Sessional

Megan Andrews

Sessional Instructor: Dance

E: pmegan_andrews@sfu.ca

Megan Andrews is a dance artist/scholar, educator and writer/editor working across theory and practice. She currently teaches in the School for Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University, where she is a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Performance Studies. She also works as an Embodied Leadership consultant in corporate contexts. Megan initiated the Canadian dance magazine The Dance Current as Founding Editor and is currently Director: Education & Special Projects. As a performer, Megan has worked with many independent choreographers across Canada and is developing a solo repertoire. On faculty at York University for 14 years, Megan has taught studio and seminar courses in contemporary dance, movement analysis, dance aesthetics, dance history and critical dance writing. Her writing has appeared in a variety of journals and publications. Megan is a Certified Laban Movement Analyst, and holds a PhD in Communication and Cultural Studies and a Chalmers Arts Fellowship for 17/18.

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Norman Armour

Term Lecturer: Interdisciplinary

E: narmour@sfu.ca

Norman Armour is an alumni of the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University. He founded Rumble Theatre in 1990 with Chris Gerrard-Pinker and directed acclaimed productions of Blackbird (2009), San Diego (2005), Soulless (2004), Hedda Gabler (2003), Designated Mourner (2003), Three in the Back, Two in the Head (2001), and War of the Worlds (2000). In 2003, he co-founded PuSh International Performing Arts Festival in 2003 with Katrina Dunn, and was Artistic and Executive Director until 2018, when he undertook a new role consulting for the Australia Council for the Arts. Armour received a Doctor of Fine Arts, honoris causa, from the SFU Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology in 2019.

Dorothy Barenscott

Term Lecturer: Art, Performance & Cinema Studies

E: dbarensc@sfu.ca

I am an art historian whose interdisciplinary research relates to the interplay between urban space and emerging technology and media forms in the articulation of a range of modern and postmodern identities. My publication record reflects these interests with examinations of painted panoramas, experimental and mainstream cinema, modern architecture, and conceptual photography. I completed a Ph.D. in the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory at the University of British Columbia and went on to complete a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship in Trent University’s Cultural Studies Department.

David Biddle

Term Lecturer: Visual Arts

E: dbiddle@sfu.ca

Areas: Business and Pleasure.

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.

Bojan Bodruzic

Term Lecturer: Film

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Bojan Bodruzic was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina, and now resides in Vancouver, British Columbia. He holds a BFA in Film Production from Simon Fraser University and a Joint MFA in Film Production and Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia.

Joe Clark

Term Lecturer: Film

E: jec10@sfu.ca

Joseph Clark is an historian of film and visual culture, specializing in the history of documentary, newsreel, and non-theatrical films in United States and Canada. His book, News Parade: The American Newsreel and the Mediation of the Public Sphere, 1927-1945, will be published by University of Minnesota Press in Spring 2018. His new research focuses on the role of non-fiction film – including home movies, propaganda films, and documentaries – in the public and private memory of racism and civil rights. He is a Lecturer in film studies in the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University and has previously taught in Cinema Studies and American Studies at Colby College and Franklin and Marshall College.

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Janet Danielson

Course Supervisor: Music

E: jrd@sfu.ca

Janet Danielson is a composer whose works have been performed in England, the U.S., and Canada by ensembles ranging from the Vancouver Chinese Instrument Ensemble to the Vancouver Symphony and CBC Radio Orchestras. Her recent commissioned works include an opera, The Marvelous History of Mariken of Nimmigen, commissioned by Music in the Morning; The Occupation, a song collaboration with poet Robert Bringhurst, for baritone, marimba and viol da gamba; and In the Very Highest Place, a setting Wu Li’s poetry for chorus and the Orchid Ensemble (marimba, zheng, erhu) premiered November 2007. Her realization of Verbum Caro, a 17th-century Canadian Ursuline carol, was premiered in Rome at Christmas 2007, and a string quartet for the Royal Society of Canada Symposium on War and Peace in November 2008. She has taught courses related to music theory, analysis, music and culture, and composition at Simon Fraser University and at Regent College, and has authored a text, Basic Organization of Music. Her articles have been published in Musicworks and in the Proceedings of the Asia-Pacific Composers’ League. Danielson is former Associate Artistic Director of Vancouver New Music and ChairAssociation of Canadian Women Composers, and has served on the Executive Council of the Canadian League of Composers. Current commissions include a work for string orchestra and erhu for Vancouver Pro Musica, for whom she is 2010 Composer-in-Residence, and a cello sonata for the 2010 Vancouver Music/Grail conference. She is an Associate Composer of the Canadian Music Centre.

