CURRICULUM VITAE

STEPHEN BURGE JOHNSON

Professor, Department of English and Drama, University of Toronto Mississauga

Professor, Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies, Faculty of Arts and Science, University of Toronto at St George

Email: stephen.johnson@utoronto.ca

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

1975            B.A. University of Guelph

1978            M.A. University of Toronto

1984            Ph.D. New York University

“The Roof Garden and Performance in New York City”

EMPLOYMENT

2010+            Professor, Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies Program, Department of English and Drama, University of Toronto (undergraduate appointment); Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies, University of Toronto (graduate appointment).

2012-16            Director, Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies, University of Toronto (merged Graduate Centre and University College Drama Program)

2007-12            Director, Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies (until December 2011, the Graduate Centre for Study of Drama), University of Toronto

1998+            Associate Professor, Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies Program, Department of English and Drama, University of Toronto. Tenure and appointment to graduate school awarded with appointment, July 1998

1991-8                        Assistant/Associate Professor (tenured), McMaster University

1988-91             Assistant Professor (tenure-track), McMaster University, 1988-1991

1988            Project Co-ordinator, Records of Canadian Theatre (ROCT), University of Guelph, (Jan – June)

1985-8            Assistant Editor, Departments of Drama and English, University of Guelph, for The Oxford Companion to Canadian Theatre, edited by L. W. Conolly and Eugene Benson. (Funded by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada). See Editorial Affiliations, Publications

1988            Sessional Instructor, Department of Drama, University of Guelph

1987            Sessional Instructor, Department of English, University of Guelph

1985            Sessional Instructor, Department of Drama, University of Guelph

1980-5            Research Assistant, The Music of Broadway, 1866 to Date: A Fact Book and Finding Guide, edited by Richard Wall

1980-5            Self-employed as a Theatre Research Consultant (THEATRESEARCH), New York City. Clients included university faculty, theatre professionals, Metro Goldwyn Mayer Film Studio, Los Angeles Philharmonic, etc.

1979-80            Assistant Archivist, Shubert Archive, Shubert Theatre Organization, New York City, 1979-1980

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS AND ACTIVITIES

Scholarly Memberships (present)

American Society for Theatre Research

American Theatre and Drama Society

Association for Canadian Theatre Research/ Association de la recherche théâtrale au Canada

Domitor (International Association of Early Cinema)

Performance Studies International

Theatre Library Association

Professional Creative Memberships

Playwrights Guild of Canada (Full Member)

Writers Union of Canada (Full Member)

Other Graduate Appointments

2011+            Faculty Appointment, Cinema Studies Institute, University of Toronto

2000+            Associate Member, Department of Dance, York University

1997-8            Associate Member, School of Graduate Studies, University of Toronto               (while employed at McMaster University)

Editorial Appointments

2007-16            Administrative Board, Modern Drama. As Director of the Drama Centre, financial and legal authority over journal activities

2002-16            Management Board, Theatre Research in Canada/ Recherches théâtrales au Canada; Chair, 2002-2013; also, 2007-16, as Director of the Drama Centre, financial and legal authority over journal activities

1992-2001            Co-Editor, Theatre Research in Canada/ Recherches théâtrales au Canada, a national bilingual journal published through the Graduate Centre for Study of Drama, University of Toronto, and the Association for Canadian Theatre Research. Reader/Assessor for all manuscripts submitted. Editor 1992-9 (on leave 1994-5), Executive Editor 2000-1.  Also Editor of theme issues on History and Historiography, Vol 18:2 & 19:1.

1985-8            Assistant Editor, The Oxford Companion to Canadian Theatre, edited by L. W. Conolly and Eugene Benson (published 1989). (See also Employment and Publications)

1985-8            Assistant Editor, Essays in Theatre, published by the Department of Drama, University of Guelph

Service as Officer for Academic Organizations and Research Projects

2016+            Treasurer, Canadian Association for Theatre Research/ Association canadienne de la recherche théâtrale, a member of the Canadian Federation of the Humanities and Social Sciences.

2012-16            President, Canadian Association for Theatre Research/ Association canadienne de la recherche théâtrale, a member of the Canadian Federation of the Humanities and Social Sciences [two two-year terms, ended June 2016]. Included chairing Executive Board of sixteen, elected from across Canada; oversight of a range of activities, including finances, elections, communications, fundraising, lobbying on behalf of the discipline, conference organization, etc.

2012+            Executive Board, Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics in the Americas (2012+), a pan-Hemispheric research group working out of NYU, responsible for a large digital archive, collaborative cross-cultural research projects, and an annual festival and conference, the Encuentro. Member of the Executive representing the University of Toronto, an Institutional Member, and as a partner in the ‘Canadian Consortium for Performance and Politics in the Americas, a partnered research project.

2012+            Executive Board, Curatorial Committee, Canadian Consortium for Performance and Politics in the Americas (2012+). Responsible for contact with Canadian Theatre Companies embodying cultural diversity, negotiating for digital archiving of performance records; working with graduate students and colleagues from across Canada in establishing a policy and collections list. Chair of Curatorial Committee (2015+).

2012-16            Executive Board, Records of Early English Drama

2009-12            Executive Board, Theatre Library Association

2007-16            Board of Directors, Poculi Ludique Societas / Centre for Performance Study of Early Theatre

2004-7             Board of Directors, Society for Dance History Scholars

1998-2000      Executive Board, Theatre Library Association

1997-8             Chair, Council of Ontario University and College Theatre Programs

1989-94            Executive Committee, International Federation for Theatre Research, including: Executive meetings in Stockholm, Glasgow, Prague, Moscow; Plenary meetings (Canadian Representative), Stockholm, Prague, Moscow; IFTR liaison to The World Encyclopedia of Contemporary Theatre (a research project administered through York University); review subcommittee for Theatre Research International

1987-9            Executive Committee, Association for Canadian Theatre Research/ Association de la recherche théâtrale au Canada

Conference Organization

2012-16            Program Committee, annual meeting of the Canadian Association for Theatre Research, as President of the Association (University of Calgary, 2016; University of Ottawa, 2015; Brock University, 2014; University of Victoria, 2013; University of Waterloo/Wilfred Laurier University, 2012).

2014            Co-Organizer with Natalie Alvarez (Brock University), Beatriz Pizano and Trevor Schwellnus (Aluna Theatre, Toronto); Working Group, “Performance as Treaty; the (En)treaty of Gesture”; “exploring the complex ways in which gestures, in their migration from body to body, and witness to witness, are instantiations of the “treaty” in the Americas.” Ten hours over five days during MANIFEST! Choreographing Social Movements in the Americas, the 2014 Montreal Encuentro, bi-annual Festival/Conference organized by the Hemispheric Institute.

2013-14            Program Committee, Nostos: Encounters with the Open Program, a residency by an international company, co-sponsored by the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies, February 10-24.

2011-12            Program Committee, The Future of Cage: Credo, a conference celebrating the 100th Birthday of John Cage, co-sponsored by the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies and the Faculty of Music, 25-28 October 2012.

2009-10            Program Committee, Performance Studies International, Toronto, 10-13 June 2010, co-sponsored by York University and the Ontario College of Art and Design, with participation from the Graduate Centre for Study of Drama, University of Toronto

2009-10            Steering Committee, Chester 2010: an International Conference and Festival, including performances of the Chester Cycle of medieval dramas, co-sponsored by Centre for the Performance Study of Early Theatre and the Graduate Centre for Study of Drama, University of Toronto, May 2010.

2008            Co-sponsor, organizing committee, Carnival, A People’s Art and Taking Back the Streets, jointly held at York University and the University of Toronto, 30 July – 3 August (with Christopher Innes, York University)

2008            Convener, Principal Organizer, Burnt Cork: Traditions and Legacies of Blackface Performance, an interdisciplinary symposium. Organized at the University of Toronto, Graduate Centre for Study of Drama, co-sponsored by the Drama Centre, the Cinema Studies Institute, the Centre for the Study of the United States, the Faculty of Music, the Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies, and the Anti-Racism and Cultural Diversity Office, and with support from the Jackman Humanities Institute and the Connaught Foundation, March.  See <http://www.utm.utoronto.ca/~w3minstr/burntcork/index.html&gt;

2002            Program Chair, Annual Conference, Association for Canadian Theatre Research/ Association de la recherche théâtrale au Canada, University of Toronto, May

1987            Program Chair, Annual Conference, Association for Canadian Theatre History/ Association histoire théâtrale au Canada, McMaster University (with R. W. Vince, McMaster University)

Consultations

2010            External Reader and Assessor for book manuscript on the history of Canadian Theatre, for Between the Lines Press.

2005            Advisory Board, Vaudeville Nation, Exhibition curated by Barbara Cohen Stratyner, at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Lincoln Centre (exhibited 15 November 2005 to 1 April 2006)

1992-2001            Advisory Board, Atlantic Canada Theatre Site, compiled by Prof. Edward Mullaly, University of New Brunswick. Web publication of Journals, Bibliographies and Performance Calendars relating to Theatre in Canada. See http://www.lib.unb.ca/Texts/Theatre

1992-4            Advisory Board, The Dictionary of Stage Directors, edited by John W. Frick and Stephen M. Vallillo (Greenwood, 1994)

ACADEMIC HISTORY

Research Areas

History of Popular Performance in 19th Century United States, Canada, and Britain

The Performance of Race on 19th Century North American and British Stages

The Relationship between Historiography and Performance Practice

Research Awards

2013-16            Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Connections Grant; Co-Investigators Sally-Beth MacLean (Principal Investigator), Sian Miekle (UofT Libraries), Byron Moldofsky (Geography); Beth Marquis (McMaster University). On The Road Again: A Digital Forum on the History of Entertainment and Culture.

