Jenn Cole is a Post Doctoral Fellow at the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Toronto. Her work focuses on the cultural history of hysteria and the hysterics’ modes of resistance to misogynist medical spectacle. Her other published writing is about the political force of inarticulacy, the activist elements of intimacy created by imperfect storytelling and feminist performance adaptations. Her current performance practice explores storytelling, autobiography and sharing food together as an expression of vulnerability and relational exchange that is pivotal as we try to cultivate a sense of home.
She has taught Feminist Psychologies and Introduction to Acting and Performance. She is passionate about teaching performance and creative expression as research and scholarship practices. Her research interests include: the force of inarticulacy; hysteria; feminist performance; the cultural history of modern western Europe; autobiography and theatres of resistance. She received her PhD from the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Toronto funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Ontario and Ontario Graduate Scholarships. She was twice a recipient of the Metl-Trebbin-DeBoni Endowment Award and conducted research at the Bibliothèque Charcot in Paris with support from the Canadian Association for Theatre Research’s Heather McCallum Scholarship. She is co-founder of the Impossible Projects Working Group out of Clarkson University, a research associate for the Critical Topography Research Group at Trent University, co-convenor of the Indigenous Performance Research working group for ASTR and Project Manager for the University of Toronto’s Theatre Documentation and Research Project. Her writing appears in Aging Activisms; The Dalhousie Review; The Toronto Review of Books; Hysteria: Hysterical Feminisms; TOPIA Canadian Journal for Cultural Studies and in the Canadian Society for Dance Studies Conference Proceedings. She is also a movement and dance and installation art practitioner, having performed with Kaeja d’Dance; Stand Up Dance; Fleshy Thud Dance Collective and Public Energy dance initiatives.
David is a theatre maker, teacher and graduate student working in the city of Toronto. As a lighting designer, production manager, and technical director he has taken part in over 300 productions across Canada, and his designs have been nominated for three Dora Mavor Moore Awards. Most recently he designed the lighting for Good Morning, Viet Mom at the Next Stage Festival and Fortune of Wolves for Theatre New Brunswick, and production managed Jerusalem for Outside the March and Bearing for Signal Theatre and the Luminato Festival. He is a PhD candidate at the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies, where his research focuses on the dialogue between theatre space and theatre company, and its effect on artistic mandate, audience, and relationships with the city.
Gabrielle Houle holds a Ph.D. from the Centre for Study of Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Toronto. Her primary research area is the recent staging history of the Commedia dell’Arte, contemporary mask-making practices, and masked performance. Gabrielle has trained in Canada, Italy, France, the United States, Costa Rica, and Denmark before working as an actor and a creator of masks. She has taught in several Canadian universities, including the University of Toronto, Dalhousie University, Glendon College of York University, and the University of Calgary. She is a member of the Centre for Oral History and Tradition at the University of Lethbridge, where she is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor.
Kelsey Jacobson (B.A. Honours Queen’s University, M.A. Distinction Queen Mary University of London) is a current PhD candidate in the Centre for Drama, Theatre, and Performance Studies at the University of Toronto. Her dissertation, “Feeling Real: Affective Dimensions of Reality in Contemporary Canadian Performance” consider the perception of realness in theatre. Her other interests include meta theatre, performance art, audience research, and cognition studies. She has worked for Dr. Stephen Johnson as a research assistant on his project Cross-Border Blackface for four years.
Matt is a doctoral student at the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies, where his research focuses on contemporary experimental and political theatre and performance practices. He has been teaching courses in English language and writing since 2005. His writing has appeared in the Canadian Theatre Review, The Globe and Mail, the Montreal Gazette, the Montreal Mirror, This Magazine, and Canadian Dimension. Matt's plays have been staged in Toronto, Montreal, and New York City.
Sarah Robbins is a PhD student at the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies. Her research interests focus on equity in theatre, particularly equitable training practices at Canadian post-secondary theatre arts institutions. She holds a B.A. Hons. and a diploma in Professional Actor Training from the theatre and drama studies program jointly held at the University of Toronto Mississauga and Sheridan College, and an M.A. from CDTPS. Currently she is working with the Playwrights Guild of Canadaand the Equity and Diversity in the Arts Department at the University of Toronto Scarborough on the P.L.E.D.G.E. Project (http://www.pledgeproject.ca/), and is a member of Got Your Back Canada (https://gotyourbackcanada.com/).