Visiting Scholars

Megan Andrews

Megan Andrews, PhD, is a dance artist/scholar, educator and writer/editor, working across theory and practice at a number of disciplinary intersections. Her research queries the relation of ethics and aesthetics through embodied practices of movement and perception. She teaches dance courses in the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University, coaches individual clients in somatic awareness, and works in leadership development as a consultant in corporate contexts under the umbrella Embodied Leadership. As a performer, Megan has worked with many independent choreographers across Canada and is currently conducting research with several experimental dance makers. Megan taught on faculty at York University for 14 years, and has directed studio and seminar courses in contemporary dance, movement analysis, dance aesthetics, dance history and critical dance writing. Her research and writing has been published in a variety of journals and publications. Founding editor of the Canadian dance magazine The Dance Current, she maintains an ongoing affiliation with the organization as Director of Education and Special Projects. Megan is a Certified Laban Movement Analyst and holds a PhD in Communication and Cultural Studies from York University. She works from her current base in Vancouver, on unceded Coast Salish territory.

Jane Gabriels, Ph.D., is a performer and writer whose doctoral dissertation from Montréal’s Concordia University focused on artists, creative process, and non-profits in the South Bronx, NY. She was invited to co-organize symposiums on performance curation at L'université du Québec à Montréal (2014), Duke University (2015), and Concordia University (2017). She co-edited the anthology Curating Live Arts: Critical Perspectives, Essays and Conversation in Theory and Practice (Berghahn Books, forthcoming Fall 2018), and a booklet, Configurations in Motion: Performance curation and communities of color (Concordia Univ, publication: Fall 2018). In 2012, she graduated from the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance. Currently she is Executive Director of Dance West Network (Vancouver), and one of the Co-Directors at Pepatián (Bronx, NY). 



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