James McKinnon

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Courses

Teaching in 2018

Qualifications

MA Alberta
PhD Toronto

Current research projects

My current research focuses on exploring devising and adaptation methodologies for creating new work, and on using theatre and performance to develop and assess skills such as creativity, critical thinking, and autonomy. I am also investigating the impact of devising dramaturgy on the scholarship and teaching of drama, theatre, and performance studies.

Areas of supervision

  • Post-colonial theatre.
  • Adaptation and appropriation.
  • Shakespeare adaptation.
  • Canadian theatre.
  • Modernist theatre.
  • Theatre and performance pedagogy.
  • Dramaturgy.

Selection of publications

Mystery Play: Exploring Students’ Perceptions of Devising.” Theatre Topics. Accepted: in copyediting. (2016)

Are We There Yet?: Using Theatre to Promote Positive Interdisciplinary Intercourse.” In Defence of Theatre: Aesthetic Practices and Social Interventions. Kathleen Gallagher and Barry Freeman (eds.). Toronto: University of Toronto Press. (2016)

“Re-Citing Chekhov in Canada.” Embodying Transformation. Maryrose Casey (ed.). Melbourne: Monash University Press: 52-68. (2015)

(with Ralph Upton). “Using Learner-Centered Methods to Address the Pedagogical and Creative Challenges of the Classroom Production.” Heather Fitzsimmons Frey and Art Babayants (eds.). Newcastle-Upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press: 115-137. (2015)

“Car Toons: The Pedagogy of Laughter.” Theatre, Teens, Sex Ed: Are We There Yet? Heather, J., & Selman, J. (Eds.) Edmonton: University of Alberta Press: 333-352. (2015)

(with Shaniff Esmail and Brenda Munro). “Internal Combustion – Sexual Health Eduation: Urgency and Strategies for Change.” Theatre, Teens, Sex Ed: Are We There Yet? Heather, J., & Selman, J. (Eds.) Edmonton: University of Alberta Press: 21-46. (2015)

(with Shaniff Esmail and Brenda Munro). “Consumer Report – ‘Yes, But Does it Work?’ Program Assessment.” Theatre, Teens, Sex Ed: Are We There Yet? Heather, J., & Selman, J. (Eds.) Edmonton: University of Alberta Press: 291-332. (2015)

“Playing the Race Bard: How Shakespeare Sold (at) the 2006 Stratford Festival Production of Harlem Duet.” Outerspeares: Shakespeare, Intermedia, and the Limits of Adaptation. Daniel Fischlin (ed.). Toronto: University of Toronto Press: 290-318. (2014)

The Pedagogy of Adaptation: Using Specialized Disciplinary Knowledge to Develop Creative Skills.” Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice 1.2. (2013)

“Looka me, I’m the force o’ wisdom and progress!”: Un-crowning the Classic Text Through Carnivalesque Dramaturgy.” Theatre Research in Canada 34.1 (2013): 216-37.

“Canadian Chekhovs: Three Very Different Mutations.” Re-writing Chekhov: The Text and its Mutations. Yana Meerzon and J. Douglas Clayton (eds.). London: Routledge, 2013: 217-37.

with Ralph Upton. “Using Learner-Centered Methods to Address the Pedagogical and Creative Challenges of the Classroom Production.” Theatre and Learning. Eds. Heather Frey-Fitzsimmons and Art Babayants. Cambridge Scholars Publishing (at press).

Andrea L. Williams, Roselynn Verwoord, Theresa A. Beery, Helen Dalton, James McKinnon, Karen Strickland, Jessica Pace and Gary Poole (2013). “The power of social networks: A model for weaving the scholarship of teaching and learning into institutional culture.” Teaching Learning Inquiry 1.2: 49-62.

with Ralph Upton. “Does Adaptive Dramaturgy Offer a Productive Model for Developing Creative and Critical Thinking Skills?” New Zealand Journal of Research in Performing Arts and Education 4 (2012).

“Creative Copying?: The Pedagogy of Adaptation.” Canadian Theatre Review 147.

