Teaching

'Rigorous, liberating and very exciting... a powerful experience
that is influencing the development of my creative process today.'


- Brian Webb, Choreographer, Dancer,
and former Artistic Director of the Canada Dance Festival


Martina Filipova and Daniel Mroz. Master class for Teatr Piba, Brittany, France, June 2010.
Photo by Anne Sophie Zika.

Master Classes, Residencies and Presentations

  • July 2016, Taolu: Credibibilty and Decipherability in Chinese Martial Movement, Keynote presentation at the Martial Arts Studies Conference, University of Cardiff, U.K., 1 hour, July 2016.
  • June 2015, Warmth is Memory, a practical and theoretical workshop on the role of memory in the composition of performance for artists, scholars and students at the annual conference of the Canadian Association for Theatre Research, hosted by the Department of Theatre, University of Ottawa, 8 participants, 3 hours.
  • September 2014, Daoyin Reimagined, lecture/demonstration at the 2014 New England Association for Asian Studies Academic Conference, with Sabina Knight (Smith College) & Scott Phillips (North Star Martial Arts), 1.5 hours, 20 spectator/participants.
  • April 2013, The Dancing Word, practical master-class, vocal training for contemporary dance, School of Dance Contemporary Program directed by Sylvie Desrosiers, Ottawa, Canada, 20 participants, 6 hours.
  • November 2012, Laboratoire Métamorfoz, intensive training and creation workshop for the Breton language theatre company Teatr Piba, Brest, France, 80 hours, 8 participants.
  • October 2012, Self-Resolution: Taijiquan, Confidence and Coherence, seminar for the Working Group on Theatre, Dance, Music and Consciousness, hosted by Dr. Daniel Meyer-Dinkgräfe, University of Lincoln, Lincoln, UK, 5 participants, 1.5 hours.
  • October 2012, The Dancing Word, An Introduction, master class in Devised Physical Theatre for performing arts students in dance and theatre, hosted by Dr. Daniel Meyer-Dinkgräfe, University of Lincoln, Lincoln, UK, 6 participants, 3 hours.
  • October 2012, The Dancing Word, An Introduction, master class in Devised Physical Theatre for students in the MA in Physical Actor Training and Performance, hosted by Dr. Frank Camilleri, University of Kent, Canterbury, UK, 15 participants, 3 hours.
  • May 2012, Presence, Longevity, Creativity, a practical workshop on the application of qigong training for actors and dancers, 14th World Congress on Qigong and Chinese Medicine, Toronto, Ontario, 1.5 hours, 30 participants.
  • April 2012, Warmth is Memory, a practice-as-research workshop for an international group of theatre scholars on the relationship between memory and imagination in the performer’s work. History, Memory and Performance Conference, University of Ottawa, 3 hours, 12 participants.
  • January 2012, professional master class, Zhi Neng Qigong for Performers, Ottawa Dance Directive, 6 classes, 9 hours, 4 participants.
  • December 2011, professional master class on Devised Physical Theatre for the Breton language theatre company Teatr Piba, Brest, France, 18 hours, 6 participants.
  • December 2011, Martial Arts Master Class, an introduction to the Chen Style Practical Method of Taijiquan, Presented by the Association Stok-ha-Stok at the Centre Tsurugi, Brest, Brittany, France, 12 hours, 10 participants.
  • September - November 2011, professional master class, Zhi Neng Qigong for Performers, Ottawa Dance Directive, 12 classes.
  • April 2011, lecture/demonstration on the work of Les Ateliers du corps and on the creation of Circe/Landfall, Fêtes International du theatre, international festival of university theatre, Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Québec, 2 performances, 50 spectators.
  • February 2011, professional master class, Martial Movement for Dancers, Core Performance Group, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, February 22-23, 12 participants.
  • October 2010, professional master class on Devised Physical Theatre for the Breton language theatre company Teatr Piba, Quimper, France, October 24-27, 10 participants.
  • June 2010, professional master class on Devised Physical Theatre for the Breton language theatre company Teatr Piba, Brest, France, June 21-23, 10 participants.
  • April 2009, Master class senior teacher and pedagogical director for BodySchool: Contemporary Theatre Training Intensive, co-produced by the University of Ottawa Theatre Department and the Magnetic North Theatre Festival. April 20-25, Ottawa Ontario, 18 participants.
  • May 2008, Master class senior teacher and pedagogical director for BodySchool: Contemporary Theatre Training Intensive, co-produced by the University of Ottawa Theatre Department and the Magnetic North Theatre Festival. May 18-23, Ottawa Ontario, 17 participants.
  • January 2008, interdisciplinary workshop on the relationship between body awareness and stress offered to Theatre, Medicine, Nursing and Rehabilitation students in collaboration with Dr. Pippa Hall (Faculty of Medicine, U of Ottawa) as part of the interdisciplinary research project Theatre As Teacher: The Drama of the Illness Experience.
  • December 2007, master-class in Martial Movement for professional dancers, Çati Contemporary Dance Centre, Istanbul, Turkey, 12 hours, 14 participants.
  • June 2007, professional master class on Devised Physical Theatre for the Great Canadian Theatre Company's Play Makers Society, Ottawa, Canada, 12 hours, 4 participants.
  • June 2007, workshop on the pedagogy of Devised Physical Theatre for COUCTP (The Council of Ontario University and College Theatre Programs) Ottawa, Canada, 2 hours, 8 participants.
  • June 2007, professional master class on Devised Physical Theatre for Magnetic North Theatre Festival, Ottawa, Canada, 18 hours, 6 participants.
  • March-April 2007, invited as director of One Reed Theatre to be the company in residence at the Glen Morris Theatre, Graduate Center for the Study of Drama, University of Toronto. One Reed began to develop a new performance Its Hard to Count to a Million, offering workshops to graduate students and performing Nor the Cavaliers...
  • December 2006, invited teacher of a 45-hour intensive practical master class in Devised Physical Theatre for Théâtre la Catapulte, Ottawa, Ontario, 14 participants.
  • September 2006, Presenter, Open House, National Theatre School of Canada, led discussion of One Reed Theatre's Nor the Cavaliers Who Come With Us in relationship to the National Theatre School’s Cultural and Artistic Leadership Program.
  • July 2006, invited, as director of One Reed Theatre Ensemble, to be the company in residence at the NaCl Theatre, Highland Lake, New York. Residency included offering master classes in acting technique and creative exchanges with other invited artists.
  • June 2006, leader of the Martial/Theatre Arts Research Exchange, a practice-based, peer to peer training and creation exchange workshop for contemporary theatre artists whose creative process involves the martial arts, Ottawa, Canada.
  • April 2005, invited workshop leader at The Physicalist, an intensive workshop and exchange between theatre artists, musicians, dancers and martial artists, led by Allen Pittman and sponsored by Physical Training Traditions, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A.>

