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Bojan Bodruzic

Term Lecturer: Film

E: bojan_bodruzic@sfu.ca

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.

Jessica Chambers

Term Lecturer: Theatre

E: jchamber@sfu.ca

Originally from Switzerland, Jessica Chambers started out as a freelance lighting and audio technician, working through to Equity Stage Management and then into Technical Direction, Production Management, and Producing. With now over 25 years of experience, her artistic practice is based on field work, which provides a unique teaching context. Over the years, Jessica has worked with the Arts Club Theatre, The Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Co., The National Arts Centre, Canadian Stage, Touchstone, Theatre Replacement, NewWorld, Crystal Pite, Lola Mclaughlin, Movent, Action At A Distance, and many, many more. She spent 3 years with TBA Global Events, producing and executing corporate events internationally, and 10 years as the Technical Director at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts. Most recently, Jess turned her project management skills to building a house on Saltspring Island, with her partner and 2 children, where she now focuses on consulting and freelance Production Management. The recent addition of teaching has been an extremely rewarding one.

Justine A. Chambers

Term Lecturer: Dance + Theatre Performance

E: jachambe@sfu.ca

Justine A. Chambers is an artist living and working on the unceded Coast Salish territories of the Squamish, Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. Her movement based practice considers how choreography can be an empathic practice rooted in collaborative creation, close observation, and the body as a site of a cumulative embodied archive. Privileging what is felt over what is seen, she works with dances ‘that are already there’ – the social choreographies present in the everyday. Her choreographic projects have been presented at Nanaimo Art Gallery, Artspeak, Hong Kong Arts Festival, Art Museum at University of Toronto, Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery at Haverford College, Agora de la Danse, Festival of New Dance, Mile Zero Dance Society, Dancing on the Edge, Canada Dance Festival, Dance in Vancouver, The Western Front and the Vancouver Art Gallery. She is Max Tyler-Hite’s mother.

justineachambers.com

Joseph Clark

Term Lecturer: Film + Interdisciplinary

E: jec10@sfu.ca

Joseph Clark is a lecturer in film studies at Simon Fraser University. His research and teaching interests focus on archival and non-theatrical media, including newsreels, home movies, and sponsored film. He is a long-time member of the DOXA Documentary Film Festival Programming Committee and part of the organizing committee of the Vancouver Podcast Festival presented by DOXA. He is the author of News Parade: The American Newsreel and the World as Spectacle.

www.josephclark.me

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.

Charles Douglas

Sessional Instructor: Theatre Performance

E: charles_douglas@sfu.ca

Charles is an actor, movement director, teacher, and researcher. As well as being a Sessional Instructor at SFU, he leads performance capture as an Instructor at the Vancouver Film School. A Fellow of the RSA and a Chevening Alumnus, Charles holds an MA in Movement: Directing and Teaching from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (Distinction). His practice and research explore movement, technology, and bodies.

Charles works internationally on theatre, film, performance capture, and XR projects. Past collaborations include directing movement and stunts for AAA games, movement direction for the short film Firmware (dir. Calvin Romeyn), serving as Movement Assistant to Mervyn Millar (War Horse, Significant Object) on the world premiere of The Hatchling (Trigger Stuff), and directing fights for 2b theatre company, Neptune Theatre, The Watermark Theatre, 360 Screenings, and others. He was awarded the Alan Lund Memorial Award for his creative work. As an actor, Charles has played with The National Arts Centre of Canada's English Theatre company, Neptune Theatre, Two Planks, was a member of the world premiere cast of Ted Dykstra's Evangeline at The Charlottetown Festival, and has contributed his movement and voice to AAA games and the XR experiences of Single Thread and Dream Adoption Society.  

Charles is committed to offering inclusive, culturally responsive, and student-centred learning. He holds a Bachelor of Education degree (Artist in Community Education) from Queen's University. Charles has taught for The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Central Saint Martins, The Chekhov Collective UK, Queen's University, The National Arts Centre of Canada, The Musical Stage Company, Upper Canada College, Ashbury College, The Ross Creek Centre, and others.  

