Paula Sperdakos is an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto, where she teaches courses in the history, theory and practice of acting and directing, and directs student productions, most recently Arthur Miller’s The Crucible at UTSC and Michaela Di Cesare’s one-woman show 8 Ways My Mother was Conceived for the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies. She is the Program Director of Theatre and Performance Studies at UTSC. Her area of scholarly interest is Canadian women theatre practitioners, particularly actresses. Her articles and book reviews have been published in Theatre Research in Canada, CTR, Essays in Theatre, Modern Drama, and Queen’s Quarterly. She is the author of the Ann Saddlemyer Award-winning Dora Mavor Moore: Pioneer of the Canadian Theatre. Recently, she was a contributor to Theatre and AutoBiography: Writing and Performing Lives in Theory and Practice (Talonbooks, 2006), and to a special issue of Performing Arts Resources entitled A Tyranny of Documents: The Performance Historian as Film Noir Detective (2011). Her current project-in-progress is a monograph entitled Cometary Dust: The Stellar Theatre Journeys of Margaret Bannerman and Judith Evelyn.
B.A (McGill), M.A., Ph.D. (Toronto)