Tim Babcock (Chair)
Mr. Babcock chairs the Department and teaches stage and production management, lighting, and sound.
Committed to bringing currency to the classroom, Professor Babcock has continued his involvement with the professional community as a founding organiser of the Winnipeg Fringe Festival where he continued as Production Manager and then Operations Consultant. He also contributed to the formation of the Winnipeg Gilbert and Sullivan Society as Stage Manager and Lighting Designer for their inaugural production, was the Production Manager for the 1999 Pan American Games opening and closing ceremonies, and recently acted as consultant to the North American Indigenous Games.
Beyond this, Professor Babcock has also been involved with more than 40 local productions including sound designs for both Speak and Love and Anger at Prairie Theatre Exchange, Quills (with David Wallace) at the MTC Warehouse, and Never Never Mind Kurt Kurt Cobain for Theatre Projects Manitoba. His lighting designs have included I am a Bear and Toronto at Dreamer’s Rock for MTYP, Mikado, Patience, Rudigore and HMS Pinaphore for the Gilbert & Sullivan Society, The Escape, A Catered Affair and November for the Winnipeg Jewish Theatre, Albertine in Five Times, Jack of Hearts for Theatre Projects Manitoba, and many others. Prior to his post at the University, Professor Babcock was
Dr. Claire Borody is an Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre and Film at the University of Winnipeg. She holds a Ph.D. in Theatre from the University of Toronto, an M.Ed. in Pedagogical Theory with a Specialization in Theatre, and a B.A. in English, Art History and Theatre from the University of Manitoba.
Claire teaches acting and theory courses and has developed a senior level course in performance creation (devised theatre). Her research interests include 20-21st century acting and performance theory, devised and collectively conceived performance work and its documentation, inter-disciplinary and cross-cultural performance, contemporary Canadian theatre and creative spectatorship. She has published articles and reviews in Canadian Theatre Review, Canadian Literature, The University of Toronto Quarterly and Prairie Fire. Most recently, she published a book chapter on Primus Theatre in West-words: Celebrating Western Canadian Theatre and Playwriting.
She is the former Artistic Director of Avera Theatre, a devised theatre company, that she founded in 2003, and has worked extensively with the devised theatre companies out-of-line theatre and theatre fix since 2003. She is actively involved in the theatre community as a director, production dramaturg, and creative consultant, and works extensively on independent experimental theatre and dance projects. She continues to advance her practice though ongoing training. In 2005, she was accepted into the International School for Theatre Anthropology (ISTA) in Wroclaw (Poland). In 2011, she studied Noguchi Taiso and Butoh technique in Aomori City and Tokyo (Japan).
She has been an active member of in the Canadian Association for Theatre Research (CATR) since 1998 and has served as Prairie representative and as the Association's secretary. She is a founding member of the Theatre Practice Committee (2002) that is responsible for programming the workshop/demonstration component at annual CATR conferences.
In 2009, Claire co-founded the e-journal Canadian Journal for Practice-based Research in Theatre (CJPRT) with colleague Per Brask which she now co-edits with Dr. Monica Prendergast at the University of Victoria. http://cjprt.uwinnipeg.ca
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Per K. Brask
Per K. Brask has taught at the U of W since 1982 and is a Professor.
His creative writing, essays, and translations have appeared in Anthropologica, Border Crossings, Canadian Folklore, Canadian Theatre Review, C.G. Jung Page, Contemporary Verse 2, Consciousness, Literature and the Arts (where he also serves on the editorial board), Danish Literary Magazine, Descant, Event, Grain, Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, The Literary Review, Malahat Review, Modern International Drama, NeWest Review, Nexus, Performing Arts Journal, Poetica, Poetry Canada Review, Poet Magazine, Poetry Kanto, Poetry Wales, Prairie Fire, The Philosophers' Magazine, Quarterly Review, and Zygote.
In book form: Power/lessness (monologues, Turnstone Chapbooks,1987), Duets (short stories, with George Szanto, Coteau, 1989), DramaContemporary: Scandinavia (plays, ed., PAJ, 1989), Double Danish (short stories, ed. and trans., Cormorant, 1991), Aboriginal Voices: Amerindian, Inuit and Sami Theatre (essays, plays and interviews, ed. with William Morgan, Johns Hopkins UP, 1992), God's Blue Morris: A Selection of Poems by Niels Hav (ed. and trans. with Patrick Friesen, Crane Editions, 1993), Contemporary Issues in Canadian Theatre and Drama (essays, ed. Blizzard Publishing, 1995), Essays on Kushner's Angels (ed. Blizzard Publishing, 1995), The Woods by Klaus Høeck (poems, trans. with Patrick Friesen, Crane Editions, 1998), Seven Canons (plays by Canadian women ed. with Martin Bragg and Roy Surrette, Playwrights Canada Press, 2000), Two Plays by Ulla Ryum (trans. Adler & Ringe, 2001), A Sudden Sky: Selected poems by Ulrikka S. Gernes (ed. and trans. with Patrick Friesen, Brick Books, 2001), We Are Here, a collection of poems by Niels Hav (ed. and trans. with Patrick Friesen, Book Thug, 2006), Copenhagen, a collection of short stories by Katrine Marie Guldager (trans., Book Thug, 2009), Performing Consciousness (ed. with Daniel Meyer-Dinkgräfe, Cambridge Scholars Publsihing, 2010) and A Spectator, a collection of ekphrastic poems (Fictive Press, 2012).
