Ms Melissa Poll

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My research focuses on scenography as a form of dramaturgy, adaptation, interculturalism, the intersections of praxis and research, and auteur theatre, particularly the work of Québécois devisor Robert Lepage. Since completing a BFA in Acting and a SSHRC-funded MA in Theatre History and Criticism at the University of British Columbia (diss: ‘Canadian Theatre in London’), I have worked as a professional actor, devisor (nominated for a Jesse Richardson award for co-devising Théâtre la Seizième’s La Nuit), freelance theatre critic (The British Theatre Guide, The Vancouver Sun and, and, most recently, as a dramaturg for Vancouver’s Shameless Hussy Productions and Solo Collective. In 2013, I joined Prof. Helen Gilbert’s ERC-funded Indigeneity in the Contemporary World Project as a Research Associate. My contributions to the project include publications, outreach and profile-building on social media, research on the performativity of First Nations protests surrounding Vancouver’s 2010 Winter Games and web curation for the project’s online exhibition, EcoCentrix.  A recipient of Royal Holloway's Reid Research Scholarship, I recently completed my doctoral dissertation and viva, based in part on my experience auditing rehearsals for the Metropolitan Opera / Ex-Machina co-production of Wagner's Ring cycle.

Extant and forthcoming publications include articles in Body, Space & Technology Journal, Canadian Theatre Review, a chapter in Palgrave’s Approaches to Adaptation series and a piece in Theatre Research in Canada focused on the productive interculturalism at work in Robert Lepage’s 2011 re-envisioning of La Tempête with the Huron-Wendat Nation in Wendake, Québec. 

As of the autumn of 2015, I will begin a position at Kansas State University in the School of Music, Theater and Dance.





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