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Dr. Katrina Dunn

Assistant Professor
Office: 462 University College
Phone: (204) 474-6416
Email: Katrina.Dunn@umanitoba.ca

Education: PhD (University of British Columbia), MA (University of British Columbia), BFA (Simon Fraser University)


Katrina Dunn

Recent Courses:

  • Advanced Directing
  • Text and Performance (Advanced Acting)
  • Introduction to Theatre
  • Canadian Theatre
  • Ecocritical Theatre

Areas of Specialization:

Theatrical space; ecocritical theatre; theatre history; Canadian theatre history, acting and acting theory; directing and directing theory; new play development; early modern theatre production; performance theory.

Recent Accomplishments:

Katrina has an extensive background as a professional stage director, producer and dramaturg in Canadian theatre. She was the Artistic Director of Vancouver’s Touchstone Theatre for nineteen years and co-founded the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival.

Recent Awards:

  • Mary Ellen Henley Memorial Prize 2018 from UBC English
  • Robert G. Lawrence Prize for an emerging scholar from the Canadian Association for Theatre Research - won in 2015 and tied for first place in 2017
  • Heather McCallum Award 2017 given by the Canadian Association for Theatre Research
  • UBC Public Scholars Initiative Award 2017
  • Errol Durbach Graduate Scholarship 2017 given by UBC’s Department of Theatre and Film
  • SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship – Masters 2012, Doctoral 2018
  • Bra D’Or Award 2010 for supporting the work of female Canadian playwrights, presented by the Women’s Caucus of the Playwrights Guild of Canada
  • Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards (Vancouver) 7 nominations and 2 wins for Outstanding Direction

Recent Publications:

  • "Spawning in Concrete: Bridging urban and wild in Uninterrupted." Canadian Theatre Review, 182, 2020, "Extractivism and Performance" Editors: Kimberly Richards and Heather Davis-Fisch Freeman.
  • “Memory, Milestones and Monuments: A Peripatetic Exploration of the West Side of UBC Campus.” Co-written with Kelsey Blair, Sandra Chamberlain-Snider, and Julia Henderson. Canadian Theatre Review. 174, 2018, “Commemoration” Editors: Editors: Selena Couture and Heather Davis-Fisch.
  • “Andrew Wheeler's Governing Body.” Canadian Theatre Review. 166: 21-27, 2016, “Performing Politicians” Editors: Laura Levin and Barry Freeman.
  • “Fearful Stories from the Breathless Ocean: Alanna Mitchell's Sea Sick.” Performance Review in Performance Research. 21(2): 153-155, 2016. “On Sea/At Sea” Editors: Richard Gough and Sam Trubridge, Reviews Editor: Keren Zaiontz.

Current Research Projects:

  • Real Estate and Theatricality in Vancouver’s Downtown explores large-scale theatrical sites in Vancouver’s downtown and how they have reflected economic flows of capital and property in the city since 1950. Using three case studies, each of which brings a distinct building, era, and set of economic principles to be studied, I am examining how these sites’ various successes and failures have impacted the urban and cultural landscape in which they are situated.
  • My contribution to the Reimaining Theatre Pedagogy in the Era of Climate Crisis, or, Greta Thunberg Goes to Theatre School project is titled Biomimesis: Retooling training, rethinking representation.  Migrating a core concept from the new field of "biomimicry" emerging in resource management and engineering, my research looks at how the more-than-human has always been a part of the theatrical realm and advocates for new leading roles for those we used to label "resources."