2017-18 Graduate Students

Taiwo Afolabi

BA University of Jos, Nigeria

Taiwo is a theatre director, researcher, and educator from Nigeria. His research focuses on the dynamics of virtual communities. He has worked, toured, researched and led workshops in Denmark, the US, China, and Khartoum, Sudan, Burkina Faso, as well as in his native Nigeria, and worked with the International Theatre Institute. Taiwo is a Queen Elizabeth Scholar and a Graduate Award recipient at the University of Victoria.

Program: PhD Applied Theatre

 

Lara Aysal

Bio to come.

Program: PhD Applied Theatre

 

Kate Bessey

BA Liberal Arts, Sarah Lawrence College
MA Applied Theatre, University of Victoria

Kate Bessey has worked in Drama in Education and Independent Theatre for over a decade in contexts as varied as rural Washington State, New York City, and Córdoba, Argentina. Her research will construct an ethnography of community and independent theatre practices in Argentina as models for Applied Theatre. She seeks to combine her background in educational and community theatre with her passion for international exchange in order to discover and foster cross-cultural collaborations and relationships.

Program: PhD Applied Theatre

 

 

Claire Carolan

Diploma in Technical Theatre Arts, Mount Royal College
BFA in Drama (with distinction), the University of Calgary
MA in Arts Education, Simon Fraser University.

Claire is a second-year interdisciplinary doctoral student in Theatre and Education. Her research investigates intersections between scenography and Performance Studies. The properties master at the University of Calgary for seven years, she also led the launch of the first Tri-University Conference in Theatre and Performance Research with her graduate peers at UVic, UBC and SFU and will continue to support that initiative as it moves to UBC for 2016. Claire presented research this summer at CATR and the Critical Exchange of the Puppeteers of America at the University of Connecticut. She has been commissioned to write a chapter for a book called “Critical Perspectives on Women in Puppet Theatre”.

Program: PhD Interdisciplinary in Theatre and Education

 

Sandra Chamberlain-Snider

BA English, University of British Columbia
MA Theatre, University of British Columbia

Sandra is a third-year doctoral student with the proposed research area of Canadian children and youth on stage. While at UBC, Sandra wrote her MA thesis on the history of the city’s Arts Umbrella’s Theatre Troupes and also helped to launch the university’s inaugural Theatre Graduate Symposium. An active supporter of the Vancouver arts scene through her own volunteerism, Sandra has served on the board of Boca del Lupo and keeps up her advocacy and volunteer work on behalf of Arts Umbrella, Boca del Lupo, and the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Program: PhD Candidate in Theatre History

 

 

Nancy Curry

MA Music in Collaborative Piano, University of Southern California

Nancy is a third-year PhD candidate, researching the impact of drama participation on the development of social skills in young adults with autism spectrum disorder. She teaches musical theatre and drama for autism at Kaleidoscope Theatre's Performing Arts Studio, and weekly drama workshops with adults with disabilities for Lifetime Networks Victoria.

Before embarking on her PhD studies, Nancy enjoyed a career as a theatre musician and music educator, teaching all ages from preschool to college and performing at the community, university and professional levels. She has toured with educational opera outreach programs for San Diego Opera, Nevada Opera and Edmonton Opera, and coached opera and musical theatre at the University of Alberta, the University of Northern Colorado, and the University of Nebraska, along with music directing many community theatre productions.

Nancy's training also includes assistantships at the Banff Centre in opera, art song, and avant-garde music theatre, and instructor certification in Somatic Voiceworks, Musikgarten early childhood music, and Suzuki Method piano.

Program: PhD Interdisciplinary in Applied Theatre and Education

 

 

Dennis Gupa

MA Theatre Arts, University of the Philippines
MFA Directing, University of British Columbia

Dennis's research explores how indigenous performance and human settlements are affected by the onslaught of modernities and colonialism. He is interested in the resiliency of indigenous performance through the sacred artistic practice of master artists of the Philippines and Cambodia. He received a scholarship from the Indonesian government to study seni theatre and traditional mask dance (topeng) at Sekolah Tinggi Seni Indonesia (STSI) in Bandung. The Asian Cultural Council's Rockefeller Brothers Fund awarded him a fellowship to undertake a director-in-residence program in New York City, where he participated in and observed contemporary theatre directing process with Ma-Yi Theatre Co., National Asian American Theatre Co., and The Juilliard Drama School. Dennis is also a Fellow of The Philippines' 21, awarded by the Asia Society. His work has won support from the World Banks/Australian Agency for International Development, the Canada Council for the Arts, ASEAN Center for Biodiversity, University of the Philippines, National Commission for Culture and the Arts, and various local government agencies in the Philippines.

Program: PhD Applied Theatre

 

Caily Harris

Bio to come.

Program: MA Applied Theatre

 

 

Bradley Hoover

Bio to come.

Program: MA Theatre History

 

 

Arash Isapour

Bio to come.

