``My grandfather said to me, we introduce ourselves so we know where things come from, not to separate us, but to find out ways we can link together.” - Issue 12.4
Editor in Chief
Aaron Franks is an arts-based researcher and co-founder of the RAFT applied performance company with Rebecca Benson. He worked as an actor from 1996 to 2006, and now focuses on institutions, power and transdisciplinary methods (not always in that order). He has worked with the Centre for Indigenous Research Creation at Queen’s University and was a Mitacs Visiting Fellow in Indigenous Research and Reconciliation at the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. He is currently Senior Manager for OCAP ® (Ownership, Control, Access and Possession) and Information Governance with the First Nations Information Governance Centre in Ottawa where he lives with Rebecca and their children Gil and Magda (and dog Archie).
Katherine Zien is Associate Professor in the Department of English at McGill University. Her research on theatre and performance in the Americas emphasizes transnationalism, political economy, and frameworks of race, class, and gender. Her book, Sovereign Acts: Performing Race, Space, and Belonging in Panama and the Canal Zone investigates intersections of performances with legal constructions of imperialism, race, and national sovereignty in the Panama Canal Zone. Sovereign Acts has been awarded prizes from the Caribbean Studies Association, the Canadian Association of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and the American Society for Theatre Research. Zien’s second project investigates intersections of militarization and theatre during Latin America’s Cold War. Additional research can be found in journals including Latin American and Caribbean Ethnic Studies, Theatre Survey, e-misférica, alt.theatre, Global South, Identities, Women and Performance, and Latin American Theatre Review.
Associate Web Editor
Hayley Malouin is a theatre critic and researcher from Toronto. She holds an MA in Studies in Comparative Literature and Arts and a BA in Dramatic Arts Performance, both from Brock University, where she is also a teaching assistant in courses on theatre criticism. As a scholar, her research is focused on public performance, political protest, and circus. She is the co-editor of Performance Matters Vol. 4.1-2, Circus and Its Others.
Mercedeh creates on both stage and film in hopes of bring radical representation, thought, and accessibility to each medium’s boundaries. Past projects have included directing a short film on punk Muslimahs for the Art of Inclusion project with the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal and the Michaëlle Jean Foundation, being mentored with Imago theatre’s Artista program, performing in Pluck’d at both the MAI and the CINARS biennale, and assistant directing for Lévriers at the MAI. Hailing from many ends of Canada and the world, Mercedeh is currently creating in Tiotia:ke, colonially known as Montreal.