Jury Member, 2021
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Jennifer is a community engaged artist with an extensive career as a national and international scenographer for live performance. She has worked with various theatre and dance companies in Canada and the UK including the Shaw Festival, The MT Space, InterArts Matrix, Ex Machina, The Circus Space, and the Arcola Theatre. Her work has been seen in Germany, Syria, Jordan, Tunisia, Lebanon and Egypt. She holds an MA in Advanced Theatre Practice from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London, UK, a BFA in Theatre Production and Design, and BEd from York University. She has received an OAC Chalmers Award, has been twice nominated for the OAC Pauline McGibbon Award in Design, and is a member of the Associated Designers of Canada. She is an Assistant Professor in Dance Design, Technology and Production at York University’s School of Arts Media, Performance and Design.
Her research explores the intersection between participatory and inclusive performance, community development, and interdisciplinary practice. As Co-Founder of ADCID (Aiding Dramatic Change in Development) since 2008, she has worked towards sustainable community development, engaging groups locally and internationally, in participatory arts and dialogue. She has published and presented on Immersive and Inclusive Performance, Community Capacity Building and Asset Based Development. She has been a member of the International Federation of Theatre Research (IFTR) and the Hemispheric Institute’s, Disability and Performance working groups, and IFTR’s Scenography Working Group. She is also the Co-artistic Director of Come to the Edge, an immersive participatory performance, challenging public perceptions of what is possible through performance by people with complex disabilities. This production toured Southern Ontario and was also featured in the PQ Talks at the Prague Quadrennial of Performance, Design and Space in 2019.
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