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University of Guelph

Mauricio Martinez is a second-year PhD student in Literary/Theatre Studies in English at the University of Guelph. His dissertation explores aspects of mourning in Shakespearean tragedy, but his other scholarly interests include discourses of slavery and abolition in late eighteenth-century literature, law and literature, and popular culture. Mauricio also has a multi-media background stemming from his time in the Creative Communications Program at Red River College in Winnipeg, and his interests in this area include visual/graphic design, photography, and experimental documentary.

Improvisation implies a deep connection between the personal and the communal, self and world. A “good” improviser successfully navigates musical and institutional boundaries and the desire for self-expression, pleasing not only herself but the listener as well.

– Rob Wallace