Tanya Elchuk

Term Lecturer: Theatre

E: tanyaelchuk@gmail.com

Tanya Elchuk teaches Voice and Speech at Simon Fraser University and the Vancouver Film School. She holds an M.F.A. in Theatre and a Voice Teaching Diploma from York University, where she studied with David Smukler, and received a S.S.H.R.C. Canada Graduate Scholarship for her research on neuroscience and acting. As an artist, Tanya has written and performed original work throughout Canada and the United States.

Dani Fecko

Term Lecturer: Interdisciplinary

E: dfecko@sfu.ca

Dani Fecko has a long history working in contemporary theatre in Vancouver. She was Managing Producer of Boca del Lupo and spent four years as Associate Curator at the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival. Dani trained as a Stage Manager, working locally and taking shows on the road and more across North America, Europe and Mexico. Dani was on the host committee for WAA Vancouver 2015. She currently sits on the board of the Alliance for Arts and is on the development committee of ISPA. She is one of the 2016 – 2018 APAP Leadership Fellows. Dani is a graduate of Studio 58 and lives in Vancouver with her husband and their pet fish, Dash.

Emmalena Fredriksson

Term Lecturer: Dance

E: sefredri@sfu.ca

Areas: Dance, Performance Art.

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 spaces, and for site-specific work. I am interested in making work that can capture moments of being and of 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. My MFA continued my research on the sculptural aspects of the body and the potential narratives that it holds. I continue to play with duration and improvisational practices to question the perceptions of body and notions of dance. From 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.

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Martin Gotfrit

Course Supervisor / Professor: Music

E: gotfrit@sfu.ca

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

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

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Tara Gallagher Harris

Term Lecturer: Theatre

E: tgh1@sfu.ca

Tara Gallagher Harris (PhD Student in Performance Studies at York University / MA in Performance Studies from Queen Mary University of London / BFA in Theatre Performance from Simon Fraser University) is a performance maker and academic based in Vancouver and Toronto. She is a member of performance group O, o, o, o. and is currently collaborating with Radix Theatre. Her work centres on research creation, new media, and belief, with a focus on immersive performance and its effect on audience and performer identity.

Kathleen Hepburn

Term Lecturer: Film

E: k_hepburn@sfu.ca

Kathleen Hepburn is a Vancouver born writer and director whose debut feature, NEVER STEADY, NEVER STILL, which Variety Magazine calls a "stoically broken hearted debut," premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2017 and was awarded Best Canadian Film and Best Director by the Vancouver Film Critics Circle, as well as Special Jury Prize at the Dublin International Film Festival. It went on to be nominated for eight Canadian Screen Academy Awards including Best Picture. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing, and a BFA in Film Production from the Universities of Guelph and Simon Fraser respectively. THE BODY REMEMBERS WHEN THE WORLD BROKE OPEN is her sophomore feature, co-written and co-directed by Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers.

Sharon Kahanoff

Term Lecturer: Visual Art

E: skahanof@sfu.ca

Sharon Kahanoff is a filmmaker, artist, writer and educator. Her works have been exhibited in both cinemas and galleries locally and in the U.S., and she has published in exhibition catalogues, art magazines and other art publications. She is a sessional instructor at Simon Fraser and Emily Carr Universities, a volunteer and board member of Artspeak gallery, and she sits on the program advisory committee at Cineworks. Her interests include the performance and theatricality of social relations in contemporary re-enactment art, and the philosophies and ethics of time expressed through the moving image.