Charles' MA thesis was the first to comprehensively consider actor movement and the 21st Century medium of performance capture. He has presented research at conferences hosted by The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, VFS and CasAzul, and the Canadian Association for Theatre Research / la Société québecoise d'études théâtrales. He has co-presented at the Performance & XR Conference (PXR) and the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival. Charles has enjoyed collaborating with Sheridan College's Screen Industries Research and Training (SIRT) Centre on applied research. Their work together includes 'The Digital Stage' - a long term exploration of the digital future of the Canadian performance arts pursued in partnership with The National Ballet of Canada and the Canadian Opera Company. Charles co-represented SIRT as a Featured Attendee of the international Digital + Performance Convening, co-hosted by HowlRound and SpiderWebShow as part of the 2019 Festival of Live Digital Arts.

www.charlesdouglas.ca

Karla Desentis Rodriguez

Sessional Instructor: Dance

E: karla_desentis_rodriguez@sfu.ca

Karla Desentis is a dancer, choreographer, designer, and musical theater actress. One of her strongest interest is to do art interventions, performances, video-dance, dance theatre, and physical theatre.

She began her career in the performing arts at the age of five and concluded her studies as a dancer after 13 years of training in classical, contemporary, jazz and folklore technique at the Mexico City Ballet Academy. Her increasing interest in performing arts led her to study other disciplines like singing and acting at the CECAAP where she got a Musical Theatre diploma. Also, she studied set and costumes design at UNAM where she graduated from the Bachelor in Industrial Design, 2010, receiving an Academic Merit Diploma. Furthermore, she graduated from the Bachelor in Choreography at INBA, 2015, with an Honorable Mention in Excellence.

Within artistic residency programs, she has been benefited from the INBA Foundation for the summer program at the School of Toronto Dance Theater in 2012 and by The Banff Center for the Arts in Alberta, Canada, for the Indigenous Dance Residency program in 2016.

In the professional field, Karla has been in numerous dance productions as a dancer, as well as a director of her choreographic work. As a teacher she has worked for over ten years, being in charge of groups of all ages; being responsible for the choreographic assembly. Recently she has been teaching an interdisciplinary (dance and design) workshop for the Faculty of Arts and Design at UNAM.

Emmalena Fredriksson

Term Lecturer: Dance

E: emmalena_fredriksson@sfu.ca

Emmalena Fredriksson is a contemporary dance artist living and working in Vancouver, Canada, as a guest on the ancestral unceded lands of the Coast Salish peoples. 

Her practice is defined by choreography as a relational practice in the expanded fields of dance, often collaborating with artists of other disciplines, creating choreographic experiences and dance for social events, film, galleries and performance.  

Born in Sweden, she received her training at Balettakademien in Umeå and at SEAD in Austria. Emmalena has presented choreographic work, performed and taught internationally with Daghdha Dance Company (IE), Canaldanse (FR), Malta University (MT), Pact Zollverein (DE), and Falmouth University (UK) among others.

Based in Vancouver since 2013 her work has been presented in Dancing on the Edge, The Dance Centre's Discover Dance Series, Dance in Vancouver's Choreography Walk (curated by Justine A. Chambers), Dance Days (Victoria) and at the Audain Gallery. Commissioned by the National Film Board, she co-created Tidal Traces – a VR 360 dance film together with Nancy Lee in 2017. The film has to date had over 35 international screenings.

Emmalena holds an MFA degree from Simon Fraser University and she regularly teaches at Modus Operandi, Training Society of Vancouver, Harbour Dance Centre and Simon Fraser University in Vancouver.

www.emmalenafredriksson.com

Elisa González

Term Lecturer: Film

E: elisag@sfu.ca

Elisa Gonzalez is a Toronto-based filmmaker rooted in the fine arts. She holds an MFA in Documentary Media from Ryerson University and a BFA in Photography from Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design. Her work ranges from experimental documentary to video installation that has  exhibited internationally. Elisa is a recipient of funding awards from  Canada Council for the Arts and the National Film Board of Canada among others. Her recent work explores the inherent structures of power between technology, the environment and the individual through  contemporary documentary form.

Martin Gotfrit

Course Supervisor: Music

E: gotfrit@sfu.ca

Areas: Music (improvisation, performance, electro-acoustics), Film (soundtrack related), Theatre (sound design, music), New Media (Interactive systems, installations, theatre).

Often collaborates with other musicians as well as artists from other disciplines such as dance, theatre, film/video, new media and installation art. His work has been presented both locally and internationally. An avid improviser and multi-instrumentalist, he is active in several local music ensembles.

