Organizing Team

Simon Fraser University (2017 Hosts)

Kelsey Blair is currently pursuing a PhD in English from Simon Fraser University. Her research and teaching interests include: performance studies, theatre studies, affect theory, sport’s studies, gender theory, musical theatre studies, and empowerment studies. Kelsey is a graduate fellow at Simon Fraser’s Institute for Performance Studies. She is also an author, sport coach, and community art leader.

Patrick Blenkarn is completing an MFA in Interdisciplinary Studies in the School for the Contemporary Arts. He makes performances, video, film, and books. He has a BA in philosophy, theatre, and film studies from the University of King’s College. He is interested in multilingualism, normativities, and labour. He is the chair of the 2017 Tri-University Colloquium.

Linnea Gwiazda is a multidisciplinary artist focused on contemporary dance and performance. Her research investigates personal archiving, embodied memory, space, displacement and identity. Linnea has performed and presented work both across Canada and internationally. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts, awarded with distinction, from Concordia University (Montréal QC) and is currently a Master of Fine Arts candidate at Simon Fraser University.

Jorma Kujala’s academic, and interdisciplinary art practices are enveloped by theories of identity and the construction of a global cross-cultural “home.” Building on his earlier BFA and MA degrees as well as a process-based, reserach-oriented art practice that includes painting, drawing, and soundwalking, his PhD studies at SFU’s School of Communication advance research in the shared knowledge, identity, memory, and social interaction that occur when culture, communication, and social change intersect. Kujala is currently exploring sound, listening, performance, embodiment and phenomenology, and how the human interacts with the non-human, predominantly through his soundwalking practice. He also investigates repetition, re-enactment and the bodily interplay between individual, sound, and environment, and is a founding editorial committee member of SFU’s School for the Contemporary Arts’ Journal of Comparative Media Arts.

University of British Columbia

Katrina Dunn is a scholar, teacher and stage director based in Vancouver.  She is currently completing a PhD in Theatre Studies at UBC under the supervision of Dr. Kirsty Johnston.   Her area of research looks at the spatial manifestations of performance as realized in the built and natural environments. Her MA thesis, Back-in-the-Land: Space and Anglophone Theatre’s Professional Farm Theatres, looks at performance in rural space. She has published short works in Canadian Theatre Review (166) and Performance Research (21.2), and is the 2015 recipient of the Robert G. Lawrence Prize for an emerging scholar from the Canadian Association for Theatre Research.  She was the Artistic Director of Touchstone Theatre from 1997 to 2016, and co-founded the PuSh Festival with Norman Armour in 2003.

University of Victoria

Claire Carolan is a second year theatre and education interdisciplinary doctoral student at the University of Victoria. Her work resides in the intersection of Performance Studies and Scenography.  The overriding purpose of her research is to improve and expand the pedagogy and practice of scenography in the academy. Claire holds a Diploma, Arts & Science from Mount Royal College in Theatre Arts, a BFA with Distinction in Drama (Design) from the University of Calgary and an MA in Arts Education Curriculum and Development from Simon Fraser University. Claire is one of the founding members of the Tri-University Colloquium and is thrilled to see it growing as it enters its second year.

Sandra Chamberlain-Snider is a PhD student in Theatre History at the University of Victoria studying pre-professional theatre training for youth in western Canada. Her academic research is a natural intersection of her many years as a volunteer in Vancouver’s independent theatre community and arts education for children and youth. She is an alumna of UBC (BA English Literature, MA Theatre Studies) where she developed a taste for research under Kirsty Johnston and Stephen Liu and continues this currently under Allana Lindgren and Monica Prendergast at UVic. Along with Claire Carolan, Sandra is a founding member of the Tri-U colloquium and is energized to see it continue as a robust forum for graduate research.

Nancy Curry is pursuing an interdisciplinary PhD in applied theatre and education at the University of Victoria, with a research interest in the effect of drama participation on the development of social thinking in autistic young people, including her own daughter. As a professional musician, Ms. Curry has music directed educational outreach programs for several opera companies, along with numerous community and university music-theatre productions. As a music educator, she has worked at all levels from preschool to university, and is developing a drama/literature curriculum in her ongoing work with gifted, autistic, and twice-exceptional youth.

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