Over her 30 years of creation, directing, producing, research and managing, Marcuse has led local, national and international initiatives ranging from symposia and festivals to $5 million, multiyear, multi-partner Art for Social Change (ASC) projects. She is Co-Director of the International Centre of Art for Social Change (ICASC), a partnership between SFU and Judith Marcuse Projects, and is an Adjunct Prof at SFU. As Project Director, she oversees fiscal and logistical coordination and supervision, and leads the arts-based facilitation field study.
Dr. Boydell has developed innovative methodological approaches for knowledge creation and translation using photography, documentary film, theatre and dance. Her strong links to the international knowledge translation and exchange community will enable her to disseminate our project processes and findings broadly. Extensive experience of large scale research collaborations as a sociologist and qualitative methodologist, she has published over 120 peer-reviewed articles and presents her work internationally. Involved in examining the ‘science’ of knowledge mobilization, she focuses on the translational activities of the project in partnership with other co-investigators. Katherine oversees the production and evaluation of all project deliverables.
Professor of Theatre & Dramatic Arts, Dr. Doolittle’s research and performance creations connect students with off-campus communities, locally and internationally (Malawi) focusing on issues of racism, global health, social justice and immigration. Her arts-based pedagogy has brought effective learning into sociology, management and health sciences classrooms. She has co-edited a book on dance, history and identities, and is completing research linking dance with Canadian multiculturalism policy, indigenous communities, immigrants and human rights. Professor Doolittle oversees the implementation, data-collection, analysis, and reporting on the Teaching & Learning component; supervises post-doc and graduate students, and implements a mobile ASC learning hub.
Drawing on 18 years of expertise in arts-based research, online publishing, and curriculum development, an Associate Professor in Arts Education, and Co-Director of ICASC, Lynn has written about the importance of learning through the arts, performative inquiry, has advised on pedagogical tools, worked with incarcerated women and co-edited a book written by them. Lynn is responsible for documentation and dissemination of research processes and facilitates knowledge integration between partners, co-investigators, field study leaders and collaborators throughout the life of the project. She will collaborate on the production and evaluation of all project outputs and deliverables.
Anne Flynn,B.A. M.A. (University of Calgary), Co-Investigator, Leader, Urban Dance Connect Field Study
Professor of Dance, Faculty of Kinesiology & School of Creative and Performing Arts, Flynn has been involved in the Calgary dance community as a performer, artistic director, teacher, writer, administrator and dance education advocate. Her research has been funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, and she has served on the board of directors of numerous national and international dance organizations. Professor Flynn is responsible for implementation and coordination of the Urban Dance Connect 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 Research Creation field study, including data collection and analysis, and liaises with partners in Montreal.
Dr. Yassi brings expertise in research methodology, particularly quantitative and mixed-methods evaluation research. A Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Global Health and Capacity-Building, Dr. Yassi has led multi-million dollar community-based research and development projects worldwide, addressing a wide range of challenges, from environmental degradation and serious health challenges to social upheavals. Her team has designed, implemented and evaluated arts-infused projects employing puppet shows, drawings and painting, social drama, role-play and image theatre involving partners from numerous disciplines and organizations. Annalee focuses on how different methods and techniques can be used to assess impacts and effectiveness of ASC projects, depending on the context, mechanisms and outcomes of interest.