James Long

Sessional Instructor

Creative Studies, Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, Theatre
Email: jlong05@mail.ubc.ca

Research Summary

Performance creation, performance methods, community engagement and arts practice.

Courses & Teaching

THTR 301


James Long has been making new works of interdisciplinary performance and public art in with a variety of local, national and international collaborators since 1996. The resulting works have been presented in over 50 cities, festivals and independent venues across North America, Europe and Asia.

In 2003, with fellow artist Maiko Yamamoto, he founded Vancouver based Theatre Replacement to further his work as a performance maker, teacher and facilitator of educational programs.

James continues to write about performance and creation methodology, teach in both post-secondary and workshop scenarios across Canada and the US, holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Simon Fraser’s School of the Contemporary Arts and a Masters of Urban Studies, also through Simon Fraser University. In 2019 James, with Maiko Yamamoto, was awarded the Siminovitch Prize in direction for his work at Theatre Replacement and as a freelance artist.




BFA Theatre (Simon Fraser University), Masters of Urban Studies (Simon Fraser University)

Selected Publications & Presentations

Talon Books — Winners and Losers, 2015

Modern Canadian Plays — BIOBOXES: Artifacting Human Experience, 2013

Canadian Theatre Review 144 — Dear Citizens of Tennessee, 2011

2010 Canadian Theatre Review 143 — Clark and I Somewhere in Connecticut, 2010

Geist Magazine 67 — Family Albums Lost and Found, 2007

Selected Grants & Awards

1998 – present: Canada Council for the Arts funding for operating, special projects, touring, international co-production etc.

1998 – present: British Columbia Arts Council funding for operating, special projects, touring, youth engagement, early career development etc.

2005 – present: City of Vancouver Office of Cultural Affairs funding for operating, special projects etc.

Various Foundations including Hamber, Koerner and Maclean.

Awards & Distinctions

2020 National Arts Centre Creation Fund commission.

Siminovitch Prize 2019 (with Maiko Yamamoto) for Direction.

2019 Urban Studies nominee for Dean of Graduate Studies Convocation Medal for the best master’s thesis in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

2018 Masters of Urban Studies Alumni award for Community Engagement.

2018 Graduate Fellowship, Masters of Urban Studies.

2015 Governor General Literary Award Nominee for script Winners and Losers. Co-written with Marcus Youssef.

$60,000 Rio Tinto Alcan Commissioning Prize to create Theatre Replacement’s, The Greatest Cities in the World.

SummerWorks Festival’s Best Director Prize for How to Disappear Completely.

Various Vancouver Jessie Awards and nominations for innovation, design, acting and writing


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