Mia practices the body of performance to explore and critique wide-ranging themes (ex. fandom, whiteness, altered states, death, the spectre of capitalism) – playfully blurring the lines between theatre and visual art, she delves into subject material with vigour and imagination. Altering perspective, baring process, queering, unsettling, combining different forms, making strange, and juxtaposing imagery are some of the actions that inform the making of her various projects.

without you (self-portrait), 2020

Mia was the co-artistic director (alongside Ian Mozdzen) of – out of line theatre – founded in Winnipeg, Canada (2003-2016). The company created 10 original works, various shorter projects, and toured nationally. (Some of the best days of my life!)

Mia’s recent ventures include Sapientia  (Montreal 2019, Lethbridge 2018, Winnipeg 2015), Destroy She Said  (Winnipeg 2018), Postcolonial Postcards (Dalnavert Museum, Winnipeg 2017), and White Bread  (Edmonton 2016 and Antwerp, Munich, Innsbruck, Belgrade, 2014).

Her object theatre adaptation of Sapientia – a martyr play written in the 10th century by history’s first (known) female playwright Hrotsvitha of Gandershiem, won two 2018 METAs (Montreal English Theatre Awards) for Outstanding Independent Production and Outstanding Contribution to Theatre (produced by Scapegoat Carnivale Theatre, Montreal).

interests: postdramatic theatre, theatre of images, physical theatre, devised theatre, tanztheatre, performance art, object theatre, puppetry, spectacle, photography, the Wunderkammer, peepshows, play, creative movement, viewpoints, yoga, qigong, meditation, contemplation, ritual, tango, Pochinko Clown, Grand Guignol, lip-sync, Drag, D.I.Y. design, death studies, feminism, the macabre, religious theatre, Hrotsvitha of Gandersheim, Madonna Ciccone, fandom, pop-culture, stand-up comedy, the Tarot, the ineffable, intuition, weirdness, queerness, altered states, effigies, derangement, cognitive dissonance, dream-logic, spectacle, collage, bricolage, assemblage, stream of consciousness

Mia is currently an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Lethbridge, Treaty 7 Territory, Métis Nation & Blackfoot Confederacy, Canada.

contact: miavanleeuwen.ool@gmail.com

“Let me remind the reader that I am only an experimenter. Do not set the least value on what I do, or the least discredit on what I do not, as if I pretended to settle anything as true or false. I unsettle all things. No facts are to me sacred; none are profane; I simply experiment, an endless seeker with no past.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson