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Noah Drew, MFA

Associate Professor, Theatre

Noah Drew, MFA
Office: S-GM 500-47 
Guy-De Maisonneuve Building,
1550 De Maisonneuve W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 4729
Website(s): personal site
Performing Arts Research Cluster at the MILIEUX Institute
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Noah Drew is an "all-terrain theatre artist" originally from Vancouver. He has worked across North America, and in Europe and South America, as an actor, composer, sound designer, writer/director/dramaturge and teacher. He is a Certified Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework® and has taught dozens of workshops in this radical approach to voice training. Noah has taught several times in the Fitzmaurice Voicework Teacher Certification programs in New York and Los Angeles, and is the Director of Conferences for the Fitzmaurice Institute for Voicework.

Drew's sound designs and music for theatre and dance have been performed on four continents, and have been honoured with six Jessie Awards (19 nominations total) and a Siminovitch Prize nomination. Drew's projects have included work with Horseshoes & Hand Grenades Theatre (Vancouver), NeWorld Theatre (Vancouver), The Belfry Theatre (Victoria), The Arts Club (Vancouver), Bard on the Beach (Vancouver), Little Swan Pictures (Philadelphia/Portland), Theatre Tribe (Los Angeles), White Pines Productions (Philadelphia) and the National Arts Centre of Canada (Ottawa), as well as many others. Prior to joining Concordia, Noah taught at Vancouver Film School, Temple University, Douglas College and various private schools/studios in Canada and the U.S. 

Noah's research and research-creation focuses on exploring strategies for cultivating and catalyzing heightened states of presence in performers and audiences. Noah's work draws on aspects of sensory immersion and sensory dramaturgy; (auto)ethnography and a dynamic interplay between true lived experiences and fiction; gamified theatre, and somatic practices.

Current/recent major projects include "Tiny Music," a sound design musical Drew is writing and composing (premiered at the 2014 Chutzpah! Festival in Vancouver); "The Riot Ballet," an international, intercultural, immersive game-theatre creation exploring themes of protest, authority and journalistic distortion; "Salamandra" (director/dramaturge), a semi-fictional account of how co-creator (and acclaimed projections designer) Jamie Nesbitt inherited and then lost a 150-room castle in Zakopane, Poland; and "Hear Me Looking at You" (director/dramaturge), a theatrical storytelling performance by notable ethnographer Dara Culhane, that draws on an archive of correspondence, family stories, and memories about a childhood spent Irish and Jewish, split between continents and cultures.

Teaching activities

Courses taught

Voice for the Stage (all levels), Scene Study, The Engaged Theatre Artist, The Emerging Artist

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