Delina Law

Sessional Instructor: Dance

E: delinal@sfu.ca

Delina started her ballet training at seven in Hong Kong. At fifteen she went to Canada and continued her ballet training at Alberta Ballet School and York University. She received two dance scholarships, one from York University and the other from The Banff Centre for the Arts. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Dance from York University in 1980.

Since 1980 she performed, choreographed and taught in different countries. She furthered her study in dance and graduated with a Master of Creative Industry in Dance Teaching from Queensland University of Technology in 2005.

In Hong Kong she had worked as a dancer with the City Contemporary Dance Company, Resident Choreographer for Hong Kong Television Broadcasts Limited (HK-TVB), Dance Director of Asia Television Limited (ATV). She choreographed numerous works for television, films and stage. She taught ballet at Hong Kong Dance Company, Hong Kong Ballet, City Contemporary Dance Company, Unlock Dancing Plaza, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and Jean M. Wong School of Ballet.

In China she taught at Guangdong Modern Dance Company and Beijing Modern Dance Ensemble.

In Taiwan she taught at Cloud Gate Dance Theatre, National Institute of the Arts, Dance Forum and Tsoying Senior High School. She was an Associate Professor and Ballet Coordinator with the School of Dance at Taipei National University of the Arts from 2000 to 2005.

In Canada she choreographed and performed at the annual `Dancing on the Edge Festival’ in Vancouver from 1991 to 1993. She choreographed for Arts Umbrella Youth Dance Company in 1996. She taught at Ballet BC and Arts Umbrella in 1995 to 1996 and Harbour Dance Centre from 1991 to 1996.

Delina moved to Vancouver in 2015 and had taught at Ballet BC, Arts Umbrella, Simon Fraser University and The Landing Dance Centre. Since she returned to Vancouver, she started teaching for Harbour Dance Centre.

Su-­Feh Lee

Sessional Instructor: Theatre Performance

E: su-­‐feh_lee@sfu.ca

Lee Su-Feh is Artistic Director of battery opera. How this happened involved: Childrens’ Theatre with Janet Pillai, traditional Malay and contemporary dance with Marion D’Cruz in Malaysia, contemporary dance with Lari Leong in Paris, contact improvisation with Peter BIngham in Vancouver; and many years of Chinese martial arts with infuriatingly exacting teachers. Before coming to Vancouver in 1988, she lived in Paris, London, Indonesia and Malaysia.  She speaks 6 languages badly. In 1998, she won the Prix de Jeune Auteur of the Rencontres Choregraphiques Internationales de Seine-St. Denis for her work Gecko Eats Fly. In theatre, Su-Feh has worked as a choreographer with directors such as Marc Diamond, Donna Spencer and most recently DD Kugler and Steven Hill. She has been nominated twice for a Jessie Award. In 2012, her solo work The Whole Beast won the BOH Cameronian Award for Outstanding Choreography in Malaysia. In 2013 and 2014, she was awarded the Isadora Award and the Lola Award respectively, by the Dance Centre in Vancouver, in recognition of her contribution to the dance milieu through her work as choreographer, dancer, teacher, dramaturge and all-around shit disturber. In 1995, she co-founded battery opera with David McIntosh with whom she has been collaborating ever since she saw him lying, bleeding, in Kota Baru in 1985.

Kenji Maeda

Term Lecturer: Interdisciplinary

E: kmaeda@sfu.ca

Kenji Maeda is the Executive Director of the Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance (GVPTA) and the artsVest B.C. Program Manager for Business for the Arts, which is a sponsorship training program for arts organizations across the province. He has had the opportunity to lead workshops and work with more than 100 arts organizations to strategize private sector partnerships within the arts. For five years he was the Executive Director of DOXA Documentary Film Festival. He has worked in film, TV, and theatre and is a Jessie Award recipient.