2013-14            Jackman Humanities Centre Program for the Arts; Co-Investigator with Myrto Koumarianos and Jenny Salisbury; Nostos: Encounters with the Open Centre

2013-20            Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Partnership Grant; Co-Investigator (1 of 16, from 14 universities); Canadian consortium on performance and politics in the Americas; [Note: Award Holder University of Manitoba; Project Director Dr Peter Kulchyski]

2012-17            Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Insight Grant; 5 years; Cross Border Blackface: Traditions and Legacies of American Minstrelsy in Ontario

2012-15            Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Aid to Scholarly Publications Grant; 3 years; Theatre Research in Canada; collaborator with Glen Nichols, Mount Allison University; Principal Applicant: Barry Freeman, University of Toronto.

2009-12            Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Aid to Scholarly Publications Grant; 3 years; Theatre Research in Canada; jointly prepared with Glen Nichols, University of Moncton

2008-10            Instructional Technology Courseware Development Fund, Office of the Provost, University of Toronto; 2 years; Public Learning and the Integration of History, Theory and Practice in Theatre and Performance Studies, to develop an online interactive and collaborative research tool

2008            Connaught International Symposia/Colloquia Grant, University of Toronto; 1 year; Burnt Cork: Traditions and Legacies of Blackface Minstrelsy, symposium

2007            Jackman Humanities Institute Grant, Faculty of Arts and Science, University of Toronto; 1 year; Burnt Cork: Traditions and Legacies of Blackface Minstrelsy, symposium, co-application with C. Keil, Cinema Studies

2007-10            Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Research Development Initiative Grant; 3 years; A History of Popular Performance in 19th Century Canada West: A Preliminary Database, Inventory of Archives, and Pilot Projects

2007            University of Toronto School of Graduate Studies Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada SIG Grant; 1 year; for on-going research

2006            Instructional Technology Courseware Development Fund, Office of the Provost, University of Toronto; 1 year; On the Road Again: an online tool for interactive and collaborative theatre history research; co-applicant with Sally-Beth MacLean (Records of Early English Drama), Sian Meikle (UofT Libraries), Byron Moldofsky (Geography)

2006            University of Toronto School of Graduate Studies Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada SIG Grant; 1 year; for adaptation of database project to Canadian theatre research

2006            University of Toronto School of Graduate Studies Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada SIG Grant; 1 year; conference travel

2005-8            Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Three-year Standard Research Grant; 3 years; Blackface Minstrelsy and the Dissemination of American Popular Culture in Britain, 1843-1852

2005            University of Toronto School of Graduate Studies Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada SIG Travel Grant; 1 year; conference travel

2005            University of Toronto at Mississauga Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada SIG Grant; 1 year; “Blackface Minstrelsy”

2002-5            Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Aid to Scholarly Publications Grant; 3 years; Theatre Research in Canada/Recherches théâtrales au Canada; operating grant, prepared with assistance from management board and graduate student editorial staff

2000            Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Aid to Scholarly Publications Special Initiatives Grant; 1 year; Theatre Research in Canada/Recherches théâtrales au Canada; for electronic publication of back-issues

1999-2002            Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Aid to Scholarly Publications Grant; 3 years; Theatre Research in Canada/Recherches théâtrales au Canada; operating grant, prepared with assistance from management board and graduate student editorial staff

1999            Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Aid to Scholarly Publications Special Initiatives Grant; 1 year; Theatre Research in Canada/Recherches théâtrales au Canada; for establishment of electronic publication for journal, prepared with assistance from management board and graduate student editorial staff

1998-2001            Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Standard Research Grant; 3 years; The Performing Arts in Hamilton, Ontario in the Ninteenth Centre; Co-Investigator with F. A. Hall (principal investigator), Music, McMaster University, and Geoffrey Rockwell, Humanities Computing, McMaster University. Results available at:   <http://cheiron.mcmaster.ca/~hamperf&gt;

1996            Friends of the Environment Foundation Grant, Canada Trust Corporation; 1 year; to create and produce an original play about the local environment, performed July 1996, McMaster Summer Arts Festival, and at festivals and schools during 1996 – 1997 (see Research Based Performance / Professional and Pedagogical Theatre Activities ). Co-administered with T. Cymbalisty, McMaster University

1993-6            Environment Canada’s Green Plan/Tri-Council Eco-Research Secretariat; 3 years; Funding through the interdisciplinary McMaster Eco-Research Program for Hamilton Harbour to found and direct the Environmental Theatre Workshop, an advocacy theatre group working with scientists, social scientists, students, and the general public to raise awareness about environmental issues. Included a full-time professional company (summer 1994), the organization of student/volunteer performances, and the creation and performance of original work. See Publications (non-refereed) and Research Based Performance / Professional and Pedagogical Theatre Activities

SCHOLARLY AND PROFESSIONAL WORK

Scholarly Research In Progress

Cross Border Blackface — The Performance of Race in Southern Ontario in the mid-19th century:   A SSHRC-funded research project including conference papers, articles, colloquia, etc. Ongoing research involving postdoctoral, doctoral and master’s students as research assistants, surveying 19th century archives and periodicals. Primary documentation is disseminated through database and website (see following).

Theatre Documentation and Reconstruction: History, Historiography, Performance, and Culture in Southern Ontario < http://www.theatredocs.org > An online virtual museum of annotated documents related to the history of performance in Ontario (with comparative examples from across Canada). This site is under construction (2016+), and is based on the template for the prior ‘Juba Project’ (see completed projects). The site will solicit virtual exhibits from contributors, as well as publish exhibits by all Research Assistants. It will also include complementary materials: reconstructions of events and scripts; and practice-as-research projects exploring the re/deconstruction of historical performances.

Canada West: Performance Culture in Southern Ontario <https://canadawest.library.utoronto.ca > A database and analytical study of performance culture in pre- and post-confederation ‘Canada West,’ focusing on issues of immigration and settlement, race, gender, political ideology, and the profound effect of a strengthened, technologically driven American ‘show business’ touring by train. Initial funding through SSHRC Research Development Initiative (see Research Awards). Houses the accumulated research data from the research project Cross-border Blackface (see above).

On the Road Again: Tracking Itinerant Performance Through Time <http://otra.library.utoronto.ca > A database project that seeks to create a theatre history hub of online databases that will share itineraries, patterns of movement, and primary sources such as original documents, images and newspaper clippings, for the study and understanding of touring entertainments from the 14th through the 21st centuries. Collaborators: Sally-Beth MacLean (English/REED), Sian Meikle (Library Services). Initial funding through Instructional Technology Courseware Development Fund, Office of the Provost, University of Toronto (see Research Awards).

Canadian Consortium on Performance and Politics in the Americas (CCPPA): An Interdisciplinary Exploration involving partners and collaborators from across Canada, funded through a SSHRC Partnership Grant (see Funding). Ongoing projects falling under this Consortium/Partnership:

Curatorial Committee Projects: Responsible for contact with Canadian Theatre Companies embodying cultural diversity, negotiating for digital archiving of performance records; working with graduate students and colleagues from across Canada in establishing a policy and collections list. Examples of companies: Native Earth Performing Arts; Aluna Theatre; Fugens Theatre.

Canada and the Anthropocene in a Hemispheric Context: Roundtable and guest performances jointly organized between CCPPA and the Canadian Association for Theatre Research, as part of CATR’s annual conference in Toronto, May-June 2017. Sponsor and Co-organizer with Laura Levin (YorkU), Natalie Alvarez (BrockU), and Shelley Liebembuk (PhD UofT; Post-doctoral candidate, YorkU).

Encuentro 2014, Montreal: Work Group co-organized with Natalie Alvarez (Brock University), “Performance as Treaty; the (En)treaty of Gesture”; daily sessions with 12 participants

Books and Chapters in Books (Refereed)

2017            “‘Shield us from this base ridicule’: The Petitions to Censor Blackface Circus Clowns, Toronto, 1840-1843,” in New Essays in Canadian Theatre: Canadian Performance Histories and Historiographies, series editor Roberta Barker, volume editor Heather Davis-Fisch. Playwrights Canada Press, proposed 2017. [Invited]

2018            “Blackface Minstrelsy in Canada: Documents, Influences, Legacies,” in Canadian Plays and Performance Documents, 1606-1967. Ed. Allana C. Lindgren, Glen Nichols, Tony Vickery. Under review with publisher. [Invited]

Papers Presented at Meetings and Symposia

2017            “Jim Crow and the Fugitive Slave Refugee Crisis in 19th Century Toronto,” a paper invited for Bodies in Difference: Race and Performance in and Beyond North America, a conference organized by Katherine Zien, Myrna Wyatt-Selkirk, and Fiona Ritchie, through McGill University, April 20-22, 2017. [Invited]

Conference Activities

Ongoing Annual Working Group and Seminar on Performance History, Canadian Association for Theatre Research.

Scholarly Research Published

Web-based Publications

2009            The Juba Project. A database and website on early blackface minstrelsy. Recipient of a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Standard Research Grant (see Research Awards). The funded phase of the project is completed (August 2009); additional materials are added as they become available. The database is capable of adding supplementary data by the principal investigator, and by others with his permission, at any time, and is open for public use. (see also Documents Distributed)

The project was divided into three parts:

The Juba Project: Early Blackface Minstrelsy in Britain. A database of performances of American blackface minstrel entertainment (and other American performance of the racial body) in Britain, 1842 – 1852, from the commercial ‘foundation’ of minstrelsy to the publication of Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Last major input of data July 2009. < https://minstrels.library.utoronto.ca >

For showcase pages and links, see specifically Vauxhall Gardens (Venue), Gilbert W. Pell (Person), Ethiopian Serenaders (Troupes), ‘Lucy Long’ (Songs/Acts), and 21 August/26 August 1848 (Event). A ‘Map It’ feature, ‘Antiquarian Maps’ and ‘Bibliographic Sources’ (with links to original documents) are all available.

