Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts
School of Performing Arts - Theatre
School of Performing Arts
604.986.1911 ext. 2412
Arbutus Building, room AR106
MFA, School for the Contemporary Arts, Simon Fraser University, 1996.
BA, School for the Contemporary Arts, Simon Fraser University, 1988.
"My main goal, whether coaching a professional actor, directing or teaching a class, is that actors have creative agency. Their unique qualities should shine through and inform any role they create."
Stephen Atkins (MFA, Simon Fraser University, 1996) is an actor, teacher and director whose main focus is interdisciplinary performance. He has taught, performed and directed in Canada, the UK, the United States, Australia, China, Japan, Croatia, Slovenia and the Czech Republic.
After receiving his degrees, Atkins continued his training internationally, primarily with artists and studios recognized for their connection to the primary sources of contemporary actor training. His studiomtraining background consists of multiple methods, including the Meisner Technique, Practical Aesthetics, Meyerholds Biomechanics, Suzuki Actor Training, The Viewpoints, Chekhov and Grotowski-based techniques as well as contemporary dance forms.
Atkins' project portfolio features a diverse range of works including devised theatre, musical theatre, film, TV, performance art, interactive technology and digital media.
I've been a teaching artist for 30 years and have developed a keen interest in methods that foster creativity and collaboration. One of my key educational philosophies is "polyfocal conspectus."
It means having the flexibility and patience to allow several methods or theories to "speak" at the same time. In short, you use whatever works for the situation because it's both practical and applicable. It is especially rewarding if the theories appear to contradict each other.
I graduated as an actor, but quickly found my feet as director and teacher. I concentrated on film during my MFA, was a co-founder of the Tooba Physical Theatre Centre and director of the Human Theatre performance art collective. I have been working with performance groups and film directors internationally since 2005, developing an integrated acting system called The Crosspoints.
Mary Overlie, creator of The Viewpoints, has called The Crosspoints "one of the first cohesive acting systems to incorporate the framework of The Viewpoints."
Most recently, I have developed the curriculum for The Other Acting School in South London, UK, which uses The Crosspoints system as a core training framework. This is the subject of my upcoming book.
Practice-based research outputs include directing 20+ full-length plays, 4 devised performances and 3 performance art installations.
The Crosspoints is an integrated actor training system suitable for screen and stage acting. It is also a framework for developing new work and devised performance. The Crosspoints book is nearing its completion.
Canadian Actor's Equity Association
Director's Guild of Canada
Actors' Equity UK
Media Entertainment and Actor's Alliance (MEAA) of Australia
Professional and Organizational Development Network. A USA-based organization dedicated to the transformation of undergraduate education.
We Make Movies, Los Angeles, CA. A professional network of actors, writers and directors dedicated to developing new works, providing professional workshops and support.
International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA). A global network of leaders in the performing arts with representation from more than 185 cities and all regions of the globe.
Past member of the Capilano University Senate, representing the Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts (2013-14).
Teaching Excellence Award, Capilano University, 2018.