His activities, apart from teaching, focus on creative writing, literary translation, and dramaturgy.
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Christopher Brauer is an Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre and Film at the University of Winnipeg where he teaches senior-level courses in directing and acting with an emphasis on performing Shakespeare. He regularly directs the department's Shakespeare productions.
He holds a B.A. Hons. in Theatre from the University of Toronto and an M.F.A. in Acting from York University. Through the mid-1990s Christopher acted with a number of prestigious Toronto theatre companies, and in 1996 he was co-founder of The Georgian Theatre Festival, an equity summer theatre festival in Meaford, Ontario. During seven seasons with that company, Christopher worked as an actor, company manager, director of educational programming, associate producer, and resident director. He was also Artistic Director of The Vicious Gossip Group, an independent Toronto theatre company. He taught extensively for Theatre Aquarius, The Drama Workshop, The Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts and York University.
Since moving to Winnipeg in 2005 Christopher has pursued his two main areas of interest: directing classics - principally Shakespeare, and the development of an actor-training methodology based on the methods of Canadian clown teacher Richard Pochinko. Christopher has directed extensively in Winnipeg, and worked as an original-practices Text Coach for Shakespeare in the Ruins. He has studied the Pochinko-style approach to clown training with John Turner (Smoot of Mump & Smoot), and has assisted him at his summer training intensive on Manitoulin Island in Ontario.
Upcoming he will direct both parts of Tony Kushner's Angels in America for the Winnipeg Jewish Theatre.
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Shelagh Carter is a "Lifetime Member" of The Actors Studio as an Actress and Director, a Professor of Theatre and Film at the University of Winnipeg, and a graduate of the Canadian Film Centre's Directors Lab in Toronto. As a filmmaker, Shelagh has created work for ten years. Night Travellers, her third short film, was a National Screen Institute Drama Prize winner in 2007. Her award winning 35 mm short, One Night, filmed as part of the Canadian Film Centre's Short Dramatic Film 2009 series, continues to be invited to international film festivals. She has also won world festival recognition with her experimental narrative short films Canoe and Rifting/Blue.
Shelagh's first feature film, called Passionflower, the story of Sarah, an 11-year- old girl forcing her family to come to terms with her mother's increasing mental instability, is presently winning film festival attention and honors. Her experimental film, Spellbinding 3D, a black and white dance film, is her most recent artistic short work and represents an exciting departure to new technology.
Shelagh's next feature projects, a prairie film noir called The Shooting Party and a revisionist Chekhovian drama called Into Invisible Light, are in development.
She is a recent recipient of the award, Women In the Director's Chair Career Advancement Module 2010, in collaboration with Women in Film Festival Vancouver.
Working with Actors and teaching the acting process is a long time love.
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Mr. Curle has an MA from NYU Graduate School of Arts and Science, Department of Cinema Studies as well as a BA from the U of W and further film training from U of M. Mr. Curle has extensive teaching experience and has worked on a number of film productions. He has delivered papers and lectures, served on film juries, edited, directed and published.
Mr. Curle teaches Introduction to Filmmaking and History of Film.
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David J. Hewlett
David Hewlett is the Department of Theatre and Film's Designer; he teaches all of the courses in the visual, interpretive areas, including set and costume design, lighting, and make-up. He also teaches, or has taught, courses in drafting and drawing, costuming and set carpentry, although the latter two are now aptly handled by dedicated specialists.
Professor Hewlett joined the University of Winnipeg in 1970 as a lecturer and the third staff member to be hired in the Theatre Division of the English Department. The greatest part of his career has been spent teaching and practicing the art of design. Prior to 1970, Professor Hewlett worked for the Manitoba Centennial Corporation on Youth Celebrations for the Centennial, and found time to teach make-up to summer school students in the gymnasium of Riddell Hall. While his interest in theatre blossomed at Vincent Massey High School through Reg Skene’s inspired leadership, his career path did not lead directly to the stage, but first to the University of Manitoba for degrees in Arts (B.A.) and Architecture (B.E.S.). He only knew of United College in those days as a place where the unconventional could and did happen, especially at the Freshie Parade! However the fledgling Theatre Department needed a designer and, having had some teaching experience from previous summers, an offer was made and a career in theatre was launched. After helping to establish the Theatre Division with a reputation for strong production values, Professor Hewlett went to the University of Alberta for a Master of Fine Arts degree in Design, which is a terminal degree in this field. From there, he developed a free-lance practice designing productions for most of Winnipeg’s theatre companies as well as regional and commercial theatres in Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, and Vancouver. His design ventures have also taken him into Art Direction and Production Design for film and television, where he has worked for C.B.C., C.K.Y., C.K.N.D., Credo, and several other independent producers.
