 he was Artistic Director of Leaky Heaven Performance, an award-winning, experimental theatre company that created original devised works. In 2014, with Co-Artistic Alex Ferguson he launched Fight With a Stick, which premiered its first work Steppenwolf at the 2015 PuSh International Performing Arts Festival. The company has several new works in creation exploring performance installation and ‘non-human expressivity’. He holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from York University and has worked as a performer and director in theatres across the country.

Sky Hopinka

Assistant Professor

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Areas: Film, Video, and Animation.

Sky Hopinka is a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation and a descendent of the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians.  He was born and raised in Ferndale, Washington and spent a number of years in Palm Springs and Riverside, California, Portland, Oregon, Milwaukee, WI, and is currently based out of Cambridge, Massachusetts.  In Portland he studied and taught chinuk wawa, a language indigenous to the Lower Columbia River Basin. His video work centers around personal positions of Indigneous homeland and landscape, designs of language as containers of culture, and the play between the known and the unknowable.  He received his BA from Portland State University in Liberal Arts and his MFA in Film, Video, Animation, and New Genres from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He is currently a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and a recipient of the 2019 Sundance Art of Nonfiction Fellowship.

His work has played at various festivals and exhibitions including ImagineNATIVE Media + Arts Festival, Images, Wavelengths at TIFF, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Sundance, Antimatter, Chicago Underground Film Festival, FLEXfest, and Projections at the NYFF.  His work was a part of the 2016 Wisconsin Triennial and the 2017 Whitney Biennial.  He was awarded jury prizes at the Onion City Film Festival, the More with Less Award at the 2016 Images Festival, the Tom Berman Award for Most Promising Filmmaker at the 54th Ann Arbor Film Festival, the New Cinema Award at the Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival and the Mary L. Nohl Fund Fellowship for Individual Artists in the Emerging artist category for 2018.

skyhopinka.com / vimeo.com/skyhopinka

Rob Kitsos

Professor

E: rkitsos@sfu.ca
P: 778-782-9829

Areas: Contemporary Composition, Aesthetics, Technique, Collaboration.

Rob Kitsos is an acclaimed dancer, dance instructor, performing artist, musician, and choreographer who has performed across North America, Europe and Asia.  He has been a member of many performing companies and collaborated with many artists which cover a broad range of styles from mime to hip hop, improvisation to ballet. As a choreographer, Rob has created over 100 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.  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 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.

robkitsos.com

DD Kugler

Professor

E: ddkugler@sfu.ca
P: 778.782.4688

Areas: Dramaturgy & Directing & Playmaking.

DD Kugler, a Vancouver-based freelance dramaturg/director in theatre and dance, was the first Canadian president of Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA, 2000-02); in 2011 LMDA presented Kugler the Lessing Award for Career Achievement. Kugler served eight seasons as Production Dramaturg with Toronto’s Necessary Angel Theatre (1985-93), and five seasons as Artistic Director of Edmonton’s Northern Light Theatre (1993-98). He adapted Marc Diamond’s Property, and (in collaboration with Richard Rose) co-authored Newhouse, as well as the adaptations of Michael Ondaatje’s Coming Through Slaughter, and Timothy Findley’s Not Wanted on the Voyage.  

Kugler has taught in the Theatre Area of the School for Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University since 1998, with a primary research focus on dramaturgy in theatre and dance, and writing about dramaturgy; in 2010 he received one of the three SFU Excellence in Teaching Awards.

Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas

Claudette Lauzon

Assistant Professor

E: claudette_lauzon@sfu.ca
P: 778-782-5982 (ext 6)

Areas: Contemporary art; Visual culture; Critical theory; Conflict studies.

