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Koby Rogers Hall

Part-Time Professor, Theatre
CED Faculty, School of Community and Public Affairs



Koby Rogers Hall is an artist, writer and social practice facilitator based in Montreal. Her recent projects are dedicated to dialogical arts practices, archiving as cultural activism, and public interventions for political engagement. She conceives and facilitates social practice design with the performance collective Mischief Theatre, the multidisciplinary arts activist PreOccupations, the Politics & Care project, and the Artists’ Bloc of the Immigrant Workers’ Center in Montreal. She has taught classes at UQAM (Montreal), the Department of Arts Politics (NYU), and as part-time faculty with the Theatre Department and with the Community Economic Development (CED) Graduate Diploma Program through the School of Community and Public Affairs at Concordia University. Her pedagogical practice has been invited by the Living Knowledge project of the Office of Community Engagement at Concordia, distinguishing itself as a community-based experiential learning project. 

Koby has exhibited and performed at La Mama ETC. and No Longer Empty, New York; centre des arts actuels Skol, Fonderie Darling, Tangente, and Studio 303, Montreal; the Rhubarb Festival and Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Toronto; the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics Encuentros in Montreal and Sao Paolo; and in Hawai’i as a YEMOYA international artist in residency with mentor-facilitator d’bi young anitafrika; among others.

She has received multi-year awards and funding from York University, Tisch School of the Arts (NYU), the Rosa Parks Fellowship for Non-violent studies, the Zonta Club of Ottawa Emerging Artist Award, the Canadian Millenium Scholarship Awards, Engrenage Rouage Noir, and the Canada Council for the Arts. 

Koby holds an MA in Arts Politics from Tisch School of the Arts (NYU) and a BFA in Theatre, specialised in Collective Creation (York University). She is pursuing her PhD in Humanities at Concordia's Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture (CISCC) with a focus on migrant justice in social arts practices. Her thesis research has been supported by the Concordia Merit Scholarship, Hydro-Quebec Graduate Award, and the Miriam Aaron Roland Fellowship in PhD Humanities. Koby is a Social Justice Fellow (2021-22) with the Social Justice Centre at Concordia, and a SSHRC CGS Doctoral Scholarship recipient for her research-creation thesis.


Living and writing from Tiohtiá:ke on unceded Indigenous lands, I recognise the Kanien’kehá:ka people as the keepers of the land and water. These territories have been meeting grounds for many nations over time, as well as the Kanien’kehá:ka inspiring resistance through the Kanehsatà:ke and Akwesane 1990 blockades, to name some of many.  My research-creation involves a commitment to engaging with contested knowledge systems, and an ongoing curiosity for my embodiment of settler-colonial relations to Indigenous Peoples resurgence, in past, present and futures.  


Teaching activities

Undergraduate

PERC 498: Devised Performance Pedagogy, Theatre Department. 


SCPA 352: Community and Local Activism,School of Community and Public Affairs.

 

PERC 210: The Audience and the Performance EventTheatre Department. 

 

TDEV 498: Socially Engaged Performance/Theatre & Activism, Theatre and Development specialisation.

Graduate

SCPA511 CED Projects: Anti-racist practices and intersectionality, Graduate Diploma Core Course: School of Community and Public Affairs. 


SCPA 504: Community Organising and CED,  Graduate Diploma Core Course: School of Community and Public Affairs. 

 

(invited lecturer) Publics: social practice and community engagementGraduate Seminar: Curating Live Performance. Professors Dena Davida and Jane Gabriels. UQAM.


(invited lecturer) Occupy Everywhere: movement-building and public intervention, Graduate Seminar: Critical Geographies. Professor Natalie Doonan. Concordia University.


Research activities

Research Assistant

(2021-22) SSHRC-funded research project, Afrofuturism and Black Lives Matter in the Canadian Art Scene with Dr. Alice Ming Wai Jim (Concordia University Research Chair in Ethnocultural Art Histories)

(2021-ongoing) SSHRC-funded research project, 
Oral History performance, Listening Acts, and Transformative Justice with Dr. Luis Sotelo Castro (Canada Research Chair in Oral History Performance; Director of the Acts of Listening Lab).

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