Master of Fine Arts in Directing, Yale School of Drama, Yale University, 1989
National Theatre School of Canada, Directing & Acting, 1986
Bachelor of Arts, University of Winnipeg, 1982
Major Career Achievements
Associate Professor, Department of Drama, University of Alberta, 1995–present
Assistant Professor, Department of Drama, University of Alberta, 1990-95
Associate Artist, Institute for New Media Performance Research, University of Surrey, 1998-2000
Associate Artist (UK/Canada) and Canadian Coordinator, BBC/Open University Shakespeare Multi-Media Project, 1995-98
Resident Director, Mabou Mines, 1989-90
Co-Artistic Director, Yale Cabaret, Yale School of Drama, 1988-89
Festival Coordinator, Bread and Dreams International Popular Theatre Festival, 1984-85
Assistant to the Artistic Director and Artistic Director of the Resident Company Workshop, Manitoba Theatre Centre, 1982-84
Freelance Theatre Director (selected): Shaw Festival, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Mabou Mines (w/Lee Breuer), Yale Repertory Theatre, Brian Webb Dance Company, Catalyst Theatre, Northern Light Theatre, Broadway (w/Jose Quintero), Off Broadway, Yale School of Drama, National Theatre School plus others across Canada
Freelance Artist (Live Art, Performance and Installation): festivals and galleries throughout Canada, United States, United Kingdom, Italy, Germany, Denmark, Greece, Ireland, Greenland, Morocco, Indonesia and Australia
Assistant Directorships: Lee Breuer (Mabou Mines) (1986-90), Jose Quintero, John Hirsch, Christopher Newton and Paul Thompson
2015 Let Me Tell You That I Love You (Distant Islands), Fluid States North, Copenhagen, Denmark; Torshavn, Faroe Islands; Nuuk, Greenland
2015 The Orphan Sea, Fluid States North, Copenhagen, Denmark; Torshavn, Faroe Islands; Nuuk, Greenland
2014 Let Me Tell You That I Love You, Nuit Rose International Arts Festival, Toronto, Canada
2014 Brick, Visualeyez International Performance Art Festival, Latitude 53, Edmonton, Canada
2013 These Are Not My Mother’s Hands, Trinity Square Video Gallery, Toronto, Canada
2013 These Are Not My Mother’s Hands II, Trinity Square Video Gallery, Toronto, Canada
2013 I Remember Holding and Washing Her Hands, Trinity Square Video, Toronto, Canada
2013 Washing Station, Trinity Square Video, Toronto, Canada
2012 Clock Piece, Month of Performance Art Festival, GlouAIR, Berlin, Germany
2012 Continental Divide, Queering the Way, Toronto, Canada
2012 Divide, Edmonton International Fringe Festival, Edmonton, Canada
2011 The Gertrude Stein Project, University of Alberta Studio Theatre, Edmonton, Canada
2011 Grooming Mr. Harper, The Wrecking Ball, Edmonton, Canada
2010 Miles of Aisles, Visualeyez Performance Art Festival, Latitude 53 Gallery, Edmonton, Canada
2010 Split/SCREEN, Storefront Cinema Nights, Edmonton, Canada
2010 So Long As You Ask Me, OPA 0.2 International Performance Art Festival, Athens, Greece
2009 Measure Up!, Exposure Queer Arts Festival, Edmonton, Canada
2009 Largo Desolato, University of Alberta Studio Theatre, Edmonton, Canada
2008 fifteen, The Factory Project, Studio 303, Montreal, Canada
Recent Conferences & Presentations
Resetting the Compass: Navigating the Actor through Space, Composition & Intermediality, Bodies on Stage: Acting Confronted by Technology Conference, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris, France. June 3-5, 2015.
These Are Not My Mother's Hands: An Artist Talk on the Performance of Grief through Creation and Reception, Feminist Research Speakers Series, Department of Women's and Gender Studies, University of Alberta. February 5, 2015.
National Symposium on Acting Training: Actor Training in a Shifting World, University of Victoria, Victoria, Canada. March 6-8, 2015.
The Gertrude Stein Project: Interdisciplinary Perspectives of Leon, Gertrude & Alice. A Valentine To Gertrude Stein: The Reception of Gertrude Stein in the Arts and Humanities Conference, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark, May 8-10, 2014.
The Gertrude Stein Project. A Valentine To Gertrude Stein: The Reception of Gertrude Stein in the Arts and Humanities Conference, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark, May 8-10, 2014
Manifest! Choreographing Social Movements in the Arts, Encentro 2014 Montreal: Hemispheric Institute of Politics and Performance (NYU), Montreal, Quebec, Canada. June 21 - 28, 2014.
Running with Concepts. University of Toronto and Blackwood Gallery, Mississauga. May 5-6, 2012.
I'm Ready for My Close Up: Fifteen and the Performance of Fame. Performing Presence: From the Live to the Simulated, Centre for Intermedia, Exeter University, United Kingdom, March 26 - 29, 2009.
Contextualizing Havel in a Post 9/11 World: Decisions and Challenges in Building the Glass House, Dimic Institute, University of Alberta, November, 2008.
IETM, International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts, Montreal, Canada, May 30-June 3, 2007.
Continental Divide: A Video Installation in 16 Sequences, Queering the Way: The Loud and Queer Anthology. Brindle and Glass, 2011.
In Conversation with Andrew Forster. (Introduction to Mouth/Duet Exhibition commissioned by Latitude 53 for duration of exhibition), Latitude 53 Contemporary Visual Culture, May 18-June 23, 2012.[750 words; 2 pages]
Grants & Awards Received
Canada Council, British Council, Government of Canada Department of Heritage and External Affairs, Government of Italy, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Manitoba Arts Council, Edmonton Arts Council, University of Alberta: President’s Fund, Central Research Fund, Humanities and Fine Arts Research, Support for the Advancement of Scholarship, Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund, Timms Innovation Fund, Yale University: Rebecca West Award, National Theatre School: Michel St. Denis Award, Jean Murray-Moray Sinclair Theatre Scholarship, University of Alberta: Unit Teaching Award (BFA Acting), Werner Herzog Award, Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Awards
Dave Horak, MFA Directing, Thesis supervisor, 2010.
Jessica Abdalla, MFA Directing, Thesis Supervisor, 2010.
Ian Leung, MFA Directing, Thesis Committee, 2008.
Julian Arnold, MFA Directing, Thesis Committee, 2007.