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Heather Davis-Fisch

Heather Davis-Fisch, PhD

School Director, Associate Professor, Theatre and Performance Studies

Creative Arts

Abbotsford campus, C1402A

Phone: 604-504-7441 Ext. 6367

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Heather Davis-Fisch is faculty in the Theatre area, specializing in performance studies and theatre history and has been Director of the School of Creative Arts since 2019.

She received her PhD from the School of English and Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph. Before coming to UFV, she was an SSHRC postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Theatre and Film at the University of British Columbia.

Heather is the author of Loss and Cultural Remains in Performance: The Ghosts of the Franklin Expedition (Palgrave 2012), which was the co-recipient of the 2013 Ann Saddlemyer award from the Canadian Association for Theatre Research. She is the editor of Canadian Performance Histories and Historiographies (New Essays in Canadian Theatre Vol. 7) and Past Lives: Performing Canada's Histories (Playwrights Canada Press 2017). Her research on Canadian theatre and performance history has appeared in Theatre Research in Canada, Performing Arts ResourcesCultural Studies/Critical Methodologies, Canadian Theatre Review, and in several edited collections. She is an associate editor of Canadian Theatre Research and recently edited special editions of CTR on Commemoration, Extractivism, and the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Her research interests include intercultural performance history, nineteenth-century theatre, performance historiography, the history of the Franklin Expedition, and pathography. She is currently working on a book-length study of how performance practices contributed to settler colonialism in what is now known as British Columbia in the nineteenth century.


  • PhD - University of Guelph
  • MA - University of Guelph
  • BA - Dalhousie University 


Peer-reviewed journal articles

Davis-Fisch, Heather. “Enacting Civility Through Comic Opera; or, Nation, Race, and Ned McGowan’s War.” Cultural Studies/Critical Methodologies, vol.16, no.1, Feb. 2016, pp. 18-27. EBSCOhost, doi: 10.1177/1532708615615610.


Daivs-Fisch, Heather. “Lawless Lawyers: Indigeneity, Civility, and Violence.” Theatre Research in Canada, vol.35, no.1, Spring 2014, pp. 31-48.


Barker, Roberta, Davis-Fisch, Heather, et al. “Canadian Performance Genealogies: A Roundtable.” Theatre Research in Canada, vol.35, no.1, Spring 2014, pp. 89-102.


Davis-Fisch, Heather. “Girls in “White” Dresses, Pretend Fathers: Interracial Sexuality and Intercultural Community in the Canadian Arctic.” Theatre Research In Canada, vol.31, no.1, Spring 2011, pp. 84-106.


Davis-Fisch, Heather. “Aglooka’s Ghost: Apparitions in the Archive.” Performing Arts Resources, vol.28, 2011, pp. 135-142.



Davis-Fisch, Heather. Loss and Cultural Remains in Performance: The Ghosts of the Franklin Expedition. Palgrave Macmillan, 2012


Book chapters

Carter, J., Davis-Fisch, H., and Knowles, R. “Circulations: Visual Sovereignty, Transmotion, and Tribalography.” A Cultural History of Theatre in the Modern Age, Vol. 6, edited by Kim Solga, Bloomsbury, 2017.


Davis-Fisch, Heather. “Xeyxelomos and Lady Franklin Rock: Place Naming, Performance Historioraphy, and Settler Methodologies.” Performance Studies in Canada, edited by Laura Levin and Marlis Schweitzer, McGill-Queens, 2017.


Davis-Fisch, Heather. “Complicated Feelings: Tecumseh as Literary Land Claim.” New Essays in Canadian Theatre, Vol. 4: Theatres of Affect, edited by Erin Hurley, Playwrights Canada Press, 2014.  



“Canadian Performance Histories and Historiographies: Essays.” New Essays in Canadian Theatre, Playwrights Canada Press, 2017.


“Past Lives: Performing Canada’s Histories.” Playwrights Canada Press, 2017.

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