Program: PhD Theatre History

 

 

Lauren Jerke

BFA Acting, University of Lethbridge
MA Applied Theatre, University of Victoria

Lauren works with communities to devise theatre that questions common values and norms. She has worked with such community groups as psychiatric patients, seniors, and grade seven students in Malawi. She has taught the second year applied theatre class here at UVic, as well as a class about international community development and the arts in the School of Public Administration. She is currently a research associate on the nation-wide Arts For Social Change project. Her doctoral research looks at the use of theatre as education for change with gatekeepers in Canada. 

Program: PhD Applied Theatre


 

Julie Labagnara

Bio to come.

Program: MA Theatre History

 

 

Wangyei Li

Bio to come.

Program: MA Applied Theatre

 

 

Michelle Lo

BFA Design, University of Victoria

Bio to come.

Program: MFA Design

 

 

Tilly Lorence

Bio to come.

Program: MA Applied Theatre

 

 

Richard Lucas

BFA Acting, University of Alberta
MFA Theatre/Directing, University of British Columbia

Since 1986, Richard Lucas and his team at Lucas Talent Inc. have proudly represented many of Canada’s leading actors, directors, and writers. He has presented his workshop “The Business of Acting” in post-secondary and acting schools from coast to coast and in 2015 was asked to share his experience by writing a chapter for the new textbook series Perform, Acting for the Stage. Lucas was Department Head of Acting and Actors’ Voice for three years at the Canadian College of Performing Arts. He has also worked professionally as a producer, director, and an actor. He is currently proposing to research 20th-Century Canadian LGBTQ theatrical pioneers.

Program: MA Theatre History

 

 

Graham McMonagle

Royal Winnipeg Ballet Professional Training Program
MFA Design, University of Victoria

Graham McMonagle has enjoyed a 20-year career in Ballet, both as a dancer and designer. He studied at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and Pacific Youth Ballet and worked professionally as a dancer with Columbus Dance Theatre, Opera Atelier, Company Dance Traverse, Opera Columbus, Ballet Classique and the Lancaster (Ohio) Festival, and worked as the Co-Artistic Director and Principal Dancer of Canadian Pacific Ballet. After apprenticing in the National Ballet of Canada’s costume department, he served as Resident Designer at Columbus Dance Theatre, going on to work at Ohio State University, the University of Illinois Champagne Urbana, the New York International Film Festival, BalletMet Columbus, New Albany Ballet, Alberta Ballet and Goh Ballet. In Victoria, Mr. McMonagle has designed costumes for Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre and the Phoenix Theatre.

Program: PhD Theatre History

 

 

Trudy Pauluth-Penner

BFA Theatre M. Ed. Interdisciplinary studies, University of Victoria

Trudy Pauluth-Penner's current focus is on arts in health, specifically on reminiscence theatre with families and older adults in care, exploring how engagement in reminiscence theatre enhances quality of life and transitioning into the later stages of aging. An applied theatre director and consultant, she founded Applied Theatre Consulting Services, an agency that has provided applied theatre programs in arts, educational and health care contexts. These programs have addressed themes of youth esteem, substance misuse, bullying/conflict resolution, older adult driving safety and reminiscence theatre. Trudy has presented her research at a number of national and international conferences and coordinated reminiscence theatre and arts-in-health festivals in collaboration with the Victoria ElderCare Foundation, the University of Victoria’s Phoenix Theatre department, and local healthcare facilities.  Among her awards is the Blair L. Sadler International Healing Arts Award (First Place, Professional Category: Recognition for Excellence), Society for the Arts in Health Care, 2006.

Program: PhD Interdisciplinary Social Dimensions of Health Program combining Narrative Gerontology and Applied Theatre

 

Jeffrey Renn

Jeffrey Renn has been an actor, director, teacher, chef, bistro owner, gallery curator, organic farmer, wine and brandy maker, forager and clown, and – always – a master storyteller. He studied acting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, and is an alumnus of both Shaw and Stratford Festivals; Jeffrey has also appeared on Broadway in Moliere’s The Miser and Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. Teaching has been an important part of his artistic practice, whether it has been in acting, directing, fight choreography or movement at the Gastown Actors Studio, George Brown College, the University of Winnipeg, Queensland University of Technology, Bond University, and the Lismore School of the Arts in Australia.

Program: MFA Directing


 

Luciana Silvestre-Fernandez

Bio to come

Program: MFA Directing

 

 

Leah Tidey

Bio to come.

Program: MA Applied Theatre


 

Ying-Jeng Wang

Bio to come.

Program: MA Applied Theatre


 

Rami Zein

B.Ed. University of Toronto
M.A. University of Essex, UK

Rami Zein is a Lebanese Canadian who studied Theatre in Lebanon, the U.K., and Canada. He taught Theatre in B.C., Switzerland, Kuwait and Malaysia. He’s a certified teacher by the B.C. College of Teachers and he’s proficient in English, Arabic and French. Rami is starting his 3rd year at UVic, and his proposed dissertation deals with the work of Syrian playwright Saadallah Wannous.

Program: PhD Theatre History