Stephen Johnson is a full professor in the Department of English and Drama at the University of Toronto Mississauga, and in the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Toronto. His university training was at the University of Guelph (BA), the University of Toronto (MA), and in the Performance Studies Department at New York University (PhD). He has published widely on 19th and 20th century popular performance, including in Theatre Research in Canada, which he (co)edited for ten years. He has been active in a number of scholarly organizations, serving on the executive of the Theatre Library Association, the Society of Dance History Scholars, and as president of the Canadian Association for Theatre Research / Association canadienne de la recherche théâtrale (CATR/ACRT).
PROJECT MANAGER & CONTRIBUTOR
Kelsey Jacobson is a PhD graduate from the Centre for Drama, Theatre, and Performance Studies at the University of Toronto and an adjunct lecturer in the Dan School of Drama and Music at Queen's University and at Niagara University. Her dissertation is entitled: Feeling Real: Affective Dimensions of Reality in Contemporary Canadian Performance. Her research interests include audiences and spectatorship, perception, the post-truth and post-factual, theatre of the real, and affect theory. She is also passionate about teaching, and especially working with young people. Kelsey is currently a co-Artistic Director of the New Ideas Festival at Alumnae Theatre, was previously a Junior Researcher at Shakespeare’s Globe, and directs, dramaturges, and designs community theatre productions frequently.
WEB DESIGNER & CONTRIBUTOR
Sarah Robbins is a PhD candidate at the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies. She holds a B.A. Hons. and a diploma in Professional Actor Training from the theatre and drama studies program jointly held at the University of Toronto Mississauga and Sheridan College, and an M.A. from CDTPS. Currently she is working with the Playwrights Guild of Canada and the Equity and Diversity in the Arts Department at the University of Toronto Scarborough on the P.L.E.D.G.E. Project, acts as a core member of Got Your Back Canada(GYB). Recently she co-organized the 2019 FOOT Conference at CDTPS on the theme of "Equity & Diversity in the Performing Arts”, and co-organized the GYB Acting Educator’s Conference.
GALLERY CURATOR & CONTRIBUTOR
Jimena Ortuzar is completing her PhD at the University of Toronto’s Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies with a collaborative program at the Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies. Her research explores the global division of labour, migration, and gender in both aesthetic and social contexts. She has contributed essays to TDR, Canadian Theatre Review, alt.theatre, the Journal of Curatorial Studies, and anthologies on Latinx theatre and performance in Canada. She co-edited a special issue of CTR on performance and human rights in the Americas and has a chapter in the forthcoming collection Sustainable Tools for Precarious Times: Performance Actions in the Americas (Palgrave Macmillan). Her research is informed by years of union activism, grievance handling, and conflict resolution at the Canadian Union of Public Employees.
ORAL HISTORIES CURATOR & CONTRIBUTOR
Matt Jones researches issues of war, terrorism, security, and racism in performance. His dissertation, is The Shock and Awe of the Real: Political Performance in an Age of War and Terror, is a transnational study of theatre, live art, direct action protests, and new media installations about the recent conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, and beyond. His published writing has addressed problems of representing war in performance as well as the performative construction of war in reality. He is the recent co-editor, with Barry Freeman, of a special issue of Canadian Theatre Review exploring the subject of “Post-Truth.”
Matt has taught courses in performance theory, theatre history, academic writing, and creative writing at the University of Toronto, Seneca College, and Concordia University. His writing has appeared in academic and journalistic publications, including Canadian Theatre Review, Theatre Research in Canada, SubStance, alt.theatre, the Globe and Mail, the Montreal Gazette, This Magazine, and Canadian Dimension. As a playwright and theatre devisor, his work includes the plays Dracula in a Time of Climate Change, The Mysterious Case of the Flying Anarchist and the collective creations Death Clowns in Guantánamo Bay and ASMRtist. As a dramaturg, he has worked on Mohammad Yaghoubi’s A Moment of Silence, Djanet Sears’s production of Scorched, and Arshad Khan’s award-winning documentary film, Abu. His work is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
ORAL HISTORIES VIDEOGRAPHER/EDITOR & CONTRIBUTOR
Sanja Vodovnik is a PhD candidate at the University of Toronto. Her research interests include but are not limited to examining various outlets of staging and performing science fiction -- it's cultural history, dramaturgy, ethics, and the performance of sci-fi in fan communities.
David is a designer, production manager, teacher and academic working in Toronto. As a theatre maker he has been part of over 300 productions in Toronto and across Canada. Three of his designs have been nominated for Dora Mavor Moore awards. He is also a PhD Candidate at the Centre, where his research focuses on how theatre architecture and design shape theatre companies through artistic mandate, audience and relationships with the city.
ASSISTANT TO THE PROJECT MANAGER
Lisa researches contemporary Canadian documentary theatre, examining its dramaturgies and working methods. Her current preoccupations include how strangeness is mapped on to certain bodies or characters by dramaturgical frames; fostering ethical encounters between audiences and presumed "others"; and the always-fluid role of the dramaturg, both in the research process and in the rehearsal hall. She has presented her work at the Canadian Association for Theatre Research and has recently published in Theatre Topics.
In her time at the Centre for Drama, Theatre, and Performance Studies, Lisa has co-organized the 2016 Festival of Original Theatre (FOOT) "Staging Realities", organized a weekly dissertation writing group and annual writing retreat, and has served on the CDTPS Graduate Student Union for three years. Outside of the Centre, Lisa has worked as a researcher for the PLEDGE Project with the Playwrights Guild of Canada, and works as a freelance dramaturg.