A performance studies scholar in the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University and the Director of SFU’s Institute for Performance Studies, my research investigates the time- and place-based relationships between audience and event across a range of aesthetic practices (including dance, theatre, film, and performance art) and social formations (from same-sex marriage to civic branding to urban mega-events).

I am the author, editor, or co-editor of eleven books and special journal issues, including: 
World Stages, Local Audiences: Essays on Performance, Place and Politics (2010); Women and Comedy: History, Theory, Practice (2014); Mega-Event Cities: Art/Audiences/Aftermaths (2016); and Q2Q: Queer Canadian Theatre and Performance (2018). My most recent book is My Vancouver Dance History (forthcoming in 2020), a performance ethnography of my collaborations (as a writer, researcher, facilitator, outside eye, co-creator, and occasional mover) with several Vancouver-based dance artists and companies.

My essays have appeared in 
Dance Research JournalModern DramaScreenTDR: The Drama ReviewText and Performance QuarterlyTheatre JournalTheatre Research in CanadaCanadian Theatre ReviewTheatre SurveyCinéActionCanadian Journal of Film Studies, as well as numerous other journals and edited collections. I am the founding editor of the peer-reviewed, online and open access journal Performance Matters, and between 2002 and 2019 I was also a faculty member in SFU's Department of English.

Also a playwright, productions of my work include 
The Objecthood of Chairs (SFU Woodward’s, 2010), Positive ID (Berkeley Theatre, Toronto, 2012), Long Division [Part 1 / Part 2] (Pi Theatre, 2016/17), and The Bathers (excerpt, Zee Zee Theatre, 2017). Between 2008 and 2018 I regularly documented Vancouver performance practice at performanceplacepolitics.blogspot.ca.

I supervise MA, MFA, and PhD students across the broad spectrum of performance creation and performance studies.

  • Ph.D., University of British Columbia, 1997
  • M.A., University of British Columbia, 1993
  • B.A. (Honours), University of Toronto, 1990