Past Students

Position

Rachel Elliott

Rachel Elliott is PhD candidate in philosophy at the University of Guelph. She has done previous work in philosophy at McGill (B.A.) and the University of Toronto (M.A.), and formerly taught in the Humanities Department at Dawson College in Montreal. Rachel researches music’s potential for social empowerment from a phenomenological perspective. Using Merleau-Ponty’s philosophy of…

Mauricio Martinez

Mauricio Martinez is a PhD student in Literary/Theatre Studies in English at the University of Guelph. His dissertation explores aspects of mourning in Shakespearean tragedy, but his other scholarly interests include discourses of slavery and abolition in late eighteenth-century literature, law and literature, and popular culture. Mauricio also has a multi-media background stemming from his…

Greg Fenton

Greg Fenton is a Ph.D. researcher at McMaster University and the Managing Editor for Critical Studies in Improvisation/Études critiques en improvisation. His current work is focused on Ai Weiwei, neoliberalism, Asian North American literature and film, and questions of resistance. He completed his M.A. in Cultural Studies and Critical Theory (CSCT) at McMaster University. Prior to that,…

Nicholas Loess

Nicholas Loess is a PhD student in the School of English and Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph. He lives in Guelph with his partner Rosa and animal co-creators Emilia and Peanut. His current research is exploring the creative linkages between experimental film and improvisation. His creative work has been critically and artistically influenced…

Kimber Sider

Kimber Sider is a PhD candidate in Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph. Sider’s doctoral research focuses on equine/human inter-species performance, and how symbiotic inter-species improv engages alternative modes of communication (such as physical resonance and body language), and how further understanding these manners of communication may inform notions of performance-based exchange. Sider completed…

Mark Kaethler

Mark Kaethler, Ph.D. (ABD), studies irony in the early modern theatre of Thomas Middleton and its political ramifications for the constitution of governance between the monarch and the people. His other scholarly interests include medieval studies and popular culture. The philosophies of Paulo Freire, Michel Foucault, and Stephen Powell influence his teaching practice, which is…