Claudette Lauzon is a contemporary art historian specializing in installation, sculpture, and new media art practices. She is the author of The Unmaking of Home in Contemporary Art (University of Toronto Press, 2017), which looks at the ways in which artists use the space of home (both literally and figuratively) to reframe human responses to trauma. She is co-editor of Through Post-Atomic Eyes (McGill-Queen’s University Press, forthcoming) and Sustainable Tools for Precarious Times: Performance Actions in the Americas (Palgrave, forthcoming). Her current book project, Eyes in the Sky, examines cultures of surveillance and militarization through the lens of critical posthumanism. Before joining the School for the Contemporary Arts, Lauzon was assistant professor of modern and contemporary art history at OCAD University in Toronto, where she also served as Associate Dean in the Faculty of Liberal Arts and School for Interdisciplinary Studies.

Degrees:
PhD, McGill University, 2009
MA, Carleton University, 2003
BA, University of Toronto, 1994

Cole Lewis

Assistant Professor

E: nicole_lewis@sfu.ca

Areas: Theatre, Directing, Playwriting.

Cole Lewis is a director, writer, and performer from St Catharines, Ontario, Canada with a MFA in Directing from Yale School of Drama. She is a graduate of Brock University’s Theatre Program and attended the National Theatre School of Canada, where she studied playwriting. She is a recipient of the The Theatre Centre Emerging Artist Award at SummerWorks Performance Festival for 2014, the 1989 Ecole Polytechnique Commemorative Award for 2013-2014, the J.B.C. Watkins Award for 2011 and has had her work with Suitcase In Point featured in Canadian Theatre Review, Issue 143.

She is a founding member of St Catharines’ award-winning Suitcase in Point Theatre Company (SIP), a group of like-minded artists who strive to engage and excite through collaborative play development. As an Artistic Associate of SIP for ten years, Cole worked on 23 original cabarets and directed 6 original productions. These include BeWearing Wolf, at Harbourfront Hatch Festival in Toronto, as well as Emily Chesley, at SummerWorks Festival in Toronto and the Dora Award nominated Keith Richards: A One Woman Show at Fixt Point in Toronto. 

Cole Lewis has also launched a new company, Guilty by Association, an international ring of interdisciplinary theatremakers. With them, she devises design-driven storytelling to advance what the “little world” of theatre has to offer the larger world we live in. Their first devised piece, AGMI, was developed at ArsNova’s AntFest in New York City. Antigonick by Anne Carson premiered at SummerWorks Performance Festival in Toronto. With them, Cole Lewis is currently developing Moderato Cantabile by Marguerite Duras and several other devised projects.

Other teaching work includes an Instructor position at Brock University to teach Playwriting at Brock University and workshops across Canada. At SCA, Lewis teaches acting and directing with a specialization in Stanislavsky’s Active Analysis Method and theatre creation.

John Macfarlane

Senior Lecturer

E: macfarla@sfu.ca
P: 604.880.9958

Areas: Technical direction and lighting design for the stage.

Lighting designer and technical director for dance and theatre. Began touring internationally with New York's Nikolais Dance Theatre in 1973 and continues to maintain a professional career. Teaches technical theatre, lighting design, stage and production management and arts administration.

Laura U. Marks

Grant Strate University Professor

E: lmarks@sfu.ca
P: 778-782-5982

Areas: Cinema and media studies; visual culture.

Laura U. Marks works on media art and philosophy with an intercultural focus. Her most recent books are Hanan al-Cinema: Affections for the Moving Image (MIT, 2015) and Enfoldment and Infinity: An Islamic Genealogy of New Media Art (MIT, 2010). Marks programs experimental media art for venues around the world. With Dr. Azadeh Emadi (University of Glasgow) she is a founding member of the Substantial Motion Research network.

Degree and Studies:
Ph.D. in Visual and Cultural Studies, University of Rochester, 1996
M.A. in Visual and Cultural Studies, University of Rochester, 1994
B.A. in Art History and Sociology/Anthropology, Swarthmore College, 1987

sfu.ca/~lmarks

Denise Oleksijczuk

Associate Professor

E: doleksij@sfu.ca
P: 778-782-5349

Areas: Art History, Visual Culture.

