Just Keep Breathing, the play which grew from the University of Alberta’s CIHR-funded research project The Experience and Resolution of Moral Distress in Paediatric Intensive Care Team: A Canadian perspective, was well received in both the original production in March 2012 at the University of Alberta and in the re-mount as part of the InSight: Visualizing Health Humanities exhibit in May/June of 2012. The next step is to develop the production in 2013 for the proposed film and educational DVD.
A new collaboration with Dr. Lesley Peterson, Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of North Alabama, is on the horizon. The seed of this project was sown in late 2011 when Dr. Peterson was visiting Edmonton, and we confirmed our intention to collaborate when she was in Edmonton in October 2012 to present “In the Marketplace: The English Child Author and the Jamaican Slave Trade” for the 2012 Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (CSECS/SCEDHS) conference Crossings: The Cultures of Global Exchange in the 18th Century. Watch this space as the project unfolds!
The MacEwan CFAC Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity Fund supported the development of Tokyo 1965, a one-man show looking at the illness narrative and the relationship between voice and identity through the story of Italian baritone superstar Ettore Bastianini. The show played for 10 performances during the Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival. The project was also supported by the City of Edmonton (through The Quarters development plan) and the Boyle Street Community League. The show was directed by Jake Hastey. MacEwan grad Allison Klause was brought on board as stage manager and GMU student Anglia Redding worked on the project as Research Assistant.
Work has continued toward the opening of the brand new Boyle Street Plaza, east of MacEwan’s City Centre Campus – the Boyle Street Community League took possession at the latter end of November. As a member of the board, I am learning about facility and program administration, updating some of my skills in areas like First Aid and learning new skills.