Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music (LRAM), Royal Academy of Music, London, England, 1966
Associate of the Drama Board (ADB), Drama Board, UK, 1966
Major Career Achievements
Founding Advisory Board Member/Consultant, Creative Age Festival, Edmonton, 2007-2015
Artistic Director, Festival of Edmonton Seniors Theatre, 2008-2014
Coordinator, BA Drama Major Program, University of Alberta, 1999-2010
Chair, Department of Drama, University of Alberta, 1988-1998
Founding Artistic Director, GeriActors and Friends, 2000 -2015
Founding Artistic Director, Catalyst Theatre
Writer/Director/Host, CBC Network Catalyst Television series
Involved through students in the establishment of Theatre Network and Concrete Theatre
Assistant Artistic Director, National Theatre School
Artistic Director, Manitoba Theatre School and Warehouse Theatre, Manitoba Theatre Centre
Assistant Director, Stratford and Shaw Theatre Festivals
For the University of Alberta
Director: Killing Game, Great Expectation, Arabian Knights, Coram Boy, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Village of Idiots, Ash Girl, Red Noses, Caucasian Chalk Circle, Widows, Mad Forest, Precious Woman, Love of the Nightingale (Second Playing Space, Timms Centre for the Arts)
For GeriActors and Friends
Playwright, dramaturge and director of approximately 45 plays performed for seniors and health professionals, including Invisible, Pink Nail Polish, Tjalling Zonderland and We Decide (our version of King Lear)
Funding sources for GeriActors and Friends: CIHR, New Horizons Canada (three separate grants), Edmonton Arts Council, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Edmonton Community Adult Learning Association, Creative Age Edmonton, Killam Research Fund, Emil Skarin Fund, Faculty of Arts, Department of Drama
Recent Theatrical Performance
Actor: Hadrian (in Sapientia.) Director Mia Van Leeuen, Canoe Festival, at C103 Theatre, Edmonton 2013
Actor. Verges in Much Ado About Nothing. Director Andrew Ritchie, Thou Art Here Theatre, in Rutherford House, Edmonton 2014 and 2015
Actor: Blavatsky in the play Blavatsky's Tower. Director Sandra Nicholls, Studio Theatre, Timms Centre for the Arts, 2014
Recent Conference Presentations and Workshops
Paper and Workshop, ATHE Montreal, 2015
Presentation on CIHR research project: Theatre as a Pathway to Healthy Aging, to the Arts and Humanities for Health and Wellness Research Group (AHHW), University of Calgary: March 27 2014
Keynote speaker: AGM Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council: "Change the Narrative: Act Up": April 28 2014
"We Don't Even Buy Green Bananas": Conference paper and workshop on the work of the intergenerational theatre company, GeriActors and Friends. British Society of Gerontology, Keele, UK, July 2012
Workshop: Encore Creativity for Older Adults, Chautauqua, NY, 2011 - 2013
Paper: Intergenerational Theatre, Society for Arts in Health Care, San Francisco, CA, 2011
Workshop and Paper: Health, Aging and the Creative Arts. Society for the Arts in Dementia Care, Penticton, BC, 2010
Workshop: STLHE, Toronto, ON, 2010
Presentation and Workshop: Creative Age Festival, Calgary, AB, 2009, 2010
Workshops in Performance Storytelling, and Acting Shakespeare: FEST and Creative Age Edmonton, Edmonton, AB, 2008-15
Paper: ATHE, New York, NY, 2009.
Intergenerational Theatre Performance, RAPP Human Ecology Conference, Edmonton, AB, 2007
GeriActors Performance and Paper: Arts in Health Care Conference, Edmonton, AB, 2004
Other Recent Conference Papers
S.Chivers, D.Barnet, S.A. Chapman and J. Fest: Intergenerational theatre as gerontological education: Edmonton's GeriActors & Friends in context. Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, Cincinnati, 2011
S.Chivers, J. Fast and D.Barnet: "There's a reason we're here": An Archival Analysis of Community-Based Intergenerational Theatre. British Society of Gerontology, Keele, UK, 2012.
J. Fast, J. Eales, S.Chivers, S Anderson, D.Barnet: "Age is Just a Silly Thing": Confronting Age Stereotypes Through Intergenerational Theatre. British Society of Gerontology, Keele, UK, 2012. July 2012]
J. Fast, J. Eales, S.Chivers, S Anderson, D.Barnet: "They're just like us": Confronting age stereotypes through intergenerational theatre. British Society of Gerontology, Keele, UK, 2012
Chapter: S.Chivers, D.Barnet, J. Eales, and J.Fast: "There's a reason we're here": Performative autobiographics and age indentity in performer-created intergenerational theatre: Aging Studies.
Intergenerational Theatre: article for International Consortium for Intergenerational Programs, 2010
Recent Creative Research Projects
Theatre as a Pathway to Healthy Aging 2011-2014, with Janet Fast (PA), Sally Chivers and Jacquie Eales. (CIHR research project)
Principal Investigator and Producer: Theatre Residencies for Seniors in Performance Storytelling, Rock and Roll, and Comedy Improvisation, Edmonton, AB, 2010-11. (Killam research project)
City of Edmonton TELUS Courage to Innovate Award for GeriActors and Friends, 2011.
SAGE Award for contribution to Arts and Culture, 2011.
3M National Teaching Fellow, 2009.
Faculty of Arts Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, 2007.
University of Alberta Rutherford Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, 2007.
Included in 'Theatre 100', published by the Alberta Playwrights' Network, Celebrating 100 Theatre Practitioners Over 100 Years in Alberta, 2006.
International awards for educational radio broadcasts (CKUA) and network television productions (CBC).
Recent Graduate Supervision
Alan Jeans, M.Ed (Secondary Education), CBR Certificate. Completed 2015
Matthew Gusul, MA. Co-Supervisor, Jan Selman. Completed 2009
Susan Spence Campbell, D Ed (Secondary Education). Supervisory Committee Completed 2008