Faculty

Each of our faculty members has a short research and teaching synopsis below. For more information about career achievements, recent creative credits and publications, please click on the faculty member's name.

 

David BarnetDavid BARNET 
Professor

Email: david.barnet@ualberta.ca  
Telephone: 780.492.2472

Research considers the realization of creative aging through theatre. His specialization is in the development of senior's theatre. He also teaches Shakespeare as a base for theatre practice by liberal arts students.

Primary Teaching Areas: Performer-Created Theatre, Collective Creation, Scene Study (Shakespeare), Intergenerational Theatre.
Associate Professor; MFA Directing Program Coordinator

Email: beau.coleman@ualberta.ca  
Telephone: 780.492.1086

A theatre director and multidisciplinary artist specializing in interdisciplinary performance creation, contemporary performance and revisioning the classics. Her international artistic practice is one of continual movement between various art disciplines, encompassing the mediums of theatre, performance art/live art, site-specific performance, digital media, dance, video and installation.

Primary Teaching Areas: MFA Directing, BFA Acting, Performance Creation. Graduate Seminars in Directing and Performance. Graduate Supervision.


Dr. Selena COUTURE
Assistant Professor
Email: couture2@ualberta.ca
Telephone: 780.492.2241

Research focuses on Canadian Indigenous Theatre, Performance and Decolonizing practices; Land, Place Names and Performance; Indigenous Language Revitalization Practices; Colonial Performance and the Construction of Whiteness; Archival Practices, the Repertoire and Historiographic Method

Primary Teaching Areas: Theoretical Approaches to Theatre and Performance; Canadian Theatre; Canadian Indigenous Performance; Modern Theatre and Empire; Theatre and Performance Historiography; Performance Studies Research Methodologies and Decolonization 

Dr. Piet DEFRAEYE  
Professor, Graduate and PhD Coordinator
Email: defraeye@ualberta.ca  
Telephone: 780.492.1097

Research focuses on Reception Theories and Theatre of Provocation.

Primary Teaching Areas: Dramatic Theory, Introduction to Theatre Arts, Play Analysis. Graduate Seminars in Production Dramaturgy, Audience Reception Theory, Brecht, Research Tools. Graduate Supervision.

Jane HeatherJane HEATHER  
Professor; BA Drama Academic Advisor/Program Coordinator
Email: jheather@ualberta.ca  
Telephone: 780.492.8721

Research examines the process and practice of theatre as a path to individual community and social change with a particular focus on global methodologies. Explores the key creative partnership between director and playwright. Work as a playwright features community-based participatory research and participatory theatre.

Primary Teaching Areas: BA, Community-Based Theatre, Directing, Scene Study. Graduate Supervision.

Michael KENNARD
Associate Professor; Off the Cuff festival Advisor (Sabbatical July 1, 2017 – Dec. 30, 2018)
Email: kennard@ualberta.ca  
Telephone: 780.492.8717

Uses the clown techniques to explore performer impulse, truth and vulnerability in relationship to the audience. Creates imaginative worlds without literal boundaries.

Primary Teaching Areas: Performer-Created Theatre, Movement and Physical Theatre, Collective Creation, Clown. Graduate Supervision.

David KennedyDavid KENNEDY
Assistant Professor
Email: david.kennedy@ualberta.ca
Telephone: 780.492.7526

A director and artistic producer with wide experience in the not-for-profit regional theatre. Specializes in re-imagining the classics and the modern canon in production. Also has a considerable background in the creation of works of devised performance.

Primary teaching areas: MFA Directing, BFA Acting, Performer Created Theatre, Graduate Seminars in Dramatic Structure and Playwriting and Performance on the Contemporary American Stage

David LeyDavid LEY
Professor, BFA Acting & MFA Theatre Voice Pedagogy Coordinator
Email: dley@ualberta.ca  
Telephone: 780.492.8720
Web site: http://vibrantvoicetechnique.com/

Creator of the Vibrant Voice Technique, which uses external vibration to aid in voice production. Explores tools for dialect acquisition. Research also explores vocal variation and its relationship to meaning in the presentation of classical text. Applies new discoveries and skills to his own practice as an actor in theatre and film.

Primary Teaching Areas: BFA Voice, Speech in Rehearsal and Performance, Dialects and Accents, BFA Acting, MFA Voice Pedagogy. Graduate Supervision.


Lee LivingstoneLee LIVINGSTONE 
Professor
Email: lee.livingstone@ualberta.ca  
Telephone: 780.492.8726
Web site: www.leelivingstone.com

Emphasis on innovation in lighting design and integration of video within theatrical performance.

