MFA Students

Coming from a strong background in a single discipline or from a studio practice that fuses two or more disciplines, our MFA students all value and thrive in the stimulation of the unique interdisciplinary environment of the SCA, which also encourages them to develop the theoretical or scholarly contexts of their practice.

Irfan Brkovic

MFA Graduate Student

Irfan Brkovic is a video artist who works with audiovisual synthesis and immersive environments. He is interested in creating interactive spaces using sound, visuals and lights. He is a member and head video artist at The Wooster Group in New York, where he design real time interactive video systems for live performances. He is also a founding member of  Phase Space NYC, an artist collective and makerspace dedicated to the exploration of media, performance, creative coding and interdisciplinary art practices.

Sarah Finn

MFA Graduate Student

Sarah Finn (she/they) is a multimedia artist working in performance and film. Her work explores mythic narratives set in post-industrial wastelands, to investigate humanity’s spiritual and ethical unknowns. Using surreal storytelling, physical performance, video and puppetry, they co- create worlds where queer and beyond-human futures emerge from modern ruins. Her multimedia performances and films have been presented at festivals internationally and various venues in New York. She trained at Ecole Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq in Paris, France and got her BA from Sarah Lawrence College.

Photo credit Wendy D Photography.

Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg

MFA Graduate Student

Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg is an award-winning creator, performer, choreographer, director, writer, and artistic director of Tara Cheyenne Performance, working across disciplines in film, dance, theatre, and experimental performance. She is renowned as a trailblazer in interdisciplinary performance and as a mighty performer "who defies categorization on any level." Along with her own creations, Tara has collaborated with many theatre companies and artists, including: Zee Zee Theatre, Bard on the Beach, ItsaZoo Theatre, The Arts Club, Boca Del Lupo, Ruby Slippers, The Firehall Arts Centre, and Vertigo Theatre (Calgary).

With a string of celebrated solo shows to her credit (including bANGER, Goggles, Porno Death Cult, I can’t remember the word for I can’t remember, Body Parts, and Pants), multidisciplinary collaborations, commissions and boundary bending ensemble creations, Tara's work is celebrated both nationally and internationally. Tara is known for her unique and dynamic hybrid of dance, comedy, and theatre. She is sought after for creating innovative movement for theatre and has performed her full-length solos and ensemble works around the world (highlights: DanceBase/Edinburgh, South Bank Centre/London, On the Boards/Seattle USA, High Performance Rodeo/Calgary, etc.). Her most recent solo, Body Parts, premiered at The Cultch in May and is currently on tour. Current research focuses include gender, the attention economy and neuroscience, and aging. Tara lives on the unceded Coast Salish territories with her partner, composer Marc Stewart, and their child Jasper.

Key words: Dance, Comedy, Theatre, Gender

Kevin Jesuino

MFA Graduate Student

Kevin Jesuino is a first-generation settler multi-disciplinary performer, performing arts educator, movement coach, arts facilitator, LGBTQ+ activist, and community organizer of Portuguese heritage. His work is oftentimes collaborative, site-specific, participatory, and process-oriented. His practice explores relationality, the stories within our bodies, and the queer joy of uncertainty. He draws from research in queer performance, queer ecology, body memory, improvisation, community & participatory art practices, placemaking, and site adaptive/responsive performance.  His community-embedded projects engage participants in performative actions, discussions, creative interventions, activations, and other forms of organizing. He is the Co-Artistic Director of TRAction and is currently completing his MFA in Contemporary Art at Simon Fraser University. Kevin is currently living on the unceded traditional territories of the  xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations (Vancouver, BC), however, in the recent past has also called Amiskwacîwâskahikan (Edmonton, Alberta) and Mohkinstis (Calgary, Alberta) his home.

Tung Pang Lam

MFA Graduate Student

Hong Kong born, and working between Hong Kong, London and Beijing in the early stages of his career, Tung Pang Lam experienced the coming-of-age that coincides with drastic social changes, a result of his homeland’s decolonisation from a constitutional monarchy and new allegiance to China in a short span of time. Traversing between the media of painting, site-specific installation, sound and video, Lam’s playful practice arises from a curious imagination that recombines traditional iconography and vernacular elements, innovating with a myriad of found objects and images to form new practices that are often experimental in nature. Lam’s works engage the themes of collective memories and fleeting nostalgia, which articulate an ongoing negotiation of the overlapping city-state’s reality. In his allegorical landscapes, journeys and sceneries become essential passages connecting time and distance, longing and loss.

Lam’s work is collected by LACMA (Los Angeles), Asian Art Museum (San Francisco), Burger Collection, the Deutsche Bank, Hong Kong Museum of Art (Hong Kong), Kadist Art Foundation (France and USA), White Rabbit Contemporary Chinese Art Collection (Australia) and M+ (Hong Kong), among others.


Photo by Robin Lough.

Caroline Liffmann

MFA Graduate Student

Caroline Liffmann is a performance maker, choreographer and educator with a home base in contemporary dance. Her work is influenced by over 20 years of dance practice and performance, as well as training in facilitation, conflict transformation and trauma-informed practice. Guided by relationships and a sense of play, Caroline is interested in absurdity, magical realism, humour and delight. Her approach is collaborative, grounded in improvisation, and often embraces a DIY ethos, creating for the stage, the screen, outdoors and neighborhood spaces. Caroline bridges her creation and facilitation practices through community-engaged dance, and has worked extensively as a dance, arts and museum educator with children, youth and families. She is a collaborating performer with Myriad Dance Projects and Foolish Operations. Originally from the prairies, Caroline lives and works on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territories of the Squamish, Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.

