Megan Andrews

Sessional Instructor: Dance


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.

David Biddle

Term Lecturer: Visual Arts


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.

Patrick Blenkarn

Term Lecturer: Theatre Performance


Areas: theatre, live art, performance art, installation.

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.

Joe Clark

Term Lecturer: Film


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.

YI Cui

Term Lecturer: Film


Yi Cui was born and raised in northwest China and currently lives between her homeland and Canada. Before starting to make films, she worked in conservation ecology. She received her MFA in Film and Video from York University in Toronto. Her body of work consists of experimental, documentary, narrative and essay films. The constant search for poetics in film medium is a recurring theme in her films.

Janet Danielson

Sessional Instructor: Music


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

Sessional Instructor: Theatre


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.

Emmalena Fredriksson

Sessional Instructor: Dance


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. /

Camille Gingras

Sessional Instructor: Theatre Performance


Born in Venezuela, Camille Gingras grew up in Argentina, Scotland and Canada before living in England for twelve years. She holds a BA (Hons) in English Literature and Theatre at Kent University, studied at Desmond Jones’ School of Mime and Physical Theatre,  and received an MA (Distinction) in Playwriting at Birmingham University. In Canada, Camille has devised new performances with some of BC’s most adventurous companies. Selected credits include: Leaky Heaven’s To Wear A Heart So White; The Chop’s Kismet one to one hundred; Boca Del Lupo The Suicide, (Recipient of the Alcan award); Theatre Replacement and Rumble Productions Clark and I Somewhere in Connecticut, which premiered at PuSh and was awarded the Vancouver Critics’ Innovation award. For Rough House, her production company with Candelario Andrade, Camille conceived and created Tiny Apocalypse; she was lead artistic facilitator for Smile! You’re on Camera; and co-created A Last Resort with Andrade.

Martin Gotfrit

Sessional Instructor / Professor: Music


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

Sutrisno Setya Hartana

Sessional Instructor: Music


Sutrisno Setya Hartana is one of Java’s most accomplished gamelan musicians. His tours in Asia, Europe and North America have included lecture-demonstrations, workshops and performances.

Su-­Feh Lee

Sessional Instructor: Theatre Performance

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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.

James Long

Sessional Instructor: Theatre Performance


James Long has been making theatre since 1995 and artistic directs Theatre Replacement with Maiko Bae Yamamoto. As a freelance actor and director, he has had the pleasure of working with Rumble Productions, Neworld Theatre, Cindy Mochizuki, urban ink, Leaky Heaven Circus, The Chop, The Only Animal, Stan’s Cafe, CBC Radio, and Electric Company Theatre, among many others. He is a graduate of Simon Fraser University.

Judy Madarasz

Sessional Instructor: Dance


Judy Madarasz is co-director, with Mikhail Morris, of KETCH DI VYBZ Production Company, a full service and diversified production company that produces Dancehall Theatre productions, lectures and courses, performances, events, films, photos, and dance classes to teach lessons on culture, humanity, and justice.

Ian McFarlane

Term Lecturer: Theatre Production & Design


Areas: Theatre, puppetry.

I am a multifaceted theatre maker whose unique practice of landscape poetics, junkyard theatrics and performative alchemy explores the unexpected correspondence between the performing body and the performing of the work. Using the disciplines of puppetry, eco-scenography and sensory ethnography as foundations for creative inquiry, I create works for the theatre, outdoor spectacles and community-led projects.

I received an MFA in Interdisciplinary Studies from Simon Fraser University's School for the Contemporary Art in 2018. My practice encompasses performance, scenic design, devised theatre, painting and puppetry. I am a Co-Founder of Mudfoot Theatre, lead puppeteer and designer with The River Clyde Pageant, as well as a Puppeteer with Bread and Puppet Theater.

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

Mauricio Pauly

Term Appointment (Assistant Professor): Music


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

Kathy Slade

Term Lecturer: Visual Art


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

Photo: Karen Chan

Ron Stelting

Term Lab Instructor: Dance


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.

Alex Stursberg

Term Lecturer: Visual Art


Alex Tedlie-Stursberg is a post-medium artist residing in Vancouver, BC. He possesses both a BA and BFA from Simon Fraser University, and recently received his MFA from the Glasgow School of Art, where he graduated with merit. His work has been exhibited in a variety of galleries across North America and Europe.

Working mostly with assemblage, using various forms of cultural iconography and material appropriation, his practice looks at relationships of value in society, demonstrating their interconnectivity and mutual dependency.

Vilhelm Sundin

Sessional Instructor: Film


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.

Yi Xin Tong

Term Research Faculty


Areas: Visual Arts.

Yi Xin Tong works with moving and still images, three-dimensional objects, text, internet, and sound. Cultural and natural landscape, fiction, metaphysics, visual art as writing, musicality of the mute, and the dialectics of poetry and naivete are subjects he is studying. Attracted to the phenomenon of knowledge formation in relation to human history and drawn to the historical scent of archival materials, Tong collects and forges dispersed knowledge fragments to create new and fictitous scenarios. Tong is currently attending the MFA Studio Art program at New York University. He received his BFA Honours from SFU, and he was the BC winner of BMO 1st Art! Invitational Student Art Competition in 2012.

Rita Ueda

Term Lecturer: Music


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.

Megan Walker-Straight

Term Lecturer: Dance


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”).

Teaching Assistants / Tutor Markers

Caitlin Almond – TA: CA 261 & CA 361
Jennifer Anderson – TA: CA 104
Kwyn Aquino – TA: CA 137
Aryan Borboruah – TA: CA 104
Hannah Campbell – TA: CA 269/369
Storm Greenwood – TA: CA 149
Zac Gungl – TA: CA 137
Linnea Gwiazda – TA: CA 285
Michelle Kim – TA: CA 135
Alexandre Klinke – TM: CA 142
Yani Kong – TA: CA 237/337
Casper Leerink – TM: CA 104
Xinyue Liu – TA: CA 131
Jessica McMann – TM: CA 140
Deborah Micho – TA: CA 149
Maria Palad – TA: CA 168
Brian Postalian – TA: CA 170
Mohammad Rezwan – TA: CA 135
Luciana Saldanha Fortes – TA: CA 353
ilvs strauss – TA: CA 450
Graeme Wahn – TA: CA 161 & CA 461
Amy Wilson – TA: CA 285
Meagan Woods – TA: CA 319W
Tomoyo Yamada – TA: CA 425
Joey Zaurrini – TM: CA 386
TBD – CA 243, 343, 443