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PhD Graduates

Name Title
Al-Azraki, Amir A.

Clash of the Barbarians:  The Representation of Political Violence in Contemporary English and Arabic Language Plays About Iraq

Supervisor:  Christopher Innes

Keleta-Mae, Naila

(Re) Positioning Myself:  Female and Black in Canada

Supervisor:  Leslie Sanders

Lane, William

Signs of Wanting: Re-thinking Dramatic Motivation Within the Terms of the 'Return to Freud

Supervisor:  Laura Levin

Rutherford, Annabel L. M.

The Dramatic Use of Pictorial Structures in Proscenium Arch Plays: 1845-2009

Supervisor:  Christopher Innes


Current PhD Students

Name Dissertation/Thesis/MRP Title/ Research Interests


Bennett, Melanie


Performance art; aesthetics of failure; site-specific theatre


Batchelor, Brian


Tourism in the Mayan Riviera; performative economies; post-colonialism


Dixon, Everett


“The Directing Process of Lloyd Richards”


Elliott, Pavitra


"The Theatrical Conditions Underlying the Re-Formation of Shakespeare's Texts in the Restoration Period”


Feltham, Kymberley


Contemporary dance; South Africa; performance ethnography


Garcia Lopez, Saul


Casting practices in Mexican telenovellas


Griffith, Anna Marie


“Excursions into Otherness: Marketing Exoticism in Yoga, Kickboxing and Capoeira”


Hanson, Nicholas


Arts administration; cultural policy


Hawkes, Terri


Theatrical representations of motherhood; performances of mother-subjects; breastfeeding practices on and off-stage


High, Bradley


Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards; performance ethnography; affect theory


King, Moynan


“Women Performing Stillness: Gender, Theatre and Tableau Vivant”


Kulsinski, Wiktor


“Absurdist Discourses in New Polish Dramaturgy” 


Laviolette, Byron


“Strategies for Theatrical Engagement and Interactivity: An Analysis of Directorial Concepts from Clowns to Computers”


Lepp, Melissa


Community engagement; feminist theatre; environmental activism


Mcleod, Kimberley


Intermedial performance; political theatre


Mcmillan, Kathleen


Actor training; feminist theatre; cultural policy


Mendonca, Marlene


“Stage-Struck Girls: Challenging Female Identity and Creating Space for the Modern “Girl” in Theatre (1900-1914)”


Nearing, Dawn


Actor training; contemporary Canadian theatre


Nelles, LJ


“Revealing Voices: Embodied Practice in Theatre and Health”


Nyarady, Zita


1956 Hungarian revolution; community arts; political theatre


O’Hara, Jean


“Up/Staging Queer Native Stories”


Owen, David


“Performance Through an Avatar: Video Games as an Expression of Affect, Narrative Agency, and Ideology”


Schwartz, Shira


Jewish ritual and performance


Szlawieniec-Haw, Danielle


“The Consequences and Ethics of Representing Human Suffering, Distress, and/or Violence”


Thistle, Lindsay


“History as a Dramatic Subject: Representations of War on the Canadian Stage from 1960-2010”


Tumarkin, Pola


Actor training; Michel Saint-Denis, Canadian theatre; National Theatre School


Vosters, Helene


“Good Mourning Canada? A feminist analysis of Canada’a popular ‘Highway of Heroes’ memorial phenomena”


Wagner, Anton


“The Habitus of Mackenzie King: Canadian Artists, Cultural Capital, and the Struggle for Power”


Whittal, Edward


Performative elements of food; food studies


Wier, Claudia


Commedia dell’arte; opera troupes of Renaissance Italy; political theatre; opera performance


Wilcox, Richard


“Variants of Autobiographical Performance in the Works of Daniel MacIvor”