Chelsea MacKay

MFA Graduate Student

Chelsea MacKay is an interdisciplinary artist of Anishinaabe and European descent who works and lives in the unceded and ancestral territory of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil- Waututh Nations. Drawn to the convergence of industrial design, painting and sculpture. A passion for movement and dance emerged early on from studying ballet and contemporary dance. Through dance she discovered the profound beauty of expression through gestures, and this fascination later evolved into an exploration of underground dance culture. In these spaces

she observed how music scenes fostered community and empowered personal expression. Recently she has been focusing on painting as a means to convey the freedom and euphoria that dance can evoke. Her works embrace gestural brush strokes, vibrant colour fields, and abstract undulating forms. Her sculptural pieces draw inspiration from realms of fantasy, psychedelia, pop culture, and surrealism, showcasing a diverse range of artistic expression. Whether in paintings or sculptural works she invites the viewer to immerse themselves in the expressive journey, where colours, forms, and materials intertwine to convey the complexities of human connectivity.

Ghazal Majidi

MFA Graduate Student

Ghazal Majidi (b. 1995, Tehran) is an experimental filmmaker, new media artist, and animator. Her body of work ranges between 3D animated shorts, music videos, generative audiovisuals, and photography. With a bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Shahid Beheshti University, she has dived deep into the dynamics between Space and Story- a reciprocating relationship that drives most of her work. As so, she seeks new qualities of surrounding space that lure in outlandish tales, while exploring familiar concepts like identity and its subcategories, i.e. memory, illusion, loss and attachment, as well as humans’ interaction with their environment. Her works have been presented in film festivals and galleries in Iran, Germany, Austria, Belgium, United States, Japan, Spain, Slovakia, etc., including Vienna Shorts, Brussels International Film Festival, and Kuenstlerhaus Bethanien Berlin. Throughout her career, she has maintained a cross-disciplinary dialogue with sound and music while collaborating with respected international musicians to interpret sound into moving image. In her animated sequences, she exploits the intersections of Film and New Media with an experimental approach towards storytelling and genre. In her recent experiences she has expanded her practice to virtual reality productions, immersive storytelling, and data driven installations.

Liz Oakley

MFA Graduate Student

Liz Oakley is a puppeteer, deviser, designer, and teaching artist. She creates collaborative and solo multidisciplinary object-based performances, installations, and processions. She also works as a freelance puppet designer and puppeteer. Her interests include site-engaged and participatory performance events, scale play, paper mache, animated scenography, medieval iconography, queer embodiment, and exposing/challenging normalized understandings of place and utility.

Avideh Saadatpajouh

MFA Graduate Student

Avideh Saadatpajouh is a multimedia artist and design activist exploring techno-art's endless possibilities. Her motto: Explore, Experience, Enhance. Born in the west side of Asia, based in the east side, and studying in the west side of Canada, she is a citizen of nature. Her explorations are at the intersection of performance art and technology, focusing on the impact of the Human-Centric worldview on surrounding environments and other habitats. Drawing on her collective knowledge of new media art, architecture, and industrial design, she explores design in digital spaces, internet art practices, performance art, and interactive installations. She would like to dive deeper into how to make invisible frequencies visible, which is the continuation of her recent interactive installation, “pulse-fiction,” and how we could create eco- techno art in this human-centric world, which is the next stage of her thesis, “Henosis,” at OCADU. She works internationally and has had shows and exhibitions in Canada, the USA, Iran, and Turkey. She values multidisciplinary collaboration and experimentation and believes that people with different backgrounds and mindsets can give distinctive perspectives to each other while working on the same topic.

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Niloufar Samadi

MFA Graduate Student

Niloufar Samadi is a director, performer, singer and puppeteer based in Tehran, Iran. She studied bachelor of Puppet Theatre in the Tehran University of Art, Iran. She is interested in the intersections of puppets with visual arts and science. Her works seek to examine the relation between the body of performer and the body of puppet, new experience in digital media, the use of game and ritual in social practice performance.

Alexis Chivir-ter Tsegba

MFA Graduate Student

Alexis Chivir-ter Tsegba is a Nigerian visual artist who experiments with digital collage-making. As a person with multiple interests including drawing, photography, graphic design and architecture, collage making has proven the ultimate medium for her to express herself without limitations. Her work directly engages subjects such as Afro-futurism, queerness and gender expression, religion, spirituality and the exploration of the inner self. Alexis is drawn to art forms that are characterised by experimentation and synthesis wary of borders limits and fixed genres. While also being interested in challenging mainstream notions of queerness, masculinity and femininity in the context of post-colonial Africa by dreaming up futures where there is no divide but room for fluidity and acceptance. She holds degrees in Law as well as Creative and Media Enterprise. Her works have been shown in galleries in the U.S., U.K, Nigeria, South Africa, Germany etc.

Taryn Walker

MFA Graduate Student

Taryn Walker is a queer, interdisciplinary Indigenous artist of Nlka'pamux, Syilx, and mixed European ancestry whose work explores concepts of identity, tenderness, healing, cycles of life and death, and the supernatural through drawing, printmaking, installation, and video. In 2018 Walker graduated from the University of Victoria's BFA program with a Major in Visual Arts and a Minor in Art History & Visual Studies.Taryn was awarded the Diane Mary Hallam Achievement Award by the University of Victoria for academic excellence and commitment to the arts in 2018 and in 2017 they were also longlisted for the Philip B. Lind Emerging Artist Prize, presented by the Presentation House Gallery for demonstrating excellence as an emerging video artist and photographer. Most recently, in 2022 they were shortlisted for the ohpinamake prize presented by the University of Saskatchewan. Walker’s work has been presented in spaces, residencies, and events across Western Canada and beyond. Their artistic research has also been granted support from the Edmonton Arts Council, the Indigenous Curatorial Collective, and the First Peoples Cultural Council.


SCA Graduate Programs

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