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Jamie Dunsdon - MFA (Directing) 2009

As a UofC graduate student in the Directing Program (Theatre), I had the opportunity to practice my craft under the mentorship of the outstanding faculty of artists. The sheer number of in-studio directing hours I was allowed to put in over those two years allowed me the opportunity to find my directorial voice and explore different methods and styles to help fill my artistic toolkit. I also received a great deal of support as an academic writer and teacher, both of which have contributed to my employment in academic settings. Above all, my time at the UofC broadened my artistic world and strengthened my understanding of the foundations of the craft.
This program is fantastic for directors who want the opportunity to find their legs in a rehearsal room, while also providing the fundamental knowledge that will come in handy for the rest of your career.

Jamie Dunsdon is currently the Artistic Associate/Apprentice Artistic Director at The Grand Theatre in London, ON working under Artistic Director Susan Ferley.

In 2009, after graduation, she founded and became the Artistic Director of Verb Theatre in Calgary, which has grown into an established experimental theatre company in the city. Verb Theatre creates productions that challenge the audiences and the city to make connections with stories that might otherwise be unfamiliar. One of the many highlights for Jamie was the 2012 production of NOISE, a vibration-based musical for both Deaf and hearing audiences.
Jamie also began teaching as a sessional instructor for the University of Lethbridge, and has worked as a freelance director, educator, and writer for many of Calgary’s most respected theatre companies. She plans to return to Calgary for the 2014/15 season to continue her work with Verb Theatre.

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