Assistant Professor, Theatre, Dalhousie University.
A former King’s student in English and Classics, this is Barker’s 8th year teaching at Dal, specialty being Theatre History, specifically Modern Theatre (1870-1970) and Canadian Theatre. The passion she has for Modern Theatre is communicated to her students through discovering the work of artists who really believed that theatre mattered, that it could change society. “They believed art was a force,” Barker says. “It’s important to know that the stakes were high. With the issue of the arts in debate, it’s important that theatre is talking back to the direction of society.”
1st Runner-up: Charlotte Loppie, Dalhousie University
2nd Runner-up: Steven Bruhm, Mount Saint Vincent University