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

sfu.ca/~gotfrit

Copyright: Sarah Race Photography

Sustrisno Hartana

Term Lecturer: Music

E: sutrisno_hartana@sfu.ca

Sutrisno Hartana, master of Javanese gamelan music, and shadow puppets, performs internationally throughout Asia, Europe, and North America in both traditional and contemporary works. Mr. Hartana attended the Indonesian Dance Conservatory in Java and received his BA in 1992 from the Indonesian Institute of the Arts (ISI) in Yogyakarta. In 2004, the King of Paku Alaman garnered him the title Mas Lurah Lebda Swara making him a court musician at the Royal Palace in Java. Mr. Hartana holds his MA in Ethnomusicology from the University of British Columbia and completed a PhD at the University of Victoria in the interdisciplinary program. He also directs and teaches gamelan with Victoria’s Busy Island Gamelan

Kathleen Hepburn

Term Lecturer: Film

E: khepburn@sfu.ca

Kathleen Hepburn is a writer/director based on the unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) nations. Her 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. Her sophomore feature, THE BODY REMEMBERS WHEN THE WORLD BROKE OPEN (co-written and co-directed by Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers) premiered at Berlinale in 2019, was awarded the Grand Prix at the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma, an honourable mention for Best Canadian Feature at TIFF '19, and the Toronto Film Critics Association Rogers Best Canadian Feature Prize. The film won 3 Canadian Screen Awards, including Achievement in Directing and Original Screenplay, and is currently streaming on NETFLIX in the US. Hepburn is currently in development on a youth-focused crime drama series with co-creator Elizabeth Cairns and Sphere Media Plus, as well as her next feature project THE NARROW EDGE with Experimental Forest Films. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing, and a BFA in Film Production from the Universities of Guelph and Simon Fraser respectively.

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Josh Hite

Sessional Instructor: Theatre Performance

E: jhiteecu@sfu.ca

Josh Hite works with video, animation, sound, and photography, often creating reorganized archives of particular spaces or behaviours, either through his own recordings or by appropriating content through sites like YouTube. Leaning more on an ethnography that acknowledges content as a driving force, his practice considers tactics for documentation as a determinant of eventual form, rather than using art historical or cultural references as structural assistants. Projects tend to query relationships between an experience and its location, the power dynamics at play, and the ways in which transitions and sequencing propel us through time.

Farshid Kazemi

Sessional Instructor: Film

Farshid Kazemi is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the School for the Contemporary Arts, Simon Fraser University. His research interests combine an interdisciplinary and theoretical approach to Film and Media Studies/Film Theory, Iranian Studies, and Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies. He holds a Ph.D. in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Edinburgh, with a thesis on Iranian cinema and second wave psychoanalytic film theory titled: The Interpreter of Desires: Iranian Cinema and Psychoanalysis. He has published several articles and book chapters on Iranian cinema, psychoanalytic film theory/feminist film theory in journals such as Camera Obscura. His book on the film A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night will be published by Auteur/Columbia University Press in 2020.

Marion Landers

Sessional Instructor: Dance

Marion Landers is a mixed South African and Irish Canadian actor, choreographer and teacher from Vancouver. She has danced with Zab Maboungou/Companie Danse Nyata Nyata, (Montréal/Congo), Balet Brazil, Laura Monteiro (Vancouver/Brazil), Afro-Jazz Drum & Dance Ensemble, Thelma Gibson, (Vancouver) and Umoja! The Spirit of Togetherness, Thembi Nyandani (South Africa). Marion has choreographed/danced/acted in: Welcome Back to Harlem! A Hellfighter’s Story, Diane Roberts/Marsh Regis, Rooted Theatre, James Douglas: an Opera, Obediyah Jones-Darrell, SoundBodyCulture, Welcome to Thebes, Brian Parkinson, Untited Players and Once On This Island (Best Choreography Broadwayworld.com 2018), Damon Jang/Mary Littlejohn, Fabulist Theatre. Marion was choreographic advisor on Mx, Lili Robinson, Vancouver Fringe Festival and choreographer on We The Same, Sangeeta Wylie, Advanced Works, Ruby Slippers. Marion is a Sessional Instructor at the School for Contemporary Arts, SFU, where she received a BFA Dance. She also holds an MA Theatre from UBC. Marion’s full-length dancetheatre work, I Live Still, was co-produced by the National Congress of Black Women Foundation and Vancity Office of Community Engagement at the Goldcorp Centre with support from the BC Arts Council. Her newest dancetheatre work, For Coloured Girls: Out of the Womb, inspired by Ntozake Shange’s choreopoem and Marion’s own heritage as a first-generation daughter of the ‘Coloured People’ of Cape Town, South Africa, premiered at The Heart of the City Festival and 2020’s Black Scholarship, Art & Performance Conference, UBC, curated by Dr. Annette Henry. Marion holds numerous film, TV and commercial credits.

