Jessica Riley

Theatre and Film

Jessica Riley Title: Assistant Professor
Office: 3T09
Building: Asper Centre for Theatre and Film
Phone: 204-786-9285

Dr. Jessica Riley is Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre and Film.  Her research and teaching focus is on theatre history, dramaturgy, and Canadian drama.  She is currently at work on a manuscript that uses original archival research to reconstruct and analyze the dramaturgical impact of Urjo Kareda during his long tenure as artistic director of Toronto's Tarragon Theatre (1982-2001).

Teaching Areas:

Canadian Drama

Theatre History and Historiography



THFM-1002-001 Introduction to Theatre: General

Play Analysis

Theatre History


"Canadian Drama in the New Millennium: Inherited and Evolving Dramaturgies."  Anglistik International Journal of English Studies 30.1 (2019): 13-22.

A Man of Letters:  The Selected Dramaturgical Correspondence of Urjo Kareda. Toronto: Playwrights Canada Press, 2017.

"Drama."  The Cambridge Companion to Canadian Literature, 2nd edition.  Ed. Eva-Marie Kröller.  Cambridge:  Cambridge University Press, 2017.  128-149.  Co-authored with Ric Knowles.

"Invisibility and Early New Play Dramaturgy: Bill Glassco's Development of David Freeman's Creeps."  Canadian Performance Histories and Historiographies.  Ed. Heather Davis-Fisch.  Toronto:  Playwrights Canada Press, 2017.  179-201.

"The Intermedial Intercultural and the Limits of Empathy: Aluna Theatre's Nohavquiensepa."  Revised reprint in Performing the Intercultural City by Ric Knowles.  Ann Arbour:  University of Michigan Press, 2017.  152-175.  Co-authored with Ric Knowles.

"Transgression and Transformation: Mickey B and the Dramaturgy of Adaptation."  Outerspeares.  Ed. Daniel Fischlin.  Toronto:  University of Toronto Press, 2014.  152-204.  Co-authored with Daniel Fischlin and Tom Magill.

"Aluna Theatre's Nohavquiensepa: The Intermedial Intercultural and the Limits of Empathy."  Latino/a Canadian Theatre.  Ed. Natalie Alvarez.  Toronto: Playwrights Canada Press, 2013.  36-63.  Co-authored with Ric Knowles.

"Finding Urjo Kareda in the Archive."  Canadian Theatre Review 156.  (2013): 7-11.