While theatre and film design continue to be both interesting and challenging for Professor Hewlett, he has never lost his delight in architecture, particularly residential design. Over the years, he has designed scores of homes. He has also been actively involved in designing at the University of Winnipeg, including extensive work on our new theatre facility.
Professor Hewlett believes that the Department of Theatre and Film can nurture students in a strong learning environment where they are encouraged to explore and develop their creative potential in a safe and supportive environment. It is the strength of practical and theoretical approaches to theatre, and the talented faculty of professionals at the University of Winnipeg, that have made our Department of Theatre and Film notable nationally and the best place to go to earn a degree in theatre!
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John Kozak has been working in the film industry in Canada for twenty years in a variety of capacities, but mainly as a writer, director and editor. He has written and directed over twenty films in a wide range of genres, including experimental films, documentaries, educational films and two dramatic features. His films have been broadcast in Canada (SuperChannel, Movie Max, Global, CBC) and have received theatrical distribution in Canada, the U.S.A. and South America. They have also received wide festival exposure with screenings at The Toronto Festival of Festivals, The Goteborg Film Festival, The Vancouver International Film Festival, The Sydney International Film Festival, The Manheim Film Festival, The Montreal International Festival of New Cinema, The Santa Fe Film Exposition, and many more, and his films have won numerous awards including Golden Sheaf Awards for best screenplay and best actor for Dory, the Super Channel Award and Drama Lab Award, also for Dory, the Silver Screen Award at The U.S. International Film and Video Festival for Standing Up For Yourself and, most recently, the Best Screenplay Award at the Magnolia Film Festival for The Eulogy. He has also worked on numerous films over the past twenty years as a picture and sound editor, sound recordist, gaffer, script supervisor, actor and producer on shorts, commercials, documentaries and feature films.
Professor Kozak received his formal training in film production at New York University, School of the Arts, Graduate Department of Film and Television, receiving a Master of Fine Arts degree in 1981. While at New York University he studied directing under such prestigious filmmakers as Laslo Benedek, Geoge Cukor, and Sam Fuller, and also pursued historical and theoretical studies with William K. Everson and Jay Leyda, specializing in Early American Cinema. He took part in a project under the supervision of Jay Leyda to re-edit some of the early D.W. Griffith Biograph films to restore them to their proper sequence, which has been lost.
Professor Kozak is currently very active in the film industry as a writer, director, and editor. He has three feature screenplays currently in development with Telefilm Canada, and is continuing research and shooting interview footage for a documentary feature on the Art of Comic Books, which has also received development financing from Telefilm. He is currently in post-production on a half hour drama which he wrote and directed, entitled Target Practice, which was shot in August of 2002.
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F.R. (Rick) Skene
F.R. (Rick) Skene has been with the University of Winnipeg Department of Theatre and Film since 1986. He specializes in film, stage combat, physical theatre, and acting. He is a founding member or The Society of Canadian Fight Directors and holds the rank of "Fight Director" with Fight Directors Canada. He is a veteran member of Canadian Actors' Equity and ACTRA.
Mr. Skene is the leading stage fight choreographer and film stunt coordinator in the province. He has choreographed fight sequences for every professional theatre company in the city, most recently teaming up with choreographer Jorden Morris to dramaturge and co-direct the RWB's higly successful full length ballet - Moulin Rouge. As a stunt coordinator/performer Mr. Skene has over 150 feature and television films to his credit including the highly acclaimed series: Less Than Kind, Todd and the Book of Pure Evil, Falcon Beach, and Keep Your Head Up Kid: The Don Cherry Story. International credits include Shall We Dance (Richard Gere, Jennifer Lopez), The Big White (Robin Williams, Holly Hunter, Giovanni Ribisi, Woody Harrelson), The Messengers (John Corbett, Dylan McDermott, Kristen Stewart), K-19 The Widowmaker (Harrison Ford), Hide and Seek (Daryl Hannah, Jennifer Tilley), Clown at Midnight (Christopher Plummer, Margot Kidder), Framed (Rob Lowe), The Law of Enclosures (Sarah Polley, Brendan Fletcher), and Christmas Rush (Dean Cain, Eric Roberts), to name a few.