Art and Culture historian whose research concentrates on images and objects produced in Britain and Canada. She teaches across both nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and is committed to new theoretical perspectives and to interdisciplinary approaches to the history of art and visual culture.

Eldritch Priest

Assistant Professor

E: epriest@sfu.ca
P: 778-782-9829 (ext 5)

Areas: Sound studies/art, Philosophy of experience (specifically libidinal philosophies, affect theory, pragmatism); Media theory (dealing with aurally, embodiment, simulation); Composition; Experimental music; Postmodernism; ‘Pataphysics; Hyperstition. 

Eldritch Priest writes on sonic culture, experimental aesthetics and the philosophy of experience from a ’pataphysical perspective. His essays have appeared in various journals and he is the author of Boring Formless Nonsense: Experimental Music and the Aesthetics of Failure (Bloomsbury, 2013). He is also a co-author (with fellow members of the experimental theory group ‘The Occulture’) of Ludic Dreaming: How to Listen Away from Contemporary Technoculture (Bloomsbury, 2017). Eldritch is also active as a composer and improviser and is currently working on a new book about earworms, daydreams, and other lived abstractions.

BMus – Jazz studies, St. Francis Xavier University; MMus – Composition, University of Victoria; PhD – Cultural Theory, Carleton University.

Cheryl Prophet

Senior Lecturer

E: prophet@sfu.ca
P: 778-782-9829

Areas: Performance and choreography, contemporary dance technique, experiential anatomy and body conditioning, dance improvisation, dance/movement analysis and dance repertory.

Cheryl (BFA York University) is a dance educator and choreographer. She is also a Certified Movement Analyst in Laban/Bartenieff Movement Studies (CMA) and Certified in the Level 1 Franklin Method. She has an extensive background in experiential anatomy, Pilates, Yoga and various somatic practices. She trained in ballet, contemporary dance and voice work in Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver and New York City. Formerly from Montreal, she performed and toured nationally and internationally with Le Groupe de la Place Royale, Fortier Danse Creation and Fondation Jean-Pierre Perrault. She was also active in the independent dance scene in Montreal and Vancouver as a dancer and choreographer. She teaches contemporary dance technique courses, improvisation and dance composition, interdisciplinary studio in composition and collaboration, movement fundamentals, repertory and movement analysis. She has taught extensively at various institutions including eight years in the dance department at Université du Québec a Montréal and internationally at the 2009 Guangdong International Dance Festival in China. She was an advisor and faculty member for the 2010 Vancouver-based Laban/Bartenieff and Somatic Studies International program. She has presented at numerous conferences nationally and as a consultant for media. Cheryl’s choreography has been presented nationally and internationally.

Judy Radul

Professor

E: jaradul@sfu.ca

Areas: Visual Art.

Judy Radul’s interdisciplinary practice has recently focused on video installation but also includes sculpture, photography, performance and mixed media works. She has exhibited nationally and internationally and her creative writing and essays have appeared in a variety of publications since 1991. Her large scale-media installation World Rehearsal Court was first exhibited as a solo exhibition at the Morris and Helen Belkin Gallery at U.B.C. in 2009. This work draws on Radul’s research into the role of theatricality and new technologies in the court of law and it questions the distinctions between experience, testimony, truth, and fiction that the law attempts to make distinct. The work has travelled to the Generali Foundation, Vienna, Media City Seoul, Korea and Henie Onstad Art Center in Oslo, Norway, 2011. Related to this project in 2011 she co edited a book of collected essays and images A Thousand Eyes: Media Technology, Law and Aesthetics, with Marit Paasche, published by Sternberg Press, Berlin. The same publication features a new essay from Radul, “Video Chamber”, concerning the relation of video, the trial, and aspects of contemporary art. An exhibition of new object based work, including the series “Object, Analysis, Spectator, Poem” was shown at Catriona Jeffries Gallery, Vancouver, in 2012. Radul’s latest works, employ custom designed computer control systems for live and prerecorded video. In 2012/2013 Radul is participating in a year long residency in Berlin hosted by the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) program. Judy Radul was born in Lillooet, B.C., grew up in Haney, B.C., received her B.A in Fine and Performing Arts from S.F.U. In 2000 she received a Master of Visual and Media Arts from Bard College, New York.