Lee Su-­Feh

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.

Speak to Me, Curator and Artist Vignettes, In the Studio with Kelly Lycan, 2020. Video Still

Kelly Lycan

Sessional Instructor: Visual Art

Kelly Lycan is a photo-based artist who works and resides in Vancouver BC. Lycan’s work investigates the way objects and images are placed and displayed in the world and the cycle of value they go through. Re-purposing and re-contextualizing ordinary things is a consistent part of her practice. She researches the contrast between experience and reproduction translating this through sculpture and photography while referencing collections and methods of display found in museums, institutional gift shops, and department stores. Lycan reinterprets objects through strategies of exhibition, blurring the distinction between content and style, production and mass-consumption, and originals verses copies. These ideas create composites of vernacular collections, art history, contemporary art and design; paradigms collide revealing similarities, influences and failures. She employs photography and sculpture in order to engage them beyond medium specificity into a fluid quality of relations that alter their characteristics; the real becomes replica, representation becomes abstract, and image becomes object.

Lycan studied still photography at Ryerson Polytechnical University, Toronto; received her BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax; and holds an MFA from the University of California, Santa Barbra and Los Angeles. Her solo exhibitions include Club 29/Approximations Rasht 29, Ag Galerie (2018); More Than Nothing, Burrard Art Foundation, Vancouver, BC (2016); Little Glow, Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto, ON (2015-16); Underglow, Presentation House Gallery, North Vancouver, BC (2014); Autobiography for No One, Simon Fraser University Gallery, Burnaby, BC (2014); Bronze Tinfoil Ball, OR Gallery, Vancouver, BC(2011); White Hot, Gallery TPW, Toronto, ON (2009); and Save Now, CSA Gallery, Vancouver, BC. (2008). Lycan was an active member of the artist collective Instant Coffee from 2005 to 2015 and together they have participated in frequent national and international exhibitions, including: Magic Hour, Nikkei Art Gallery, Burnaby, BC; Pink Noise, Kamloops Art Gallery, Kamloops, BC; Bunker Project, Incheon Art Gallery, Incheon, South Korea; Feeling So Much Yet Doing So Little, Western Front, Vancouver, BC; and Disco Fallout Shelter at Subvision Hamburg, Germany and Toronto Sculpture Garden. She is a 2016 recipient of Vancouver’s VIVA award.

www.kellylycan.com

Margarida Macieira

Sessional Instructor: Dance + Theatre Performance

E: mca277@sfu.ca

Margarida is a freelance dance artist, Gaga teacher, and event producer working primarily in London (UK), Tel Aviv (Israel), Lisbon (Portugal) and Canada.

As a dance artist, Margarida has performed with companies such as Gil Kerer Dance, Jean Abreu Dance, James Cousins Company and Company Chameleon. Since March 2018, in partnership with Nicolas Ventura, Margarida is co-director and production manager of Addo Platform, developing dance workshops and regular classes in Vancouver, Toronto and Lisbon. Meanwhile, she is also creating her own work as a choreographer and collaborator and enjoys delving into multidisciplinary projects. Born in Lisbon, Portugal,  she studied ballet, Graham technique, choreography and general Arts at Academia de Dança Contemporânea de Setúbal. In her last year of studies, she joined Quorum Ballet Company as an apprentice. In 2013, she moved to London to study at London Contemporary Dance School, graduating with a 1st BA (honors) in dance.

