Faculty

The Graduate Program in Theatre & Performance Studies is proud of its accomplished, award-winning faculty. Faculty members are listed here based on their primary program (or faculty) appointment.

All faculty listed here are eligible to serve on masters and doctoral committees. However, please note that only those faculty with an asterisk (*) beside their name are eligible to serve as PhD dissertation supervisors.

 

Members of Graduate Executive:

 

Magdalena Kazubowski-Houston*

Anthropologist, performance theorist and theatre director.  Research interests include: experimental and performance ethnography, ethnographic storytelling, physical theatre, political/activist theatre, the Roma people, socialism/postsocialism, aging, violence and terrorism.  Founding member of the Centre for Imaginative Ethnography.  She is the 2014 recipient of the School of Arts, Media, Performance and Design Junior Faculty Teaching Award in recognition of her contribution to excellence in teaching in the Department of Theatre
mkazubow@yorku.ca
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Laura Levin *

(Graduate Program Director)
Contemporary theatre and performance art; performance theory and disciplinary genealogies in performance studies; gender and sexuality in/as performance; urban, site-specific, and environmental performance; performance, space, and cultural geography; intermedial, digital, and online performance; practice as research; devised theatre practice; photographic theory and performative photography; intersections of performance and the visual arts.
gpdtaps@yorku.ca
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Danielle Robinson *

Dance Ethnography; cultural studies; dance history; critical race theory; social dance reconstruction; multicultural dance education; popular dance practices; African diaspora within the Americas; Latin American dance cultures.
drobin@yorku.ca
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Marlis Schweitzer *

Theatre history & historiography; consumer and commodity culture; 19th and early 20th century popular entertainment; fashion studies; gender and sexuality in/ as performance; transnational performance culture; theories of material culture.
schweit@yorku.ca
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Doug Van Nort*

Digital performance, performance and sensorial immersion in technologically-mediated environments.
vannort@yorku.ca
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Belarie Zatzman*

Drama and education; theatre for young audiences; arts education; Holocaust education
bzatzman@yorku.ca
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Theatre & Performance Studies Faculty


 

Patrick Alcedo*

Southeast Asian dance; folk festival production and cultural authenticity; cultural heritage and communal expressions.
alcedo@yorku.ca
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Natalie Alvarez

(Adjunct Faculty)
Research interests include: performance theory; North American contemporary performance; performativity in simulations and reenactment culture; Latina/o-Canadian theatre and performance; genealogies of nostalgia and performance; as well as performance analysis and pedagogy.
nalvarez@brocku.ca
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Eric Armstrong

Voice and speech.
armstro@yorku.ca
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Elizabeth Asselstine

Chair, Department of Theatre; Lighting design, photography of light
eaa@yorku.ca
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Erika Batdorf

Performer, choreographer, playwright and director; mime, clown, comedienne, masks, voice and dance. Recipient of York Faculty of Fine Arts Dean's Senior Teaching award 2009/10.
ebatdorf@yorku.ca
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Guillaume Bernardi *

Multiculturalism and transculturalism; music; theatre.
gbernardi@gl.yorku.ca
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Rhonda Blair

(Adjunct Faculty)
Main areas of interest include acting theory — particularly looking at applications of cognitive science to the acting process —, performance studies, theatre and politics, feminism and theatre, alternative performance, and Chekhov. Southern Methodist University.
rblair@smu.edu
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Marcia S. Blumberg

Theatre, Arts and Culture; Contemporary theatre; South African theatre.
blumberg@yorku.ca
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Katherine Boydell

(Adjunct Faculty)
Exploration of the methodological, theoretical and ethical challenges of engaging with arts-based research. Engages arts-based methods in the creation and dissemination of research. University of Toronto, Department of Psychiatry, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, and Senior Scientist and Scientific Director of Qualitative Inquiry, Hospital for Sick Children.
katherine.boydell@sickkids.ca
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Ines Buchli

Acting and directing; dramaturg, filmmaker, and writer.
ibuchli@yorku.ca
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Kym Bird *