Mr. Skene has an extensive background in acting, physical theatre, and directing. He was founder and artistic director/performer with Mimeworks Mime & Storytheatre Company and toured nationally and internationally before devoting his energies to the study of combat choreography and film work. Mr. Skene has also written several full-length Commedia D'ell Arte scenarios and his full-length play Ce Weekend La erased a substantial company deficit and still holds the attendance record for Theatre Projects Manitoba.
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In 2005 Tom joined the faculty of the Department of Theatre and Film where he teaches movement in the Honours BA and General BA Programs. He has also directed a number of productions for the department including The Glass Menagerie (2006), Picnic (2008), A Doll's House (2009), and Juliet and Romeo (2010).
A graduate of the Simon Fraser University School for the Performing Arts, Tom has danced with the Karen Jamieson Dance Company, T.I.D.E. (Toronto Independent Dance Enterprise), Le Groupe de la Place Royale, and Fondation Jean-Pierre Perreault. In the eighties he established a strong national presence as an independent choreographer touring extensively across the country. He has been commissioned to create works for Le Groupe de la Place Royale, Montreal Danse, Dancemakers, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra's New Music Festival and the Canada Dance Festival.
In 1991 Tom was appointed as the Artistic Director of Winnipeg's Contemporary Dancers (WCD). During his 14-year tenure his works for the company included Songs (1992), Broken Symmetry (1993), Company (1994), The Last Sleep of the Virgin (1995), R & J... 21 scenes for Romeo and Juliet (1995), Shift (1995), The Raft (1997), Arrows (1998), The Garden (2001), El Rio (2002), Vuelta (2002), Desdemona (2004), and Othello (2005). In 2002, he received the prestigious Choo San Goh Award for choreography - one of only eleven choreographers in North America to receive the award that year.
As an Artistic Director Tom also spearheaded a number of highly successful and innovative projects including; JOE, a co-production with the Fondation Jean-Pierre Perreault and Dancemakers which toured Canada and the U.S. (1994 - 1996); Shift, an interdisciplinary installation co-produced with the Winnipeg Art Gallery (1995); and The Pan American New Creation Project, an international co-production with Mexican and American modern dance companies which culminated in performances in Winnipeg and Mexico in 1999, El Río (2002), a co-production with the Winnipeg Singers which integrated 22 vocalists into a choreographic landscape, and Vuelta, a co-creation with Peter Bingham of Vancouver's EDAM, featuring company members from both WCD and EDAM.
He remains an active member of the professional community working in dance, theatre and inter-disciplinary creation. His credits include, Jealous/Pervert (2006, out of line theatre), Witches (2007, out of line theatre), Obscene, (2008, Ian Mozdzen), and The Rite (2008). Tom also returned to the stage as a performer acting in David Mamet's Duck Variation (2008) for the Manitoba Theatre Centre's Directors Festival and in a new play by Mia Van Leeuwen, The God Box (2008) for out of line theatre. His most recent production was a new devised creation The Rite, (2010) for The Rite Productions.
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A. Blake Taylor
Blake Taylor is a Professor in the Department of Theatre and Film at the University of Winnipeg. He came to the University of Winnipeg from a career as a professional actor and continues to remain active in principal roles in film and television. You can see him in Margaret Atwood’s Sunrise opposite Rebecca Jenkins on W Television. Recent film appearances include Tornado Warning, Hide and Seek opposite Darryl Hannah and Jennifer Tilley, and Sundance Film Festival hit Heater. Your children may remember him from Shirley Holmes: The Episode of the Exact Change as Drew, the inventor of “edible vomit.”
Professor Taylor also writes, produces and directs educational videos. Parallel Lines won the Crystal Award of Excellence at the Communication Awards in Arlington, Texas. Recently he directed Laban for Actors and Drama Education with Special Needs Students: A Day With Andy Kemp. The latter was shot in the U.K. and both are distributed by Insight Media of New York.
Professor Taylor’s background includes being Artistic Director of Noon Hour Theatre for three seasons.
Professor Taylor completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Winnipeg, has a professional teaching certificate from the University of Manitoba, and an M.A. and M.F.A. from the University of New Orleans. A veteran of over forty professional productions on stage and screen, he is a member of the A.C.T.R.A. Performers Guild and the Canadian Actors Equity Association.
Teaching is a passion with Professor Taylor. His areas include Acting Theory and Practice, Styles, Film Acting, Drama in Education, and Movement for Actors. He also teaches a course for gifted high school students each year.
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Alden Turner has taught English and Scriptwriting at the University of Winnipeg for many years.
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Shannon Vickers is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre and Film where she teaches Voice, Speech, and Text in the Acting and Honours Acting programs.