The Juba Project: Featured Performers and Documents. A pedagogical website for Researchers and the general public to learn about blackface minstrelsy, focusing on individual performers, troupes and documents. Most recent major revision August 2009. http://www.utm.utoronto.ca/%7Ew3minstr/featured/index.html

The Juba Project: Artists Respond to Juba. A performance based research project, in which artists were asked to review documents related to the ‘blackface body in performance,’ and to respond to it in interview or performance practice. Results include music, art, dance, theatre, and sound. Most recent addition July 2009. See http://www.utm.utoronto.ca/%7Ew3minstr/artistrespond/index.html

NOTE: Publication A Tour of the Juba Project is available for download.

Refereed Publications

Books and Chapters in Books

2012            Editor and Contributor. Burnt Cork: Traditions and Legacies of Blackface Minstrelsy (University of Massachusetts Press, 2012). An interdisciplinary collection of essays by scholars from theatre & performance studies, cinema studies, cultural studies, diaspora/post-colonial studies, on the ‘blacked up body in performance.’ Includes two written contributions in addition to editing the whole: “Introduction: The Persistence of Blackface and Minstrel Tradition” pp 1-17; and Chapter Four, “Death and the Minstrel: Race, Madness, and Art in the last (W)Rites of Three Early Minstrel Performers” pp 73-103.

2009            “The Clansman”: A Critical Edition of the Stage Play by Thomas Dixon, with an introductory essay on its reception history and relationship to D. W. Griffith’s film “Birth of a Nation”. Dedicated issue of Nineteenth Century Theatre and Film. Vol 34.2 (Winter 2007; printed/distributed 2009) 4-142 (sole contributor to special volume: Introduction 23,000 words; edited text 24,000 words)

2009            “Testimonials in Silk: Juba and the Legitimization of American Blackface Minstrelsy in Britain,” in Testimonials in the American Marketplace: Emulation, Identity, Community, ed. Marlis Schweitzer and Marina Moskowitz (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009) 23-49 (9,000 words)

2009            “Gender Trumps Race?: Cross-Dressing Juba in Early Blackface Minstrelsy,” in When Men Dance: Choreographing Masculinities Across Borders, ed. Jennifer Fisher and Anthony Shay (Oxford University Press, 2009) 220-247 (9,000 words). Published with ‘Channeling Juba’s Dance—a rehearsal journal,’ by Paul Babiak, 248-57, an account of my practice based research into Juba’s dance (see listing under Research Based Performance / Professional and Pedagogical Theatre Activities)

2009            “‘Surely he cannot be flesh and blood’: The early Victorian Anatomical Museum and the Blackface Minstrel,” in The Body in Medical Culture, ed. Elizabeth Klaver (SUNY Press, 2009) 61-88 (13,000 words)

2009            “Time and the Tom Show: Familiarity and Shorthand in the Performance Traditions of Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” in Performing Adaptations: Essays and Conversations on the Theory and Practice of Adaptation, ed. Michelle MacArthur, Lydia Wilkinson, Keren Zaiontz (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2009) 87-111 (9,500 words), plus ‘Appendix 1: A Description of Tommers,’ 243-5, and ‘Appendix 2: An Aggressive Adaptation of the Auction Scene,’ 247-56

2009            “‘Getting to’ Canadian Theatre History: On the Tension between the New History and the Nation State,” in Theatre Histories, ed. Alan Filewod, Critical Perspectives on Canadian Theatre in English (Playwrights Canada Press, 2009) 90-105. Originally published in Theatre Research in Canada 13:1/2 (Spring/Fall 1992) 63-80

2009            “The Persistence of Tradition in Anatomical Museums,” in The Anatomy of Body Worlds: Critical Essays on Gunther von Hagens’ Plastinated Cadavers. Edited by T. Christine Jespersen, Alicita Rodríguez, and Joseph Starr. (McFarland Press, 2009) 68-85 (7,300 words)

2003            “Juba’s Dance: An Assessment of Newly Acquired Documentation,” Proceedings of the 26th Annual Conference of the Society for Dance History Scholars (SDHS, 2003) np (6,400 words)

1999            “Past the Documents, To the Dance: The Witness to Juba in 1848,” in The Performance Text, edited by Domenico Pietropaolo (Legas Press, 1999) 78-96 (5,000 words)

1999            “Uncle Tom and the Minstrels: Seeing Black and White on Stage in Canada West prior to the American Civil War,” in (Post)Colonial Stages: Critical and Creative Views on Drama, Theatre and Performance, edited by Helen Gilbert, (Dangaroo Press, 1999), 55-63

1998            “Translating the Tom Show: A Comparison of Edwin S. Porter’s 1903 Film and William Brady’s 1901 Stage production of Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” in Celebrating 1895: Proceedings of the International Conference on Film before 1920, edited by John Fullerton (John Libbey Press, 1998) 131-7

1989            The Oxford Companion to Canadian Theatre, edited by L. W. Conolly and Eugene Benson (Oxford University Press, 1989). Contributor, ten entries, in addition to Assistant Editor (see Employment; see Professional Affiliations and Activities/Editorial Appointments). Entries: “Centrestage” 85-6; “Dinner Theatre” 139; “Jupiter Theatre” 283; “Kam Theatre” 283; “Lunch Theatre” 313; “Magnus Theatre Northwest” 319; “Shatner, William” 493; “St. Lawrence Centre for the Performing Arts” 502; “Sudbury Theatre Centre” 509; “Theatre Plus” 544

1986            Shakespeare Around the Globe: A Guide to Notable Postwar Revivals, edited by Samuel L. Leiter (Greenwood Press, 1986). Contributor (ten entries) on productions at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon: “As You Like It, 1957” 50-1; “Henry V, 1946” 217; “Henry V, 1951” 218-220; “King Lear, 1953” 307-8; “King Lear, 1959” 313-4; “King Lear, 1968” 318-9; “The Merry Wives of Windsor, 1955” 456-7; “Othello, 1952” 530-1; “The Tempest, 1951” 694-5. Also“The Tempest, The Other Place, Stratford-upon-Avon, 1974” 704-5

1985            The Roof Gardens of Broadway Theatres, 1883-1942 (UMI Research Press, 1985) Theatre and Drama Studies Series, Oscar G. Brockett, editor. 241pp

Articles

2013            “Romulus and Ritual: A Dream of Theatre in Pre-Confederation Ontario.” Theatre Research in Canada 35:1 (Spring 2014) pp 9-30. Co-edited volume with Marlis Schweitzer.

2000            “Historical Re-Creation and the Postmodern Aesthetic: Case Study of Handmade Performance’s The Last Judgement.” Early Theatre 3 (2000), ed. Helen Ostovich, 259-274

1994/6            “The Integration of Theatre History and Theatre Practice in the University: A Case Study Using Ze zivota hmyzu (From the Life of the Insects) by Karel and Josef Capek,” in Theatre Topics 4:2 (September 1994) 189-204. Translated and reprinted in the Czech theatre studies journal, Divadelní revue 4/96

1992            “Evaluating Early Film as a Document of Theatre History: The 1896 Footage of Joseph Jefferson’s Rip Van Winkle as a Case Study,” Nineteenth Century Theatre Research 20: 2 (Winter 1992) 101-122

1992            “’Getting to’ Canadian Theatre History: On the Tension between the New History and the Nation State,” in Theatre Research in Canada, double issue on Theory and Methodology 13:1/2 (Spring/Fall 1992) 63-80

1990            “Old Theatres for New: Publications Related to the Re-opening of the Elgin/Winter Garden Complex and the Pantages Theatre in Toronto,” review essay, Theatre History in Canada 11:2 (Fall 1990) 186-196

Non-refereed Publications

Books

2011             Editor A Tyranny of Documents: The Performing Arts Historian as Film Noir Detective. Series: Performing Arts Resources, Volume 28 (Theatre Library Association, June 2011). A collection of forty historiographical essays in memoriam Brooks McNamara. 353pp. Includes “Introduction,” pp 1-5.

Articles

2012            “Blackface, Minstrelsy, and the culture surrounding Ain’t Lookin’,” Program note written for Study Guide, workshop production of Chappie Johnson and His (almost) All Colored All Stars, a new musical, Book/Lyrics by Robin Breon, Music/Lyrics by Joe Sealy. Workshop performance 14 May 2012 Hart House Theatre

2011            “Minstrels in the Classroom: Teaching, Race, and Blackface,” co-written with Natalie Alvarez, Brock University. Canadian Theatre Review 147 (Summer 2011) (3,000) 31-37

2010            “Everybody’s Elvis: Celebrity and the Church Social at the Collingwood Elvis Festival,” Canadian Theatre Review 141 (Winter 2010) (3,000 words) 28-32

2007            “Return of the Cabinet of Curiosities: A Tour of the Niagara Falls Museum,” Canadian Theatre Review 131 (Summer 2007) 53-60

2006            “Your Body in Plastic: A Tourist goes to Body Worlds,” Canadian Theatre Review 127 (Summer 2006) 74-80

2000            “Making It Easy To Believe: A Tourist goes to the Psychic Fair,” Canadian Theatre Review 103 (Summer 2000) 32-7

1999            “Dramaturgy in the Academy: a production of Dr Faustus,” November 1999 newsletter of the Canadian branch, Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas. Two pages

1998            “Introduction,” special issue on History and Historiography, Theatre Research in Canada/ Recherches théâtrales au Canada 18:2 (Fall 1997) 123-6

1997            “Dramaturgy as University Education,” November 1997 newsletter of the Canadian branch, Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas. One page

1982            “Joseph Jefferson’s Rip Van Winkle,” The Drama Review 26:1 (Spring 1982) 3-20.

