Beau Coleman


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

Recent Credits

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.

Recent Publications

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

Graduate Supervision

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.