Institutional Teaching

  • July 2009, Associate Professor, Tenured, Department of Theatre, University of Ottawa.
  • July 2005, Assistant Professor, Department of Theatre, University of Ottawa.
  • December-April 2005, Course Lecturer, Introduction to Performance, 2 sections, 20 students per section, 39 hours, Department of English, McGill University.
  • December-April 2005, Part-time Faculty, Voice Instructor, 2 sections, 12 students per section, 39 hours, Professional Theatre Program, Dawson College (Montréal).
  • September-December 2004, Part-time Faculty, Voice Instructor, 2 sections, 12 students per section, 39 hours, Professional Theatre Program, Dawson College (Montréal).
  • September-December 2004, Course Lecturer, Theories of Text and Performance, 17 students, 39 hours, Department of English, McGill University (Montréal).
  • September-December 2000, Course Lecturer, M.A. Level Practical Studio Course Présence, Longévité, Créativité, 6 students, 78 hours, Maìtrise en arts dramatiques, École supérieur de théàtre, Université du Québec à Montréal.

Observer's Diary

Click here to read the late Devika Wasson's unpublished account of a 'La parole qui danse' workshop offered for Théâtre La Catapulte, Ottawa, in 2006.


Left, Danielle LeSaux-Farmer creating original performance material. Right, Devika Wasson, far left,
takes notes on the performers' discussions with Marc Tellez, centre and Gabrielle Lalonde, right.
Photos by Laura Astwood.