Honours BA – University of Windsor, School of Dramatic Arts
Graduate Diploma – Centro Italiano Tecnica Alexander
Associate Professor, Department of Theatre
Professor Dobie teaches movement for the actor and devised theatre. She taught the Alexander Technique and movement for actors and opera singers at the University of Victoria Theatre Department, the Victoria Conservatory of Music, the Banff Centre and at the Victoria Motion Picture School before joining the faculty in York University's Department of Theatre.
Gwen Dobie was the movement coach and choreographer for several season for the Opera as Theatre program at the Banff Centre, and has served as movement coach and choreographer for numerous Theatre @ York productions. She choreographed The Hobbit and Pride and Prejudice for London's Grand Theatre. She performed for the Deaf Culture Centre in Nuit Blanche 2010 and the Blind/Deaf Collaboration for Helen Keller International, Sense Scotland, Glasgow, UK.
Professor Dobie is a founder and co-artistic director of Out of the Box Productions. Its inaugural show, Opera Erotique, premiered in Victoria (2004) and toured the west coast of British Columbia, and was remounted in Toronto (2010). She produced and directed In the Wings for the Sidney Summer Theatre Festival; The Third Taboo, which toured Western Canada in 2006; Prior Engagement at the Belfry Theatre in Victoria; Sound in Silence, which played in Victoria (2008) and the Theatre Centre in Toronto (2009); and Bugzzz ~ A cautionary tale at Toronto's Wychwood Theatre (2012).
Gwen Dobie served as stage director and manager of Opera Studio at the Victoria Conservatory of Music 1998-2003. Working in collaboration with Selena James and Robert Holliston, she created and directed original works for the company including Opera X Posed, Ay, Amore and Romeo and Juliet. Other directing credits include the North American premiere of the Danish opera On this Planet by Anders Nordentoft (2007) and the world premiere of the opera Eyes on the Mountain composed by Christopher Donison (2001). Most recently, she directed the Faculty of Fine Arts production of Purcell's Dido and Aeneas at York University (2012) and served as theatrical director for Handel’s oratorio Solomon for Toronto’s Pax Christi Chorale (2013).