PhD, University of Toronto, 2004
MA, King's College London, 1999
MA, Dalhousie, 1998
BA (Hons), University of Alberta, 1996
University College Room 3425
Winter 2019 Office Hours: Tuesday 10:00 am - 12:00 pm | Thursday 1:00 - 2:00 pm
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.
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). 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, after all.)
I’m currently the general editor of Theatre Research in Canada / Recherches théâtrales au Canada. I’m also the co-editor of four books and two special journal issues, and the sole editor of A Cultural History of Theatre in The Modern Age (Bloomsbury, 2017).
I write a teaching blog, The Activist Classroom; it’s a labour of love. Find me at http://theactivistclassroom.wordpress.com. I also write regularly for Fit is a Feminist Issue, a popular blog run by my colleagues Sam Brennan (Guelph) and Tracy Isaacs (Western).
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)
A Cultural History of Theatre in the Modern Age (Bloomsbury Methuen, 2017; series editors Tracy C. Davis and Christopher B. Balme)
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)
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
CATR Richard Plant Award, 2009
CATR Robert Lawrence Prize, 2005