Shannon has served as a Text, Voice, and/or Accent Coach for theatres across Canada including The Canadian Stage Company, bcurrent theatre, Sarasvati Productions, Shakespeare in the Ruins, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Theatre Projects Manitoba, The Citadel Theatre, and Prairie Theatre Exchange.
Shannon holds a BFA in Acting from the University of Windsor and earned an MFA in Theatre Voice Pedagogy at the University of Alberta.
Shannon is an active member of VASTA (Voice and Speech Trainers Association) and currently serves as the Director of Membership.
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Jonathan Ball holds a PhD in English (Calgary) with a focus in Creative Writing and Canadian Literature. He is the author of two books of poetry, Ex Machina (BookThug, 2009) and Clockfire (Coach House, 2010) - the latter a series of 77 plays that would be impossible to produce. His writing has appeared in numerous publications across Canada, the US, the UK, and Australia, including The Capilano Review, Grain, Prairie Fire, Matrix, The Believer, and Harper's. He is the former editor of Dandelion and the former short films programmer of the Gimli Film Festival. His short film Spoony B (Martian Embassy Films, 2005) appeared on The Comedy Network, and he co-wrote a screenplay that served as the basis for the independent feature film Snake River (Ronin Films, 2010). Visit Jonathan online at www.jonathanball.com.
Dr. Ball teaches two courses in our Filmmaking area: Script and Screen and Script and the Small Screen.
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Mr. Blicq is an experienced filmmaker and Genie Award winner.
Mr. Blicq teaches our Documentary Filmmaking class.
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Pat Bovey has been an arts administrator for many years. A past Director of the Winnipeg Art Gallery, Pat currently acts as a guest curator for various projects. She has developed senior courses for the University of Winnipeg's Division of Continuing Education in the Arts and Cultural Administration Certificate Program and shares these courses on a for-credit basis with students at the University of Winnipeg.
Ms Bovey teaches Policy and Leadership in the Canadian Cultural Sector and Managing and Governance in Arts and Cultural Organizations.
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Donna Fletcher is an accomplished Singer, Actor, and Concert Performer with a wide range of national experience in theatre, musical theatre and symphonic work. Proud of her prairie roots, Donna received her early training in Winnipeg and earned a Bachelor of Music in Performance from the University of Manitoba, a diploma in Music Theatre from The Banff Centre for the Arts and a Master of Music in Performance from the University of Toronto.
Donna has performed in principle roles with the Charlottetown Festival, the Drayton Festival, Rainbow Stage, Theatre Calgary, Stage West Calgary, the Belfry Theatre, the National Arts Centre, MTC, PTE, MTYP, Dry Cold Productions, Winnipeg Studio Theatre, Persephone Theatre, and Manitoba Opera.
Always seeking new challenges, Donna co-created Dry Cold Productions and has been directing and assistant directing across the country. Donna directed the Winnipeg premieres of the musicals Nine, The Light in the Piazza, and Sweeney Todd for Dry Cold Productions. Most notably, Donna was the assistant director for the world premiere of the John Estacio/John Murrell Canadian opera Filumena (Calgary Opera/Banff Centre), Calgary Opera's Sweeney Todd, Opera Ontario's Susannah, Top Girls at the MTC Warehouse and Madama Butterfly, The Magic Flute, and Lucia di Lammermoor for Manitoba Opera.
In the summer of 2012, Donna was inducted to the Rainbow Stage Wall of Fame and became the first Winnipeg female Director to helm a production (Annie) at the theatre.
Donna is actively teaching, coaching, adjudicating and conducting workshops across the country. She has a large voice studio and in addition to her teaching duties at the University of Winnipeg, Donna directs the Musical Theatre Ensemble at the University of Manitoba Marcel A. Desautels Faculty of Music.
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Aaron Frost, an alumni of our program, teaches stagecraft. He was mentored by Chuck Porter who recently retired from our department and brings a wealth of knowledge and ability to his new role.
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Brenda Gorlick has been involved in the performing arts world for over 30 years in many aspects of the business. As a performer, she has acted, sung, and danced her way across Canada, the U.S., and parts of Europe, including a two-year contract with the Stratford Festival. She served as movement coach at the Banff Centre Musical Theatre Program and producer/choreographer of the Hot Cross Canada Canadian Armed Forces Show Tour. Recently, Ms Gorlick appeared as "Jennyanydots/Gumbie" in Rainbow Stage's hit production of Cats, choreographed the western Canada premiere of My Mother's Jewish Lesbian Wiccan Wedding for Winnipeg Studio Theatre, and took top honours along with partner, Gail Asper for her performance/choreography in the Dancing with Celebrities Gala. Selected performer credits include: MTC/Theatre Calgary's co-production of Evita, Wizard of Oz in the coveted role of "Wicked Witch of the West", "Sheila" in A Chorus Line, "Lucy/Beggar Woman" in Dry Cold's Sweeney Todd and her all-time favourite: "Anita" in the Banff Centre's West Side Story.
