Vancouver Organizing Committee

Keren Zaiontz

Karen ZaiontzKeren Zaiontz is a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of English at Simon Fraser University. Her research within urban performance studies ranges from site-specific theatre to large-scale arts festivals. She is co-editor, with Jen Harvie, of the special issue, ‘The Cultural Politics of London 2012’for Contemporary Theatre Review. Her most recent publication, ‘Performing Visions of Governmentality: Care and Capital in 100% Vancouver’ in Theatre Research International examines how municipal and corporate sponsors shape artistic production on festival stages. Keren is currently writing a monograph for Palgrave Macmillan’s Theatre &series, Theatre & Festivals.

Kirsty Johnston

Kirsty Johnston is associate professor in the Department of Theatre and Film at the University of British Columbia. Her research focuses on intersections of theatre, disability and health. In 2012, McGill-Queen’s University Press published her monograph, Stage Turns: Canadian Disability Theatre.

Peter Dickinson

peter dickinson

Peter Dickinson is Professor of English at Simon Fraser University, where he also teaches in the School for the Contemporary Arts and is an Associate Member of the Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies. He is the author, most recently, of World Stages, Local Audiences: Essays on Performance, Place and Politics (Manchester University Press, 2010), which includes a chapter comparing the preparations for the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics and the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. A long-time board member of the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, Peter blogs regularly about Vancouver performance at

Graduate Research Assistants

Kelsey Blair is a PhD student in the Department of English at Simon Fraser University. Her areas of interest include affect theory, empowerment, and the intersection between performance studies and the socio-cultural study of sport.

Selena Couture is a UBC PhD candidate in Theatre Studies researching indigenous and settler performances near the Coast Salish village of χʷayχʷəy  (aka Brockton Point in Stanley Park) with a particular interest in place, indigenous languages and historiographic methods.

Tara Gallagher Harris is a Masters student at Queen Mary, University of London and performance maker in Vancouver, Canada. Her research areas include reality-based performance, transformation and Vancouver’s contemporary cultural development.


University of London Collaborators

Jen Harvie

Michael McKinnie

David Pinder

Kim Solga



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