Stefan Maier

Term Lecturer: Music

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Stefan Maier is an artist based in Vancouver, Canada. His compositions, installations, and performances, examine emergent and historical sound technologies. Highlighting material instability and unruliness, his work explores the flows of sonic matter through sound systems, instruments, software, and bodies, to uncover alternate modes of authorship and listening possible within specific technologically-mediated situations. Stefan works fluidly between contemporary classical music, sound art, experimental electronic music and installation. In 2017 he received a Mayor’s Art Award from the City of Vancouver and is a 2019 Macdowell Colony Fellow. He in a 2019 nominee for the Gaudeamus Prize in composition.

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Lauren Marsden

Term Lecturer: Art, Performance & Cinema Studies

E: lmarsden@sfu.ca

Lauren Marsden is an artist, teacher, and editor based in Canada and Trinidad & Tobago. She creates films, performances, and GIFs in collaboration with a range of creative professionals and exhibits her work internationally in galleries and film festivals. She teaches video art at the University of Victoria, critical writing at the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University, and in 2015 was a Visiting Tutor and Artist-in-Residence at Quest University in Squamish, BC. She is a Senior Editor for the San Francisco Arts Quarterly and is the Founding Editor of Decoy Magazine.

Will Meadows

Sessional Instructor: Film

E: will_meadows@sfu.ca

Deirdre Morgan

Sessional Instructor: Music

E: deirdre_morgan@sfu.ca

I hold a Ph.D in Ethnomusicology from SOAS, University of London (2017), an M.A. in Ethnomusicology (UBC 2008), and a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies (UBC 2006). My research focusses on the cultural study of musical instruments, multi-sited ethnography, historiography, music revival, and transnational subcultures and scenes.

My primary research project is an ethnographic study of jew’s harp revival communities based on multi-sited fieldwork in Norway, Austria, Sicily, and online. My work uses the jew’s harp to examine how musical instruments reflect changing tastes, technologies, and social identities, and how transnational music communities are changing radically in the digital age. This research was supported by a Doctoral Fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), and a Research Scholarship from SOAS, University of London.

I am currently a sessional lecturer in music at Simon Fraser University and Vancouver Community College. My teaching interests include the music of sub-Saharan Africa and its diaspora; the trans-Atlantic feedback cycle; music transnationalism through a global, post-colonial lens; exoticism, fusion, and appropriation; gender and sexuality; critical approaches to power and underrepresentation in academia and the music industry. Regions of specialization: West Africa, South Africa, the Caribbean, North America, India, and Indonesia.

I serve on the Executive Committee of the British Forum for Ethnomusicology and am the Book Notes editor for the Yearbook for Traditional Music. I have been a Board member with the International Jew's Harp Society since 2011 and previously served as Executive Director of the Jew's Harp Guild and the North American Jew's Harp Festival (2011 & 2012), and President of the SOAS Mouth Harp Society (2012-2015).

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Mauricio Pauly

Term Appointment (Assistant Professor): Music

E: mauricio_pauly@sfu.ca

Mauricio Pauly is a performer and improviser, composer, and artistic co-director and co-founder of Distractfold.

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Lisa Ravensbergen

Term Lecturer: Theatre Performance

E: lravensb@sfu.ca

A tawny mix of Ojibway / Swampy Cree and English / Irish, Lisa is a multi-hypenate theatre artist based in Vancouver on unceded Coast Salish territory. A play-maker, Jessie nominated actor, dramaturge, writer, director, and sometimes dancer, she supplements her eclectic practice with the joys of motherhood and the delights of self-produced works. She is an Associate Artist with Full Circle: First Nations Performance, as well as a former Dramaturge in Residence and Associate Playwright at Playwrights Theatre Centre in Vancovuer. She is a member of Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA) and a graduate of Trinity Western University and Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts.

Patrick Sabongui

Sessional Instructor: Film

E: psabongu@sfu.ca

Patrick Sabongui is an actor, producer, director, program director, teacher, and stuntman. His most recent projects include a lead role as Hassan Al Afshar on Sony/Crackle’s first original drama, The Art of More, and as Captain David Singh on the CW’s The Flash.

