Dr. Jean O'Hara


Ph.D. Theatre and Performance Studies, York University, 2013.

Dissertation: Up/Staging Two-Spirit Plays: Unsettling Sexuality and Gender.

MA/MFA Directing Humboldt State University, California, 2005.

Tectonic Theatre Project devised theatre training, Florida, Summer 2019.

Manitoulin Conservatory for Creation and Performance, Summer 2017.

Native Earth Performing Arts Internship, Toronto, February-April 2009.

Masters class in African Theatre with Femi Osofisan, Summer 2009.

Dell Arte International School for Physical Theatre Teaching Training, California, Fall 2005.

San Francisco Mime Troupe physical theatre training,California, Summer 2004.

Career Achievements

Assistant Professor at University of Alberta, 2019.

Assistant Professor at Marlboro College, Theatre and Gender Studies, Vermont, 2015-2019.

Lecturer and Theatre Director at Humboldt State University in the Theatre, Film and Dance Department and the Critical, Race, Gender and Sexuality Department. Worked closely with the Native American Studies Department. 2004-2014.

Co-director, devisor, and later director for Salmon is Everything play,California, Yurok, Karuk and Hupa Reservations, 2004-2007.

Director and co-creator for the Alianait Festival Hip Hop/Spoken Word performance with Inuit and other artists from Canada, Iqaluit, Summer 2001.

Co-creator and presenter with Muriel Miguel for the Spiderwoman Theater Residency, University of Oregon, Spring 2015.

Director, devisor and actor for 3 Women and 3 Myths at the Edinburg Fringe Festival, Summer 2018.

Publications and Research

“Drag Evolution: Re-Imagining Gender through Theory and Practice,” in Teaching Critical Performance Theory, Routledge, June 2020

“Unsettling the Frontier,” in Q2Q: Queer Canadian Theatre and Performance, Playwrights Canada Press, June 2018.

Maya Voice Project: A research project that archived traditional stories in the Mopan language for the Indigenous radio station, Ak’Kutan, January 2015-2018.

 "The Journey Home," in Salmon is Everything: Community-Based Theatre in the Klamath Watershed. Oregon State University Press, Spring 2014/ Second Edition 2018.

"Revisiting Agokwe: Decolonizing Sexuality and Gender," in alt.theatre: cultural diversity on the stage special issue on gender and theater at the margins, August 2013.

Two-Spirit Acts: Indigenous Queer Performances, editor, Playwrights Canada Press, Fall 2013.