Primary Teaching Areas: Theatre Design, Lighting Design, Technical Drawing in BFA and MFA Theatre Design. Graduate Supervision.


Betty MOULTON 
Professor
Email: betty.moulton@ualberta.ca  
Telephone: 780.492.8728

Committed to the creation of new knowledge arising from verbal and vocal expression. Looks into how body/voice awareness and dramatic technique affect communication and vocal development for performers and public speakers. 

Primary Teaching Areas: MFA Theatre Voice Pedagogy; BFA Voice, Speech, Text, Dialects, Character Voice, Commercial Broadcast Voice; Graduate Supervision.


Dr. Donia MOUNSEF
Associate Professor, MA Program Coordinator
Email: mounsef@ualberta.ca  
Telephone: 780.492.8711
Website: https://sites.google.com/a/ualberta.ca/donia-mounsef/

Research focuses on modern and contemporary French and Francophone theatre, politics, gender and performance, theories of the body, intermediality and adaption theory.

Primary Teaching Areas (Cross Appointment with Campus Saint Jean): Introduction to Dramatic Arts, Play Analysis, Critical Theory, Playwriting, Media and Performance. Graduate Seminars in Contemporary French and Francophone Theatre, Gender, Desire and the Modern Stage, Theatre of War, Intermediality. Graduate Supervision

Stefano MuneroniDr. Stefano MUNERONI
Assistant Professor, BA Honours Coordinator
Email: Stefano.muneroni@ualberta.ca  
Telephone: 780.492.8734

Research is grounded in post-colonial theory and includes the study of both intercultural and border theatre. Looks specifically at how socio-economic factors affect cultural and artistic conditions, and how such conditions are negotiated in new plays.

Primary Teaching Areas: Play Analysis, Modernist Stage, Performance Theory. Graduate Seminars in Border Theatre, Intercultural Theatre, Post-Colonial Theory, Research Tools. Graduate Supervision. 

Sandra NichollsSandra M. NICHOLLS 
Associate Professor
Email: sandra.nicholls@ualberta.ca  
Telephone: 780.492.8715

Research is primarily dedicated to the development of new methodologies for actor training; specifically applied to new work and reinvented classics. Particular emphasis on kinesthetic connectivity, furthering the actor's ability to connect with their own beings and the spectator's.

Primary Teaching Areas: BFA Acting, Performer-Created Theatre, Directing. Graduate Seminars in Directing. Graduate Supervision. 


Jon PRICE
Associate Professor
Email: rjprice@ualberta.ca  
Telephone: 780.492.8718

Research centred in new approaches to and furthering the application of engineering to set construction. Particular interest in stage mechanics and new automation techniques for theatre production. Currently investigating sustainable production techniques for the theatre.

Primary Teaching Areas: Technical Theatre, Stagecraft, Production Crew. 


John RaymondJohn RAYMOND 
Associate Professor; BFA Technical Theatre Coordinator, BFA Stage Management Advisor
Email: john.raymond@ualberta.ca  
Telephone: 780.492.8719

Research is situated in the exploration and development of the stage manager’s role in a theatrical production. Formulating tools for extending the communication between the director, the actor and the stage manager within the context of a show rehearsal and performance.

Primary Teaching Areas: Stage Management, Production Management. 

Jan SELMAN
Professor (Sabbatical July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018)
Email: jan.selman@ualberta.ca  
Telephone: 780.492.8799

Directs contemporary and original theatrical work. Also a dramaturge and director of new theatre and performance, working with playwrights and theatre teams. Specializes in participatory and community-based theatre, as a facilitator and director, and publishes based on this long standing practice. 

Primary Teaching Areas: Directing, Performer-Created Theatre, BFA Acting. Graduate Seminars in Directing, Popular and Community-Based Theatre. Graduate Supervision.

Robert SHANNON
Associate Professor
Email: rps@ualberta.ca  
Telephone: 780.492.8725

Research is dedicated to the philosophy of total production design.  Practice encompasses intuitive, observational and conceptual drawing as the core of design development. Creative Activity integrates contemporary and historical visual culture into dynamic production designs.

Primary Teaching: MFA and BFA Theatre Design, Historic Dress and Décor, Costume Design and Construction, Technical Drawing for Theatre Design.


Lin SnellingLin SNELLING 
Associate Professor; MFA Theatre Practice Coordinator
Email: snelling@ualberta.ca
Telephone: 780.492.1094
Web site: http://rewritingdistance.com/

Research is the honing of musical, experiential, intuitive, technical, energetic and anatomical intelligence the body offers through dancing. By listening to the practical and paradoxical intelligence of the body, the dancer becomes scholar as the body's intelligence and intuition is a vibrant and sensual library. Making dance, dancing and discussing dance creates an open field for cross-pollination in art.

