PhD, University of Toronto, 2004
MA, King's College London, 1999
MA, Dalhousie, 1998
BA (Hons), University of Alberta, 1996
University College 3425
Hello and welcome!
Who am I? I’m a teacher who is also a scholar. I’m a feminist who recognizes the complexity of that term – and is still a feminist.
(If you’d like to hear me say why – in three minutes no less! – click here.)
I work on modern feminist performance, on early modern performance and its contemporary iterations, and on contemporary urban performance and its neoliberal resonances.
My most recent solo books are aimed primarily at student audiences: Theory for Theatre Studies: Space (Bloomsbury, 2019) and Theatre & Feminism (Palgrave MacMillan, 2015). My edited books include Theatre and Performance in the Neoliberal University: Responses to an Academy in Crisis (Routledge, 2020), A Cultural History of Theatre in The Modern Age (Bloomsbury, 2017), and the award-winning volumes Performance and the City and Performance and the Global City (Palgrave, 2009 and 2013).
If I could not collaborate with artists, students, and colleagues on a regular basis, I would probably quit my job. My students are my favourite collaborators: teaching is a collaborative practice!
(Click here to hear me talk about my teaching philosophy in one hot minute.)
I’m currently the general editor of Theatre Research in Canada / Recherches théâtrales au Canada; and I have also guest-edited issues of Canadian Theatre Review, Shakespeare Bulletin, and Research in Drama Education.
I am happy to chat with graduate students about supervising dissertations in the following fields: contemporary theatre and performance; performance theory; feminist or queer performance theory and practice; early modern theatre; early modern performance studies.
As an affiliate of the Department of Women’s Studies and Feminist Research, I’m also happy to be involved with dissertation projects engaged with feminist, gender, and sexuality studies that may not immediately focus on theatre or performance.
Thanks for visiting!
Select Publications and Awards
As single author
Theory for Theatre Studies: Space (Bloomsbury Methuen, 2019)
Theatre & Feminism (Palgrave, 2015)
Violence Against Women in Early Modern Performance: Invisible Acts (Palgrave, 2009)
Theatre and Performance in the Neoliberal University: Responses to an Academy in Crisis. London: Routledge, 2020
A Cultural History of Theatre in the Modern Age (Bloomsbury Methuen, 2017)
Performance and the Global City (Palgrave, 2013; with D.J. Hopkins)
New Canadian Realisms: Eight Plays (Playwrights Canada, 2012; with Roberta Barker)
New Canadian Realisms: New Essays in Canadian Theatre, Volume 2 (Playwrights Canada, 2012; with Roberta Barker)
Performance and the City (Palgrave, 2009; with D.J. Hopkins and Shelley Orr)
Western University Graham and Gale Wright Distinguished Scholar, 2019-20
ATHE (Association for Theatre in Higher Education) Excellence in Editing, 2016 (with D.J. Hopkins and Shelley Orr)
CATR (Canadian Association for Theatre Research) Patrick O’Neill Award, 2013 (with Roberta Barker)
SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada) Standard Research Grant, 2009-12
Marilyn Robinson Award for Excellence in Teaching, Western University, 2009