Staff

Barbara Adler

Professional Development Coordinator

E: scapdev@sfu.ca
P: 778-782-9592

Barbara Adler's artistic practice brings together literary performance, composition, and event making to explore the intersections between text, music, design and performance. Her work has been presented through solo and band albums, publication in spoken word anthologies and at performances including The Vancouver Folk Festival, Ballet BC, Karlovy Vary Film Festival, The Vancouver Writers Festival, The Winnipeg Folk Festival, and the Vienna Literature Festival.Recent collaborators include choreographer Lesley Telford, composer Ron Samworth, documentary filmmaker Jan Foukal and theatre artist Kyla Gardiner. She currently leads Ten Thousand Wolves.

As an independent programmer and producer, Barbara's work explores the potential for live performance and artistic labour to create an ethos of critique and care in the public sphere. In 2016, she joined Cole Schmidt and James Meger to launch Sawdust Collector, a weekly performance series presenting new, experimental and improvised works by established and emerging artists in an interdisciplinary context. Barbara has presented writing and performance workshops to youth and adult learners across British Columbia and Canada. She holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Studies and a BA in Art and Cultural Studies, both from Simon Fraser University

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Oscar Alfonso

Undergraduate Program Assistant

E: ca@sfu.ca
P: 778-782-3363

Brady Cranfield

Communications Assistant

E: scaweb@sfu.ca
P: 778-782-9561

Brady Cranfield is a sound and visual artist, musician, and writer. He has a MA in Communications and a MFA from SFU.

Andrew Curtis

Resource Specialist

E: acurtis1@sfu.ca
P: 604-254-3557

Samantha Diamond

Director's Assistant

E: scasec@sfu.ca
P: 778-782-3603

With several years of experience working in academic environments, 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.

Dean Lastoria

New Students and Retention

E: lastoria@sfu.ca
P: 778-782-3516

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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Katrina Orlowski

Graduate Program Assistant

E: mfagrad@sfu.ca
P: 778-782-9593

Katrina Orlowski is a writer, curator, and occasional filmmaker. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film from SFU's School for the Contemporary Arts, and a Masters in Communication and Culture from York University.

Barbara Ringham

Undergraduate Advisor

E: fpaadv@sfu.ca
P: 778-782-5733

As the SCA's Undergraduate Advisor, Barbara provides advising to students who have completed their first year of studies in Contemporary Arts (Majors, Intended Majors, Extended Minors and Minor programs).

Barbara completed her Honours BFA degree in Visual Art at York University. Before joining Contemporary Arts she worked in the School of Computing Science, the Department of Economics, and Meeting, Events and Conference Services.

Katie Rivière

Financial Assistant

E: scabudget@sfu.ca
P: 778-782-3724

Ben Rogalsky

Technical Director

E: brogalsk@sfu.ca
P: 604-218-7237

Ben is a wandering multi-instrumentalist, learning music from all over the world. He plays Javanese gamelan, writes and performs music for dance and theatre, and creates laptop music.

Corbin Saleken

Film and Video Resource Specialist

E: csaleken@sfu.ca
P: 778-782-4466

 

 

Kristen Schiefke

Manager, Academic & Administrative Services

E: kschiefk@sfu.ca
P: 778-782-3534

Kristen has worked at SFU since 2006. She worked in Student Services, the Department of Geography and the School of Computing Science before joining the School for the Contemporary Arts in 2013. 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 skills 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.

Stefan Smulovitz

Manager, Technology & Resources

E: ssmulovi@sfu.ca
P: 604-879-4013

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.

MFA - Simon Fraser University

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Paula Viitanen

SCA Technician

E: pviitane@sfu.ca
P: 778-866-2641

Paula Viitanen Aldazosa, currently based in Vancouver, BC, is a versatile theatre deviser. She found her love for theatre and performing arts in the Finnish National Theatre, where she worked while completing a degree in Industrial Joinery in Helsinki, Finland. After moving to Vancouver in 2014, she has been working as a professional carpenter and completing a BFA in Theatre: Production and Design at Simon Fraser University.

Having worked as a technical director, stage manager, and designer on numerous productions in the Vancouver area, Paula has gathered wide-ranging experiences and expertise. Additionally, she has been working as a freelance photographer for over a decade. During recent years, her work has been shifting increasingly to a film-based practice.

Recent selected work includes Topophilia (Set Design, SFU, Vancouver) Cinerama (Technical Direction, Fight With a Stick, Vancouver), Between Two Rocks (Technical Direction, Macromatter, Taipei/Vancouver), Romeo + Juliet (Set Design, SFU, Vancouver), Repertory Dancers: 5 New Workds (Light Design, SFU, Vancouver), and Revolutions (Stage Management, Fight With a Stick).

Barbara Adler: Professional Development Coordinator
Oscar Alfonso: Undergraduate Program Assistant
Brady Cranfield: Communications Assistant
Andrew Curtis: Resource Specialist (611 Alexander)
Samantha Diamond: Director's Assistant
Dean Lastoria
: New Students and Retention
Katrina Orlowski, Graduate Program Assistant
Barbara Ringham: Undergraduate Advisor
Katie Rivière: Financial Assistant
Ben Rogalsky: Technical Director
Corbin Saleken: Film and Video Resource Specialist
Kristen Schiefke: Manager, Academic & Administrative Services
Stefan Smulovitz: Manager, Technology & Resources
Paula Viitanen: SCA Technician

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