Dr. Marlene Moser

Department of Dramatic Arts

Dr. Marlene Moser

Marlene in 2006

Marlene at the Humanities Research Institute Symposium in December, 2006 


























The Department lost a cherished colleague and friend on December 21, 2010.  Please read about Dr. Marlene Moser here.

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A celebration for Marlene was held in St. Catharines on Sunday March 6th,  2011.  details

In Marlene's honour we have established the Marlene Moser Memorial Scholarship.  Please contribute to the Scholarship fund.  Details are available here and from the Department.


It is with deep sadness and grief that we share with you the news of our dear colleague Marlene's passing on the evening of December 21, 2010.

Marlene's courageous five year battle with breast cancer developed into metastasis this past summer.  Her condition started to deteriorate rapidly Monday morning and she was admitted to the Juravinski Hospital Tuesday morning and passed away peacefully Tuesday evening surrounded by all of her family.

Marlene has been a member of the Brock Community since 2000. During her tenure as professor, researcher, creator, Director and Chair she provided leadership and love to her colleagues and students in the Department of Dramatic Arts.  She was instrumental to the development of the Department as a site of luminous and rigorous investigation of theatre praxis.  Her mentorship of five colleagues through tenure and promotion is but one facet of her legacy to the future of our research, pedagogy, and community. Her presence in the burgeoning theatre scene of St. Catharines was only recently curtailed as she focused her creative energies to meet the challenge of cancer - the vision of her initiatives remains undiminished and in our hearts.

Marlene fought this cancer with such strength, courage and determination. The Department greatly mourns her passing.


The Department of Dramatic Arts participated in a celebration for the life of
Dr. Marlene Moser on Sunday March 6th 2011 at The Merchant Ale House;
98 St. Paul Street, St. Catharines

The Department of Dramatic Arts hosted an informal afternoon of live acoustic entertainment with an open mic. Here friends, family and supporters shared stories and memories of Marlene with eachother in celebration of an influential professor, researcher and friend.


if you wish to submit a comment or share a memory about Marlene please use this online form

name: Derrick de Kerckhove
location: Naples, Italy
how did you know Marlene?: I directed Marlene's Phd. thesis
your comments:

Since I have been away in Europe most of the time since 2008, having lost touch with Marlene a couple of years after she passed her oral - brillantly - I had not heard this heartbreaking news. I remember her elegance, intelligence, determination and freedom of spirit. This is the kind of loss that sinks deep in a community. My best wishes for the recovery of this community.



  Marlene in 2010
  Marlene Moser, shown here on the left with colleagues Gyllian Raby, David Fancy and Danielle Wilson, of the Department of Dramatic Arts. Photo taken at the announcement of Provincial funding for the building of a new home for the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts at the historic Canada Haircloth site, April 14, 2010.  Photos above and below by colleague David Vivian. 
  Marlene in 2009
  Marlene, seen on the left and in her element, introducing Richard Maxwell (seated) and the New York City Players when they visited the Department at the invitation of Professor Natalie Alvarez, standing right, in April 2009.
  Marlene in 2008
  During her tenure at Brock Marlene and husband Philip adopted the beautiful Cecilia (CeCe), seen here on the left, riding the ponies in Port Dalhousie.  The Department was blessed to have CeCe brought into our lives in 2004. where she made her mainstage debut.  Ever the proud stage mom, below we see Marlene attending to CeCe (in pink ballerina costume) during the filming of a video scene for our stage production of MEDEA, produced for the Sean O'Sullivan Theatre in 2008.
  Marlene in 2008

Following the Visitation on December 28, 2010, a celebration of Marlene's life (reunion) took place on her birthday, January 4, 2011 in the Camilla and Peter Dalglish Atrium of the Royal Botanical Gardens, Burlington.  Dr. David Fancy, Chair of the Department of Dramatic Arts, delivered an heartfelt eulogy for Marlene, available here.

In her honour we have established the Marlene Moser Memorial Scholarship. To contribute to this Scholarship please send donations to the attention of Norm Bradshaw nbradshaw@brocku.ca, Faculty of Humanities, Brock University. The cheque or gift should be made out to Brock University and indicate Marlene Moser Memorial Scholarship. All donations are eligible to be matched dollar for dollar by the provincial government.

if you wish to submit a comment or share a memory about Marlene please use this online form

see the obituary in the Hamilton Spectator.

- there is also an online Book of Condolence at the above webpage.

visit Marlene's page at the Bay Garden's Funeral Home website.

see the Brock News article here

see the Brock Press article here

see the Surgit-E! article here



Dr. Marlene Moser

Associate Professor
Theatre Praxis
d. 21.12.10

BA, MA, PhD University of Toronto

Dr. Marlene Moser held a PhD from the Graduate Centre for Study of Toronto at the University of Toronto and pursued research on the construction of identities, especially as related to performance, narrative and spectatorship, most specifically in the area of Canadian drama and theatre. Praxis (the movement between theory and practice) was also one of her interests, both in its applications to pedagogy and to creative projects. She was also involved as a writer and director in a number of interdisciplinary projects.