As well as providing an enriched interdisciplinary context for study, the MA in Comparative Media Arts prepares students for work as curators, cultural programmers, arts administrators, arts writers, and other careers in the arts. It also prepares students for a range of PhDs that study the fine and performing arts.

Shauna-Kaye Brown

MA Graduate Student

Shauna-Kaye Brown is a critically thinking Creative whose passion is collaborating with other creatives to achieve common goals. Over ten years of professional experience has shown that she truly enjoys watching thoughts, ideas and concepts come to life. As an employee, subcontractor or freelancer, Shauna-Kaye has been an Entertainment Policy technocrat, Entertainment Administrator and Music Business Executive. Her vocational pursuits have also seen her planning and producing micro, medium and large music events as well as the production of medium and large-scale music festivals in Jamaica. Shauna-Kaye holds a BA in Entertainment and Cultural Enterprise Management with a Minor in Music from the University of the West Indies, Mona. This is accompanied by a wide spectrum of creative experience.  Shauna-Kaye is most interested in exploring Gig Economies, Entertainment Policy (in particular a data driven approach to Entertainment Policy), Creative Cities, as well as continued work in the Entertainment sector. She is also motivated to participate in general Entertainment related research.

Christophe Devos

MA Graduate Student

Christophe Devos is a born-and-raised Vancouverite, francophone, and self-proclaimed cinephile whose passion for cinema began in early childhood while visiting his neighborhood Blockbuster to rent movies. Having earned a BFA in Art History (Concordia University, 2018) and a BA in Film Studies (UBC, 2021), Christophe acquired an affinity for the critical frameworks of intersectionality, queer theory, media and cultural studies. For his MA research, Christophe aims to demonstrate how the music video offers a significant channel for visualizing the latent queerness of children and disrupting the assumed division between child and adult.


Roman Dubrule

MA Graduate Student

Roman Dubrule is a Francophone MA student originally from Grande Prairie, Alberta. With experiences ranging from performing as a professional jazz pianist all over Western Canada, to launching an impromptu career as the head of programming for two French-Canadian radio stations, and to having a passion-fuelled hiatus in the Okanagan wine industry, Roman considers approaching everything from the perspective of a musician. Holding a BMus in Jazz and Contemporary Music with a Major in Performance from MacEwan University, Roman is excited to explore his alternative passion for philosophy in a deeper way during his Master’s studies, to continue elaborating the importance of art in the meaningful development of societies and self. Roman’s academic interests lie especially in process philosophy (through the lenses of Whitehead and Deleuze) as relating to aesthetics, cosmologically and in everyday life. His current philosophical thought lies greatly on memory and its connection to art, using Deleuze, James, as well as Wittgenstein to reconcile the often paradoxical and shifting nature of things and concepts in the world. 

Jason Kennedy

MA Graduate Student

Native to San Francisco, Jason Kennedy has an M.A. Music Education (Teachers College, Columbia University) and a B.A. in Jazz/Commercial Music (Five Towns College) and has taught music to pre-K-12 in New York City, Malaysia, Hong Kong, and India. Jason has also volunteered in Kenya and Cambodia as well as teaching music privately to adults of all ages. Having lived and traveled extensively throughout Asia has afforded him multiple perspectives in art and culture, especially how it relates to education. Jason is a certified music, yoga and mindfulness teacher, and integrates these perspectives into the pedagogy of creative and performance art. He is interested in the creative process through improvisation, collaboration, and mindfulness and its effect on the perspectives and labels that teachers employ, not only for themselves, but also how teachers imprint these labels on their students. Jason’s work in education is to nurture the inherent creativity that allows people to think beyond their self-imposed and cultured limitations, and uses the arts to hone creative problem solving abilities towards the most pressing issues of our time.

Clara Lam

MA Graduate Student

Clara Lam completed her BFA in Fashion Marketing and Management at Savannah College of Art and Design in the United States. Having worked in organizing art exhibitions and museum collections in Hong Kong with the initiative to engage local communities, she became aware of the powerful influence contemporary arts has on transforming societies. For the MA program, Clara is interested in researching the intertwining relationship and connection between Hegemonic Culture, Conflict and Contemporary Arts. Through exploring the dynamic and chemistry of the trio, she hopes to substantiate the idea that contemporary arts is an indispensable gearing force of cultural transformation.  

William Latham

MA Graduate Student

William Latham completed his BA at the University of Alberta as a double major in Philosophy and Film Studies. Throughout his education he has long been interested in this intersection, between the glacial patience of philosophical inquiry and the endlessly fickle and flickering rapidity of contemporary media consumption. Having a particular fondness for the work of Gilles Deleuze, as well as continental philosophy generally, William is especially intrigued by the emergent philosophical questions regarding the new media landscape we now find ourselves inhabiting. In particular, he is interested in the metaphysical significance of surveillant technologies, especially as seen through the extant tensions found amongst Deleuzian affect theory, ethics, and freedom. 

Tamara Lee

MA Graduate Student

Tamara Lee (she/they) holds an MLIS from the University of British Columbia iSchool, and a BFA from Southern Oregon University. Her work has focused on the social-justice potentials of knowledge organization, and creating equitable practices in memory work and information services. She works as a volunteer coordinator at Out on the Shelves Library in Vancouver, and is grateful to live and work on the traditional, ancestral, unceded territory of the Musqueam people.

Juliet Li

MA Graduate Student

Juliet Li hails from the south part of China, and is a theater fanatic and a movie lover. She was bonded with performance since her first ballet lesson at 4. She began her academic inquiry into theater during her undergraduate degree at Queen’s University, Kingston. Most recently, her research interests include film and performance aesthetics, performance theory, film theory, Chinese opera, and literature on performance and film. She is always drawn to the liveness and humanness in performance and films. To her, liveness is being present and humanness means humanity.

