Professional Development Coordinator
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
Graduate Program Assistant
Christopher, is an inter-disciplinary musician, composer, sound designer, and artist from Vancouver Canada. His interests include exploring alternative approaches to composition and performance models using generative and computationally assistive systems. His recent compositions for electronics and trombone explore using embedded generative processes in live performance and improvisational systems. Chris has a BMus. in Jazz Studies from Capliano University and a MFA from SFU SCA.
Alex Brzezinski first joined SFU ten years ago as a student, and is excited to be back and working with the School for the Contemporary Arts! Alex graduated SFU with a BA in Communications and a Minor in Print and Digital Publishing. Before joining the SCA team, she worked with the Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs program at UBC. Alex is an avid traveller and has been all around the world.
A BCIT alumna, Monique started working at SFU as a graphic designer developing websites and databases. Prior to coming to SCA, she worked in the FCAT Dean’s Office, the School of Communication and in other departments providing administrative and financial assistance. She is an avid astronomer and world traveler.
Brady Cranfield is a sound and visual artist, musician, and writer. He has a MA in Communications and a MFA from SFU.
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.
Computer & Technology assistant
Taha is a photographer and podcaster. He is a MA student at SFU's SIAT and has a BA in Performing Arts from Azad University, Tehran, Iran.
Manager, Production & Events
Emily (she/they) graduated from SFU's SCA with a BFA in Theatre Production, focus: Stage Management. They consider themself a weirdo with an excellent sense of humour. Other people, however, say they are an authentic and beautiful soul, genuinely kind, well-organized, and personable. She has worked inter- and multi-disciplinary her whole career. Her professional practice focuses on establishing safe, collaborative teamwork.
Living and working in Vancouver, Emily is an uninvited guest on the unceded (stolen) traditional territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.
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.
Manager, Academic & Administrative Services
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.
Manager, Technology & Resources
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
Barbara Adler: Professional Development Coordinator
Christopher Anderson: Graduate Program Assistant
Julie Beauvez: Undergraduate Program Assistant
Alex Brzezinski: Undergraduate Advisor
Monique Cloutier: Financial Assistant
Brady Cranfield: Communications
Andrew Curtis: Resource Specialist (611 Alexander)
Samantha Diamond: Director's Assistant
Taha Nejad: Computer & Technology Assistant
Emily Neumann: Manager, Production & Events
Aimee Rigor: New Students Advisor
Ben Rogalsky: Technical Director
Corbin Saleken: Film and Video Resource Specialist
Kristen Schiefke: Manager, Academic & Administrative Services
Stefan Smulovitz: Manager, Technology & Resources
TBA: SCA Technician
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