Ms Gorlick had the great challenge of creating the opening and closing ceremonies for the 1999 Pan Am Games, the biggest choreographic event Winnipeg has seen. She has also choreographed ceremonies for the 2003 Western Canada Summer Games in Selkirk, Manitoba and the Canada Games in Brandon.
In film, Ms Gorlick portrayed the principal role of "Phyllis Flatow" opposite Shirley Maclaine in the movie of the week, Hell On Heels: The Mary Kay Project. She acted as Assistant Dance Crew Liaison for Miramax Productions feature flick Shall We Dance starring Richard Gere and Jennifer Lopez, and choreographed one episode of Murdoch Mysteries.
She has been involved in over 100 productions including every theatre in Winnipeg over the past 20 years. Selected credits include: Hamlet starring Keanu Reeves (Manitoba Theatre Centre), Three Penny Opera (Shakespeare in the Ruins), A Year with Frog and Toad (Manitoba Theatre for Young People), Funny Girl (Winnipeg Jewish Theatre), Carmen (Manitoba Opera Association), Le Train (Cercle Molière) and Altar Boyz (Winnipeg Studio Theatre/Prairie Theatre Exchange).
Ms Gorlick serves as Associate Artistic director for Winnipeg Studio Theatre, a cutting edge professional musical theatre company which produced its first full season in 2011/12. WST also offers a training wing for youth and adults: "StudioWorks" and "Adults Only Ensemble". The troupe has performed at numerous events including the Winnipeg Fringe Festival, Terry Fox Run, Glee Sing-off for Sara Riel Foundation, Words and Deeds Gala, WSO's Adventures in Music series, and Disney World's Magic Music Days in Florida.
Ms Gorlick has worked as director/choreographer on numerous commercial projects including the Culture Days Manitoba halt-time show for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Manitoba Hydro's Festival of Lights Parade, the Canadian Artistic Gymnastic Championships Gala and the Forks production for Queen Elizabeth II's Royal Visit.
As an Artist in the Schools, Ms Gorlick has created projects throughout the province for over 20 years. She also serves as the Manitoba rep. for the DTRC (Dancer Transition Resource Centre) and sits on council for ACTRA Manitoba.
Ms Gorlick has been the dance Instructor for the Department of Theatre and Film specializing in Dance for Musical Theatre for many years.
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Kari Hagness and Larry Demedash
Ms Hagness has been the Properties Coordinator for the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre (RMTC) since 1986. A graduate of Trent University (B.A.'75) and the National Theatre School (Design, '78) she has worked as a designer and scenic painter, and in wardrobe and props departments for theatre, ballet, opera, television, and film. Her activities include builder, cutter, painter, sewer, and upholsterer. She has also done commercial work as a maker of mascots and museum displays. She knows all aspects of Theatre Production, as well as ALL aspects of Props!
Mr. Demedash came into Props from Fine Arts, graduating from University of Manitoba with a Fine Arts Degree. He has worked as a sculptor, scenic artist, carpenter, jeweller, model maker, armourer, sign painter, AND SO ON . . . since starting with Brian Jackson at Rainbow Stage in 1972. He has worked in all aspects of production in theatre, ballet, opera, television, and film. He has also done commercial work as a maker of museum displays, and with special events such as the Native Achievement Awards Ceremony.
Ms Hagness and Mr. Demedash team teach Properties for the Stage to our students, in rotation.
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Mr. Henderson is a professional lighting designer who has worked extensively with every professional theatre in Winnipeg and many others across Canada, including Stratford, Shaw, Belfry, Globe, Theatre Calgary, The Citadel, and the Canadian Stage Co. He has also designed for a number of independent productions. Trained at Ryerson, Mr. Henderson is currently a member of the Associated Designers of Canada (and has served on its board) and IATSE.
Mr. Henderson teaches Lighting Design for our department.
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Shereen Jerrett has filmed everything from vampire castles in Romania, to Leila¹s Hair Museum in Indiana. She has made films about neurotics, nerds, and family members. Working in indies and commercial venues, she has directed award winning documentaries, dramas, TV series, commercials, educationals, and some things that defy description. She has worked with numerous production companies, and has taught filmmaking at the Universities of Winnipeg and Manitoba for several years. She has taken workshops and seminars across the country, with people from the American Film Institute, Columbia University, Banff Centre, and the Canadian Film Centre.
