Researchers

Position

Andrew Staniland

Andrew is responsible for the development of  new digital instrument JADE. This consists of $3600 in funding received from IICSI Digital Tools Committee to hire a Max programmer to create custom improvisation-based abstractions for the new JADE instrument.  

Beverly Diamond

Spent Winter 2018 as a guest scholar in residence at McGill University. She invited McGill IICSI Postdoc, Dolleen Manning, to present at the Decolonizing Arts symposium she organized at McGill on February 27 and also had her come and speak in her grad seminar on Indigenous Modernity.

Michelle Stewart

Michelle Stewart is an award-winning, and internationally funded social sciences and health researcher, who is a known advocate and activist for social justice. She has a specialization in health and community research, and a commitment to integrating improvisation into social science research methodologies. Dr Stewart has been working with the IICSI Regina site since 2015,…

Kathryn Ricketts

Kathryn Ricketts is Assistant Professor of Arts Education at University of Regina. Ricketts is a dance educator and performer, with a practice of improvised movement and somatic study. She is an active member of the dance community in Regina, SK, including work with professional company, New Dance Horizons, and is an active participant in the…

Carla Rice

Carla Rice is a Canada Research Chair in the College of Social and Applied Human Sciences at the University of Guelph. She founded and directs Re•Vision: The Centre for Art and Social Justice and REDLAB, a cutting-edge research creation centre and a state-of-the-art media-lab, which explore how misrepresented and aggrieved communities use arts-informed research to…

Shawn Van Sluys

Shawn is the Executive Director of Musagetes, a philanthropic foundation that experiments in small Canadian and European cities with ways to connect communities more deeply with the arts and creativity. The foundation’s mandate is to make the arts more central and meaningful in people’s lives, in their communities and societies. He joined Musagetes as its…

Paul Watkins

Paul Watkins is Assistant Professor of English at Vancouver Island University. Paul’s areas of interest are CanLit (with a focus on African Canadian literature), Indigenous literatures, jazz and improvisation, African American literature, graphic novels, Digital Humanities, intersections between music and poetry, DJing, and film. His doctoral dissertation, “Soundin’ Canaan: Music, Resistance, and Citizenship in African…

Ben Bolden

Dr. Benjamin Bolden, music educator and composer, is an associate professor in the Faculty of Education at Queen’s University, Canada. His research interests include arts education assessment, creativity, arts-based research methodologies, the learning and teaching of composing, community music, Web 2.0 technologies in education, teacher knowledge, and teachers’ professional learning. As a teacher, Ben has worked with…

Helen Pridmore

Helen Pridmore enjoys a career focused on contemporary scored music, experimental music and improvisation. She made her Carnegie Hall debut in December 2012, performing the music of John Cage with the American Symphony Orchestra. As a frequent guest of Aventa Ensemble in Victoria, Helen has performed major works by Philippe Leroux and Michael Finnissy, with…