Julia Henderson & Katrina Dunn
Dr. Julia Henderson is a Postdoctoral Fellow with Concordia University’s Department of Communication Studies and its Ageing+Communication+Technologies Lab. Her body of research considers narratives of aging and old age in contemporary North American theatre, and specifically analyses plays that challenge ageist beliefs and stereotypes. Julia’s writing about age and theatre has been published in The Journal of American Drama and Theatre, Theatre Research in Canada, Canadian Theatre Review, Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance, Age, Culture, Humanities: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Geriatrics and the Thornton Wilder Journal. In 2019, her paper at the Trent Aging 2019 conference won the joint European Network in Aging Studies & the North American Network in Aging Studies emerging scholar award. Julia is also the Vice Chair of the North American Network in Aging Studies Governing Council. She recently co-guested edited the first special issue of Theatre Research in Canada/Recherches théâtrales au Canada that addresses age as an intersectional identity category to be released in November 2021. | Dr. Katrina Dunn is an Assistant Professor in the University of Manitoba’s Department of English, Theatre, Film & Media where she teaches in the Theatre Program. Her scholarly work explores the spatial manifestations of theatre as well as ecocritical theatre. She was twice awarded the Robert Lawrence Price for an Emerging Scholar by the Canadian Association for Theatre Research (2015 and co-won in 2017), and her 2020 dissertation recently co-won the Canadian Studies Network’s award for the Best Dissertation in Canadian Studies. Her work has been published in Canadian Theatre Review and Theatre Journal. She recently published a chapter in Routledge’s Theatre Pedagogy in the Era of Climate Crisis, edited by Conrad Alexandrowicz and David Fancy. Katrina’s long career as a stage director and producer has had considerable impact on the performing arts in western Canada and has been recognized with numerous awards.