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Mykola (Nick) Kowalchuk
Nick Kowalchuk is a University of Winnipeg Theatre graduate. He has spent 24 years working in the arts in many capacities. He has primarily worked as an Equity Stage Manager and Arts Administrator leading two Winnipeg's marquee festivals, the Winnipeg Fringe Festival and, most recently, working with the Winnipeg Comedy Festival. Currently he is the Executive Director of the Gas Station Arts Centre and also an instructor in the Department of Theatre and Film at the University of Winnipeg. Nick is thrilled to have had the good fortune of working steadily in Winnipeg throughout his career. Most recently he stage managed at Prairie Theatre Exchange. He continues to find new challenges by introducing programs to foster the arts in Winnipeg and our artistic community. One such initiative is Red Threads of Peace which is using the form of "Playback Theatre" to encourage underprivileged people in Winnipeg. Nick is currently on the Advisory Board of the University of Manitoba's Recreation and Kinesiology Studies Department, whose mandate includes nurturing and teaching Events Planners and volunteer Managers.
Mr. Kowalchuk teaches Stage Management for our department.
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Professor Majzels graduated from the Theatre Department at the University of Winnipeg, and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in theatre historiography at the University of Minnesota. He is thrilled to be back in Winnipeg and teaching Canadian Drama at his alma mater.
Professor Majzels teaches Canadian Drama and Theatre and Theatre History.
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Heidi Malazdrewich is happy to be teaching Introduction to Theatre: General at her Alma Mater. She holds an MFA in directing from the University of Calgary and is also currently teaching in the Department of English, Film, and Theatre at the University of Manitoba.
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Hope McIntyre is Artistic Director of Sarasvàti Productions and produces FemFest (Winnipeg's annual festival of plays by women for everyone). She has an MFA in theatre directing (UVIC), a BFA in theatre performance (U of S), and completed an apprenticeship in performance at ARTTS International in England. She is a former President of the Playwrights Guild of Canada. She has worked as a director and actor for independent theatre in various Canadian cities as well as performing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She is also an award winning and published playwright. Her past teaching engagements include Mount Allison University, Brandon University, Centauri Summer Arts Camp and Prairie Theatre Exchange Theatre School.
Professor McIntyre teaches Introduction to Theatre: Performance and occasionally directs special department projects.
Contact Professor Hope McIntyre at: (204) 786-9957; E-mail: email@example.com
As Senior Curator of Costume and Textiles for the western and northern regions for Parks Canada, Heather Meiklejohn brings to the Department of Theatre and Film considerable experience in costume history and costuming. Having studied and worked at such prestigious institutions as the Royal Ontario Museum; the Courtauld School of Art, University of London; the Winchester School of Art, University of South Hampton; the Museum of London; and the Royal Museums of Scotland, Ms Meiklejohn returned to Winnipeg after living many years, first in Toronto, then London, and then later in Edinburgh. Her range of experience working with such diverse institutions has well prepared Ms Meiklejohn for teaching within such a creatively eclectic department as our Department of Theatre and Film.
Ms Meiklejohn team teaches Introduction to Costuming with Lorraine O'Leary.
Contact Ms Meiklejohn at: (204)786-9955 (Dept. Office); E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cairn is a director and playwright. She also teaches performance at the University of Winnipeg. In 2010, Cairn edited a scene book anthology for young female actors entitled Generation NeXXt. With support from the Jewish Foundation and The Manitoba Arts Council, she recently completed writing her third play, Shiksa. Jail Baby, Cairn's most recent work (co-written with Hope McIntyre), is the result of drama workshops inside Canadian women's prisons and will be published with Scirocco in spring, 2013. Cairn was particularly excited to be directing new work in Femfest 2012's first ever Bake Off!
Contact Ms Moore c/o: (204) 786-9955; E-mail: email@example.com
As Head of Wardrobe/Cutter for the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre for more than 30 seasons Ms. O'Leary brings with her considerable expertise in all areas of costuming. She has worked across Canada in all wardrobe capacities for the past three and a half decades. Her experience also includes opera, ballet, film, historical reproductions and many other varied projects. Ms O'Leary's training includes: the University of Manitoba (Home Economics), George Brown College, Toronto (Flat Pattern Drafting), and the Tailoring and Design Centre, London, England (Cutting Gentlemen's Advanced Garments, First-Class Honours).
Ms O'Leary teaches Costuming to our students, in rotation.
Contact Ms O'Leary through RMTC at: (204) 956-1340 ext 288; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Robbins has a breadth of CAD experience including theatre, film, and architecture. He is a graduate of the U of W theatre design and technical program, and recently completed his Master of Architecture from the University of Manitoba. He is currently working as an architectural designer at the Department of National Defence.
Through drafting, design, and production, Mr. Robbins has worked in all the theatres in Winnipeg, and in many across North America. We feel fortunate to have Mr. Robbins working with us in a supporting role.
Mr. Robbins will teach an experimental course this year in CAD (Computer-Aided Drafting).
