- 10 years in professional administration, including budgetary oversight and staff management.
- 19 years running a successful freelance editing and writing business (clients in diverse industries, e.g., academia, government, arts and culture, relief/development, public policy).
- 10+ years teaching in higher education (award-winning lecturer).
- 3 years spearheading initiatives for a mental health/creative arts foundation.
- Successful grant-writing and fundraising background (>$100,000).
- Successful corporate sponsor management experience.
- Multiple popular and academic publications.
SELECT PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Research Associate, Health Arts and Northern/Indigenous Peoples, Northern Medical Program, University of Northern British Columbia (2018-present, part-time)
- Research and writing (esp. on Applied Humanities); copyediting; project management.
Bilbliotherapist, The ReLit Foundation (2017-present, part-time)
ReLit is the Foundation for the complementary treatment of stress, anxiety and other conditions through immersion in the arts.
- Co-Convenor for online programming, including educational and creative sessions.
- Course Co-Convenor for ReLit Summer Sessions: Annual sessions planning; recruiting; overseeing tutors and students’ general activities; delivering sessions.
- Heading outreach/convening workshops, public talks and roundtables in Canada, the US, the UK and online.
In Other Words – Language Animation Services (2001-present)
- Copyediting/evaluating diverse documents for clients in North America, the UK, Europe and Asia.
- Sample Manuscript Copyediting Projects:
- Civil Becomings by Dr. Raúl Acosta (University of Alabama Press, 2020).
- Geopoetics in Practice (1st edition), edited by Drs. Eric Magrane, Linda Russo, Sarah de Leeuw and Craig Santos Perez (Routledge, 2019).
- Battle Royal: Monarchists vs. Republicans for the Crown of Canada by Dr. David Johnson (Dundurn Press, 2018).
- A Beginner’s Guide to Language and Gender (2nd edition), edited by Dr. Allyson Jule (Multilingual Matters, 2017).
- Swiss Immigration to Canada: Achievements, Testimonies, Relations by Dr. Ilona Shulman Spaar (Consulate General of Switzerland, 2013).
- After the Spring: Probation, Justice Reform and Democratization from the Baltics to Beirut by Dr. Johannes Wheeldon (Eleven International Publishing, 2012).
- Carrying out writing commissions, including executive summaries, research profiles, articles, book reviews, and blog posts.
- Sample Writing Projects:
- Introduction to First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Determinants of Health in Canada. Contributing co-editor (with Margo Greenwood, Sarah de Leeuw, Roberta Stout, and Roseann Larstone). Canadian Scholars’ Press (forthcoming).
- Review of Revolt/Compassion: Six Scripts for Contemporary Performance by Michael Springate and Colours to the Chameleon: Canadian Actors on Shakespeare edited by Keith Garebian. In Canadian Literature 240 (Summer 2020).
- “Hope in an Epoch of Great Change.” ReLit Foundation Blog. March 2020.
- “The Penelopiad at the Highland Arts Theatre is an Epic Adventure You Won’t Want to Miss.” Doktor Luke’s Theatre Blog. Apr. 2018.
- Merchant of Venice: Texts and Contexts. Contributing editor. Broadview Press. 2014.
- “ ‘Never conquered nor possessed:’ Female Theatre Professionals Present Post-colonial / Québécois Canadian Shakespeare” in “No other but a woman’s reason”: Women on Shakespeare. Eds. Kujawinska Courtney and Kwapisz Williams. Peter Lang. 2013.
- Teaching and workshop facilitating, including tutoring, generating workshop curriculum and facilitating bibliotherapy and writing workshops for diverse groups of adults.
- Language and voice coaching, including diction workshops for Shakespearean actors and coaching performers and public speakers in breathing and elocution.
General Manager, Orchestra Kingston (2018–present, part-time)
- Public relations, marketing, donor management, concert production and publicity.
Owner/Operations Manager, Doktor Luke’s Coffee House, Sydney, NS (2013-18)
- Carried out market research, strategized a brand, developed a business plan, secured financing, negotiated potential commercial spaces, applied for the proper permits and licences, worked with insurance brokers, lawyers and accountants.
- Monitored and analyzed revenues and expenses.* Co-managed human resources: hired, trained, supervised staff (2-4 at any given time).