Interested in continuously critically rethinking contemporary art, and using contemporary art to “rethink” criticality. Core research interests include: contemporary art; questions of the image and representation; video; video as a present time medium; multi screen video; projection; performance; image sound relations; performativity; behavior; power relations; the social space of the gallery; the relation of props, art objects and everyday objects; the role of sound in the construction of "the real"; issues of address and performance in everyday situations including radio broadcasts, music and sport. Like a stage or other built environment the camera lens demarcates a space; recent work could therefore be said to investigate the "architecture of the lens". Continued interest: in law and aesthetics; the trial; law and media; legal theatre; photographs in testimony; the court as a site of performance.

judyradul.com/courses / worldrehearsalcourt.com / catrionajeffries.com

Simone Rapisarda

Assistant Professor

E: srapisar@sfu.ca

Areas: Cinema Arts

Simone Rapisarda is an internationally acclaimed filmmaker whose work challenges the traditional border between creative and critical practice. His feature-length films have garnered accolades at major festivals in New York, Berlin, Locarno, Vienna, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Paris, London, Madrid, Lisbon, Moscow, Jeonju, Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Ann Arbor and Los Angeles, and are part of the permanent collections of museums and galleries, such as the MoMA in New York and the National Gallery in Washington D.C. He was the recipient of the Best Emerging Director award at the Locarno Film Festival in 2014. His films have been reviewed in Artforum, Film Comment, Sight & Sound, Cinema Scope, IndieWire, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, The New York Times, and Filmmaker Magazine. His work has been supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Canada Council for the Arts, Telefilm Canada, Universal Studios Canada, Lucasfilm, the Quebec Art Council, the Society for the Development of Cultural Enterprises, Istituto Luce - Cinecittà and the Royal Bank of Canada. Rapisarda has previously taught in the School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design at York University (Toronto), the Film Studies program at Wilfrid Laurier University (Waterloo) and the renowned Ciné Institute (Jacmel, Haiti).

Degrees and Studies:
M.F.A., Film and Video, York University, Toronto
B.F.A., Film Production, Concordia University, Montreal 
B.Sc., M.Sc., Computer Science, University of Pisa, Italy

ibidemfilms.org

Noé Rodríguez

Lecturer

E: noe_rodriguez@sfu.ca
P: 778-782-5982

Areas: Auteur Cinema, Experimental Ethnography, Process Cinema, Expanded Cinema, Field Recordings

After combining his studies in Media Arts and Humanities with his work in the Spanish film industry, in 2006 Noé Rodríguez received the Caixa-Canada Scholarship to pursue his graduate studies at York University in Toronto, where he became actively involved with the experimental film community due to his work at LIFT – The Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto. He is currently based in Vancouver, BC, where he teaches film production in the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University.

His work has been shown in DOK Leipzig, Images Festival, Pravo Ljudski, L'Alternativa Independent Film Festival of Barcelona amongst other international film festivals, and has won several awards, including the Pasajes de Cine Award to the Best Spanish Film (Filmadrid 2017) and the Ciudad de Madrid Award to the Best Spanish documentary (DocumentaMadrid 2004).

Sabrina Schroeder

Assistant Professor

E: sabrina_schroeder@sfu.ca

Areas: Composition, music performance, electronics

Sabrina Schroeder writes music for mixed ensembles, often using transducers and self-built mechanics as integrated instruments in live performance. Her recent Stircrazer series, initiated as a self-performed show at the Parkhaus im Malkastenpark gallery in Dusseldorf, builds around malleable qualities of fibrillation and pulsation, using these as live connective tissue within a body of instruments. 

