Cheryl L. McLean is writer and director of the ethnodrama “Who Cares”. She is editor of the CAIP Research Series published by Brush Education and books Creative Arts in Humane Medicine, Creative Arts for Community and Cultural Change and Creative Arts in Interdisciplinary Practice, Inquiries for Hope and Change. She is also publisher of The International Journal of the Creative Arts in Interdisciplinary Practice IJCAIP. She was recently awarded a Harrison McCain Visiting Professorship and is a Visiting Scholar at Acadia University, Nova Scotia.
Cheryl McLean has been active in the creative arts in interdisciplinary research and practice for over ten years and has special interests in the aging and health field. She also has experience as a researcher and ethnodramatist actor/playwright gathering research/data and writing scripts and performing research based stories of lived experience for audiences across a wide range of disciplines. Trained in Stanislavski acting approaches (realism) under the mentorship of Dr. Muriel Gold, (formerly the Artistic Director of Montreal’s Saidye Bronfman Theatre) and with an M.A. (Faculty of Fine Art) from Concordia University (drama and therapy) she has also worked as a therapist in mental health settings with older persons. In addition to writing and directing Who Cares, Cheryl will be part of the cast performing in the ethnodrama to be held at Acadia University.
Catherine Morley , Assistant Professor in the School of Nutrition and Dietetics at Acadia University, is the Lead Researcher and Producer of “Who Cares”. She is a leader in Canada in the field of dietetics and nutrition who has written extensively about Meanings of Eating and Changes with Illness,..She is also an educator and researcher who engages in research to raise awareness about the causes, prevention and management of malnutrition in aging Canadians and those living with dementia or changed health status. In her work she hopes to reduce caregiver burden and the frequency and duration of hospitalization and institutionalization of older persons.
Paula Rockwell, Actor and Vocalist
Paula Rockwell is acting and performing in the ethnodrama “Who Cares”. She has an affinity for contemporary music and has released a solo CD, which she co-produced, featuring 20th century Art Songs entitled Fleeting Melodies. The Halifax Herald said…“a repertoire such as this is both unusual and challenging and Rockwell with her beautiful, clear, ringing voice meets their technical demands with assurance and precision.” She also has been featured on several recordings, Scott MacMillan’s The Celtic Mass for the Sea, 1st Baptist Church Choir’s Sing Lullaby under the direction of the late David MacDonald and has had compositions written for her. One of England’s foremost composers, Jonathon Willcocks, wrote a piece for Paula that she debuted at the Green Lake Festival of Music in Wisconsin entitled Mayhem!!The misfortune of Miss Maisy Murgatroyd, which involved the Green Lake Children’s Choir.
Paula has taken on several operatic roles since graduating from University of Toronto working with the Canadian Opera Company, Toronto’s Opera in Concert, Vancouver Opera, Tidal Opera and with Orchestre Baroque de Montreal. Paula has been a regular soloist with Symphony Nova Scotia and the Chorus of Westerly in Rhode Island where she made her American debut singing Brahms’ Alto Rhapsody. She is heard every summer at the Sir David Willcocks Choral Symposium in Lyman, NH, giving master classes and concerts.
Robert Seale, Actor
Robert Seale is acting in the ethnodrama “Who Cares”. An Acting graduate of the National Theatre School in Montreal, Robert also holds a Master’s Degree summa cum laude in Performance from York University. He has been an award-winning CAEA professional since 1974, appearing in over 150 leading roles in the major theatres across Canada, and in the U.S.
Besides professional acting and directing, Robert has done over 300 professional consultation, choreography and stunt contracts on stage and film through his company, Fights Unlimited RGS – including work with such groups as the National Ballet, Shaw Festival, National Arts Centre, Canadian Opera Company, National Ballet, and both the Toronto and Atlantic Film Festivals.
Robert Seale, directing at Acadia University
His company has worked extensively with the RCMP, training recruits in “Crisis Intervention” at Depot Division in Regina. With the Canadian Armed Forces, he recently trained, directed and choreographed a 36 member Naval Boarding Party simulation for the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo in Halifax.
In 1992 Robert completed formulation of a national system of fight certification for Canada, and the next year legally incorporated and became founding President of Fight Directors, Canada. He remained the elected President until 2000, when he withdrew to become Executive Director for the IOSP in Washington, D.C. – the international “Round Table” of professionals. He has a TacCom Certification from the government of Ontario and holds an internationally recognized certification as a Fight Master.