Résumé

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Education

Nov. 2015                     PhD: Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies, University of Toronto

Nov. 2003                     MA: Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies, University of Toronto

May 2000                      Interdisciplinary BA in English Literature and Theatre: Reed College   


Certifications

June 2009                      THE500: Teaching in Higher Education: University of Toronto

Aug. 2000                     Independent Schools Teacher Certification in English and Drama: BC Ministry of Education, Office of the Inspector of Independent Schools

July 2000                       English-Language Instruction Certification: Berlitz Canada


Leadership & Administrative Experience

Jan. 2018 – Present                     CUPE 3902

Grievance Officer

  • Meet regularly with Local’s staff, Employer, and members to discuss current and potential grievances
  • Organize policy grievance campaigns, coordinating with Stewards’ Council and other bodies
  • Schedule and chair Grievance Committee meetings
  • Overhauled structure of Grievance Committee to expand political role and adopt organizing approach to grievances
  • Devised and instituted more efficient honoraria payment system for Divisional Stewards
  • Supervised and assisted with implementation of new method of storing and organizing Grievance Committee minutes and agendas online
  • Ran for position midterm when previous incumbent resigned

May 2017 – Jan. 2018                 CUPE 3902 (Unit 3)

Chair of Bargaining Support Committee (BSC)

  • Acted as the “voice” of the BSC, through our official email account, meetings, etc.
  • Spearheaded the organization of information sessions and the Unit 3 Bargaining Team blog
  • Helped to coordinate various creative campaigns (via posters, social media, etc.)
  • Ensured strong turnouts for both meetings and votes (via postering, phonebanking, and doorknocking)
  • Scheduled and chaired BSC meetings

Nov. 2014 – Nov. 2017              Ontario Puppetry Association (OPA)

President

  • Scheduled and chaired Board and Annual General Meetings
  • Took lead role in shaping OPA vision and policy
  • Coordinated with other Board members on larger projects
  • Collaborated with other puppet artists and related communities (e.g. Day of Puppetry at Lillian H. Smith Branch of Toronto Public Library)

Nov. 2010 – Nov. 2014              OPA

Vice President

  • Assisted President (Mike Harding) with various projects: e.g. Ontario Trillium Foundation Grant applications
  • Contributed to continuing revitalization of organization (new events, member companies, collaborative ventures, etc.)
  • Wrote articles for OPAL (Ontario Puppetry Association Newsletter)

Nov. 2009 – Nov. 2010              OPA

Membership Coordinator

  • Maintained membership database
  • Communicated regularly with members regarding various concerns and questions
  • Facilitated online meetings (Board members located across Ontario)

 Nov. 2006 – Nov. 2016              OPA

Member of the Board of Trustees

  • Collaborated with other Board members on various projects (e.g. OPA-sponsored performers’ lounge at Puppets Up! International Puppet Festival in Almonte, ON)

Sept. 2003 – Present                 Bricoteer Experiments Theatre

Cofounder, Co-Artistic Director, Webmaster

  • Wrote, directed, designed, edited, and/or performed in 22 theatre & film productions
  • Organized and taught various workshops
  • Organized and managed 3 festival-conferences
  • Designed, implemented, and administered company website and social media presence
  • Planned meetings, completed and submitted proposals, balanced budget

Teaching, Training, & Research Experience

May 2016 – May 2017                   University of Toronto Scarborough: Department of Arts, Culture and Media

Sessional Lecturer

  • Designed curricula, instructional materials, and lesson plans for two courses on media studies and technology
  • Designed and maintained course websites
  • Prepared and delivered presentations using both technological aids (e.g. PowerPoint) and traditional performance techniques
  • Provided individual and group coaching and counselling to maximize student potential
  • Collaborated with staff and faculty on larger projects

Sept. 2004 – May 2018               University of Toronto (Mississauga and St. George campuses): St. Michael’s College (Book and Media Studies); Institute of Communication, Culture, Information and Technology; Department of English

Teaching Assistant

  • Prepared and delivered several lectures in absence of professors
  • Prepared and led weekly tutorials for courses on popular culture, media, communications, and children’s literature
  • Evaluated performance of students and assisted in development of means of evaluation
  • Maintained course websites
  • Provided individual and group coaching and counselling to maximize student potential
  • Collaborated with staff and faculty on larger projects

Sept. 2015 – June 2016               Excel Learning Centre

Tutor (elementary and secondary levels)

  • Designed curricula, instructional materials, and lesson plans for individual and small-group tutoring sessions (remedial and advanced) in English, History, Science, Math, etc.