During 2018/2019, she undertook the Gaga Teacher Training program in Tel Aviv, Israel, supported by GDA Foundation in Portugal. The individualized program is under the artistic direction of Bosmat Nossan, Saar Harari, and Ohad Naharin.

www.addoplatform.com/margarida-macieira

Stefan Maier

Term Lecturer: Music

E: stefan_maier@sfu.ca

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.

stefanmaier.studio

Image: Israel Seoane

Billy Marchenski

Sessional Instructor: Theatre Performance

E: william_marchenski@sfu.ca

Billy graduated from the School for the Contemporary Arts at SFU. He has been performing in Vancouver for over 20 years in Indie Theatre and Contemporary dance. Billy was the recipient of the Sydney J Risk prize for his show, slowpoke, inspired by a visit to the Chernobyl Exclusion zone in 2011. He is a member of the Butoh group “gigamal.”

Kathleen Mullen

Sessional Instructor: Film | Skoden Indigenous Film Festival

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Kathleen Mullen has contributed to the programming, planning, and execution of film and art festivals for 18+ years. She has programmed films for Toronto International Film Festival, Hot Docs, Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival, Planet in Focus, Provincetown International Film Festival, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and many other festivals internationally.

Currently she is the Festival Director of Seattle Queer Film Festival overseeing the programming and operations of the annual festival and a mentor and festival consultant for two 4th year film students at Simon Fraser University who are starting up Skoden Indigenous Film Festival. In addition, Kathleen is working with the Whistler Film Festival, Vancouver Latin American Film Festival, and most recently with the Vancouver Queer Arts Festival. She runs her own consulting company, Letter K Media, which supports filmmakers, festivals, and arts organizations with programming, arts administration, and story consulting.

Kathleen Mullen has written and directed the short films Button OUT!you wash my skin with sunshineSleep Lines, and Still Life with Butterfly. Her award-winning mid-length documentary Breathtaking screened internationally and won the Audience Award at the Canadian Labour International Film Festival.

Kathleen has a Master of Arts from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada and a Master of Fine Arts in Film Production from York University in Toronto, Canada.

www.letterkmedia.com

Photo: Olivier Fitoussi

Rehab Nazzal

Sessional Instructor: Visual Art

Rehab Nazzal is a Palestinian-born multidisciplinary artist based in Toronto, Canada. Her work deals with the effect of settler colonial violence on the bodies and minds of colonized peoples and on the land and other non-human life. Nazzal’s video, photography, and sound works have been exhibited across Canada and internationally in both solo and group exhibitions including at Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art, Toronto; CONTACT Photography Festival, Toronto; Karsh-Masson Galley, Ottawa; The Spanish Institute of Art; Encounters Film Festival, UK; The 22nd Sydney Biennale, Australia; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Foresight Gallery, Amman, Jordan; and Khalil Sakakini Cultural Centre, Ramallah, Palestine. She was a resident at the 29e Symposium international d’art contemporain de Baie-Saint-Paul and AXENEO7 Gallery in Quebec.

Nazzal holds a PhD in Art and Visual Culture from Western University (London, Ontario), an MFA from Ryerson University (Toronto), and a BFA from the University of Ottawa. She is the recipient of several awards including the Social Justice Award from Ryerson University and the Edmund and Isobel Ryan Visual Arts Award in Photography from the University of Ottawa. She received a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada doctoral award and has held multiple grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and Ontario Art Council.

Carr Sappier

Sessional Instructor: Film | Skoden Indigenous Film Festival

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Carr Sappier (Wolastoqew) is a two-spirited multi-genre filmmaker from Neqotkuk who just returned home from Vancouver after receiving a BFA in film at Simon Fraser University. Their passion for filmmaking stems from an aspiration to decolonize the screen, and to offer an alternative and non-binary perspective of Wolastoqew storytelling. Blending and morphing different genre styles and film mediums provides them with methods to express their two-spirited and Wolastoqew identity. While still a student in the film area at SFU's School for the Contemporary Arts, they co-founded the Skoden Indigenous Film Festival in 2019 with fellow SCA student Grace Mathisen.  

APOTAMKIN (2016) (SEA MONSTER)

WASIS (2017) (BABY)

NISUWOK COCAHOQ (2018) (TWO-SPIRITED)

MANAPE MANI (2019) (WALKING SOLDIER)

Stefan Smulovitz

Sessional Instructor: Music & Sound

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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Megan Walker-Straight

Term Lecturer: Dance

E: mwalkers@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”).

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