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Faculty update: Aug. 2017

Wondering what our faculty members are up to? Here's a brief snapshot of some of the activities.


Edmond Agopian traveled for a month to Beijing, China, where he taught in Morningside Music Bridge, a unique international summer training school.

Bruce Barton co-convened the Artistic Research seminar group of the Canadian Association for Theatre Research (Calgary) and the Performance as Research Working Group of the International Federation for Theatre Research (Stockholm, Sweden), as well as the Artistic Research Working Group of Performance Studies international (Melbourne, Australia).
He also completed the second phase of his SSHRC-funded research-creation project, Intimate Intersections, along with collaborator and SCPA faculty member Pil Hansen, over two weeks in August (Toronto).

Penny Farfan was the dramaturg for the UK premiere of Judith Thompson's play Watching Glory Die, which was inspired by the case of Canadian prison inmate Ashley Smith and was staged by Palindrome Productions at the Cockpit Theatre in London in July 2016. MFA student Anna MacAlpine served as Farfan's assistant and traveled to London to work with her on the show. Farfan's interviews with Thompson and with playwright Colleen Murphy about her similarly fact-inspired play Pig Girl, based on the Pickton murders, will be published in the Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism in 2017. Farfan's new book, Performing Queer Modernism, is forthcoming from Oxford University Press.

Marie France Forcier led an intensive creative research process in Toronto last June with celebrated dancer Louis Laberge-Côté. The two investigated the choreography of internal narratives as a performance enhancing tool in state-based dance works.

Pil Hansen presented results from the interdisciplinary UCalgary research project "Effects of Multi-task Improvisation Systems on Cognitive and Learning Capacity" at the annual conferences of the Canadian Association of Theatre Research (Calgary) and the International Federation of Theatre Research (Stockholm, Sweden).

Laura Hynes spent a month in the U.S., where she attended the National Association of Teachers of Singing conference in Chicago, and spent time in Cincinnati and Minneapolis developing two upcoming performance projects. Back in Calgary, she completed an additional project residency with two international collaborators.

William Jordan has been seconded to lead the School of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures and Cultures as interim director in its inaugural year (2016-17).

Melanie Kloetzel spent a week in Edmonton with four professional dancers restaging her site-adaptive work 'Rooms', performed in Churchill Square for thousands during The Works Art & Design Festival's Canada Day weekend.