Difference between revisions of "User:Stephen Atkins"
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Contributions: Wikipedia since 2004, Wikitravel since 2004, then I opened an account and started my page in 2006. Wikiversity since 2006. I started off with Wikipedia because I noticed a lot of my students citing it in their papers (and the facts were wrong) so I went in and did some checking. I am mostly interested in the articles on theatre and dance history, as I teach Theatre History at a college in Canada. My colleague in the theatre department introduced me to Wikitravel over dinner in Vancouver. I owe many multicultural experiences to her. Now that she is retired, she is travelling in the middle east. I am not quite sure what to make of wikiversity yet. My friends in the theatre department really like the idea of open learning (kind of like the old days of community colleges) but it's still a little disorganized.
Bio: Stephen Atkins, BA Theatre/Art History, MFA Theatre/Film (SFU) has performed, taught and directed in Brisbane, Melbourne,Vancouver, Calgary and Lethbridge. Recent directing credits include The Queens for the University of Lethbridge , The Woman, Forever Yours Mary Lou, Mad Boy Chronicle, Woyzeck, Les Belles Souers for Exit22 at Capilano College , Samuel Beckett: 5 Short Pieces for Human Theatre / Zen Zen Zo  and Trigger, a collaborative creation. He was a founding member of the Tooba Physical Theatre Centre  in Vancouver, BC. Writing credits for theatre include Just Measures (1989), Four & Twenty Blackbirds (1992), Black Angels (1997), Dracula (2007). Articles include Virtual Reality and the Actual Performer (CTR 1994), and several contributions (1994-2005) on science fiction, art history, food and travel for trade publications and open-source projects such as Schmap Travel Guides, Wikipedia, World66 and WWTG. Film work includes working in the Locations Department for the TV series Psych . Internet experience includes 11 years of website development on projects varying from HSBC to one of Canada's first television/internet sites. Stephen Atkins is an amateur photographer.
Current: Stephen Atkins is the Artistic Director of Vancouver-based Human Theatre and an Associate Artist with Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre in Brisbane, Australia. Stephen is also a faculty member of Capilano College in the Acting for Stage and Screen Program  and the Musical Theatre Program  where he teaches Voice, Acting, Improvisation & Mask, Creative Movement, Styles and Theatre History.
Future: Stephen looks forward to collaborating on Sub Con Warrior 2.0 with Australia-based Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre and hosting Vancouver Stomp in Aug 2008. Human Theatre will be training Vancouver-based film and stage performers while developing new works.
The seven-month long internship with Zen Zen Zo exceeded all my expectations. I recommend it highly to anyone interested in (re)focusing their craft. I've posted a condensed blog and notes/reflections on the readings for my students (and anyone else interested). I am heading back home over the next couple of weeks by way of Auckland, Singapore and Hong Kong.
I expect the fall of 2007 to be different than other years at Capilano College. I'll certainly notice the cold more after having been away from Vancouver rain for over nine months in total. I am looking forward to developing the material I have been working on over the internship. I think the students will be pleased with the results.
Human Theatre will be opening its studio doors in the Dominion Building, using the Toobe Physical Theatre training rooms to conduct classes in Meisner-based actor training.
Ongoing collaboration with Zen Zen Zo will see me back in Brisbane for Christmas. Looking forward to that. Oh, and I am working on a feature length film script.
Places I've been
I have had the pleasure of seeing quite a bit of this amazing province because I was a touring actor in a childrens' theatre company where we did about 200 performances over most of a year. We toured our shows to schools all over the interior and as far north as the Alaskan panhandle. We went to some communities with no roads, you had to fly in by float plane (packing set, props and costumes along!!). The scenery was spectacular, we felt grateful to be constantly surrounded by things that tourists would pay thousands to see. But after appreciating the look of the mountain or valley, we had to get into our van or plane and cross the bloody thing. I guess part of the beauty of the wilderness is it the challenge it presents. If you are ever here, you have to see Vancouver, Victoria, Kelowna, Okanagan Valley. For real out-doorsy experiences, go up the north coast to Bella Coola or out to Tofino on Vancouver Island. Out there, the sun sets on the wild, open Pacific. There is some fine dining on the island too at Sooke Harbour House.
Alberta is an oil-rich prairie province. Many US and Canadian companies have their head offices in my home town of Calgary. There is a lot of rivalry between Calgary and Edmonton, in everything from hockey to who has the best shopping mall. Check out Lethbridge and environs for a country-western experience. Drumheller's badlands are a great family get-away because of the paleontology museums and fossil exhibits. Who doesn't like dinosaurs?
Montana, Idaho and Wyoming
Mostly camped there and walked around Yellowstone National Park.
Annual visits to Puerto Vallarta and the surrounding towns. It is very close to a state and time zone border, which you cross on the way to neigbouring Nayita where we normally have our Christmas dinner. Making restaurant reservations is challenging when you have to take into account travel time and a time zone change.
Europe & Great Britain
Places I want to go in the next 5 years.
I'd like to do one of these in the next 5 years.
Ideal Trip Number Two: As much of Italy as possible.