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GUEST PROFESSIONAL FACULTYJonathan Ball
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.
Contact Dr. Ball at: (204) 786-9197; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Claydon has worked as a Special Lab Instructor for the past several years and has taught various workshops at the Winnipeg Film Group. He has been a professional motion picture technician since 1993 working in the areas of lighting, camera and on-set sound recording.
Mr. Claydon teaches Filmmaking I: Screen Narrative Technique for us.
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Donna Fletcher is an accomplished actor, singer, 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 Vocal Performance degree from the University of Manitoba, a diploma in Musical Theatre from The Banff Centre for the Arts, and a Master of Music in Vocal Performance degree from The University of Toronto. As an actor, Donna has been acclaimed in principle roles from east to west with the Charlottetown Festival, Drayton Festival, Rainbow Stage, Theatre Calgary, Stage West Calgary, the National Arts Centre, Manitoba Opera, Dry Cold Productions, RMTC, PTE, MTYP, Sarasvati Productions, the Belfry Theatre and Persephone Theatre. Recent performing credits include Sister Act and Buddy Holly (Rainbow Stage) and A Little Night Music and Follies (Dry Cold Productions). As a director Donna has helmed productions of Brundibar for the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, The Addams Family and A Man of No Importance for Dry Cold Productions and conceived the WSO presentation of Send in the Clowns: The Music of Stephen Sondheim where she took the stage with TONY Award winner Len Cariou. In July of 2012 she was inducted into the Rainbow Stage Wall of Fame and directed its acclaimed production of Annie. Always seeking new challenges, Donna co-created Dry Cold Productions which celebrated its 16th anniversary in 2016. Donna is a Sessional Voice and Musical Theatre Instructor at the University of Manitoba's Desautels Faculty of Music as well as the University of Winnipeg's Department of Theatre and Film.
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Kayla, a graduate of the UofW Theatre Department in the 80s, is thrilled to be back teaching Musical Theatre and the occasional section of Introduction to Theatre: Performance. Kayla is currently the Artistic Director of Winnipeg Studio Theatre. She has worked as an actor and director in Winnipeg for over 30 years. She was the Artistic Director for Winnipeg Jewish Theatre for over a decade and Executive Director for the Association of Jewish Theatre for five years. Kayla received the Leadership Award from the University of Jerusalem and she was nominated for the John Hirsch Young Director's Award. Recent directing credits include Altar Boyz (WST, PTE), 25th Annual Putnum County Spelling Bee (WST), Hair, the Rock Musical (UofW) Rooms, A Rock Romance (WST), The Producers (MTC lawyer show), Little Shop of Horrors (PTE dentist show), and Ordinary Days (WST and Toronto's Angelwalk Theatre). Kayla also has produced countless special events and fundraisers for many local charity groups including CancerCare Manitoba, Virtuosi Concerts, Macdonald Youth Services and others.
Contact Ms Gordon c/o: (204) 895-3358 or E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org OR email@example.com
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 "Miss Andrew" in Rainbow Stage's hit production of Mary Poppins, 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 200 productions including every theatre in Winnipeg over the past 30 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 Moličre) 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 Culture Days Manitoba, 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 25 years. She also serves as the Manitoba rep. for the DTRC (Dancer Transition Resource Centre).
Ms Gorlick has been the dance Instructor for the Department of Theatre and Film specializing in Dance for Musical Theatre since 2003.
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Contact Ms Gorlick in the department c/o: (204) 786-9955; or at (204) 284-8645; firstname.lastname@example.org
Susan graduated from the University of Manitoba in 1978 with an Honours degree in Fine Arts. She was a practicing potter for eight years and then began her Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre career as a casual painter in 1987. Susan has been the Head Scenic Artist at the RMTC since about 1993 and has been teaching the Scenic Painting class at the UW Department of Theatre and Film in rotation ever since.
Susan has been painting for most of the theatres and stages in Winnipeg - in addition to numerous films and TV specials - for over 20 years.
Teaching experience also includes workshops for the University of Manitoba, the Artist-in-the-Schools program (for four years), and the film industry.
Susan's summer passion is gardening and she has been a Certified Arborist since1983.
The UW Scenic Painting class is held in the RMTC Scenic Shop amidst the excitement of ongoing show builds.
Contact Ms Groff at: (204) 786-9955 (Dept.Office); (204) 956-1340 (RMTC); E-mail c/o: email@example.com
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.
Contact Ms Hagness & Mr. Demedash through the RMTC at: (204) 956-1340; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Contact Mr. Henderson at: (204) 786-9955 (Dept. Office); E-mail c/o: email@example.com
Shereen Jerrett has filmed everything from vampire castles in Romania, to Leilaąs 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.
Contact Ms Jerrett c/o: (204) 786-9955; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Contact Professor Majzels c/o: (204) 786-9955; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Heidi Malazdrewich is a Winnipeg-based director, actor, and theatre educator. She has worked with several theatre companies in Winnipeg including: The Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Theatre Projects Manitoba, Dry Cold Productions, Sarasvati Productions, zone 41 and Theatre Incarnate. Most recently, Heidi directed the world premier of Alix Sobler's The Secret Annex at the Tom Hendry Theatre for The Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre. In the 2014/15 Theatre Season she will direct The New Canadian Kid for Manitoba Theatre for Young People as well as The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, which is the lawyers' fundraising production for The Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre. Heidi is currently the Director-in-Residence for the 2015 Rainbow Stage Season.
