Teaching faculty & staff

Current Faculty

Ryan Bruce is an ethnomusicologist, jazz historian and saxophonist. His research concentrates on the transition of jazz styles from the 1950s–1960s (bop and the jazz avant-garde) with investigations in jazz historiography, improvisation, musical analysis, and interdisciplinary comparisons to other avant-garde art forms. His work includes special focus on collaborating with performers to create digital resources for teaching jazz history, improvisation, and world music traditions.

Ryan holds a PhD in Music from York University and has published articles on jazz criticism, musical analysis, and specific musicians for the current Grove Dictionary of American Music. He is also an active teacher and performer of jazz and free improvisation on saxophone.
(2022)

Rebecca has worked in professional theatre, municipal cultural service management, as an arts consulting and as a teacher. Her career includes running her own theatre company and positions at the Canadian Stage Company, The Factory Theatre, Janis A. Barlow & Associates and the City of St. Catharines. In the latter, she was responsible for the City’s art collection and public art programming, and she managed the planning study for the development of the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts and the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre. She teaches arts management and cultural policy and planning.
(2022)

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Marlie Centawer has taught with the Centre for Studies in Arts and Culture and Department of Visual Arts at Brock University since 2010. She has also worked with the Centre for Pedagogical Innovation (CPI) as an Instructional Skills Workshop Facilitator since 2009.

Marlie is also an assistant and archivist to the British artist and Indica Gallery co-founder John Dunbar. Her research interests include popular music and youth culture, counterculture, photography, art history, visual culture, cinema, psychogeography, rock and roll.

Marlie has taught the courses STAC 1P96: Language for the Arts: Introduction, STAC 1P97: Language for the Arts: Interdisciplinary Approaches, STAC 1F98: Language for the Arts, STAC 1P99: The Culture of Noise, STAC 3P99: Interpretive and Critical Writing in the Arts, STAC 3P01: Media Transformations in the Creative Arts, and STAC 3P41: Approaches to Curatorial Practice.
(2022)

With several years of teaching experiences at Brock University as a TA, marker-grader, and Instructor, Alisa Cunnington also has experience writing in a variety of genres. She has published in several art exhibition catalogues for the Grimsby Public Art Gallery, has written technical and educational documents, and tries her skills at creative writing and poetry.

Sonya Marie de Lazzer is an art historian with an interest in souvenirs, collectibles, and collections. Her research focuses on the visual culture of Niagara Falls with investigations in the commercial sublime, material culture of mementos, and tourist attractions. Sonya curates and manages the Visual Arts Gallery and Student Exhibition Space (MIWSFPA) as the Gallery Coordinator, in consultation with preparators, artists, and students. Sonya brings extensive museum and art gallery experience in the areas of curation, exhibition writing, and installation. She obtained her M.A. in Art History from University at Buffalo: The State University of New York in 2013 and is currently completing her PhD in Art and Visual Culture at Western University.
(2022)

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Jill Planche has a professional background in marketing and fundraising for theatre, opera, film and visual arts, including the Shaw Festival, TIFF and the McMichael Gallery. Her academic focus is theatre and its role in social and political discourse, particularly decolonization and social justice. She has a PhD in English Literature and a PhD from Brock’s Interdisciplinary Humanities program. Her dissertation, The Larger Stages: The Becoming ‘Minor’ of South African Theatres, focuses on the space of post-apartheid South African theatre. Jill teaches at Brock University (HUMA 1P50 The Master Student and, previously, COMM 3Q97 Event Management) and Ryerson Chang School’s Fundraising Management program. Jill is teaching STAC 3P93 Producing a Performance Event.  jplanche@brocku.ca
(2022)

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Previous Contributors

Renée Baillargeon (theatre, embodied performance, playwrighting)

Marcie Bronson (Curator of Contemporary Art)

Julien Defraeye (Ecocriticism and ecopoetics, Québec and Franco-Ontarian literatures)

Sharilyn J. Ingram (arts management and cultural policy)

Peter Landy (Music Theory, Composition)

Carolyn Mackenzie (Arts and Production Management)

Shirley Madill (Curator of Contemporary Art)

Virginia Reh (Stage director, actor, dramaturg, lyric theatre)

Linda Steer (History of Western Art, Baroque Art History, The Modern City, Banned Books)

Donna Szoke (Web-based Interactive Media, 3D Modeling and Animation, Video and Media Transformations in the Arts)

Barbara Worthy (writing and directing for media and the performing arts, producer, performer, heritage and museums)