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Shannon Blanchet MFA

Assistant Professor

Faculty Member in Drama

John Mitchell 294

Research Area(s)

  • Acting and Performance
  • Psychology of Performance
  • Voice and Speech for the Actor
  • Ensemble Performance
  • Directing and Creation Techniques
  • Transdisciplinary Research
  • Electroencephalography
  • Kinesthetic and embodied Empathy

About me

Shannon is an artist, educator and researcher specializing in voice and acting. She has appeared on stages across Canada, Off-Broadway, and in London's West End. She has contributed to an array of Canadian-made media as a performer, producer and assistant director from AAA video game titles to music videos. She holds a BFA in Acting and an MFA in Theatre Voice Pedagogy from the University of Alberta. In addition to her creative activity, her research fuses performance and cognitive neuroscience methodologies to investigate the relationship between experience and expression.


Blanchet, Shannon, and Alice Elizabeth Atkin. 2023 . ‘A Focus on the Voice: Attention as a Unifying Mechanism Underlying Vocal Training and Mindfulness’. Voice and Speech Review, 1–17. https://doi.org/10.1080/23268263.2023.2250242.

Dobbie, Courtenay, David Hudgins, Shannon Blanchet, Quincy Armorer, Jani Lauzon, Alisa Palmer, Sue Miner, Jamie Robinson, and Roberta Barker. 2023. ‘“Transformation Is Imperative”: Play Selection and Casting at Theatre Training Institutions’. Canadian Theatre Review 193 (February): 49–54. https://doi.org/10.3138/ctr.193.011.

Artistic Works


The Margin of the Sky: Greystone Theatre (Saskatoon, SK); Evelyn Strange: Teatro la Quindicina (Edmonton)


Nevermore: The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe: Catalyst Theatre (New York, London, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon, Toronto, Ottawa); Before I Change My Mind: Loud Whisper Productions (Feature Film. Director: Trevor Anderson); Pull Focus: ECW Press (Audiobook. Author: Helen Walsh. Director: Brenley Charkow.) The Ballad of Peachtree Rose: Workshop West Theatre (Edmonton); The Bald Soprano: Bright Young Things (Edmonton International Fringe Festival); The Importance of Being Earnest, The Adulteress, Whiplash Weekend, Evelyn Strange: Teatro la Quindicina, (Edmonton), Fortune Falls: Catalyst Theatre,/Alberta Theatre Projects (Calgary, Edmonton), A Picasso: Chorus Productions (Edmonton International Fringe Festival), Von Mitterbrink's Second: ACME Theatre (Edmonton International Fringe Festival), The Liars: Shadow Theatre (Edmonton)