ASC! brings together a stellar team to create diverse resources designed to benefit artists, researchers, individuals and community organizations that use arts-based practices in their work.
Best known originally as a dancer and choreographer, over some 40 years, Judith Marcuse increasingly added directing, producing, teaching, writing and consulting to her creative activities. In 1980, she established a repertory touring dance company and, since then, has led many other local, national and international initiatives ranging from symposia and festivals to multiyear, multi-partner art for social change (ASC) projects in Canada and abroad. She is Founder and Co-Director of the International Centre of Art for Social Change (ICASC), a partnership between SFU and Judith Marcuse Projects, as well as Adjunct Professor and Artist in Residence at SFU. As Project Director (formally called Principal Investigator), Judith oversees all aspects of the project and leads the arts-based facilitation and partnerships field studies.
Dr. Boydell is a Professor of Mental Health at The Black Dog Institute, University of New South Wales. Her research explores the use of a wide variety of art genres in the creation and dissemination of mental health research – including documentary film, dance, digital storytelling, found poetry, installation art and body mapping. Her work takes a critical perspective and focuses on the theoretical, methodological and ethical challenges of engaging in arts-based health research. She has published over 150 peer reviewed articles and book chapters and presents her research internationally.
A dance artist, educator and scholar for over thirty years in Canada and internationally, Doolittle has developed innovative approaches for arts-based community-university collaborations around health promotion, issues in refugee, immigrant and indigenous communities, and inclusion of people with disabilities. Her scholarly publications, original productions, and documentary films use the critical lens of Dance and Performance Studies to explore embodied performance as a catalyst for change. She leads the project’s Teaching & Learning research, focusing on ways that pedagogy contributes to the effectiveness of the arts in community development and change agendas, in academic, professional and grassroots contexts. Her team is analyzing data to contribute to a critical theory of pedagogy in the field, and is piloting a mobile ASC learning hub. Professor in the Department of Theatre & Dramatic Arts at the University of Lethbridge since 1989, Lisa Doolittle is Board of Governor’s Teaching Chair for 2015-2017.
Drawing on her expertise in arts-based research, online publishing, and arts-infused curriculum, an Associate Professor in Arts Education, SFU, and Co-Director of ICASC, Lynn’s work focuses on learning through the arts, performative inquiry, and teacher education. She has co-written Exploring Curriculum: Performative Inquiry, Role Drama and Learning, and co-edited Arresting Hope, written by women who have experienced incarceration. Lynn and Dr. Katherine Boydell are responsible for encouraging and tracking documentation and dissemination of research processes and knowledge integration between partners, co-investigators, field study leaders and collaborators throughout the life of the project. Lynn and Katherine advise the research team when requested on the production and dissemination of project outputs and deliverables.
Anne Flynn, (Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Kinesiology; Research Associate, Hotchkiss Brain Institute, University of Calgary), Co-Investigator, Leader, Urban Dance Connect Field Study
Anne Flynn has been involved in the Calgary dance community as an artist, teacher, scholar, administrator and dance education advocate for over thirty years. The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council has funded her research, and she has published and presented her work in a wide range of venues nationally and internationally. She has served on the board of directors of numerous national and international dance organizations and is currently President of the U.S. based Congress on Research in Dance. Professor Flynn is responsible for implementation and coordination of the Dancing Parkinson’s YYC field study, including research data collection and analysis, and liaison with community partners in Calgary.
A theatre and performance director, writer, teacher, arts consultant and researcher in the Theatre Department at Concordia, Founding Artistic Director of Common Weal Community Arts and former Artistic Director of Black Theatre Workshop, Rachael is an early innovator in community art practices in Canada. She contributed to curriculum design for the Theatre and Development specialization at Concordia; produced, wrote and directed some 36 community art projects. She leads the ASC Research Creation field study, including data collection and analysis, and liaises with partners in Montreal.
Dr. Yassi brings world-class expertise in developing and assessing partnerships. A Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Global Health and Capacity-Building, Dr. Yassi has led multi-million dollar community development projects in Canada and worldwide, addressing a wide range of challenges, from environmental degradation to social upheavals. Her team has designed, implemented and evaluated arts-infused certificate programs employing puppet shows, drawings and painting, social drama and role play involving partners from numerous disciplines and organizations. She focuses on how partnerships in this project and other contexts can enhance the impacts and effectiveness of ASC. Her work integrates theoretical and methodological findings to inform the research.