1982            “Tricks and Treats on Coney Island: Revitalizing a Dime Museum,” The Drama Review 26:1 (Spring 1982) 132-136 with John Frick

1981            “Cataloguing the Revue Comedy Sketches of the Shubert Archive,” The Passing Show (Shubert Foundation Newsletter, Summer 1981) 11-12 with Paul Kelley

1980            “Broadway Drama 1910 to 1919: Materials in the Shubert Archive,” The Passing Show (Shubert Foundation Newsletter, Winter 1980) 3-4

Book Reviews

2005            Andre Loiselle. Stage-Bound: Feature Film Adaptations of Canadian and Quebecois Drama (McGill-Queens University Press, 2003) in Canadian Theatre Review 122 (Spring 2005) 92-4

2002            Linda Williams. Playing the Race Card: Melodramas of Black and White from Uncle Tom to O. J. Simpson (Princeton University Press, 2001) in Nineteenth Century Theatre and Film 29:1 (Summer 2002) 97-103

2000            Anton Wagner, editor. Establishing Our Boundaries: English-Canadian Theatre Criticism (UofT Press, 1999) in University of Toronto Quarterly 70:1 (Winter 2000/2001) 405-7

1999            Gordon Vogt, Critical Stages: Canadian Theatre in Crisis (Oberon, 1998) in University of Toronto Quarterly 69:1 (Winter 1999/2000) 355-6

1998            David Krasner, Resistance, Parody, and Double Consciousness in African American Theatre, 1895-1910 (St Martin’s, 1997) in Modern Drama XLI:1 (Spring 1998) 175-7

1997            Don Rubin, editor, Canadian Theatre History: Selected Readings (Copp Clark, 1996), in Canadian Theatre Review 90 (Spring 1997) 86-88. Review Essay

1992            John LeVay, Margaret Anglin, A Stage Life (Simon and Pierre, 1989), for Canadian Theatre Review 71 (Summer 1992) 95-6

1991            Hilary Russell, Double Take: The Story of the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatres (Dundurn 1990), for Canadian Theatre Review 69 (Winter 1991) 93-94

1989            Anthony Davies, Filming Shakespeare’s Plays (Cambridge, 1988), for Essays in Theatre 8:1 (November 1989) 70-3

1987            Joan Parkhill Baillie, Look at the Record: A Scrapbook of Toronto’s Lyric Theatres, 1825-1984 (Mosaic, 1985), for Canadian Theatre Review 51 (Summer 1987) 87-8

1986            Richard and Helen Leacroft, Theatre and Playhouse: An Illustrated Survey of Theatre Building From Ancient Greece to the Present Day (Methuen, 1984), for Theatre Design and Technology 22:1 (Winter 1986) 17

1985            John Lindsay, Turn Out the Stars Before Leaving (Boston Mills, 1983), for Theatre History in Canada 6:2 (Fall 1985) 204-6

Papers Presented At Meetings And Symposia / Panels Organized and Vetted

2012            “Mrs Cowell Regrets: A Victorian View of the Canada West in 1860”; on panel Theatrical Crossroads: Canadian Performance Genealogies, Canadian Association for Theatre Research, University of Waterloo, May 2012

“Return to the Tyranny of Documents”; roundtable discussion, organizer and participant, Canadian Association for Theatre Research, University of Waterloo, May 2012

2011            “A Tyranny of Documents III: The Performing Arts Historian as Film Noir Detective,” seminar proposed, organized and chaired, Canadian Association for Theatre Research, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton NB, May 2011

2011            Co-Chair, session on “Professional Concerns,” Canadian Association for Theatre Research, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton NB, May 2011, with Jennifer Stephenson (Queen’s University)

2010            Participant, session on “Professional Concerns,” Canadian Association for Theatre Research, Concordia University, Montreal, May 2010

2007            “Report on the Death of Gilbert Pell: Final thoughts of an American blackface minstrel abroad,” presented at the annual conference of the American Studies Association, on the panel Performing Americanness Abroad, in Philadelphia, October 2007

2007            “The Re-Domestication of the Exhibition: A Visit to the Niagara Falls Museum, lately closed,” presented at the annual conference of the Association for Canadian Theatre Research, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, May 2007 (see publications)

2007            “A Tyranny of Documents II: Return of the Theatre Historian as Film Noir Detective,” panel proposed, organized and chaired, at annual meeting of Association for Canadian Theatre Research, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, May 2007

2006            “A Tyranny of Documents: The Theatre Historian as Film Noir Detective,” panel proposed, organized and chaired, at annual meeting of Association for Canadian Theatre Research, York University, May 2006

2006            “My Body in Plastic: A Tourist goes to Body Worlds in 2006–and 1853,” presented at the annual conference of the Association for Canadian Theatre Research, York University, Toronto, Ontario, May 2006 (see publications)

2006            “A Tyranny of Documents: The Theatre Historian as Film Noir Detective,” colloquium organizer, chair, and participant, 30 March 2006, Graduate Centre for Study of Drama, University of Toronto

2006            “Time and the Tom Show: Familiarity and Shorthand in the Performance Traditions of Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” paper given at the Festival of Original Theatre, University of Toronto, February 2006 (invited) (see publications)

2004            “The Portrayal of Gender and the Character of ‘Wench’ Dancing in Early Blackface Minstrelsy,” presented at the annual conference of the Society for Dance History Scholars, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, June 2004 (see publications)

2003            “Juba’s Dance: An Assessment of Newly Acquired Documentation,” presented at the annual conference of the Society for Dance History Scholars, Limerick, Ireland, June 2003 (see publications)

2002            “Bones of Juba: Historiography and the Body in the Search for William Henry Lane, Dancer,” presented at the first plenary session, annual conference of the American Society for Theatre Research, Philadelphia, November 2002 (see publications)

2002            Participation as speaker and panelist at symposium, Uncle Tom’s Cabin: 150 Years of Inspiration in Theater, at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford, Connecticut, 9 March 2002 (invited)

1997            “Return of the Wild Men, or, ‘How Wrong Can One Historian Be?’: The Exhibition of Difference in Canada West in 1862,” presented at the annual conference of the Association for Canadian Theatre Research, Memorial University, St John’s, Newfoundland, May 1997

1997            “Past the Documents, To the Dance: The Witness to Juba in 1848,” presented at a conference on the Performance Text at the Graduate Centre for Study of Drama, Toronto, April 1997 (see publications)

1997            “Always Already History: Notes on the Integration of History, Theory and Practice in Theatre Studies–and the Death of Michael Kirby,” presented at the Festival of Original Theatre, University of Toronto, March 1997 (invited)

1996            “Uncle Tom and The Wild Men of Borneo: The Exhibition of Race in Canada West during the American Civil War,” presented at the annual conference of the Association for Canadian Theatre Research, Brock University, St Catharines, Ontario, May 1996 (see publications)

1996            “Myself and Uncle Josh at the Moving Picture Show: Notes on Early Film and the Technology of the Scrim,” presented at the Mid-America Theatre Conference, Chicago, March 1996

1996            “Disappearing Act: Master Juba and the Problem of Performance Biography,” presented at the Victoria and Albert/Birkbeck College Victorian Studies Seminar Series, held at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, February 1996 (invited)

1996            “A Talk to the Ecowise Project: Four Things I’d Like to Say About The Environmental Theatre Workshop,” presentation to the McMaster Eco-Research Program for Hamilton Harbour’s weekly lunchtime seminar series, McMaster University, March 1996 (invited)

1995            “‘Common Sense’ and the Limits of Interdisciplinarity; or, How did a nice little theatre workshop like you end up in a scientific project like this?”, presentation for the graduate seminar “Biology 730: Management of Aquatic Ecosystems and Resources,” taught by Dr. Patricia Chow-Fraser. Informal participant / Interdisciplinary consultant in the course. McMaster University, October 1995 (invited)

1995            “Translating the Tom Show: A Comparison of Edwin S. Porter’s 1903 Film and William Brady’s 1901 Stage Production of Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” presented at the conference Celebrating 1895 in Bradford, England, June 1995.

1995            “Uncle Tom in Middle Age: Uncle Tom’s Cabin on Stage and Screen at the Turn of the Century,” presentation to the Department of Drama, Manchester University, Manchester, England, February 1995 (invited)

1994            “Context to ETW: Theatre and the Environment,” presentation to the McMaster Eco-Research Program for Hamilton Harbour’s weekly lunchtime seminar series, McMaster University, March 1994 (invited)

1993            “Historical Dramaturgy and The Insect Play,” presentation to graduate seminar in Czech Drama, University of Toronto, October 1993 (returned October 1997), taught by Dr. Veronika Ambros (invited)

1989            “National Identity as revealed in the final list of entries for The Oxford Companion to Canadian Theatre,” presented at the conference of the International Federation for Theatre Research, Stockholm, Sweden, May 1989

1987            “The Legitimization of Vaudeville: The History of the Victoria Theatre and Roof, 1904-1914,” presented at the International Federation for Theatre Research/ American Society for Theatre Research joint conference, New York City, November 1987

1984            “Julian Mitchell’s Choreographic Innovations,” presented at the conference for the Congress on Research in Dance (CORD), Hartford, Connecticut, October 1984

1983            “Spectacle in the Service of Satire: The First Five Ziegfeld Follies,” presented at the conference of the American Society for Theatre Research, New York City, November 1983

1982            “Design and Architecture of New York City’s Roof Gardens,” paper given at the conference of the American Society for Theatre Research, Providence, Rhode Island, November 1982

1982            “Toronto’s Winter Garden Theatre and the Roof Garden Phenomenon in New York City,” presented at the conference of the Association for Canadian Theatre History, Ottawa, May 1982

1982            “The American Mutoscope and Biograph Company’s Film of Joseph Jefferson’s Melodrama Rip Van Winkle (1896),” presented at the conference of the Popular Culture Association and the American Culture Association, Louisville, Kentucky, April 1982

Panel Participation (Invited)

2011            “Building Romulus and Ritual in the Wilderness of Canada West,” for Men of the Empire: Performing Masculinity in Nineteenth Century Canada, curated by Marlis Schweitzer, paper presented at the Canadian Association for Theatre Research, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton NB, May 2011

2009            Co-Chair, session on “Employment” at the Conference on Doctoral Programs in Theatre and Performance Studies, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 18-19 September 2009, with Catherine Cole (UCBerkeley), and Henry Bial (UKansas)

