Mia Van Leeuwen

Mia van Leeuwen

On Leave | Associate Professor


Movement, Devised Theatre


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Mia practices the body of performance to explore wide-ranging themes, playfully blurring the lines between theatre and visual art, and delves into subject material with vigour and imagination. Her work with the Winnipeg-based devising company - out of line theatre - as well as her independent productions, have toured nationally and internationally. Recently, Mia’s 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).

Research Interests: postdramatic theatre, physical theatre, devised theatre, theatre of images, adaptation, dark comedy, creative movement, viewpoints, Pochinko clown, object theatre, lip-sync, ritual, horror, death studies, religious theatre, Hrotsvitha of Gandersheim, Madonna, pop-culture, the tarot, the ineffable, intuition, weirdness, queerness, altered states, play, dream-logic, spectacle, collage, bricolage, assemblage, stream of consciousness, free association.

Recent Publications:

Rediscovering Roswitha’s Sapientia with Object Theatre
By Mia van Leeuwen and Stefano Muneroni
Contemporary Theatre Review, Volume 29, Issue 2

Recent Creative Activity:

Sapientia, Director
Produced by Scapegoat Carnivale Theatre (Montreal, 2018-19)
Produced by Theatre Outre (Lethbridge, 2018)

Mia van Leeuwen Sapientia production image

Destroy She Said, Director and co-creator
Independent Production, (Winnipeg 2018)

Mia van Leeuwen Destroy She Said production image by Leif Norman


Postcolonial Postcards, Director/Facilitator
Produced by Dalnavert Museum, (Winnipeg 2017)

Mia van Leeuwen Postcolonial Postcards, production image by Leif Norman

Mona Lisa Must Ache, Performer and co-creator
Produced by out of line theatre, (Winnipeg 2016)

Mia van Leeuwen Mona Lisa Must Ache, production image by Leif Norman