She’s been an active member of composer-performer collectives presenting scored and improvised music, a back-up-band coordinator for teens in mental health housing, and has been on the faculty of the iEAR (Integrated Electronic Arts) department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, New York), the Summer Music Programs at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, and the Royal Northern College of Music (Manchester, UK). 

Recent and upcoming residencies include the Banff Leighton Studios, Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, Experimentalstudio des SWR in Freiburg, Villa Romana in Florence, and the Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Umbria.

PhD, Harvard University (2016)
MA, Wesleyan University (2006)
BMus, University of Victoria (2001)

Owen Underhill

Professor

E: underhil@sfu.ca
P: 778-782-9829

Areas: Composition; conducting; contemporary ensembles; opera/music theatre; interdisciplinary collaboration; 20th century music theory; contemporary music curating and programming.

Composer and conductor. Research includes compositions for orchestra, opera, chamber and choral ensembles, and music for dance and theatre. Co-Artistic Director and conductor of Turning Point Ensemble, Former Artistic Director Vancouver New Music, Winner 2007 Western Canadian Music Awards Outstanding Classical Composition, Vice-President Canadian Music Centre and former Dean Pro Tem Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology. Teaches composition, conducting, contemporary music performance and 20th Century music theory.

owenunderhill.ca / Turning Point Ensemble

Ker Wells

Assistant Professor

E: ker_wells@sfu.ca
P: 778-782-9829

Areas: Theatre, Acting.

A graduate of the acting program at The National Theatre School of Canada (1988), Wells was a founding member of Primus Theatre, under the direction of Richard Fowler, at the time an actor with Eugenio Barba’s Odin Teatret. With Primus, Wells trained, performed and taught across North America and Europe, creating indoor performances, radio dramas, and outdoor parade spectacles. In 1998, he co-founded Number Eleven Theatre, with whom he created and directed Icaria, The Prague Visitor, and The Curious History of Peter Schlemihl. Other original performance works include the two-person The Confessions of Punch and Judy, and Living Tall, which have toured widely in North America and to Europe. His solo performance Swimmer (68) premiered in Toronto in June, 2011. Also in 2011, Wells directed Exilio My Life as Bolaño, created with U.S. and Mexican artists in Guadalajara, Mexico. Struck, a devised performance he created with New York’s NACL Theatre, premiered in Cleveland in Spring 2013, and played at HERE Arts in NYC in December, 2013. In the summer of 2014 he was a guest artist and stilt director and performer in The Weather Project, NACL Theatre’s large-scale community arts performance about climate change, presented at the community baseball field in Yulan, NY in August, 2014.

Wells received his MFA in 2013 in the York University/Canadian Stage Direction program, and directed two productions in Canadian Stage’s 2013/14 season; Macbeth in Toronto’s High Park and Sarah Berthiaume’s The Flood Thereafter. Wells has been a returning guest faculty member at the National Theatre School of Canada, the Humber College School of Performing Arts, and The Contemporary Opera Lab at the University of Manitoba.

Other teaching work in 2015/16 includes guest teaching at the National Theatre School of Greenland, and in the coastal Labrador communities of Nain and Hopedale. Upcoming directing work includes the dance theatre piece Performances May Be Permanent with Kate Story and Bill Brennan (premiere at Neighbourhood Dance Festival in St. John’s NF, Sept. 2015), and This is Not A Conversation with Itai Erdal and Dima Alansari for The Elbow Theatre Society (workshop presentation at the Impact Festival, Kitchener-Waterloo, Sept. 2015).

At SCA Wells teaches acting and directing, with a specialization in physical and devised theatre and original creation.

Jin-me Yoon

Professor

E: jyoon@sfu.ca

Areas: Photo and video installation, contemporary art theory.

Through photo and video based installations, Jin-me Yoon explores questions concerning identity, place and subjectivity in an accelerated globalized era. Has exhibited extensively across Canada as well as internationally and is represented in numerous public collections. Teaches visual art core studio courses as well as contemporary art theory seminars at the graduate and undergraduate levels.

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