2006            “State of the Profession,” participant in panel presentation and discussion, at the annual conference of the Association for Canadian Theatre Research, York University, Toronto, May 2006

1999            Participation as Editor of Theatre Research in Canada/ Recherches théâtrales au Canada, panel on electronic publication, sponsored by the Association for Canadian Theatre Research, at the annual conference of the Council of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Sherbrooke, 1999

1997            Participation as Editor of Theatre Research in Canada/ Recherches théâtrales au Canada, panel on the present state of Journal Publication in the Humanities, jointly sponsored by the Association for Canadian Theatre Research and Association for Canadian University Teachers of English, at the Learned Societies Congress, Memorial University, St John’s, Newfoundland, May 1997

Research Based Performance / Professional and Pedagogical Theatre Activities /           

“Unpublished” Documents

For materials on Handmade Performance, see http://www.utm.utoronto.ca/~sjohnson/handmade

For materials related to The Juba Project, see http://www.utm.utoronto.ca/~w3minstr/index.html

Note: The following is organized by performance event, and includes reference to documents produced by me as a part of that research/creative process, which have been printed and distributed by means other than traditional academic publication. These include: reports related to a research project; plays, play-texts and other creative written work (as playwright or editor); photographs and edited video (as photographer or videographer/editor), and other documentation; program notes and other contextual writing for productions of theatre and performance projects. Unless otherwise indicated, all such material was made available in 2005 by publication to the Handmade Performance website

1996+            Artistic Director, Handmade Performance, a co-operative company exploring the multiple interpretative possibilities that artists and academics together can generate from historical and documentary texts, whether written for the stage (Doctor Faustus, The Last Judgement, The Insect Play), or the accumulated documentation of a “brute” event (a life in Juba, Faker; death in A Little Grief)

2004+            Dramaturg/Project Director, Artists Respond to Juba. See Web Based Publications above, and http://www.utm.utoronto.ca/~w3minstr/artistrespond/index.html

2010            Production of The Insect Play, by Karel and Josef Capek, adapted from a literal translation by Stephen Johnson, produced by Hanover Theatre, Hanover County, Virginia, 18-20 November 2010. Part of an International Baccalaureate School curriculum.

2009            Dramaturg/Co-Producer, Minstrels in the Parlour, a recording of 19th Century minstrel music from piano vocal scores. Results posted on web July

2008            Co-Curator, A Cabaret of Futurist Performance (with Moynan King). Document: “Program Note”

2004            Dramaturg, Co-creator, Channelling Juba’s Dance, a 15-minute movement/dance based on academic research into the eyewitness accounts of the 19th century dancer. Produced by Handmade Performance at the Festival of Original Theatre, Robert Gill Theatre, March 2004. Documents: “Program Note: Dramaturgs Don’t Dance”; Performance Documentation; video published on web

2003            Playwright, Juba, produced at the Players Ring, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, January 2003 (revival of play written in 1997). Consulted with Producer/Director, attended performances, participated in post-performance talks

2001            Playwright and Co-Director of Faker (Possessions of Maggie Fox), a 20-minute monologue with movement based on academic research into the performance of spiritualism. Produced by Handmade Performance at the Festival of Original Theatre, Glen Morris Studio Theatre, January 2001. Documents: Script; “Program Note”

1999            Director, Doctor Faustus, co-produced by Handmade Performance and the Graduate Centre for Study of Drama. October, Glen Morris Studio Theatre, Toronto. Documents: “Introduction,” published in the LMDA Newsletter in revised and abbreviated form. See Non-refereed Publications – Articles

1999            Playwright and Co-Director of A Little Grief (goes a long way), a 50-minute exploration of grief in words, paintings, movement, sound, and character work. Produced by Handmade Performance at the Festival of Original Theatre, Robert Gill Theatre, April 1999. Documents: Script; “Program Note”

1998            Producer/Director, The Last Judgement, the final play in the complete York Mystery Cycle, presented at the University of Toronto on 20 June by Poculi Ludique Societas and Records of Early English Drama. Produced by Handmade Performance. Documents: Article in Early Theatre, see Publications – Articles

1998            Director/Playwright, The Insect Play, based on the work by Josef and Karel Capek. Produced by Handmade Performance, with support from the Toronto Arts Council. March, Glen Morris Studio Theatre, Toronto. Documents: “Program Note”

1998            Playwright, Juba, Radio Drama commissioned by CBC Radio for Sunday Showcase. Recorded January 1998 for broadcast March 22&23. Directed by Mladen Ovadija. Cast included Greg Edward, Douglas Campbell, Cedric Smith. Documents: Script distributed through Playwrights Guild of Canada. See <http://www.playwrightsguild.ca/pgc/&gt;. Excerpt of play and audio recording available on Handmade Performance website. 1999 Finalist, Writers Guild of Canada Top Ten Awards (ceremony 19 April 1999)

1998            Director, staged reading of Princess Turandot (selections from the Czech adaptation), for a Symposium on Turandot, Graduate Centre for Study of Drama, University of Toronto, January 10. Organized by Veronika Ambros, Slavic Studies/Drama Centre

1997            Playwright/Director/Performer, Juba (and the souls of white folks) (revised), Handmade Performance, performed at the Edge Festival of the Ripple Effect, Annex Theatre, Toronto. June. Documents: Script distributed through Playwrights Guild of Canada. See <http://www.playwrightsguild.ca/pgc/&gt;. Excerpt on Handmade Performance website

1997            Playwright/Director, Juba (and the souls of white folks), Handmade Performance, performed at the Festival of Original Theatre, Robert Gill Theatre, Toronto. March

1996            Director, Prometheus Bound by Aeschylus, and Director/Facilitator, …and bound again, a collective by the cast based on “Prometheus,” a co-production of the Environmental Theatre Workshop and the McMaster School of Art, Drama and Music. November. Documents: “Program Note”

1996            Dramaturg/Playwright-Adaptor, The Insect Play, directed by Glenys McQueen-Fuentes, Sean O’Sullivan Theatre, St Catherines, Ontario. November. Revival of adaptation of the 1992 adaptation (see below).

1992-1996

Founder/Artistic Director/Administrator, the Environmental Theatre Workshop, an advocacy theatre group working with scientists, social scientists, and the general public to raise awareness about environmental issues around Hamilton Harbour. Funded for $90,000.00 through Environment Canada’s Green Plan/Tri-Council Eco-Research Secretariat. Included a series of creative workshops, and a full-time summer company in 1994 that created plays, environmental interactive events, and a series of site-specific monologues performed in schools, public parks, at the Royal Botanical Gardens and in Cootes Paradise, Hamilton. Many other events 1994-1996. Documents:

1996            “ETW — The Environmental Theatre Workshop: An Anthology,” a collection of Monologues, Playtexts and Performance Interventions developed 1992-6. Published on web by McMaster project, republished 2005; includes “Introduction: ‘Common Sense’ and ‘Dead Metaphors’ in the Environmental Theatre Workshop,” revised and expanded from 1996 reports to Annual Workshop of the McMaster Eco-research Program for Hamilton Harbour, April

1996            Playwright/Director/Design-concept, Six Puppets and a Fish (not to mention the Fisherman), an Environmental Folktale, produced by the Environmental Theatre Workshop at the McMaster Summer Arts Festival, Hamilton, Ontario. This production employed seven puppets ranging up to twelve feet in height. July. Documents: “Program Note”

1996            Director, Waters of Paradise, a collective performed by the Environmental Theatre Workshop at the International Association of Great Lakes Researchers, Annual Conference, Erindale College, Mississaugua, Ontario. May

1996            Director/Dramaturg, It Takes All Kinds, a collective performed by the Environmental Theatre Workshop at the Ecoresearch Project for Hamilton Harbour Annual Workshop, Robinson Memorial Theatre, Hamilton, Ontario. April

1996            Producer/Dramaturg, Harmony, a dance on environmental themes choreographed by Jennifer Johnson, performed at the Ecoresearch Project for Hamilton Harbour Annual Workshop, Robinson Memorial Theatre, and locally. April

1995            Dramaturg/Acting Coach, Three Monologues, three dances based on monologues with environmental themes–”The Hypochondriac,” “The Tree-Hugger,” and “Cholera.” Performed by the McMaster Dancers in the Robinson Memorial Theatre, Hamilton, Ontario. December

1993            Director, Seven Stories by Morris Panych, Robinson Memorial Theatre, Hamilton, Ontario. October

1992            Playwright-Adaptor/Director/Producer, The Insect Play, based on the classic Czech Drama by Karel and Josef Capek, at the Robinson Memorial Theatre, Hamilton, Ontario. November. “Program Note”; full article on the process published in Theatre Topics, see Publications – Articles. This playtext has had subsequent productions in Hamilton, Guelph, and London high schools.