July 2015 – Jan. 2016                  Tutor Doctor

Tutor (elementary, secondary, and post-secondary levels)

  • Designed curricula, instructional materials, and lesson plans for individual at-home tutoring sessions (remedial and advanced) in English, History, Science, Math, etc.

Sept. 2014 – May 2015               Brock University

Centre for Studies in Arts and Culture

Course Instructor

  • Designed curricula, instructional materials, and lesson plans for two courses on arts criticism and interpretation
  • Designed and maintained course websites
  • Prepared and delivered presentations using both technological aids (e.g. PowerPoint) and traditional performance techniques
  • Provided individual and group coaching and counselling to maximize student potential
  • Collaborated with staff and faculty on larger projects

Sept. 2012 – May 2013               Brock University

Department of Dramatic Arts

Course Instructor

  • Designed curricula, instructional materials, and lesson plans for course on history of theatre and drama
  • Liaised with teaching assistants to ensure that they were prepared
  • Designed and maintained course websites
  • Prepared and delivered presentations using both technological aids (e.g. PowerPoint) and traditional performance techniques
  • Provided individual and group coaching and counselling to maximize student potential
  • Collaborated with staff and faculty on larger projects

Sept. 2007 – Jan. 2008                University of Windsor

School of Dramatic Art

Course Instructor

  • Designed curricula, instructional materials, and lesson plans for distance-education courses on history of theatre and drama, theatre criticism, and theatre and technology in education
  • Liaised with teaching assistant to ensure that she was prepared
  • Designed and maintained course websites
  • Prepared and delivered presentations for online delivery: group and one-on-one courses
  • Provided individual and group coaching and counselling to maximize student potential
  • Collaborated with staff and faculty on larger projects

Sept. 2005 – Sept. 2007              University of Toronto

Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies

Research Assistant for Stephen Johnson

  • Collected, organized, and analyzed data related to 19th-cent. blackface minstrelsy in Britain

Apr. 2003 – Aug. 2003              University of Toronto

Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies

Research Assistant for Bruce Barton

  • Conducted library research on theatre in Atlantic Canada
  • Transcribed interviews with Atlantic Canadian theatre artists

Sept. 2000 – June 2002               Notre Dame Regional Secondary School

Teacher

  • Designed curricula, instructional materials, and lesson plans for classes: English 9, Drama 9, Drama 10, Journalism/Media 12 (initiated and developed course), Stagecraft 11/12
  • Established school newspaper Juggler Power; edited, supervised, and evaluated student contributions
  • Designed sets and special effects for school productions; supervised and evaluated student stage crew
  • 2001 Air Canada High School Theatre Festival: Best Production (for Godspell)
  • Set Designer (won Best Set Design)
  • Stage Crew Supervisor (won Best Backstage Crew)
  • Partially responsible for Lighting Design (shared Best Lighting Design)

July – Aug. 2000                       Berlitz Canada

English-Language Teacher

  • Prepared and delivered lessons for students learning English as an additional language: group and one-on-one sessions
  • Tailored instructional materials for variety of learners: students, executives, etc.

Skills

Languages

  • Working knowledge of spoken and written French
  • Basic knowledge of spoken and written Russian

Computer Skills

  • Very familiar with Internet and telnet research on Mac and Windows platforms
  • Experienced with popular Microsoft programs (e.g. Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) on Mac and Windows platforms
  • Experienced with some website applications and platforms: e.g. iWeb, WordPress, Sakai, and Blackboard
  • Working knowledge of Audacity (audio editor), Claris CAD, and Adobe Photoshop

 

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