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Mr. Soares is an instructor of Voice and Diction at the University of Winnipeg. He also teaches voice at Prairie Theatre Exchange and Actor Training Manitoba. Privately, Mr. Soares coaches voice, text, speech, dialects, accent reduction, and public speaking skills. He holds an MFA in Acting from York University where he taught and specialized in voice and text under the tutelage of David Smukler and Eric Armstrong. Tom has been a professional actor in Winnipeg for ten years and is a graduate of the University of Winnipeg's (then titled) Department of Theatre and Drama. Tom is also one of the founding members of Tom-Tom Theatre which specializes in producing classics and original works.
Mr. Soares teaches voice and diction.
Contact Mr. Soares c/o: (204) 786-9955; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms Thibedeau-Siver is a graduate of the U of W (B.A. Theatre and Drama 1987, B.Ed. 2010) and holds a Master's of Education from the University of Manitoba (2005). She has worked in the arts and cultural sector in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and British Columbia as an arts educator and administrator. Since 2006 Ms Thibedeau-Siver has been teaching drama in Winnipeg high schools; currently, she is at Garden Citiy Collegiate. She is passionate about the value of an education rich in the arts, and is a founding member of the Alliance for Arts Education in Manitoba. Ms Thibedeau-Siver has served on the board of Arts and Cultural Industries, Manitoba Drama Educators, and the Manitoba Arts and Cultural Management Advisory Committee.
Ms Thibedeau-Silver teaches Drama in Educaiton.
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Vicki Young has been employed as a cultural administrator for over 30 years and has worked in publishing, dance, theatre and music. She teaches an Introduction to Arts and Cultural Management course that is cross-listed with our Division of Continuing Education.
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Patty Hawkins, the department’s Office Manager and Student Advisor, has always been interested in theatre and film, and has participated in a number of drama productions as both actor and technician. She graduated from the University of Winnipeg in 1979 with a BA in History.
Patty has worked at the U of W since 1987. Initially she was the shared secretary for the Department of Theatre and Drama and the Department of English. In 2000 she went to work exclusively with the Department of Theatre and Film as its Office Manager and Student Advisor. Administratively, she keeps a large and varied group of professors organized and the department office running smoothly. As the department's Student Advisor, she spends much of her time working closely with individual students assisting with a wide variety of their needs from academic planning, providing orientation sessions, and booking rooms to answering questions and providing necessary supports to their university activities. She is an active member of the Manitoba Advising Professionals organization and has attended many professional development workshops. She has also received Ally training.
In her spare time Patty attends as much theatre as possible and is excited to see so many U of W grads in local theatre and film productions, and on television in movies, series, and commercials. She has served on more than 15 university and union committees, ranging from search committees for senior administrators to negotiating and academic planning committees. She has volunteered for the university’s Faculty and Staff Club and served two terms on the university’s Board of Regents. In addition to her interest in theatre and film, her hobbies include knitting and needlework, reading, and dance.
Contact Patty at: 786-9955; E-Mail: email@example.com
Allison Loat is a graduate of the University of Winnipeg's Department of Theatre and Film Production and Stage Management stream. She has had the pleasure to work for many theatre companies in various capacities including Rainbow Stage, Prairie Theatre Exchange, Shakespeare in the Ruins, Dry Cold Productions, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Winnipeg Jewish Theatre and others. Allison is a proud member of IATSE (Local 63) and continues her work throughout the industry. As Production Coordinator for the Department, Allison has the opportunity to work with students from all areas of study. She works with students, staff, and faculty to facilitate the student run productions, as well as operating our new theatre.
Contact Allison at: 786-9970; E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Another graduate of our Production stream, Chris joined the staff of the department in 2010 as the Assistant to the Production Coordinator after working for various theatre companies in Winnipeg. He has been involved in the theatre and film industry in Winnipeg for many years. He is also an Honour's graduate of the Ontario Institute of Audio Recording Technology. Chris has had the pleasure of working with many local and international theatre groups including The Black Violin, Rick Hansen Society, The Winnipeg International Fringe Theatre Festival, Fem Fest, Strike! The Musical, Theatre Projects Manitoba, Prairie Theatre Exchange, Manitoba Theatre for Young People, and many others. He continues to do sound design work for various theatres, and small film projects.
Contact Chris at: 258-3808; E-Mail: email@example.com
Doug Arrell tought courses in theatre history, drama, and dramatic theory. He received his B.A. (Hons.) degree from the University of Toronto, and his Ph.D. from the University of London. He began teaching at the University of Winnipeg in 1974 and retired in 2009.
Reg Skene was the driving force behind the creation of the Department in 1982 and continues to be active in the theatre community. Reg taught Acting, Improvisation, Interpreting Shakespeare and has inspired many of Winnipeg's current performing professionals.
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