Associate Professor, University of British Columbia
Research Collaborator, International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation
Biographical Info: I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre and Film at the University of British Columbia where I teach acting, directing and devising. My training was deeply grounded in the Stanislavsky System of Acting and, in addition to its central place in my teaching and research , I have continued to explore and apply its principles over my 20 years as a professional actor and director. On stage, I have appeared for such companies as Vancouver’s Playhouse Theatre and Arts Club, as well as Toronto’s Modern Times Stage Company. As a director, I was a founding member of Vancouver’s Neworld Theatre. My numerous acting credits on television include a Gemini (Canadian Emmy) winning performance on the acclaimed crime drama, DA VINCI’S INQUEST. I have also been a highly active member of Vancouver’s independent film community. My work has been seen at festivals from Sundance to Berlin and has included a Genie (Canadian Oscar) nominated performance in Bruce Sweeney’s feature film, LAST WEDDING. My research projects have similarly focussed on the Stanislavsky System with a particular emphasis on its cybernetic underpinnings. Results have been disseminated through publications in Canadian Theatre Review and conference presentations for the Canadian Association for Theatre Research, the Improvisation, Community, and Social Practice Research Group, and the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation.