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Professional Contributors


SFU ACADEMICS

Andrew Petter 

Janet Danielson is a composer and music theorist. She has served as Chair of the Association of Canadian Women Composers and was 2010 Composer-in-Residence for Sonic Boom, which commissioned and premièred her Suite Vancouver for string orchestra and erhu. She has composed for most genres including an opera, The Marvelous History of Mariken of Nimmigen, and recently orchestrated her work for the Orchid Ensemble and chorus, In the Very Highest Place, which was premiered April 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri. As an SFU instructor she has developed an online version of her Music Fundamentals course, twice nominated for national awards, as well as a text, Basic Organization of Music. She has published articles on women and music, music and the history of technology, and the harmonic basis of linear perspective; and lectured at conferences in Asia, Europe and the USA. Current commissions include a work for the Cambridge Music Conference’s upcoming Performing Arts and Restorative Justice Conference, November 2012. Janet Danielson is a composer and music theorist. She has served as Chair of the Association of Canadian Women Composers, executive member of the Canadian League of Composers, and was 2010 Composer-in-Residence for Sonic Boom, which premièred her Suite Vancouver for string orchestra and erhu. She has composed for most genres including an opera, The Marvelous History of Mariken of Nimmigen, and recently orchestrated her work for the Orchid Ensemble and chorus, In the Very Highest Place, which was premiered April 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri. As an SFU instructor she has developed an online version of her Music Fundamentals course, twice nominated for national awards, as well as a text, Basic Organization of Music. She has published articles on women and music, music and the history of technology, and the harmonic basis of linear perspective; and lectured at conferences in Asia, Europe and the USA. Current commissions include a work for the Cambridge Music Conference’s upcoming Performing Arts and Restorative Justice Conference, November 2012. 

Brenda Morrison 

Susan O'Neill 

UBC ACADEMICS

Michelle LeBaron

Rena Sharon 

INTERNATIONAL ACADEMICS

John Paul Lederach 

Nigel Osborne (composer)

Isabelle Peretz

CANADIAN AUTHOR

Alison Pick is most recently the author of the novel FAR TO GO, nominated for the 2011 Man Booker Prize, and winner of the Canadian Jewish Book Award for Fiction. It has been published internationally, and has been optioned for film. Pick was the 2002 Bronwen Wallace Award winner for the most promising writer under thirty-five in Canada. She has published two acclaimed volumes of poetry, and a second novel, THE SWEET EDGE, which was a Globe and Mail Top 100 Book of 2005. Currently on faculty at the Humber School for Writers, Alison Pick lives in Toronto where she is working on her forthcoming memoir BETWEEN GODS.

CSC PACIFIC REGIONAL CHAPLAIN  

Dwight Cuff

SFU CENTRE FOR RESTORATIVE JUSTICE

David Gustafson

Kay Pranis is an independent trainer and facilitator for peacemaking circles.  From 1994 to 2003 she served the Minnesota Department of Corrections as the Restorative Justice Planner.  Since 2003 she has provided training in the circle process to groups across the US and Canada and in Costa Rica and Brazil.  Kay has been involved in the development of circle processes in criminal justice, schools, neighborhoods, families and the workplace.  She is  author of the Little Book of Circle Processes: A New/Old Approach to Peacemaking and a co-author of Peacemaking Circles: From Crime to Community, Doing Democracy with Circles – Engaging the Community in Public Planning and Heart of Hope – A Guide for Using Circles to Develop Emotional Literacy, Promote Healing and Build Healthy Relationships.  

Barry Stuart 

INTERNATIONAL SPECIALISTS

Sara Lee studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, from where she graduated in 1984. Whilst at college she founded the clarinet quartet ‘No Strings Attached’ which performed at many of London's most prestigious concert venues, including the Wigmore Hall, the Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Purcell Room. The quartet broadcast regularly on BBC Radio 3 and toured Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Egypt and Jordan for the British Council. The quartet took part in the ‘Rainbow across Europe’ festival, running workshops and performing in England, France, Holland and Hungary.

Following her graduation, Sara was invited to take part in the pioneer year of the ‘Music Performance and Communication Skills’ course at the Guildhall which, during the first term involved a performance inside Her Majesty’s Prison, Wormwood Scrubs. This was the start of her creative life inside as she was offered the post of music co-ordinator there, specifically to work with prisoners on all aspects of practical and theoretical music. This post lasted from 1984 to 1995.

In 1995, Sara’s work was recognised by the prison service and she was awarded a UK Travel Scholarship by the Butler Trust. This led to an invitation from the late Lord Chief Justice, Peter Taylor to form The Irene Taylor Trust ‘Music in Prisons’ in memory of his wife, Irene Taylor. Since 1995, the Trust has run over 200 intensive high quality music projects in prisons, other secure facilities and in the community across the UK to provide positive experiences and help in the process of rehabilitation, education and the forming of life skills. The focus of every project is the creation of new and innovative music, drawing out the ideas and influences of a group of individuals who rarely, if ever, get such an opportunity to engage in the arts. Evaluations have shown that participants greatly benefit from having an opportunity for self-expression and that their sense of self-worth and confidence increases dramatically after taking part in a project. The projects draw on prisoners’ creativity and experiences and whilst they are carefully planned, the project team adopts a fluid approach to the creative process, allowing participants to influence the direction of the music and workshops. In consistently striving for and encouraging the highest levels of commitment it regularly inspires and engages participants in exploring positive avenues away from crime. 

Currently Music in Prisons’ Artistic Director, Sara has co-led the majority of the projects since the Trust’s inauguration. Her valuable experience in applying careful strategies for dealing with people excluded from arts activities as a result of imprisonment has ensured the Trust’s growing reputation in prisons and the criminal justice sector as a whole

On behalf of Music in Prisons, Sara takes an active role on the steering committee of the Arts Alliance, an important coalition of arts organisations working in the criminal justice system, which is instrumental in encouraging greater dialogue between arts organisations working in prisons and government policy makers.

Outside working hours, Sara is a season ticket holder at Arsenal Football Club and spends a great deal of time (and money) following the team home, away and abroad.

Mark-Anthony Turnage (composer)

Howard Skempton (composer)

Suzanne Batty (poet) 

INTERNATIONAL MUSICIANS 

Jinny Shaw (oboe & composer) 

Alan Stott (piano)

INTERNATIONAL DANCERS/EURYTHMISTS 

Noemi Boeken 

Maren Stott

CANADIAN MUSICIANS

Leah Abramson 

Jan Alexander: Threshold Choir 

Laura Barron PhD 

Nadja Hall (cello)

Patricia Smith (voice)

Voices from the Vancouver Chamber Choir

CANADIAN CHOREOGRAPHERS AND DANCERS

Gail Lotenberg is the founding Artistic Director of LINK Dance Foundation, which is dedicated to creating dance in dialogue with other disciplines. Her work is based in Vancouver BC, and involves choreographing, dancing, and teaching. In 2008, she was invited to become the first associated artist with Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Dialogue, in recognition of her achievements promoting through dance. Gail’s projects have toured throughout Canada, to the US, and Europe. Principle mentors include choreographers Karole Armitage, Liz Lerman, Lee Eisler, and Chick Snipper. Gail’s interest outside of dance is to kayak and ski in the wild landscapes of Western Canada, which strongly influences her movement and choreographic perspectives.

Judith Marcuse career spans over 40 years of professional work as a dancer, choreographer, director, producer, teacher, writer, consultant and lecturer in Canada and abroad. She has created over 100 original works for live performance by dance, theatre and opera companies as well as for film and television and has produced seven large-scale, international arts festivals. Her repertory contemporary dance company toured extensively in Canada and abroad for 15 years, while also producing community residencies and youth programs.

Among her many projects, the issue-based ICE, FIRE and EARTH projects, each five years long, involved thousands of youth in workshops, national touring, television production and extensive community collaborations across Canada. The ICE Project explored issues that can lead to teen suicide; the FIRE Project looked at how violence is experienced by young people; and the EARTH Project examined issues of environmental and social justice.

An advocate for the integration of arts-based dialogue into diverse social change contexts, Marcuse works in arts, university and community settings in Canada and abroad, most recently in Northern Ireland, Finland and South Africa. Founder and Co-Director of the International Centre of Art for Social Change (www.icasc.ca), she is a Senior Fellow of Ashoka International. Among her many honours, she has received the Lee and Chalmers Canadian choreographic awards and an honorary doctorate from Simon Fraser University

EXPRESSIVE ARTS SPECIALISTS

S. Brooke Anderson is a Vancouver painter whose passion for healing through the arts led her into the prison system in 2007 to work with incarcerated men and women.  Using an innovative workbook called ‘Keep an Eye on Your Soul’, inmates explore ideas about their lives, belief system and role in the world through the creative process. With the support of Prison Fellowship, this program is being implemented into other Federal Prisons across Canada. Brooke’s current focus is on conflict transformation within the prison system. Her paintings are exhibited internationally, and as part of the State Art Collection administered by the Canadiana Fund, is displayed in the official residence of the Governor General of Canada. (www.sbandersonart.com)

Carol Ashton

Jerome Gastaldi is an artist committed to social change through the artistic process. He is the author of ‘Keep an Eye on Your Soul’, an innovative new workbook being used in the prison system today. Other publications include ‘Art & Reality’, a tutorial for professional studies in art education and ‘Communication in the Arts’, selected by the US Department of Education as the most exemplary art education program in the US in 1988. Gastaldi believes that "through communication technologies, creative expressions can be shared instantly in global proportions. Each of us has the ability to create and share new realities with others through art, music, poetry, and other forms of creative expression. Through this process of self- discovery, sharing our ideas, and experiencing the ideas of others, we develop a broader understanding of the world and our place in it. This is change through creativity." (www.thebridgetofreedom.com)

Carrie MacLeod, PhD candidate, is the Research Director for the Dancing at the Crossroads conflict transformation and dance project at the University of British Columbia. Carrie currently designs and facilitates arts-based educational programs for refugee communities throughout Vancouver and teaches in the Vancouver Expressive Arts Program. Her continuing involvement in resettlement issues stems from previous peace and reconciliation initiatives in Sierra Leone, West Africa and with social justice projects throughout India and Central America. Carrie is on the faculty of the MA program in Expressive Arts in Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding at the European Graduate School and is the Director of the International Centre for Arts in Peacebuilding