Canadian Women’s Drama 1880–1920; early and contemporary Canadian women’s writing.
kbird@yorku.ca
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Sheila Cavanaugh

Gender and sexuality studies; body studies; film studies; queer and psychoanalytic theory.
sheila@yorku.ca
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Gwenyth Dobie

Movement for actors, devised theatre, the Alexander Technique, acting pedagogy, and stage direction.
gdobie@yorku.ca
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Jennifer Fisher *

Contemporary art and cultural studies; art history; curatorial practice, display culture and the aesthetics of non-visual senses; contemporary art.
jefish@yorku.ca
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Mary Fogarty*

Dance scholar and cultural sociologist whose research interests include popular culture, dance education, music, aesthetics, critical posthumanism, dance, communication, cultural studies and enviromental sustainability. Specializes in researching the dance style known as breaking (or b-boying/b-girling)
maryf@yorku.ca
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Honor Ford-Smith

Performance and social movements; race, gender, nation and colonialism and post-colonialism, Caribbean societies and their diasporas, community and environmental arts and education.
hoperoad@yorku.ca
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Robert Fothergill

(Professor Emeritus)
Theatre history, Shakespeare studies, modern and contemporary drama, playwriting.

robf@yorku.ca
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Ian Garrett

Sustainability and design, theatre production and administration.
igarrett@yorku.ca
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R. Darren Gobert *

Comparative modern and contemporary Western drama; dramatic and performance theory; 17th-century French theatre; philosophy of theatre.
gobert@yorku.ca
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Terry Goldie *

Canadian and postcolonial literatures; gay studies; sexuality studies; literary theory.
tgoldie@yorku.ca
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David B. Goldstein

Sixteenth- and seventeenth-century British literature including Shakespeare, performance studies, theatre history, food studies, poetry writing, avant garde poetry and poetics, literary and cultural theory, and book history.
dgolds@yorku.ca
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Kathleen Gould-Lundy*

Co-ordinator of Destination Arts in Faculty of Education.  Literacy, equity, arts educator, inventive inclusive teaching for at-risk students.
kgouldlundy@edu.yorku.ca
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Michael Greyeyes

(Graduate Program Director, MFA)
Devised theatre, acting, dance, choreography, movement for actors, ensemble creation, indigeneity.
greyeyes@yorku.ca
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John Greyson

Filmmaker, video artist, writer, activist, and educator.
greyzone@yorku.ca
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Alberto Guevara *

Contemporary performance theory and practice; theatricality of violence, nationalism and spectacle; ethnographic methodologies; the body in performance; evocation through film and theatre/performances of resistance; power and revolution, power and protest; and postcolonial theory; areas of expertise are Latin America, Nicaragua, Nepal and Canada.
aguevara@yorku.ca
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Julia Harrison

Primarily interested in the nature of the tourist interaction and experience; and most recently on Ontario cottage culture. Other research interests include the politics of representation of Canadian Aboriginal cultures in museums; the history of Canadian anthropology; and the culture of non-profit institutions.
jharrison@trentu.ca
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Sharon Hayashi

Architecture and Cinema, New Media and New Social Movements, Historiography, Politics of Archives, Japanese Cinema and Media Studies.
hayashi@yorku.ca
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Christopher Innes *

Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and Canada Research Chair in Performance and Culture. Modern drama; Renaissance theatre; history of directing; theatre and politics; avant-garde theatre; performance and culture.
cinnes@yorku.ca
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Patricia Keeney

Canadian drama and theatre; Canadian drama by and about women; modern Canadian culture and literature; children's theatre and literature; theatre and poetry; creative writing.
patdon@yorku.ca
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Shawn Kerwin

Stage and costume design.
shawn@yorku.ca
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Paul Lampert

Acting; directing.
plampert@yorku.ca
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Kenneth Little

Analysis of society as spectacle, visual culture, and popular cultural performance in both Euro-North American and postcolonial societies.
wkl@yorku.ca
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William J Mackwood

