Drama

Beau Coleman

Education                                                                                                                                                                                           

Master of Fine Arts in Directing, Yale School of Drama, Yale University, 1989.

National Theatre School of Canada, Acting and Directing, 1986.

Bachelor of Arts, University of Winnipeg, 1982.

  

Significant Career Achievements                                                                                                                                             

Associate Professor, Department of Drama, University of Alberta.  1995-present

Assistant Professor, Department of Drama, University of Alberta.  1990- 1995.

Coordinator, Masters in Fine Arts Directing Program. 2015-present and 2011-2012.

Coordinator, Bachelor of Arts Drama Program. 2007 - 2008 and 1993-1995.

Associate Artist. Institute of New Media Performance Research. University of Surrey,

Guildford, United Kingdom. 1997-1999.

Artistic Coordinator (Canada) and Director (Lear), BBC/Open University Shakespeare       

Multi-Media Project. London, UK, Milton Keynes, UK, Edmonton, Canada. 1994-1995.

Resident Director and Assistant Director (d. Lee Breuer), Mabou Mines, New York City,

United States.  1986-1990.

Co-Artistic Director, Yale Cabaret, Yale University, New Haven, United States. 1988-1989.

Director, Director’s Project, Shaw Festival, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada. 1986.

Assistant to the Artistic Director and Founding Artistic Director of the MTC Resident Company

Workshop, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Winnipeg, Canada. 1982-1984.


Major Performances, Exhibitions and Collaborations (selected)                                                               

 

(un)Veiled Absence & The Sisters Academy: an immersive performance installation at the Den Frie Udstillgsbygning (Den Frie Centre for Contemporary Art, Copenhagen, Denmark), replicating an experimental boarding school in a potential future sensous society, complete with an obligatory night  in the dormitory.  2017, forthcoming.

 

Walking Kindness: a five hour site-specific performance walk through the streets of Havana created during my two month Unpack Studio Havana Art Residency . The residency enabled me to meet and collaborate with a wide variety of professional theatre, performance and visual artists in this culturally vibrant city. 2017.

 

Let Me Tell You That I Love You (Distant Islands), an intermedial one-to-one performance asking whether intimacy can be sustained over vast distances, simultaneouly taking place on three Scandinavian islands.  While performing live in Copenhagen, Denmark, the performance’s participants were located on the Faroe Islands and in Greenland.  2015.

 

These Are Not My Mother’s Hands, a video installation (two-screen) and performance focussing on the performance of grief, loss, and (re)membering the touch of a mother’s hands.  Performed and exhibited at Trinity Square Video, in Toronto, Canada.  2013.

 

The Gertrude Stein Project, an interdisciplinary performance creation examining the creative process of Gertrude Stein and her relationship with Alice B. Toklias and Leon Katz produced at Studio Theatre. University of Alberta. 2011.

 

Continental Divide, a four-screen video installation and live performance which received exhibitions in the United Kingdom, Italy, Morocco, Tunisia and Canada. 1995-2010.

 

Freelance Theatre Director (selected): Shaw Festival, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Mabou Mines (w/Lee Breuer, 1986-90), Brian Webb Dance Company, Catalyst Theatre, Northern Light Theatre, Broadway (w/Jose Quintero), Off-Broadway and Off-Off Broadway.

 

Freelance Artist: Performance, Live Art and Installation (selected): festivals and galleries throughout Canada, United States, United Kingdom, Italy, Germany, Denmark, Greece, Ireland, Greenland, Morocco, Indonesia and Australia.

 

 

Recent Credits (selected)

 

2017       (un)Veiled Absence, immersive performance, Sisters Academy, Den Frie Udstillgsbygning

                (Den Frie Centre for Contemporary Art), Copenhagen, Denmark. (forthcoming)  

 

2017       Path of Longing, site-specific performance), Luissa Catucci Gallery, Berlin, Germany.

 

2017       Walking Kindness, site-specific performance Unpack Studio Havana, Havana, Cuba.

               

2016       I Remember, interdisciplinary performance, SubArctic Improv, Mile Zero Dance, Edmonton, Canada.

               

2015       Let Me Tell You That I Love You (Distant Islands), intermedial performance, Fluid States North Atlantic, Copenhagen, Denmark; The Nordic House, Torshavn, Faroe Islands; Kunstmuseum, Nuuk, Greenland.

 

2014       Let Me Tell You That I Love You, one-to-one performance, Nuit Rose, Artscape, Toronto, Canada.

 

2013       Creator. Director. Writer. These Are Not My Mother’s Hands, video installation and performance, Trinity Square Video, Toronto, Canada.

 

2012       Clock Piece*, participatory performance, B-MPA: Berlin Month of Performance Art Festival, GlogauAIR, Berlin, Germany.

