Jennifer Roberts-Smith

Associate Chair, Undergraduate Advisor for Theatre and Performance, Associate Professor
(519) 888-4567 ext. 35785
Location: ML 119C

Knee to head shot of Jennifer Roberts-Smith in a leather jacketJennifer Roberts-Smith holds a PhD in English (2007) and an MA in Drama from the University of Toronto. Her research and creative practice focus on performance and digital media, with particular emphasis on theatre, history, archives, and interfaces. JRS is Principal Investigator of two multi-institutional research projects: The Simulated Environment for Theatre (SET) and The Stratford Festival Online: Games and Virtual Learning Environments for Education and Audience Engagement. She also leads the Virtual Reality Development cluster of the Digital Oral Histories for Reconciliation (DOHR) research project. Her work has been supported by SSHRC, MITACS, and the Canada Council for the Arts, and recognized by an Ontario Early Researcher Award. Jennifer joined the University of Waterloo in 2007, after working as an actor and director in small and large scale Canadian theatres, and teaching at the universities of Ottawa, Toronto, and Windsor.

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Recent work

“Design Research: Objects, Procedures, and New Understanding.” Technology | Architecture + Design. Forthcoming in 2018. With Stan Ruecker.

Shakespeare’s Language in Digital Media: Old Words New Tools. Digital Research in the Arts and Humanities. Series eds. Marilyn Deegan, Lorna Hughes, Andrew Prescott, and Harold Short. Routledge. 2018. Co-edited with Janelle Jenstad and Mark Kaethler.

 “Théâtre et humanités numériques. Du développement des outils aux design experimental. [Theatre and the digital humanities: from tool development to experience design].” Trans. Ioana Galleron. Revue d’Historiographie du Théâtre 4. Special Issue: Études théâtrales et humanités numériques. 2017.

“Activating Interpretation: Experience Design in the Humanities.” Making Humanities Matter. Ed. Jentery Seyers. Debates in the Digital Humanities. Ed.  Matthew Gold and Lauren Klein. University of Minnesota Press.  2017. With Stan Ruecker.

"Cambridge Revisited? Methodological and Phenomenological Theatricalities in Simulated Environments for Theatre History Research." 2016. Early Modern Studies and the Digital Turn. New Technologies in Medieval and Renaissance Studies. Eds. Laura Estill, Diane Jakacki, and Michael Ullyot. With Shawn DeSouza-Coelho and Paul Stoesser.

“Staging Shakespeare in Social Games: Towards a Theory of Theatrical Game Design.” Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare Appropriation. Special Issue: Social Media Shakespeare. Ed. Maurizio Calbi and Stephen O’Neill. Forthcoming in 2016. With Shawn DeSouza-Coelho and Toby Malone.

“ ‘Time Is Their Master’: Men and Meter in The Comedy of Errors.” Shakespeare’s World of Words: Language Incorporated. Ed. Paul Yachnin. Arden, 2015.

“An Interactive, Materialist-Semiotic Archive: Visualizing the Canadian Theatrical Canon in the Simulated Environment for Theatre (SET).” Co-lead author with Alexandra Kovacs and the SET Project. Place and Space: Cultural Mapping and the Digital Sphere. Ed. Ruth Panofky and Kathleen Kellett. University of Alberta Press, 2015.

Courses taught

  • DRAMA 200: Theatre and Performance in Context
  • DRAMA 307/407/317/417: Production Participation
  • DRAMA 100: Introduction to Theatre
  • DRAMA 321/421: Approaches to Acting with Text
University of Waterloo

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