Primary Teaching Areas: BFA Movement for Actors. Graduate Supervision. 

Guido TondinoGuido TONDINO 
Professor, BFA and MFA Design Program Coordinator
Email: gtondino@ualberta.ca
Telephone: 780.492.6206
Web site: guidotondino.com
 
Defines theatrical spaces as an extension of the inner meanings of text (and recently dance) in contrast to a practice which sets out to define theatrical space as a reflection of a play’s givens and a play’s narrative necessities. The setting of a play becomes a metaphor for the play itself. The architecture of the space is driven by the play’s themes.

Primary Teaching Areas: BFA and MFA Theatre Design, Studio Techniques for Theatre Design, 3D CAD for the Theatre. Graduate Supervision. 

Kathleen WEISS
Professor; Chair of the Department of Drama
Email: kathleen.weiss@ualberta.ca  

Develops innovative performance techniques that reveal character through extended imagery. Explores a performance language that emphasizes the physical playing of the actor moving in space, in varied kinds of audience relationship.

Primary Teaching Areas: Directing, BFA acting, Performer-Created Theatre. Graduate Seminars in Directing, New Play Dramaturgy, Emergence of the Director. Graduate Supervision. 


Kenneth T. WILLIAMS
Assistant Professor
Email: kenneth.williams@ualberta.ca
Telephone: 780.492.9099

Playwright and dramaturge, primarily focused on new play development. 

Primary Teaching Areas: Playwriting, Theatre Practice, Indigenous Theatre History.

Academic Staff

Larry CLARK 
Technical Director/Faculty Service Officer, Timms Centre for the Arts
Email: larry.clark@ualberta.ca  
Telephone: 780.492.2486

After touring and performing with every avenue of live performance Larry is p
assionate about collaboration and adept at assessing the feasibility of designs. He promotes the position that technical production is part of theatre creation and is not an “off the shelf” product.

Research in the development of automated technology for the stage with emphasis on innovation in rigging design and integration of current and proven safe techniques in lighting, video, sound and stage mechanics in live performance. He also devotes time and energy into developing and adapting sustainable processes for theatre production.

Dissolving the rift between performers, designers and technicians for the advancement of the final production is the mission and safe, repeatable events are the mandate.

Primary Teaching Areas: Production Crew, Technical Production. Graduate Supervision.


Jeff OSTERLIN
Lighting Supervisor, Faculty Service Officer
Email: jeffo@ualberta.ca
Telephone: 780.492.1110

Research focuses on light, theatre lighting, colour mixing, projection systems, projection mapping and the integration of sound or light using multi-parameter triggers. 

Primary teaching areas:  technical lighting, technical theatre, computer media, best practices in theatre.  Supervision of technical students in productions, advising design students on the technical uses of lighting equipment.

 


Matthew SKOPYK
Sound Supervisor, Head of Audio & Sound Design, Faculty Service Officer
Email: mskopyk@ualberta.ca
Telephone: 780.492.1110

Matthew Skopyk is an Edmonton based Sound Designer and Composer. Recent Design/Composition credits include: Romeo & Juliet (Freewill Shakespeare Festival), Or The Whale (Wishbone Theatre), Vigilante (Catalyst Theatre), Playing With Fire: The Theo Fleury Story (Citadel Theatre/ Persephone Theatre/ Alberta Theatre Projects), ENRON (National Arts Centre), Whisper (Studio Theatre/ Catalyst Theatre). Michelle et Ti Jean, Palace of the End (Theatre Network). Titus Andronicus, As You Like It, Macbeth, Much Ado About Nothing, Richard III, Twelfth Night, Othello (Freewill Shakespeare Festival). Matthew also currently resides as the Sound Supervisor for the Department of Drama at the University of Alberta.

 


Gerry VAN HEZEWYK
Email: gerry.vanhezewyk@ualberta.ca  
Telephone: 780.492.1088

Research includes: Foundations of project management – involving the exploration of the stages of development of a project and the standards, tools and control systems used to manage it. Competency-based training models – the identification of skills, their objectives, standards of practice, and methods of assessment that deem us proficient in each craft of our industry. Performing arts venue architecture and engineering – including auditorium design, technical systems design, backstage infrastructure, and acoustics.

Primary Teaching Areas: Technical Theatre/Design practicum assignments, supervision of Independent projects.