1990            Director/Producer, Dr Faustus by Christopher Marlowe, at the Robinson Memorial Theatre, Hamilton, Ontario. November

COURSES/SUPERVISIONS/PEDAGOGICAL ACTIVITIES

UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO – UNDERGRADUATE

Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies, St George Campus

2016-2017

On leave; undergraduate affiliation returned to University of Toronto Mississauga

2015-2016

DRM411H            Movement in the Theatre (Co-taught/Administered)

2014-2015

DRM328HS            Theories of Acting (Winter 2015)

DRM491H1            Independent Research Project: Improvisation (Winter 2015)

2013-2014

DRM328HS            Theories of Acting (Winter 2014)

2011-2012

UNI 1021Y            Imagining/Engaging Toronto (Winter 2012) with T. Trojanowska

Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies Program, University of Toronto at Mississauga

2016-2017

On leave

2008-2016

Seconded to University of Toronto at St George as Director/CDTPS

2007-2008

Drama 463H            Senior Seminar: Performance and Popular Culture (Summer 2008)

2006-2007

Drama 422S             Performance and Popular Culture (Winter 2007)

Drama 399Y            Research Opportunity Program (2 Summer 2007)

Drama 299Y            Research Opportunity Program (1 F/W; 2 Summer 2007)

2005-2006

Drama 350S            Genre Studies in Performance

Drama 394F            Independent Study (Dramaturgy: Advocacy Theatre)

Drama 394S            Independent Study (Dramaturgy: Politics and Dance)

Drama 394S            Independent Study (Dramaturgy: Theatre of Boal)

Drama 299Y            Research Opportunity Program (2 students)

2004-2005

Drama 352F            Stage to Screen

Drama 222S            Performance Text

2003-2004

Drama 350F            Genre Studies in Performance/Drama

Drama 394F            Independent Study (Playwrighting)

2002-2003

Drama 352S            Stage to Screen [On Leave July to December]

2000-2001

Drama 350S            Genre Studies in Performance

Drama 400Y            Dramaturgy and Performance: Senior Studio

ERI 112Y            Introduction to Film

1999-2000

Drama 350S            Genre Studies in Performance

Drama 400Y            Dramaturgy and Performance: Senior Studio

1998-1999

Drama 246S            History of Theatre from the Romantics to the Present

Drama 342S            Special Topics: Twentieth Century Theories of Acting

 

UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO – GRADUATE

Graduate Centre for Study of Drama/Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies

2016-2017

On leave

2015-16

DRAMA 2011H Traditions of Performance Theory (required for PhD)

DRAMA 5000H Theatre and Performance Praxis (co-taught with Xing Fan; required for MA)

DRAMA 6000Y Professional Skills (required for PhD; PhD2)

DRAMA 4092H Directed Reading: Theatre Architecture and Performance in Toronto

DRAMA 4092H Directed Reading: Playwrighting and Disability Theatre

DRAMA 4092H Directed Reading: Indigenous/Queer Theatre (co-taught with Jill Carter)

2014-15

DRAMA 1003H Introduction to Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies (required for MA; co-taught with Nikki Cesare Schotzko)

DRAMA 6000Y PHD1 Research Seminar/Professional Skills: (required for PhD)

DRAMA 6000Y PHD2 Research Seminar/Professional Skills (required for PhD)

[Note: on leave July-December 2014; taught second half of Y courses]

DRAMA 4092H Directed Reading: Clown Practice and the Theatre

DRAMA 4092H Directed Reading: Race and Sexuality in the Queer Theatre of Toronto

2013-14

DRAMA 1011H Traditions of Performance Theory (required for PhD)

DRAMA 6000Y PHD1 Research Seminar/Professional Skills: (required for PhD)

DRAMA 6000Y PHD2 Research Seminar/Professional Skills (required for PhD)

[Note: on leave July-December 2013; taught second half of Y courses]

DRAMA 4092H Directed Reading: Horror and the Theatre

2012-13

DRAMA 5001Y Theatre Practice 2 (required for PhD)

2011-12

DRAMA 5001Y Theatre Practice 2 (required for PhD)

DRAMA 6000Y Research Seminar/Professional Skills (required for PhD)

2010-11

DRAMA 1003Y Introduction to Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies (required for MA; with M. Revermann, B. Freeman)

DRAMA 5000Y Theatre Practice 1 (required for MA; with B. Barton)

DRAMA 5001Y Theatre Practice 2 (required for PhD)

DRAMA 6000Y Research Seminar/Professional Skills (required for PhD)

2009-10

DRAMA 1003Y Introduction to Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies (required for MA; with M. Revermann)

DRAMA 5000Y Theatre Practice 1 (required for MA; with B. Barton)

DRAMA 5001Y Theatre Practice 2 (required for PhD)

DRAMA 6000Y Research Seminar/Professional Skills (required for PhD)

DRAMA 4092H Directed Reading (3 students; Winter 2010)

2008-2009

DRAMA 1003Y Introduction to Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies (required for MA; with N. Copeland)

DRAMA 5000Y Theatre Practice 1 (required for MA; with B. Barton)

DRAMA 5001Y Theatre Practice 2 (required for PhD)

DRAMA 6000Y Research Seminar/Professional Skills (required for PhD)

DRAMA 1011H Traditions of Performance Theory (required for PhD)

DRAMA 4092H Directed Reading: Stage Design and the Historical Avant-garde (1 student; Winter 2009)

2007-2008

DRAMA 1010Y Theory of Drama (required for PhD)

DRAMA 4063H Topics in Performance and Popular Culture

DRAMA 6000Y Research Seminar (required for PhD)

DRAMA 4063H Topics in Performance and Popular Culture: Performance in/of the City (Summer 2008; taught jointly with undergraduate course)

2006-2007

DRAMA 1010Y Theory of Drama

DRAMA 4063H Topics in Performance and Popular Culture:  Contexts for Blackface Minstrelsy

2005-2006

DRAMA 1010Y Theory of Drama

DRAMA 4091S Directed Research (one student)

2004-2005

DRAMA 1010Y Theory of Drama

2003-2004

DRAMA 1010Y Theory of Drama

DRAMA 4091S Directed Research (one Student)

2002-2003

DRAMA 1010Y Theory of Drama (second term)

2001-2002

DRAMA 1010Y Theory of Drama

2000-2001

DRAMA 1010Y Theory of Drama

DRAMA 4090S Directed Theatre Research (three students)

1999-2000

DRAMA 1010L Theory of Drama

DRAMA 4090Y Directed Theatre Research (two students)

DRAMA 4090F Directed Theatre Research (one student)

1999

DRAMA 4061S American Theatre History and Dramaturgy

1998

DRAMA 4061S American Theatre History and Dramaturgy

MCMASTER UNIVERSITY – UNDERGRADUATE

1997-1998    Drama 2A06            The Art of Acting

Drama 3A03            Topics in Acting (Acting the Medieval Text)

Drama 3LL3            American and Canadian Theatre History

Humanities 3W03 Applied Humanities (Special Projects Dramaturgy/Publicity)

Drama 4A03            Independent Project in Directing (14 student projects)

1996-1997   Drama 1A06            Introduction to Drama (Summer session)

Drama 2A06            The Art of Acting

Drama 3A03            Topics in Acting (Collective Creation)

Drama 3J03            Topics in Film (Genre Studies)

Drama 4B03            Senior Study in Directing (17 student projects)

Drama 4E03            Senior Seminar: Theory/Practice (Directing and Directors)

Arts and Science 4B12 (The Arts and the Environment) [Independent Project]

1995-1996    Drama 1A06             Introduction to Drama (3 units/ half course)

Drama 2M06            History of Theatrical Performance

Drama 3LL3             American and Canadian Theatre History

Drama 4C03            Senior Seminar: Studies in Theatre and Film

1994-1995   Research leave

1993-1994   Drama 2A06            The Art of Acting

Drama 2D06             The Dramatic Text (3 units)

Drama 2M06             History of Theatrical Performance (3 units)

Drama 3LL3             American and Canadian Theatre History

1992-1993   Drama 2A06             Introduction to Acting

Drama 2M06             History of Theatrical Performance (3 units)

Drama 4N03             Senior Seminar: American and Canadian Theatre History

Arts and Science 4B12 (Film Theory, Screenwriting/Practice) [Senior Project]

1991-1992   Drama 2A06             Introduction to Acting

Drama 2M06             History of Theatrical Performance (3 units)

Drama/Art History 4S03 Special Studies in Film: Genre

Arts and Science 4B06 (Film Theory, Screenwriting/Practice) [Senior Project]

1990-1991   Drama 2A06            Introduction to Acting

Drama 2M06            History of Theatrical Performance (3 units)

Drama/Art History 3TT3 Topics in National Cinemas: Canadian Cinema

Drama 4N03            Senior Seminar: American and Canadian Theatre History

Drama/Art History 4S03 Special Studies in Film: Genre

1989-1990    Drama 1A06            Introduction to Drama (3 units)

Drama 2A06            Introduction to Acting (3 units)

Drama/Art History 2X06 The Art of Film

Drama 4E03            Senior Seminar: Theory of Drama and Theatre

Drama 4F03            Senior Seminar: North American Performance

McMaster University – Supplementary Teaching/Pedagogy:

Director and Executive Producer for the Department of Drama Major Production, including supervision of all associated Independent Studies (Drama 3Z03) in Dramaturgy, Design, Music, Dance, Production, Stage Management, and Acting:

November 1996            Prometheus Bound (and bound again)

October 1993                 Seven Stories

November 1992            The Insect Play (see publications)

November 1990            Dr Faustus

Supervisor for a full season of student-directed plays (1996-7, 1997-8), including administration and guidance from play selection through the striking of the set.

Supervisor of approximately thirty History, Film, and Practical Independent Study students within the Drama Program (exclusive of those associated with the Major Production, see above).

Advisor, McMaster University Summer Arts Festival, 1996, 1997. Although not for credit, this was a student-run public arts festival for which I served in a supervisory capacity.