- Developed and executed marketing and publicity campaigns and strategies.
- Liaised with public and media regarding business operations and special events.
- Managed social media platforms.
- Sold at a profit.
Academic Co-ordinator, Shakespeare, Athabasca University (2015-17, Limited Term Appointment)
- Delivered, maintained and developed assigned programs and courses of study in Shakespeare within the Centre for Humanities.
- Instructional Design: Completed major revisions on ENGL 324 and ENGL 325 (Shakespeare I and Shakespeare II). These revisions involved completely rewriting the course material (200,000 words) and updating all resources to reflect major changes in computer technology and Shakespeare criticism since the previous revision (1996).
Teaching/Professorial Experience (2003-17)
- Relevant duties included: course development; teaching; academic advising; examining and marking; research; conferences; publishing (peer-reviewed).
- Contracts at: Cape Breton University (2013-17); University of Durham (2010-11); University of British Columbia (2008-2013); Kwantlen Polytechnic (2007-12); ABU/Oxford (2004-06); Crandall (2005-06).
- Courses included: Shakespeare and Renaissance Studies; Renaissance Poetry; Literature to the 18th Century; Introductory Literature courses; and Introductory Writing courses.
- Sample Publications:
- Merchant of Venice: Texts/Contexts. Contributing Editor. Peterborough: Broadview Press, 2014.
- “ ‘What beast is this lies wallowing in his gore?’: The Indignity of Man and the Animal Nature of Love in The Sea Voyage.” Modern Language Review 107.1 (2012): 89-109.
Director of Public Relations, Pacific Theatre, Vancouver (2006-09)
- Liaised with federal, provincial and municipal governments.
- Liaised with media and members of the theatre industry.
- Wrote media releases and grant applications for government funding and funding from the private sector.
- Facilitated fundraising events and liaised with donors.
- Managed human resources: hiring, apprentice supervision, staff co-management, management of external contractors.
- Managed and generated in-house marketing/advertising.
- Attended regional (GVPTA) and national (PACT) conferences.
- Women’s Self-Defence Training, Assistant Coach, Kingston, ON (2019-pres.)
- Theatre Critic for the Highland Arts Theatre, Sydney, NS (2013-18)
- Benefit Show Producer/Campaign Fundraiser (Pathways to Employment, Crossroads Clubhouse, United Way Cape Breton, Cape Breton Transition House, Lifeline Syria Cape Breton, Pacific Theatre, Genus Theatre), Sydney, NS, Vancouver, BC (2008-18)
- Shakespeare Language Coach, Hamlet. Boardmore Theatre, Sydney, NS (2015)
- Safehouse/Survival Sex Worker Resources Volunteer, Vancouver, BC (1994–2000; 2006–10)
EDventure Society, Board Member (2017)
The object of the Society is the founding and governance of a not-for-profit to develop and provide educational activities for children and youth such as summer school, outdoor field trips, in-class activities and curriculum development.
Bandshell Players, Treasurer (2014-2017)
The Bandshell Players is committed to producing professional quality theatre in accessible public spaces of Cape Breton. The Bandshell Players is particularly interested in supporting groups that destigmatize mental illness, and its fundraising efforts are dedicated to that pursuit.
HONOURS & AWARDS
- Vital Employer Award, Cape Breton Partnership (2015)
- Ian Fairclough Teaching Prize (University of British Columbia, Dept. of Engl.) (2011-12)
- Honourable Mention 1/1: “Exemplary Tutor” (Durham University, Dept. of Engl.) (2011)
- Overseas Research Studentship, Higher Education Funding Council, UK ($50,000 CAD) (2001-04)
- Ctr. for 17th Century Studies Studentship, Durham University ($30,000 CAD) (2001-04)
Ph.D., Durham University, UK (2004), English Studies and Seventeenth-Century Studies
M.A., Durham University (2001), Seventeenth-Century Studies
B.A., Honours, Trinity Western University, Canada (1999), English (Major); Drama (Minor)
- Visiting studentships at: Oxford University (1998); Queen’s University (1996-97)
Languages: English; French (intermediate)
Computers: Windows 10; MS Office 2016 (Word, Excel, PPT)
Reading; theatre and film; mixed martial arts; cooking and baking