Jenny Salisbury

PhD Candidate

Working Dissertation


Community-Engaged Theatre Audiences: The Seat of Interpretation


Barry Freeman


Jenny Salisbury is a SHRCC funded Ph.D. candidate at the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Toronto. Her teaching and research focus is Community-Engaged Theatre, Documentary and Applied Theatre, with an emphasis on Canadian play creation and audiences. She is also a founding member and associate director of The Centre for Spectatorship and Audience Research, a small research centre at UofT, hosted jointly by CDTPS and Jackman Humanities Institute. Jenny’s professional work involves directing and dramaturgy, project-based arts management, play development, producing and community engagement, especially for Common Boots Theatre (formerly Theatre Columbus). She is a sessional teacher and the program coordinator for Ask & Imagine, a leadership and education program at Huron University College, Western University.

Growing up all over Canada as part of a military family, Jenny is now a Toronto-based theatre artist and educator, with strong ties to Ottawa, St. John’s, Vancouver, Halifax, and London, England.  Jenny holds an MA in Text and Performance from RADA and King’s College, London, and is a graduate of the joint acting program at Sheridan College and the University of Toronto.

Selected work

Centre for Spectatorship and Audience Research

Research Community LGBTQ families speak out

Common Boots Theatre

JHI Working Group - Native Performance Culture: Deep Time

Sacred Arts


  • 2018 2018 CATR Grant Canadian Association for Theatre Research / Association canadienne de la recherche théâtrale (CATR/ACRT)