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Research Collaborator

University of Guelph

Dr. Knowles has published on the relationship between improvisation in theatre and in jazz, as well as on the improvisational theatre games, "Theatresports," and he works as a theatre director, using improvisation as part of his professional and pedagogical practice. He is editor of the quarterly Canadian Theatre Review and former editor (1999-2005) of Modern Drama. He is author of Reading the Material Theatre (2004), Shakespeare and Canada (2004), and The Theatre of Form and the Production of Meaning (1999), co-author of Remembering Women Murdered by Men (2001), editor of Theatre in Atlantic Canada, Judith Thompson, and The Masks of Judith Thompson (2005), and co-editor of Staging Coyote's Drama: An Anthology of First Nations Drama in English (2003). He received his BA, master’s, and PhD in English Literature from the University of Toronto.

Musical improvisation is a crucial model for political, cultural, and ethical dialogue and action.

– Ajay Heble