BA, MA, PhD candidate

Instructor, Practicum Supervisor, AEM, Recruitment Coordinator
School of Performing Arts - Arts & Entertainment Mgmt.
School of Performing Arts

604.986.1911 ext. 7444
Arbutus Building, room AR106J


PhD candidate, Faculty of Education, Simon Fraser University.

MA, Children's Literature, University of British Columbia, 2007.

Advanced Arts and Entertainment Management Certificate, Capilano College, 2002.

BA, English and Publishing, Simon Fraser University, 1999.

"My goal in my classes is to create a culture of community as I walk alongside my students, learning and exploring together."


Christy Goerzen (MA, University of British Columbia, 2007) is a scholar, young adult author, instructor and seasoned arts administrator. She has worked in arts and entertainment administration since 2001, with a focus on marketing, project management, and strategic planning for festivals, non-profit organizations, community arts, and individual artists.

Goerzen joined the faculty of the Arts & Entertainment Management programs in 2010, and has taught or currently teaches marketing, business structures, computer applications, philosophy of art, board governance and more. She is also co-practicum coordinator for the programs.

Goerzen is also a critically-acclaimed young adult author of Explore (2009, Orca Books); Farmed Out (2011, Orca Books); The Big Apple Effect (2014, Orca Books); and the forthcoming novel-in-verse, River Mermaid (Fall 2021, Crwth Press). Her poetry and book reviews have appeared in various journals.

In my teaching, I love weaving together my own creative life/process with the business side of the arts.

I believe it's just as important to ask ourselves philosophical questions around "what is art?" and "what is my personal aesthetic?" in order to build our cultural foundations, as well as questions around how to survive and thrive as artists/administrators/entrepreneurs/all of the above.

I approach this with a spirit of mentorship as I witness my students' educational and career journeys, and am enormously honoured to do so.

My current areas of research and inquiry include artistic identity, belonging/community, creative ecologies, arts entrepreneurship, internship culture, and arts-based research methodologies.

In my PhD research, I am currently exploring the form of the novel as educational research, bringing together my reflections and field notes from my decade of experience as a practicum coordinator to write a novel about internship culture and artistic identity that will ultimately form a large part of my dissertation.