Faculty Research Spotlight:
Professor and Director of the Dan School of Drama and Music
I am the Director of the Dan School of Drama and Music and Professor of Drama, and am also cross-appointed to the Departments of English and Cultural Studies. I hold a Ph.D., Drama, and M.A./B.A., English from the University of Toronto; and I’m a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.
Prior to graduate school, I worked as a professional actor, spending seasons with companies such as Stratford Festival, Shaw Festival, and the National Arts Centre English Company, as well as appearing at various Toronto theatres ranging from the Poor to the Royal Alex. After acting in Robert Lepage’s production ofMacbeth at Hart House Theatre in 1992, my next Toronto appearance was not until June 2002, when I acted in and directed The Turn of the Screw for Theatre Kingston at the Tarragon Theatre’s Extra Space. In the interim, I appeared in several productions with the Thousand Islands Playhouse and with Theatre Kingston. More recently, I acted with the St Lawrence Shakespeare Festival, playing Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing in 2006, Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 2007, and Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew and Duke Vincentio in Measure for Measure in 2009.
For Queen’s Drama, I have directed the world premiere of Orbit, a play about the daughters of Galileo by Jennifer Wise (2014), a double-bill of Michel Tremblay’s Counter Service and Nina Shengold’s Lives of the Great Waitresses (2012), Thornton Wilder’s Our Town (2010), my own adaptation of Bertolt Brecht’s Drums In the Night (2008), John Lazarus’ Meltdown (2005), Michel Tremblay’s Les Belles Soeurs (2003), Thornton Wilder’s The Skin of Our Teeth (2000), my own translation of Odon von Horvath’s Judgement Day (1999), Richard Rose and D.D. Kugler’s adaptation of Timothy Findley’s Not Wanted on the Voyage (1997), the medieval morality play Everyman (1996) and Elmer Rice’s The Adding Machine (1993). For six summers, from 2001-2006, I also wrote and directed the touring children’s plays performed by The Barefoot Players, a group of Queen’s Drama students who are hired through the School of Drama and Music to produce and perform for the children of the Kingston area.
Works produced: “Finnegans Wake: A Dream Play,” (adapted from the novel by James Joyce); book, lyrics and music for a musical, “Chantecler”; adaptations of Ibsen’s “The Master Builder,” Brecht’s “Drums in the Night” and von Horvath’s “Judgement Day;” “One Last Night With Mata Hari” (with composer John Burge); “The Prince of Naples by George F. Walker.”
Author of The Buried Astrolabe (McGill-Queen’s UP, 2001).
Editor of King Lear by William Shakespeare (Broadview Press, 2011)
Co-editor with Jennifer Wise of The Broadview Anthology of Drama—Two Volume and Concise editions (Broadview Press, 2003 & 2005)