The International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation brings together a dynamic international research team of 58 scholars from 30 academic institutions. The project team includes postdoctoral fellows, students, research associates, as well as over 40 community research partners. Currently, there are eight formal research sites: University of Guelph; Carleton University; McGill University; Memorial University; Queen’s University Belfast; 17, Institute of Critical Studies; University of British Columbia; and University of Regina. Below are the Research Team members involved in some capacity during some or all of the grant periods listed below.



Current Staff

The International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation is an independent research institute housed in the College of Arts at the University of Guelph. Our collective efforts rely, in part, on the hard work of an incredible and dedicated team of staff.

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Sam Boer

Managing Editor CSI/ECI Journal

Emmalia Bortolon-Vettor, playing an electric guitar on stage with another person behind them.

Emmalia Bortolon-Vettor

Music and Technical Production Coordinator

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Julia Busatto

Project Manager

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Taylor Graham

Interim Community Engagement Officer

Jordan Zalis, a man playing an acoustic guitar. Behind him is a blue chair.

Jordan Zalis

Communications and Research Assistant

Research Associates

Lauren Michelle Levesque

Lauren Michelle Levesque

Providence School of Transformative Leadership and Spirituality, Saint Paul University (Ottawa, ON)

Stacey Bliss

University of Regina

Adam Davies

University of Guelph

Hubert Gendron-Blais

McGill University

Christopher Haworth

Christopher Haworth

University of Birmingham

Harald Kisiedu

Harald Kisiedu

Hochschule (University of Applied Sciences) Osnabrück

Mark Laver

Mark Laver

Grinnell College

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David Lee

Editor, ImprovNotes

Tracy McMullen

Tracy McMullen

Bowdoin College

Tracey Nicholls, September 2018

Tracey Nicholls

Graduate School of International Peace Studies at Soka University in Hachioji (Tokyo, Japan)

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Chris Tonelli

University of Groningen

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Rob Wallace

Honors College, Northern Arizona University

I Ying Wu

I-Ying Wu

Qimprov Ground

Past Staff

Rachel Collins

Rachel Collins

Project Manager

Lisa Conway

Musical and Technical Production Coordinator

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Richelle Forsey

Design & Web Coordinator

Elizabeth Jackson

Elizabeth Jackson

University of Guelph

Sheetal Lodhia

Project Manager (2022–2023)

Ariel Oleynikov

Ariel Oleynikov

Managing Editor of Critical Studies in Improvisation / Études critiques en improvisation

Justine Richardson

Justine Richardson

Project Manager, Dec 2015-2020

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Kim Thorne

Project Manager, 2013-2015

Marie Zimmerman

Marie Zimmerman

Community Engagement Officer, Research and Partnerships

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