Confluence (2000)

Author Biographies

Glen Campbell is a Professor of French at the University of Calgary. His research interests are in eighteenth-century French literature and in francophone literature of Western Canada. Besides authoring numerous articles and reviews, he has edited or coedited “Louis Riel: Poésies de jeunesse” (1977), “The Collected Writings of Louis Riel”(1985), and “Selected Poetry of Louis Riel”(1993).

Jacqueline Dumas has published two novels, The Last Sigh (Fifth House, 1993), and Madeleine and the Angel (Fifth House, 1989). She manages Orlando Books in Edmonton, Alberta.

Anne Malena has a B.A. and M.A. from McMaster University, and a Ph.D. from Cornell University (1996). Her research interests are in Caribbean literature (culture and translation). Her publications include La maraude (1995), a French translation of The Prowler by Kristjana Gunnars; Degre Zero (1998), a French translation of Zero Hour by Kristjana Gunnars; and The Negotiated Self: The Dynamics of Identity in Francophone Caribbean Narrative (1999). She is Assistant Professor, Modern Languages and Cultural Studies at the University of Alberta.

Wes D. Pearce holds a BA (English/History), BFA (Design) both from the University of Regina, and an MFA (Design) from the University of Calgary. Since graduating in 1995, he has designed extensively for a variety of companies including Alberta Theatre Projects, Theatre Junction, and Theatre in Exile. Recent costume credits have included Romeo and Juliet and Sylvia at Western Canada Theatre (Kamloops), A Perfect Ganesh, Old Wicked Songs, Cruel Tears, Two Weeks with the Queen and Cosi for the Globe Theatre, Love You Forever + More for Prairie Theatre Exchange (Winnipeg) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Love of the Nightingale, Blood Wedding and The Admirable Crichton for the University of Regina. In the spring of 1999 he was one of ten Canadians invited to present papers at the International Federation for Theatre Research Scenography Conference hosted in conjunction with the Prague Quadrennial and held in the Czech Republic. In the summer of 1999, his designs for Guys and Dolls was nominated for a Betty Mitchell Theatre Award for Outstanding Costume Design. This past summer he presented papers at the “Confluence” Conference (sponsored by Athabasca University and Faculte Saint-Jean) as well as papers for the Association of Canadian Theatre Research and the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Studies Association at the Humanities and Social Sciences Congress. This winter (2001) he will design costumes for Wit and Amadeus for the Globe Theatre.

Gail Scott has a B.A. from Queen’s University, and has pursued Graduate Studies at the University of Grenoble, France. Her publications include the novels My Paris (Mercury Press, 1999) and Main Brides (1993); a collection of short stories -- Spare Parts (1982); and a collection of essays -- Spaces Like Stairs (1989). She is a contributing editor of the Narrative Web Site Magazine, out of the Poetry Centre, San Francisco State University, and a co-founder of Spiral, a Montreal cultural journal, and of Tessera, a bilingual journal of women’s writing. She teaches creative writing at Concordia University and the University of Alberta, and has been writer-in-residence at Concordia University (1991-92), and the University of Alberta (1994-95). Her translation of France Theoret’s novel, Laurence was published in 1998.

Brian Smith is an associate professor of Drama at the University of Calgary where he teaches acting and directing. His principle area of research is contemporary performance practice and the relationship between theory and creative methodologies in the construction of the mise-en-scene. He is a practicing actor and director. Recently he performed the role of Upgobkin in Sage Theatre and University of Calgary’s Canadian premiere of Tony Kushner’s play, Slavs! (Thinking about the Longstanding Problems of Virtue and Happiness). In 1999 he directed the Canadian premiere of Dacia Maraini’s Mary Stuart, an adaptation of the play by Schiller. He will deliver a paper about the mise-en-scene of this production at the annual conference of the International Federation for Theatre Research in Lyon, France in September, 2000.

Jimmy Thibeault possede un Baccalaureat en litteratures francaises et quebecoises de l’Universite Laval (1999), et travaille presentement a la redaction d’une these de Maitrise a l’University of Alberta. Ses recherches portent principalement sur la notion d’exile dans la litterature franco-canadienne de l’ouest.