Supervisor, Arts and Science Programme Senior Independent Projects

GRADUATE SUPERVISION

MA Students — Supervisory Committee (secondary supervisor)

Robert Bell, Department of English, McMaster University, on stage adaptations of nineteenth century British novels (defended 1997)

PHD Students — Primary Supervisor

Defended (University of Toronto, Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies)

By Date Defended

2016            Shelley Liebembuk; “The Choteadora’s Body in Performance: Carmelita Tropicana and the Intersectional Strategy of Choteo” (defended December 2016; post-doctoral fellow, York University)

Seika Boye; “Looking for Social Dance in Toronto’s Black Population at Mid-century: A Historiography” (defended December 2016; Lecturer, University of Toronto)

Jenn Cole; “Hysteria: Potential Dramaturgies Toward a Portrait of Ambiguity” (defended July 2016; post-doctoral fellow, University of Toronto)

Sasha Kovacs; ““I may act till the world grows wild and tense”: The Performances of E. Pauline Johnson Tekahionwake” (defended June 2016; post-doctoral fellow, York University)

2015             Paul Babiak; “Slapstick and Knockabout: Violence and Laughter in Nineteenth-Century Popular Theatre and Early Film” (co-supervision with C. Keil, Cinema Studies) (defended September; sessional lecturer, University of Toronto)

2015             Justin Blum; “Melodrama, Monstrosity, and Modernity: The Theatrical Histories of Jack the Ripper” (defended June; Fulltime tenure-stream appointment, University of Lethbridge)

2014            Mark Turner. ‘Performance Culture and Film Style: The Development of Indigenous Newfoundland and Labrador Narrative Cinema’ (defended January; post-doctoral Fellow, Memorial University; archivist in Newfoundland and Labrador)

2007            Sam Stedman; “Almost Already Almost Here: Levinas, Derrida, and an Ethico-Political Theatre” (defended April; publisher, independent businessman)

2007            Natalie Alvarez; “The Poetics of Regret: Nostalgic Realism in the Contemporary New York Theatre” (defended March; Associate Professor, Brock University)

2005            Sky Gilbert; “The Shape of the Unspoken: Subtextual Homosexuality in Noel Coward’s Work” (defended October; Associate Professor, University of Guelph)

2004            Allana Lindgren; “The Politics of Theatrical Dance: The Theory and Practice of Franziska Boas” (defended November; Associate Professor and Chair, University of Victoria)

2004            Marlis Schweitzer; “Pleasure Palaces: Theatre, Fashion and the American Culture of Consumption” (defended November; Associate Professor and Chair, York University; President, Canadian Association for Theatre Research; Past Editor, Theatre Research in Canada)

Current (University of Toronto, Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies)

By Date Named Supervisor

2016            David DeGrow; “Between theatre and theatre company at Theatre Passe Muraille, Buddies in Bad Times and the Theatre Centre”

2014/5         Jessica Thorp; “Nerd Culture and neo-burlesque collide: An Ethnographic and phenomenological study of nerdlesque in Toronto”

Marjan Moosavi; “Committing Theatre: Collaborative Inter/Postventionism on the Iranian Stage”

Michael Reinhart; “Towards a System Based Understanding of Devised Theatre Creation”

Martin Julien; “Acting Canadian: A Critical Investigation into English-Canadian Acting Style and Identity.”

Myrto Koumarianos; “Profane Traditions, Labours of Indebtedness: Performing Research at the Crossroads of Praxis and Poiesis”

2012            Isabel Stowell-Kaplan; “Representations of the policeman and private detective in Victorian drama, theatre and performance” (defense anticipated March 2017)

Amanda Lockitch; “Manifestations of a Myth: Four Contemporary Adaptations of Medea in Performance.” (withdrew from program 2014)

2010            Natalie Mathieson; “Witnessing Trauma, Enacting Resistance: Concentration Camp Cabaret as Creative Testimony” (replaced primary supervisor 2016; defense anticipated summer 2017)

2009            Steph Berntson; “The Space for Public Nonsense: Extraordinary Vocal Performance in the Commons” (lapsed)

2007             Guillermo Verdecchia; “Staging Latin American Revolutionary Memory in Canada” (lapsed)

2006            Patrick Robinson; “Bergson and the Role of Metaphysics in Early Twentieth Century Theories of Theatre and Performance” (lapsed)

2004            Alexis Butler; “Undressing Toronto the Good: Burlesque on the Toronto Stage” (deceased)

PHD Students — Secondary Supervisor (committee member)

(University of Toronto, Graduate Centre for Study of Drama unless noted)

Defended

By Date Defended

2016            Jacqueline Taucar; “Acting (Outside) the Multicultural Script in Toronto’s Ethno-Cultural Festivals” (supervisor A. Budde)

2015            Heather Fitzsimmons-Frey; “Victorian Girls Private Theatricals: Performing and Playing with Possible Futures” (supervisor K. Gallagher, OISE)

2014            Joe Culpepper; “Reception and Adaptation: Magic Tricks, Mysteries, Con Games” (supervisor E. Jagoe; dissertation through Centre for Comparative Literature)

2013            Sarah Kriger; “The Technology of Victorian Stage Illusions” (supervisor Janis Langins; dissertation through the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology) (Invited as additional committee member 2011)

Ida Meftahi; “The Biopolitics of National and Islamic Dance in Modern Iran” (supervisor M. Tavakoli-Targhi; dissertation through Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations)

2010            James McKinnon; “The Dramaturgy of Appropriation: How Canadian Playwrights (ab)Use Canonical Source-Texts.” (supervisor N. Copeland)

2009            Mladen Ovadija; “The Dramaturgy of Sound in Futurist Performance” (supervisor D. Pietropaolo)

Elizabeth Marquis; “Just Act Naturally: A Poetics of Documentary Performance.” (supervisor C. Keil)

Graham Wolfe; “Encounters with the Real: A Žižekian Approach to the Sublime and the Fantastic in Contemporary Drama.” (supervisor B. Barton)

2008            Gian Giacomo Colli; “The Impossible Tempest: Giorgio Strehler or the Director as Interpreter” (supervisor J. Astington)

2008            Jessica Gardiner; “‘The Amusement World’: Theatre as Social Practice in Eighteen-Nineties Toronto” (supervisor R. Plant)

2008            Cynthia Ashperger; “Michael Chekhov’s Acting Technique in Contemporary Pedagogy and Practice” (supervisor P. Sperdakos)

2003            Iana Meerzon; “Actor/Stage Figure/Character: Semiosis in Michael Chekhov’s Theatre” (supervisor V. Ambros)

2002            Lisa Coulthard. “Spectacles of Violence: Theorizing Representation and Reception of Violence with Special Reference to Selected Canadian Plays by Women” (supervisor M. Sidnell/N. Copeland)

2000            Nadine Sivak. “How we gonna find my me? Postcolonial Identities in Contemporary North American Drama and Film” (supervisor C. Flinn)

1995            Christine Boyko-Head; Department of English, McMaster University. On performance theory and nineteenth century Canadian women playwrights (supervisor L. York)

Current

By Date of First Involvement

2015            Cameron Crookston; Living Legends: Performing a Queer Past Through Drag. (supervisor N. Cesare Schotzko)

2013            Ashley Williamson; “Living Canada’s History: Troubling the Narratives of Canadian History Through Museum Performance.” (supervisor N. Copeland)

2012            Jimena Ortuzar; “Performing Affective Citizenship: Latina Migrant Workers and the Politics of Belonging” (supervisor A. Quayson)

2012            Natalie Frijia; “Performing Environmental Identities” (supervisor: B. Freeman)

Post-Doctoral Fellow — Primary Supervisor:

2016+            Cheryl Thompson; Banting Post-Doctoral Fellowship.

Jenn Cole; SSHRC Post-Doctoral Fellowship.

Heather Fitzsimmons-Frey; SSHRC Post-Doctoral Fellowship.

2015+            Justin Blum; SSHRC Post-Doctoral Fellowship.

2009-12       Pil Hansen; SSHRC Post-doctoral Fellowship.

External Examiner

By Date Defended

2015            PhD, Jessica Riley; “Tracking Dramaturgical Influence: Lessons from the Archive (Urjo Kareda 1982-1986),” School of English and Theatre Studies, University of Guelph

2009            PhD, Heather Davis-Fisch; “Lost Ships: Performance and the Disappearance of the Franklin Expedition,” School of English and Theatre Studies, University of Guelph

1997            PhD, Joseph Sokalski; “The Theatre of Steele MacKaye: Pictorial Illusion on the American Stage,” Drama Centre, University of Toronto

PhD Oral Examination participant (in addition to supervisory committee work)

(University of Toronto, Graduate Centre for Study of Drama, unless noted)           

By Date Defended

2015            Mel Campbell, “Acts of Resistance: Reclaiming Native Womanhood in Canadian Aboriginal Theatre” (defended December 2015)

Jamie Ashby, ““From the Inside Out, from the Outside In: Devising in Canadian Puppet Theatre” (defended August 2015)

2014            Courtney Cauthon, ‘Moving Towards Thought: Theatricality, Technology, and the Theatre.’ (defended April 2014)

Chima Osakwe, ‘Revolutionary Drama in Postcolonial Nigeria: The Theatre of Femi Osofisan.’ (defended April 2014)

2013           Chris Jackman: “Disciplined Mind: Implicit Cognition in Devised Performance.” (supervisor B. Barton)

2011            Nenad Jovanovic: “Brechtian Cinemas: Montage and Theatricality in Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet, Peter Watkins and Lars von Trier” (supervisor S. Soldovieri)

Keren Zaiontz: “The Stagehands of Subversive Spaces: Site-specific Performance and Audience Labour ” (supervisor N. Copeland)

Natalie Papoutsis: “An Ear for an Eye: Greek Tragedy on Radio” (supervisory D. Pietropaolo)

2010           Diana Manole, “Poetics of Denial: Expressions of National Identity and Imagined Exile in English-Canadian and Romanian Dramas.” (supervisor R. Plant)

Barry Freeman: “Toward a Postmodern Ethnography of Intercultural Theatre: An Instrumental Case-study of the Prague-Toronto-Manitoulin Theatre Project.” (supervisor K. Gallagher)

Jill Carter: “Repairing the Web: Spiderwoman’s Children Staging the New Human Being.” (supervisor P. Sperdakos)

Joel Benabu: “Shakespeare’s Openings in Action: A Study of Four Plays from the Period 1591- c.1602,” (supervisor J.L. Levenson)

2009           Aktina Stathaki, “Adaptation and Performance of Classical Greek Drama in Post-Apartheid South Africa” (supervisor A. Quayson)

Toby Malone “‘Hast Thou Been Tampering?’ – A Theory of Parallel-Text Dramaturgical Adaptation in Richard III” (supervisor J. Levinson)

Claire Borody: “Primus Theatre: Establishing an Alternative Model for Creating Theatre in English Canada” (supervisor B. Barton)