"From Viking Sage to English Page to Canadian Stage: Michael O'Brien's Mad Boy Chronicle." Critical Perspectives on Canadian Theatre in English, Volume 16: Canadian Shakespeare. Ed. Susan Knutson. Toronto: Playwrights Canada Press, 2010: 192-98. 2010

"‘Look into Fengo's Hole … and Win!!': Paratextuality as a Strategy for Evading Anti-Adaptation Prejudices in Michael O'Brien's Mad Boy Chronicle." Performing Adaptations: Essays and Conversations on the Theory and Practice of Adaptation. Eds. Michelle MacArthur, Lydia Wilkinson, and Keren Zaiontz. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009: 43-58. 2009

Recent creative work

Director/Co-author. BRUTUTUM ZUM PUM! – A Neo Futurist Cabaret. THEA 323/Androids Anonymous and the Victoria University of Wellington Theatre Programme. Studio 77, 19-23 May 2015.

McKinnon, James, and the Cycle Players. Mystery Play. [Live performance.] Dir.: James McKinnon. Victoria University of Wellington, October 2013.

McKinnon, James, and the Unconventionals. Shit Show, inspired by Alfred Jarry’s Ubu Roi. [Live performance.] Dir.: James McKinnon. Victoria University of Wellington, May 2012.

(Performer.) The Harper Run. (Short film.) Dir. Alfio Leotta & Miriam Ross. Vertical Cinema Productions, 2015

(Performer/Collaborator.) Waiting for Morgan. (Short film.) Dir. Alfio Leotta & Miriam Ross. Vertical Cinema Productions, 2014

(Performer.) Vic Dreams. Dir. Mirriam Ross. Vertical Cinema Project, VUW, 2013.

(Performer.) Heaven. Dir. Mirriam Ross. Vertical Cinema Project, VUW, 2013.

(Performer.) Vertical Cinema Manifesto. Dir. Mirriam Ross. Vertical Cinema Project, VUW, 2013.

Conference papers

“Creating Cultural Capitalists in University Theatre.” Canadian Association for Theatre Research (CATR/ACRT) 2015 Conference. University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario.

“From University Wits to Rude Mechanicals: The Value of Campus Productions.” (Organizer: Patrick Finn.) Participant. (2015)

“Rebooting the Classic Text (and the Drama Department).” IDIERI 8. (International Drama in Education Research Institute 2015 Conference.) Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

Mystery Play; or, Gained in Translation: Adventures in Adaptive Dramaturgy and/as Pedagogy.” Association for Theatre in Higher Education 2015 Conference. Montreal, Quebec.

“Mystery Play: Balancing Aesthetic and Pedagogical Ideals while Developing a Sustainable Practice in Classroom Theatre Production.” 2014 Australasian Drama Studies Conference, Wellington.

“Mystery Play: Devising Dramaturgy, Liturgical Drama, and Tikanga Maori.” 2014 Performance StudiesInternational conference, Shanghai.

“‘Not Your Standard Shakespeare’  – Mixed Traditions and Mixed Reception of Avant Garde Shakespeare at the New Zealand International Arts Festival.” 2014 Performance StudiesInternational conference, Shanghai.

“Gained in Translation: Adaptation, Dramaturgy, and Pedagogy.” Presented at the 2013 Australasian Drama Studies Association (ADSA) Conference, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia, 11 July 2013.

Convener/Organizer. “Action Research in Drama and Theatre.” Curated Seminar/Research Group at the CATR conference in Victoria, June 2013. http://adaptivepedagogy.wordpress.com/

“‘Sweet As…?’: Shakespeare, New Zealand, Emotions and the Maori Troilus and Cressida.” Presented at the ANZSA Conference, University of Western Australia, Perth, 28 November 2012.

“Using Adaptive Dramaturgy to Link Creative and Critical Thinking.” Presented at the 2012 International Society for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning conference at Hamilton, ON, 28 October 2012.

“Lodestone or Lead Weight? How Shakespeare Means at the 2012 New Zealand International Arts Festival.” Presented at the 2012 ADSA Conference in Brisbane, Australia.

“Creative Critical Pedagogy.” Curated Seminar at the CATR conference in Waterloo, May 2012.

“Re-Citing Chekhov in Canada.” Presented at the 2011 ADSA conference in Melbourne, Victoria. June 2011. (Selected for special emerging scholars panel.)

“The Pedagogy of Adaptation.” Presented at 2011 CATR conference in Fredricton, NB. May 2011.

Professional links and responsibilities

Member, Australasian Association of Drama, Theatre, and Performance Studies.

Member, Canadian Association for Theatre Research.

Courses

Teaching in 2018