Born and raised in Vancouver, Canada, Sabongui discovered his passion for theatre at an early age. Patrick has appeared in numerous television series, including: The Runner, Stargate: Atlantis, Almost Human, Nikita, Psych, Arrow, Fringe, The L Word, and 24. Film appearances include Tomorrowland, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, Godzilla, The Smurfs 2, White House Down, This Means War, Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, Watchmen, and 300. Click here for a full listing of his television and film appearances.

Patrick has also done stunt work on many films, including: X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Bourne Legacy, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1, and The A-Team. He was the stunt coordinator for the tv series Soldiers of the Apocalypse. Sabongui recently shot the short film, Chained, which was nominated as the Best Period Piece for the Action on Film Award and won the Action on Film Award for Best Visual Effects.

He also wrote, produced, and directed the short Shakey’s Coffee, which won the Founder’s Award for Excellence at the Life Fest Film Fest. He was second unit director for The Cargo, The Privileged, Bad Building, Soldiers of the Apocalypse, and is the executive producer for the upcoming short film Ariel Unraveling.

On the stage Sabongui is known for the Canadian premiere of Ayad Akhtar’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Disgraced, and for originating the role of Foster Bryant in the World Premiere production of Inside the Seed.

In addition to his many other hats, Patrick is a co-director for the non-profit Fulfilling Young Artists (FYA), managing director of Life Force Films, founder and lead instructor at ACT Vancouver, and program developer and facilitator for Sabongui Organizational Solutions.

Gurp Sian

Sessional Instructor: Dance

E: gssian@sfu.ca

I am a Dancer, Musician, TV/Radio Host, Actor/Producer and the Executive Director of South Asian Arts Society. I’ve had the opportunity to participate in over a dozen international Bhangra competitions as a Bhangra dancer and play the Dhol drum at the JUNO Awards with Russell Peters and during the Vancouver 2010 Olympics. I continue to teach Bhangra & Dhol to adults and children at my own studio and at festivals, schools and universities across BC. In September 2010, my business partner Raakhi Sinha and I taught North America’s first ever University accredited Bhangra dance class at Simon Fraser University.

My organization, South Asian Arts Society, also produces theatre and comedy dance dramas. In 2009, The Georgia Straight voted ‘Bollywood Wedding’ as the “Best Outdoor Interactive Theatre Event” of the year.

Aside from performing arts, I co-host a popular TV show called “Punjabi Vibes“, which addresses pressing issues in the South Asian community via comedy sketches. I am also a Radio Host/Producer and Punjabi Music Director at Spice Radio. Monday – Friday from 5-7pm, I co-host a live sports talk show called “Gopi & the Gora” with my co-host Eddy (aka The Big E). Tune in!

My latest endeavour is a global percussion group called Sticks n’ Skins.

Kathy Slade

Term Lecturer: Visual Art

E: kslade@sfu.ca

Kathy Slade is an artist, author, curator, editor, and publisher.

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Antonio Somera Jr.

Sessional Instructor: Dance

E: asomera@sfu.ca

Antonio Somera Jr. is a quirky character, robust space-eater, and a nimble cat-lover. Based out of Vancouver, Canada, he is a member of emerging collectives: MAYCE, Konichiwaack, and OURO. Graduated with a BFA from the SFU Contemporary Dance Program, he had the privilege of interpreting works by: 605 Collective, The Response Dance Company, Dancers Dancing, Katie DeVries, Noam Gagnon, Rob Kitsos and Julie Chapple. Antonio has performed on various stages around Vancouver such as 12 Minutes Max, Vancouver International Dance Festival, OnTheBoards and Dancing on the Edge. Antonio recently worked in Seattle, WA alongside choreographer, KT Niehoff, in her remount of A Glimmer of Hope or Skin or Light in 2015.

During his travels and studies around North America, Antonio has grown a passion in Gaga technique, contact improvisation, and the urban street-style of waacking. Waacker extraordinaire, Archie Burnette (New York) once told Antonio, “You’re too beautiful to be fake!” which inspired him to always be truthfully himself on and off stage. Antonio is also an avid participant in Vancouver’s street-dance community, instructing waacking classes and attending battles locally and internationally. Antonio’s lifelong artistic process is to create a vocabulary merging waacking and contemporary techniques presented in both proscenium and urban settings.