Dale MacDonald

MA Graduate Student

Dale MacDonald is a performance director, writer, and educator working in Vancouver. After spending most of his childhood in a theatre, he went on to complete his BA/BEd from the University of Alberta. Since then Dale has been directing and writing short plays in Vancouver; his play, maleficarum, was performed at Pull Festival VI and subsequently published in the festival’s anthology in 2017. Additionally, inspired by the countless hours and late nights of his own adolescence spent in theatres, Dale founded his own youth theatre company in 2018. Dale’s research takes its shape as the unearthing of live-horror aesthetics in response to the lack of both artistic and funding validation granted to the genre. It is an exploration of how ritual, abject, and the uncanny valley weave together in liminal space to churn the stomachs and souls of an audience.

Allison Mander-Wionzek

MA Graduate Student

Allison Mander-Wionzek completed her BA in art history with a minor in fine art at the University of British Columbia in 2010, where she focused on European and North American art from the early modern through contemporary periods and often wrote about disruptions to making created by the emergence of new technologies. She also cultivated a practice in printmaking and installation art, which has since branched into a practice of bookmaking. Upon graduation she was awarded the Malaspina Printmakers’ Residency.  

Since graduating from UBC, Allison has operated as a cultural practitioner and educator in Vancouver. She has formerly functioned as the manager of several private galleries, acted as Director/Curator of a project space called Black & Yellow and functioned as Board President at Access Gallery for two terms. She is particularly interested in supporting the sustainability of non-profit organizations, including artist-run centres and is currently pursuing coaching certification to amplify her impact as a consultant to organizations and an advocate of diversity and inclusion in the creative sector.

More recently, Allison’s research interests have focused on alternative approaches to education. She completed a Graduate Certificate in Educational Technology at UBC and has pursued research in the realm of queering religious exegesis and critically engaging with spiritual institutions as sites of learning.

At SFU Allison is excited to be supported to think across the lines of media as she looks to critically engage with the contemporary moment.

Abede Mohammadi

MA Graduate Student

Abede Mohammadi holds an MA from the Tehran University of Art in Philosophy of Art and a BA in Social Communication and Media from the University of Tehran. Her working experience in a publishing house and writing a thesis about contemporary art encourage her to pursue a more critical and comprehensive education in Contemporary Art. At SFU, she hopes to combine her passion for art with a practical approach, such as art-writing and curating. Abede is most interested in exploring different visual and cultural narratives in the modern Middle East as well as raising critical discussions around contemporary Iranian art through interdisciplinary academic research.

Andrea Rideout

MA Graduate Student

Born and raised in Red Deer, AB (Treaty 7), Andrea Rideout is a curator specializing in contemporary dance, interdisciplinary performance and festival/cabaret programming. Her practice is deliberately interdisciplinary in both form and content, guided by a mix of values, curiosity and pragmatics. Andrea's research interests range from feminist aesthetics and archiving practises to economic dynamics and aesthetics of technology with themes touching on grief, magic, transformation, resistance and spirituality.  She spent 3 seasons as Artistic Director of Studio 303's Edgy Women Festival in Montreal (Tiohtià:ke), initiating the Edgy Oral History Project and subsequent collaborations with Art+Feminism wikipedia edit-a-thons. Her curatorial project - This is How Queers Pray - examines experiences of troubling, re-appropriating, and surviving religion as LGBTQ+ diaspora. In a past life, Andrea was an Augusto-Boal-trained Theatre of the Oppressed facilitator, a sound engineer touring with NYC's Circus Amok, a Boston Burlesque Expo debuted dancer and a Bread-&-Puppet-trained puppeteer. She has studied Community Economic Development (SCPA), holds a BFA in Theatre & Development (Concordia), a diploma in Theatre Technology (RDC) and spent 2 summers at the Banff Centre as Practicum Technical Director for Opera.

Joshua Segun-Lean

MA Graduate Student

Joshua Segun-Lean is a writer and researcher. His writing engages contemporary issues across visual and literary culture, Black studies, gender, spatiality, and politics. With a background in International Business, Joshua tries to understand how social practices interdict, respond to and intersect flows of capital in the ‘globalized’ world. His current research is informed by the relationship between protest and performance, protest as performance, and modernisms in music, architecture, and literature.

Moroti Soji-George

MA Graduate Student

Moroti Soji-George’s curatorial pedagogy revolves around curation as an act of care and a pathway towards telling the stories of different individuals and communities through art. He believes in the concept of art and risk and art itself as a form of risk. Additionally, he aims to explore the different visual and cultural narratives brewing in various communities regarding a police-free future, especially in relation to the Black Male Body.

Nina Stoiber

MA Graduate Student

Nina Stoiber graduated from Western University with an Honours BA Double Major in Political Science and Art History and Studio Art. At SFU, she hopes to further blend her passion for fine art with research on the intersection between art history and world politics. More specifically, she plans to focus on the evolution of art throughout the 21st century by examining instances of counter cultural movements and the development of rapid trends. As an artist herself, she believes in an interdisciplinary approach to research. She is determined to look beyond the purely theoretical aspect of her studies and incorporate her practice to further aid in her research development.

Carina Xu

MA Graduate Student

The centre of Carina Xu’s research concerns the potential of combining experimental documentary and video installation to convene a public sphere for people of colour to process the memory of ethnic diaspora and cultivate a public memory reflexive of their intersectionality. It also explores how public spaces can be mediated by community media and personalized media to engage those who share common sentiments of immigration, migration, and eviction to envision a place of belonging.


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