Robin Whittaker: “Un/Disciplined Performance: Nonprofessionalized Theatre in the Professional Era” [B. Barton]

Sergio Melo: “Deconstructing the Transhistorical in Contemporary Productions of The Merchant of Venice.” [J.H. Astington]

2008            Birgit Schreyer Duarte, “Made in Kanada? Perception and Construction of Canadianness in English-Canadian Drama on German Stages” (supervisor B. Barton)

2007            Anthony Adah, “Embodying the Screen: Body and Identity in Aboriginal Cinemas” (supervisor K. Armatage)

2007            Dario Del Degan, “The Staged Painting of Samuel Beckett” (supervisor P. Howard)

2007            Anna Racette, “Shakespeare in the Body: An Exploration of Student Audiences at the Stratford Festival” (supervisor J. Astington)

2004            Cordula Quint, “Dramaturgy and Mise en Scene of the Post Modern Abyss: Subjectivity in Robert Wilson’s Theatre, 1967-1987” (supervisor D. Pietropaolo)

2004            Tanya d’Anger, “An Analysis of the Playwright’s Function in Society in the Works of Normand Chaurette, Rene-Daniel Dubois, and Jean Marc Dalpe” (supervisor L. Doucette)

2002            Teresa Simm, “Behind the Walls: Antonia Pulci’s Drama for Convent in 15th-Century Florence” (supervisor D. Pietropaolo)

2001            Silvija Jestrovic, “The Concept of Ostranenie as Dramatic Technique in 20th-Century Avant-Garde Theatre” (supervisor V. Ambros)

2001            Kirsty Johnston, “Staging Madness: Dramatic Modes of Representing Mental Illness at the Workman Theatre Project” (supervisor R. Plant)

2000            Peter Cockett, “Clowning Shakespeare Today: A Contemporary Approach to the Performance of Shakespeare’s Comic Characters” (supervisor J. Astington)

2000            Julie Salverson, “Performing Testimony: Ethics, Pedagogy, and a Theatre Beyond Injury” (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education)

Other Teaching

2012+             Supervisor of numerous Doctoral Research Assistants annually for SSHRC-funded research projects

1998+             Supervisor of numerous Research Assistantships, Work-Study Positions, and other variously funded positions employing senior undergraduates, MA/PHD students in on-going research. Sample descriptions of student duties: Project Manager, organizing research team, assigning research duties, following up on reports and results; Database Manager, organizing and entering data from research team, liaison with database software specialists, web designer; Research Assistants, searching 19th century periodicals, recording and scanning results, writing analysis and reports. The results of this work can be seen at http://link.library.utoronto.ca/minstrels/ see credits on that site. See also publications.

ADMINISTRATIVE POSITIONS – INTERNAL

University Of Toronto (1998+)

For University, FAS, Tri-Campus, College and Cross-Disciplinary service:

2014-16            Member, Canadian Studies Program Advisory Committee

2012-15            Member, University College Council

2008-16            Chair, Tri-Campus Drama Council

2007-16            Member: PDAD&C; CPAD; Humanities Chairs Committee; EDU A/B Committee

2014            Member, Director Search Committee, Centre for Cinema Studies

2011            Teaching Evaluation Committee, Promotion Review for Charlie Keil, Department of History and Cinema Studies Institute (with Anne Lancashire)

2010            Search Committee, Chair of Visual Studies, University of Toronto Mississauga

2009-10            Tenure Committee, Comparative Literature / University College (for Antje Budde)

2009-10            Search Committee, Faculty Position in Theatre Studies, Department of Humanities, University of Toronto at Scarborough

2009-10            Search Committee, Faculty Position in Contemporary Drama, Department of English and Drama, University of Toronto at Mississauga

2009            Search Committee (Vice-Dean Academic), School of Graduate Studies

2007-8            Tri-Campus Drama Task Force, to review relationships between all university Drama programs

2006-7            Teaching Evaluation Committee, Tenure Review for Martin Revermann, Departments of Classics (St George), Historical Studies and English/Drama (UTM)

2006-7            Teaching Evaluation Committee, Tenure Review for Stefan Soldovieri, Departments of German (St George), French, Italian and German (UTM)

2002-3            Search Committee, Faculty Position in Theatre, Faculty of Humanities, University of Toronto at Scarborough

2000-1            Chair, Search Committee, Assistant Professor for UTM Theatre and Drama Studies and Graduate Centre for Study of Drama

For Graduate Centre for Study of Drama/Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies:

2016               Chair, Search Committee, Business Officer for CDTPS; resulted in hire of part-time replacement until a new Director was appointed (July 2016)

2015-16         Chair, Search Committee, Faculty Appointment in Theatre History, CDTPS; successfully completed hire of Dr VK Preston (Stanford)

Graduate Chair, Search Committee, UTM Faculty Appointment in 20th Century Theatre and Performance, with Graduate Appointment in CDTPS; successfully completed hire of Dr Jacob Gallagher-Ross (CUNY)

Chair, Search Committee, CLTA Position in Indigenous Theatre and Performance, jointly among the Transitional Year Program, the Aboriginal Studies Program, and CDTPS; successfully completed hire of Jill Carter (UofT). Subsequently negotiated conversion of position to fulltime tenure-stream Assistant Professor

Chair, Curriculum Review Committee, CDTPS; successfully completed full renewal of curriculum for all undergraduate and graduate programs.

Member, Tenure Review Committee, UTSC, for Barry Freeman

2015               Chair, Tenure Review Committee, Nikki Cesare Schotzko (replaced John Astington after return from administrative leave)

2013-14         Chair, Hiring Committee, New Faculty Hire in Asian Theatre and Performance; successfully completed hire of Dr Xing Fan (UHawaii)

Chair, Staff Search, Communications Coordinator and Assistant to the Director

2007-16         Director; as director, responsible for the following committees:

Producer/Artistic Director, Performance Season, Robert Gill/Studio Theatres

Chair, Academic Committee

Chair, Advisory Committee

Chair, Qualifying Exam Committee

Chair, Theatres Committee

2002-16           Member, Admissions Committee

2001-16            Funding Coordinator

2008-9            Chair, Tenure Review Committee (Leslie Katz)

2003-5            Member, Theatres Committee

2001-4            Graduate Coordinator

2000-3            Member, General Exam Committee

1999-2001      Chair, Theatres Committee

1999-2007      Member, Academic Committee

For University of Toronto at Mississauga:

2010-11            Dean’s Digital Humanities Advisory Committee

2005-7            Associate Chair, Department of English and Drama

2005-7            Executive Producer, Theatre Erindale

2005-7            Director, Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies Programs

2006-7            Dean’s Advisory Committee

2003-4            Search Committee, Two Faculty Positions for Department of English and Drama

2001-2            Search Committee, Joint Faculty Position in Theatre/Drama Studies and Classics

2000-1            Planning Committees, UTM Communication, Culture and Information Technology Program, including Performance, Theatre and Media Studies Specialist Program, and preparation of plans for Multi-media Studio Theatre opened in 2004

2000            Chair, Search Committee, UTM Theatre Erindale Production Manager

2000            Steering Committee, UTM Master Plan

1999-2001  Executive Producer, Theatre Erindale

1999-2001  Discipline Representative, Theatre and Drama

1999-2001  Principal’s Advisory Council on Diversity and Excellence

McMaster University (1988-98)

For School of Art, Drama and Music

1997-8            Appointments and Promotion Committee, School of Art, Drama and Music

1996/7            Faculty Advisor, Summer Arts Festival

1996+            Drama Student Counselor, School of Art, Drama and Music

1995+            Arts Activities Committee, School of Art, Drama and Music

1995+            Undergraduate Studies Committee, School of Art, Drama and Music

1995-7            Executive Council, School of Art, Drama and Music

1995-6            Appointments and Promotion Committee, School of Art, Drama and Music

For Department of Drama (created 1989, amalgamated 1994)

1994            Counseling Committee, Department of Drama

1990-3        Play Selection Committee, Department of Drama

1990-2        Facilities Management Committee, Department of Drama

1989-94     Library Committee, Department of Drama

1989-94    Chair, Curriculum Committee, Department of Drama.

Conducted review of Department’s curriculum 1992

1989-90   Counseling Committee, Department of Drama

For Faculty of Humanities / University

1996+            Humanities Curriculum Committee

1995+            Safety Committee

1995+            Grievance Committee

1993-4          Arts Transition Advisory Committee

1991-4           Undergraduate Academic Council

1992-4           Curriculum Committee

1991-2            Admissions Committee

1989-94          Humanities Curriculum Committee

ADMINISTRATIVE POSITIONS – EXTERNAL

2014            External Reviewer, Western University, Department of English/ Program in Theatre, May. Co-writer of report (with Susan Bennett, UCalgary)

2004-12            Chair, McCallum Scholarship, Association for Canadian Theatre Research, organizing awards funding for young scholars. Review and major revision to awards criteria 2009. Continuing as Member only.

2011+            Publications Committee, Theatre Library Association.

2011            External Assessor, Tenure review, Heather May, Department of Theatre, Auburn University, Montgomery, Alabama

2009            External Assessor, Tenure review, Anthony Vickery, Department of Drama, University of Victoria

2008            External Assessor, Tenure review, Jennifer Stephenson, Department of Drama, Queen’s University

2006-8        Review Panel, SSHRC Standard Research Grant (Committee 3 Fine and Performing Arts), including: the preparation and presentation to committee of over 30 grant applications; the reviewing, assessment and ranking of over 130 grant applications; a preliminary assessment meeting by conference call; and an intensive three day in camera review of all applications, and determination of funding distribution. Served two years

2007            External Reviewer, Brock University, Department of Dramatic Arts, April. Co-writer of report (with Ric Knowles, Guelph; Nancy Francis, Brock)

2004            Review Panelist, Ontario Graduate Scholarship, including review, assessment and ranking of about 40 applications.

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