Design and production, lighting, dance video, intermedial performance
mackwood@yorku.ca
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Janine Marchessault

Cites and cinema; feminist/post-colonial media; social media and activism; film festivals and utopias; micro-cinemas; curatorial studies; theories of spectatorship; phenomenology and affect; experimental cinema.
jmarches@yorku.ca
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John Mayberry

Master of Winters College.  Theatre Production. Current research interests include 19th century theatrical effects, ritual drama, street theatre, and health and safety issues in the entertainment industry.
mayberry@yorku.ca
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James McKernan

Theatre production, sustainable theatrical scenographic technologies.
mckernan@yorku.ca
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Peter McKinnon

Interim Master of Winters College.  Stagecraft, theatre management, design and production.
mckinnon@yorku.ca
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Allyson Mitchell

Feminist performance art, fat activism, craft resistance, feminist theory, popular culture.
mail@allysonmitchell.com
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Gail Mitchell *

Integrating the arts in research dissemination; the ethics of nursing practice and education; nursing knowledge and nursing theory; transformative leadership; unitary thinking & global health; human science nursing; lived experiences of dementia and diabetes; ehealth technology; teaching-learning through discussion; human becoming theory and criticism; development of moral consciousness.
gailm@yorku.ca
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Julie Nagam

(Adjunct Faculty)
Space, place and race, Indigenous, cultural and post-colonial theory, art and activism.
j.nagam@uwinnipeg.ca
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Modupe Olaogun *

Aesthetics of African drama; African literature; postcolonial literatures.
olaogun@yorku.ca
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Elizabeth A. Pentland

Renaissance literature; Shakespeare; political relations in England’s literature during French civil wars.
pent@yorku.ca
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Teresa Przybylski

Theatre design.
teresap@yorku.ca
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Don Rubin *

Canadian theatre and cultural politics; Canadian theatre history; Modern and Contemporary Canadian and world theatre; applied theatre criticism; African theatre and drama; Ibsen, Strindberg and Chekhov; Modern Drama and the avantgarde; Shakespeare and the Authorship Question; theatre publishing.
drubin@yorku.ca
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Judith Rudakoff *

Developmental dramaturgy; contemporary Canadian theatre and dance; playwriting.
rudakoff@yorku.ca
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Julie Salverson

(Adjunct Faculty)
Political popular theatre, community engaged theatre, critical pedagogy, playwriting; violence, witnessing and testimony in performance. Playwright, Instructor, Libbrettist, Queen's University.
salversn@queensu.ca
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Leslie Sanders *

African American literature; black writers in Canada; Women’s studies.
leslie@yorku.ca
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Barbara Sellers-Young

Interdisciplinary scholar in the fields of dance, theatre and performance. Her interest in all forms of art and diverse performance styles informs her research on the moving body and globalization.
basyoung@yorku.ca
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David Smukler

(Professor Emeritus)
Voice; directing; experimental theatre. Awarded a 2000-2001 Graduate Teaching Award from the Faculty of Graduate Studies.
dsmukler@yorku.ca
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Jenn Stephenson

Renaissance drama, contemporary Canadian drama, metatheatricality, autobiographical performance, and performativity in fictional worlds-within. Undergraduate Chair, Drama, Queen’s University.
jenn.stephenson@queensu.ca
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Ross Stuart *

Musical theatre history and practice; Canadian theatre history; summer festivals and theatres, Stratford Festival history and practice; improvisation and adaptation, play development and production for educational and community theatre, playwriting.
rstuart@yorku.ca
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Mark Wilson

Directing; acting.
pitwil@yorku.ca
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Hersh Zeifman

Canadian drama; Contemporary British and American drama; Samuel Beckett.
hzeifman@yorku.ca


 

Joyce Zemans

Arts and media; Administration; Non-profit management and leadership.
jzemans@yorku.ca
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Cynthia Zimmerman

Canadian theatre and literature in English; Sharon Pollock; dramatic writing by contemporary women; psychological approaches to literature.
czimmer@yorku.ca