Angela FERREIRA - PhD Performance Studies
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Angela is a Luso-Canadian theatre artist from Vancouver who has taught acting and playmaking at university and has presented papers in Canada, USA, and Europe. Her plays include The Peaceful Sea at rEvolver festival 2015 (Cultch Lab) and Pomer & Penelope in 2017 (Cultch Green House in Vancouver and New Works Festival in Edmonton). Angela wrote/directed The Last Seven Words of Fernando Pessoa at SFU’s Fei & Milton Wong Experimental Theatre and in 2018 her play Snow in Berlin premiered in London, UK. Angela's research interests include Luso-related theatre and female representation on stage; she holds a BA in Theatre/French from UBC and a MFA from SFU.
Heunjung Olivia LEE – PhD Performance Studies
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HeunJung Lee is from South Korea and moved to Edmonton for her PhD in Performance Studies. Completing her MA in Performing Arts Studies at Seoul National University, with the thesis titled “Soundscape of Site-Specific Theatre” (2016), she investigated the altered audience perception and embodied experience in site-specific theatre through Phenomenology and Media theories. For doctoral studies, she expands her interest to the intersection of Performance Studies, Cognitive Science, and Healthcare. She now focuses on the embodied cultural cognition to approach the issue of dementia and theatre interventions in care facilities. She presented “Performative Approach to the Concept of Body Schema and Body Image” at the Cognitive Futures in Arts and Humanities Conference at Stony Brook University in 2017. She is invited to present a paper “Enhancing Memory of the Aged through Theatre-based programs” at the Aging and Society Conference 2017 at the University of California at Berkeley.
Sofia LUKIE – MFA Theatre Design
Sofia is a Ukrainian Canadian theatre designer and technician. She graduated from the University of Winnipeg with a Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree in Theatre design and production. She has worked on a myriad of University shows in roles including; lighting, sound, costume, and set designer, stage carpenter, properties coordinator, scenic painter, lighting and sound technician. Other works include involvement with SpeakEasy Theatre, The Little Opera Company, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Sarasvati Productions, Tricon Films, Red Rover Entertainment, and Shumka Ukrainian Dance Ensemble. Sofia has also recently completed term positions for Parks Canada and the Art Gallery of Alberta. She is looking forward to the challenges and new experiences that her last year of the MFA design program will bring. She also wants to send gratitude to her family and partner for their continuous support of her work. She encourages you to check out her lighting design for Lenin’s Embalmers, and production design in her thesis show, All for Love, this studio season!
Michael Samuel KAPLAN – MFA Voice Pedagogy
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From New York City, Michael’s recent Off-Broadway and regional credits include Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Driving Miss Daisy, Harvey, Angel Street, The Night Alive, Red, Opus, Miss Julie, Intimate Apparel, Nice People Dancing to Good Country Music, The Government Inspector, Our Town, It’s A Wonderful Life Radio Play, Those Learned Ladies, A Splintered Soul, and Hamlet, as well as the American regional premieres of The History Boys, Oblomov, Handle with Care, Ants and God’s Ear.
He has served as an Assistant Professor in the BFA Training Program at Ithaca College, as a Creative Director for the School of Creative and Performing Arts (SOCAPA) at their campuses in Manhattan and Vermont, and as a Resident Professional Teaching Associate at Cornell University. He also teaches private scene study classes in NYC.
He received his training from University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Yale School of Drama, American Conservatory Theatre, and UCLA. Post conservatory, he studied with private instructors Milton Katselas, Jeffrey Tambor, Nina Foch, Nikolai Guzov and Patsy Rodenburg.
He is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.