Theatre & Performance

Melissa Holland Health

The therapeutic value of clowning around 

Melissa Holland, BEd’98, is the co-founder and co-artistic director of the Dr. Clown Foundation. Their troupe of trained therapeutic clowns (and that includes her) bring comfort, compassion, and plenty of laughs to hospitalized children and seniors in care facilities.

Michel Tremblay Culture

How Michel Tremblay became a Scottish sensation

Playwright Michel Tremblay is one of Quebec’s most revered artists, but his works have also been celebrated in Scotland, thanks to the Scots translations of his plays by Martin Bowman, BA’67, MA’69, and Bill Findlay. Those translations were recently collected in the two-volume Michel Tremblay: Plays in Scots.

Kid Koala, a pioneering innovator of turntable music, performed at student dorm parties while pursuing an education degree at McGill (Photo: Corinne Merrell) Culture

From DJing at Gerts to touring with Radiohead

Before he became a pioneer of turntable music and a contributor to Hollywood soundtracks, Kid Koala (aka Eric San, BEd’96) performed at student dorm parties while pursuing an education degree at McGill.

Joze Piranian performing at a comedy club in Calgary (Photo: James Moore) People

His stutter hasn’t stopped him

Joze Piranian, BCom’11, once pleaded with his professors to allow him to avoid oral presentations in class. A lifelong stutterer, Piranian decided to confront the fears he had about his speech impediment. Today, he is a standup comic and an in-demand public speaker.

Margaret Grenier performing People

Sharing a vibrant culture through dance

Margaret Grenier, BSc’97, won one of Canada’s top prizes for the performing arts for her work with the Dancers of Damelahamid, an Indigenous dance company that uses song and a unique form of masked dance to share First Nations’ cultural traditions. 


Shining a spotlight on Generation X

The Globe and Mail once called him “Canada's most talented impressionist since Rich Little.” In his new play, Rick Miller, BSc(Arch)’93, BArch’94, takes on more than 100 different voices to examine the world in which Generation X grew up – as well as his own experiences at McGill.


An epic tale of war and fate at a bar near you

The patrons of a Parc Avenue bar are experiencing something unique on Mondays. Associate professor of classical studies Lynn Kozak is treating them to a distinctly eclectic take on Homer’s The Iliad.

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