 

2012       Continental Divide, performance, Queering the Way, Loud and Queer Anthology Book Launch, Glad Day Books, Toronto, Canada.

 

2011       Creator. Director. Writer/Adapter. Co-Choreographer.  The Gertrude Stein Project, performance creation, Studio Theatre, Timms Centre for the Arts, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada.

 

2010       Miles of Aisles, site-specific performance, Visualeyez International Performance Art Festival, Latitude 53 Contemporary Visual Culture Edmonton, Canada.

               

2010       Split/SCREEN,  site-specific performance installation Storefront Cinema Nights, Edmonton, Canada.

 

 

Recent Artist Residencies and Workshops (selected)

 

Artist Residency.  Unpack Studio Havana, Havana, Cuba, January/February 2017.

The Marathon Performance Art Workshop. Cell 63 Platform Gallery, Berlin, Germany, May/June 2017.

Theatre Complicite Workshop, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Banff, Canada, April 2017.      

Artist Residency. Trinity Square Video, Toronto, Canada, July-December 2013.

 

 

Recent Invited Talks (selected)

 

“Triadic Departures: Performing Interdisciplinarity 2010-2017.”  Instituo Superior de Arte (ISA), Havana, Cuba, January 2017.

 

Artist Talks, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Wilfrdo Lam, Unpack Studio Havana, Havana, Cuba, January/February 2017.

 

“Feel That Action.”  Artist Talk and Workshop, Ludi Teatro, Havana, Cuba, February 2017.

 

“Both Sides Now: One-to-One Intimacy and its Telematic Twin.”  Telepresence: The Distant is Near Symposium, IT University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark, December 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, Edmonton, Canada, February 2015.

 

Recent Conference Papers & Presentations (selected)

 

“Walking Kindness:  A Performative Walk through the Streets of Havana.” PSi #23 Overflow: Performance Studies International Conference, University of Hamburg, Theater der Welt Festival Kampnagel, Hamburg, Germany, June 2017.

“Unpacking Havana: Creating Performance within the Context of an Art Residency.” PSi #23 Overflow: Performance Studies International Conference, University of Hamburg, Theater der Welt Festival, Kampnagel, Hamburg, Germany, June 2017.

“Prairie Provocations:  Tilling the Soil with Holding... / waiting for ecstasy.  Prairie Sexualities: Theories, Archives, Affects, Communities Symposium, University of Alberta (in partnership with the University of Saskatchewan), Edmonton, Canada, September 2016.

“Intimacy and Affect: Connecting Islands through Telematic Space.” PSi#22 Performing Climates: Performance Studies International Conference, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia, July 2016.

“Resetting the Compass: Navigating the Actor through Space, Composition and Intermediality.”  Bodies on Stage: Acting Confronted by Technology Conference, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris, France, June 2015.

Gertrude Stein Project: Interdisciplinary Perspectives of Leon, Gertrude and Alice.” A Valentine to Gertrude Stein: The Reception of Gertrude Stein in the Arts and Humanities Conference, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark, May 2014.

 

Recent Publications (selected)

“Continental Divide:  A Video Installation in 16 Sequences”.  Performance Text of Video Installation.  Queering the Way: The Loud and Queer Anthology, Brindle and Glass, Toronto, Canada, 2012.

 

 

Recent Graduate Supervision

 

Suzanne Martin, MFA Directing, Thesis Supervisory Committee, 2016.

Josh Clendin, MFA Theatre Practice, Thesis Supervisory Committee, 2016.

Daunia Del Ben, MFA Theatre Practice, Thesis Supervisory Committee, 2014.

David Horak, MFA DIrecting, Thesis Superisor, 2010.

Jessica Abdalla, MFA Directing, Thesis Supervisor, 2010.

 

 

Recent Undergraduate Supervision

 

Jessy Arden, B.F.A. Acting, URI, University Research Initiative Scholarship, 2012.

Vlády Peychoff, B.A. Honours Program, URI/University Research Initiative Scholarship, 2011.         

 

 

Grants (selected)

Canada Council, Government of Canada (Canadian Embassy, Rome, Italy), Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Manitoba Arts Council, Edmonton Arts Council, University of Alberta: President’s Fund for the Creative and Performing Arts, Support for the Advancement of Scholarship, Humanities and Fine Arts Research, Central Research Fund.

 

 

Awards and Honors (selected)

Elizabeth Sterling-Haynes Award, FAVA Werner Herzog Award, University of Alberta Teaching Unit Award, BFA Acting, Kathleen Richardson Foundation. National Theatre School Bursary, Manitoba Theatre Centre Jean-Murray-Moray Sinclair Scholarship, Yale University Rebecca West Scholarship.