• Concordia University Theatre
    Shauna Janssen

    My teaching, research, and creative practice are consonant with critical and interdisciplinary spatial practices, scenographic and performative explorations within public spaces, and include site-responsive performances/installations, urban interventions, and intersectional collaborative approaches to art making in the urban realm.


    My transversal approach to teaching has been shaped by twenty years as an educator and organizer in the field of theatre and twenty years experience working professionally, in the performing and live arts; devising, staging, managing and touring, nationally and internationally new contemporary Canadian works created for theatre, opera, and dance. In Canada, I have worked with companies such as Volcano Theatre, Theatre Columbus, the Tarragon and Factory Theatres, Queen of Puddings, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, among others, as well as toured with theatre projects to the Belfry Theatre, Citadel Theatre, the Manitoba Theatre Centre, and the National Arts Centre.


    At Concordia I am Assistant Professor of Performance Creation in the Department of Theatre, a University Research Chair in Performative Urbanism (New Scholar 2018-2023), and research associate with lePARC (performing arts research cluster) housed at the Milieux Institute for Arts, Culture and Technology. I was the Director of the Institute for Urban Futures from 2018-2020. I am co-convener of the international research network for Theatre & Architecture(s) (2021-2025 - International Federation of Theatre Research), and have been serving as the Quebec Representative for the Canadian Association of Theatre Research (CATR) since 2018. I am also an associate artist with the Montreal based Imago Theatre, focusing on feminist approaches to urban dramaturgy.