Heidi has taught theatre at The University of Manitoba as well as Manitoba Theatre for Young People. She currently teaches Introduction to Theatre: General and Introduction to Theatre: Performance at the University of Winnipeg.
She holds an MFA in directing from the University of Calgary and a B.A. Hons. from the University of Winnipeg.
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Hope McIntyre is Artistic Director of Sarasvŕti 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sean McMullen is a graduate of the Honours Design program at the U of W and has a MFA in Theatre Design from the University of Alberta. Now based in Winnipeg, Sean is a set, costume, and lighting designer and has had the pleasure to work with MTYP, PTE, The Little Opera Company, and Rainbow Stage (to name a few) and looks forward to strengthening his relationship with Winnipeg's theatre community at large. Apart from design, Sean's studies have included acting, directing, playwriting, puppet-making, and stage combat. He also has a BSc in Biology.
Sean has a passion for education, and could not be more excited about teaching Styles in Design during the fall/winter term, along with Drafting & Drawing in the fall.
Contact Mr. McMullen at: (204) 258-3811; E-mail: email@example.com
As Senior Curator for Parks Canada National Office, 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 teaches History of Fashion & Dress, and Introduction to Costuming.
Contact Ms Meiklejohn at: (204) 983-2530; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cairn is a director and playwright. She teaches first-year performance at the University of Winnipeg and is Associate Artistic Director of FemFest. In 2012, Cairn was declared the winner of the Jewish Canadian Playwrighting competition for her play SHIKSA. In 2013, Cairn was invited to take her play to Vancouver for a public reading as part of the Chutzpah! Festival. SHIKSA has been programmed for production in April, 2014, as part of the Winnipeg Jewish Theatre's 2013/2014 Season. Cairn's most recent play, Jail Baby (co-written with Hope McIntyre), is the result of drama workshops held inside Canadian women's prisons. This exciting new work was published by Scirrocco and premiered in May, 2013. Cairn is also editor/writer of Generation NeXXt, a scene book anthology for young female actors (also published by Scirrocco).
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Ms Richards is a working actor based in Toronto. She is a graduate of the UWinnipeg Honours Acting program and has studied at the National Theatre School of Canada. After receiving her MFA degree from York University, Ms Richards spent two seasons acting at the Shaw Festival and has appeared in productions all across the country. She will make her directorial debut at Manitoba Theatre for Young People in 2016 in its production of “The Power of Harriet T”.
Ms Richards is teaching a section of THFM-1001 Introduction to Theatre Performance in 2015/16.
Contact Ms Richards: (204) 258-3811; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ali Robson is a dancer, choreographer and teacher based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Since graduating from the School of Contemporary Dancers in 2004 she has worked in both Vancouver and Winnipeg. In Vancouver she studied and performed contact improvisation with EDAM under the direction of Peter Bingham and in 2012 performed in Serge Bennathan?s Elles. Ali worked for three seasons with Winnipeg?s TRIP Dance Company under the artistic direction of Karen Kuzak performing in Herding Instinct and The Art of Displacement. In early 2013, she performed with Winnipeg's Contemporary Dancers in Toward Light: A Tribute to Rachel Browne and continues to work with the company.
Ali has worked as a dancer, rehearsal director, and movement coach with many artists including Tom Stroud (Company Link), Natasha Torrres-Garner, Treasure Waddell, Alexandra Elliott, Claire Marshall, Coral Aiken, Delia Brett (MACHiNENOiSY), Melanie Kuxdorf, Susie Burpee, and Debbie Patterson. Her own choreographic work has been presented by Young Lungs Dance Exchange and at the Winnipeg Fringe Festival.
Ali holds a BA Honours in Theatre majoring in dance from the University of Winnipeg. She teaches creative movement and modern dance to children and adults and has taught contact improvisation and modern technique to students at the University of Winnipeg, to the public through community classes, and to the professional dance communities in Winnipeg, Vancouver, and Regina.
In 2015/16, Ms Robson will teach Principles of Physical Training for the Actor and the movement portion of our Honours Acting courses.
Contact Ms Robson at: 204-786-9323; E-mail: email@example.com
A graduate of the University of Winnipeg, Professor Sigurdson has 25 years of professional theatre experience as an actor and director. He performs regularly for MTC, PTE, MTYP and Rainbow Stage. Selected directing credits include: The Goat or Who is Sylvia (MTC), All Restaurant Fires Are Arson (PTE), Merchant of Venice and Richard III (SIR), Servant of Two Masters, Honk (MTYP), and Assassins (Dry Cold).
Professor Sigurdson will teach Acting III: General in 2015/16.
Contact Prof. Sigurdson: (204) 802-1148; E-mail: Chris.firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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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.
Contact Ms Thibedeau-Silver c/o: (204) 786-9955; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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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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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 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: 204-786-9955; 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
Steven Vande Vyvere
Steve, another graduate of UW (Production/Stage Management), is the assistant to Aaron Frost in our Carp Shop.
Contact Steve at: 204-786-9246; 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.Return to: [Top of this List | Theatre Home Page]