Photo: Karen Chan

Ron Stelting

Term Lab Instructor: Dance

E: rsteltin@sfu.ca

Ron Stelting has been accompanying dance classes for over 20 years. He has been facilitating rhythm events since 1997. Ron is one of the founders of Vancouver Rhythm and Dance.

Vilhelm Sundin

Sessional Instructor: Film

E: vsundin@sfu.ca

Areas: Film, installations, writing, music, sound

I am a filmmaker with special interest in writing, music and sound. I also sometimes work with interactive installations. 

Since I graduated from Emily Carr in 2010, I have helped set up the Vancouver-based production company Combination Films. I also have lectured in Sweden while working on my own writing and projects. 

I am interested in time-based media since it incorporates many of my artistic interests and allows for a very collaborative atmosphere. Currently, I’m trying to tell stories about the daily conditions and struggles of human life set in fictional and minimalist worlds.

Rita Ueda

Term Lecturer: Music

E: rueda@sfu.ca

Rita Ueda is a composer, sound designer, and music teacher in Vancouver, Canada. Her recent works include forty years of snowfall will not heal an ancient forest for the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Escape from the Evil Alien Surfblasters for 8 hand piano ensemble, and Still Shaking from the Latte, a piano solo for Misuzu Kitazumi-Burns, a member of the LA Piano Unit.

Her as the snowflakes return to the sky for string orchestra was awarded 2nd prize in the 2010/11 International Gustav Mahler Composition Competition, and it will be performed next season by the Vienna Radio Symphony and the Vienna Chamber Orchestra.

Rita was born in Hakodate, Japan, to a family of musicians, poets, dancers and engineers. She moved to Vancouver, Canada with her family in 1971. Rita studied composition and sound design at Simon Fraser University and the California Institute of the Arts. Her teachers include Rudolf Komoros, Rodney Sharman, Wadada Leo Smith, Morton Subotnick and Stephen L. Mosko.

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Megan Walker-Straight

Term Lecturer: Dance

E: megan_walker-straight@sfu.ca

Dancer and artist Megan Walker Straight was one of the few original cast members of The Merce Cunningham Dance Company from 1980-1986. She had the opportunity to work alongside Merce himself, performing in multiple pieces, furthering her understanding of dance. She also danced with many prestigious dance companies in New York City, including Kenneth King, Douglas Dunn, and Lucinda Childs (“Merce Cunningham Trust”).

Neil Wedman

Term Lecturer: Visual Arts

E: nwedman@sfu.ca

Neil Wedman was born in Vancouver, Canada in 1954. Making paintings stands at the core of thirty years of studio practice, but he has devoted almost equal attention to producing drawings and works on paper including print editions, book-works and photographs. He has also made a number of short films and musical recordings although not many of the latter.

He lives and works in Vancouver and is represented there by the Equinox Gallery.

Neil Wedman has been a sessional instructor teaching studio courses for the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University since 2000 and at Emily Carr University since 1991.

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Chengxin Wei

Sessional Instructor: Dance

E: cwa156@sfu.ca

A native of Dalian, China, Chengxin Wei graduated from the Beijing Dance Academy in 1997, where he studied classical Chinese dance for eleven years and received his BFA degree. He subsequently worked for three years as principal dancer of the Guangdong Provincial Dance Theatre. Upon immigrating to Vancouver, BC in 2000, Chengxin danced with the graduate program at Arts Umbrella for a year, and appeared with numerous dance companies. He was also a member of Ballet British Columbia for six seasons. In 2004, Chengxin co-founded Moving Dragon, a contemporary dance company that focuses on cross-cultural fusion between Eastern and Western dance styles. Moving Dragon has performed in venues across Canada. Chengxin is the recipient of the Iris Garland Emerging Choreographer Award, and the David Leighton Arts Fellowship Award. He holds MFA in Dance from the University of Washington, Seattle and worked as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance at Ohio University for two years. He has taught Advanced Modern at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver.

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