RTA Faculty

RTA’s professors bring an incredible wealth of knowledge, creativity, and experience to our students. Professors and part-time instructors have varied backgrounds, including as producers, engineers, artists, lawyers, entrepreneurs, and researchers.

  • Alexander, Kris

    Course Instructor B.A., M.A., Phd (in progress)

    Scholar, multimedia instructional designer, and restaurateur, Kris Alexander is a welcomed addition to the Ryerson teaching team. Kris is currently completing a PhD in Educational Technology at Concordia University in Montreal, and teaching at the Undergraduate and Graduate levels at Ryerson... read more

  • Andrew, Paul

    Paul is a bilingual writer/producer/editor in Video/Independent Film Production with over 20 years experience. His specialty is documentary editing with a strong emphasis on structure and storytelling. Paul's most recent broadcast credits include editing episodes of "God's Greatest Hits" for... read more

  • Bal, Alexandra

    Professor Ph.D., D.E.A., B.A.A.

    Alex has worked intensively in production including multimedia educational software development, corporate digital imaging, 3-D animation and experimental film and video. She holds a PhD in information and Communication Sciences from Paris University. She is an associate researcher at the Maison... read more

  • Beckstead, Lori

    Associate Chair B.Sc., B.A.A., B.Ed., M.A.

    Lori Beckstead is a professor of audio & digital media in the RTA School of Media at Ryerson University in Toronto, where she teaches courses in radio production, sound design, and digital media production.  She took on the role of Associate Chair for RTA in 2010.  Also a sound artist, she... read more

  • Bociurkiw, Marusya

    Professor B.F.A., M.A., Ph.D

    Marusya Bociurkiw is professor media theory in the RTA School of Media at Ryerson University in Toronto. She's also a media artist, award-winning writer, and blogger. She received  her Ph.D. In Interdisciplinary Studies, with a focus on cultural studies, from the University of British Columbia.... read more

  • Bouchard, David


    David Bouchard is a media artist who focuses on exploring the potential of computation as a medium for expression, both in software and... read more

  • Braithwaite, Finlay

    Course Instructor B.A.

    Finlay has a passion for all things audio; recording, editing, mixing, and performing. Credits include mixing Malcolm Ingram’s Bear Nation, Andrés Livov’s A Place Called Los Pereyra, and Josh Raskin’s I Met the Walrus. The latter recently became part of the Guggenheim’s permanent... read more

  • Brown, Scott

    Course Instructor B.A.A.

    Scott has worked as a Director of Photography and Lighting Cameraman for well over 20 years.  His experience includes broadcast and industrial television work as well as dozens of EPK packages for film and television projects. Scott has been a sessional instructor with the RTA School of Media... read more

  • Carver, Rob

    Course Instructor M.B.A., M.A.

    There was no such thing as a co-op or volunteer program in the 1970s when Rob Carver went to the new local cable station in Vancouver with a half-inch, black and white reel-to-reel videotape of a school project in hand looking for airtime. What followed was one of the first after-school credit... read more

  • Chow-Morris, Kim

    Ph.D., Ethnomusicology: York University M.A., Ethnomusicology: York University B. Mus, with Honours: University of Toronto

    Dr. Kim Chow-Morris brings to the RTA School of Media a deep passion for music in all of its forms. Her musical knowledge spans from ancient dynastic China to classical and popular music of the present day, and she enjoys finding creative resonances with musicians across the globe. She has... read more

  • Coomey, Marion


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  • Coutanche, Michael

    Professor B.A., B.A.A., M.F.A.

    Michael Coutanche’s area of expertise is in teaching writing for Television, Film, Radio and Digital Media. His research focus is on the continuing evolution of the dramatic form and the dynamics of creative collaboration. One of his current interests is studying the function of core dramatic... read more

  • Daniels, Steve


    Steve Daniels uses electronics and communication technologies to create hardware agents, kinetic sculptures, ubiquitous spaces and networked events. Through his practice Steve juxtaposes disparate knowledge systems and experiences in an effort to reveal their underlying structures and... read more

  • Davis, Charles

    Edward S. Rogers Sr. Research Chair in Media Management and Entrepreneurship

    Charles Davis is a professor in Ryerson Unversity's RTA School of Media (Faculty of Communication and Design) and is cross-appointed with the Entrepreneurship and Strategy Department in the Ted Rogers School of Management.Charles currently teaches and conducts research on management and policy in... read more

  • Dempsey, Jill

    Course Instructor B.A.

    Jill has worked as a part time instructor at Ryerson Univeristy for more than ten years.  Her day (or morning) job is on CBC Radio One's Metro Morning. Jill got her start at Toronto's City-TV, working behind the scenes as a writer and producer. She came to CBC in June 1989, anchoring Calgary's... read more

  • Ehrlick, Steven

    Professor B.A., M.A., J.D.

    Steven Ehrlick has over 20 years experience practicing law within the music industry. He was the V.P. of  Legal & Business Affairs at two major record companies in Canada, BMG and EMI as well as The Enclave, a US based label in New York where he also served, at times, as the general manager,... read more

  • Elder, Don

    Course Instructor

    Don is a veteran of the video wars. He spent many happy years at CBC where he was Executive Producer of Children’s Television. He was producer of the Children’s classic Mr. Dressup, and he organized and produced a famous sit com called Coming up Rosie which featured some of the Canadian actors... read more

  • Elmer, Greg

    Bell Globemedia Research Chair & Professor PhD

    Greg Elmer is associate professor of Communication and Culture and Radio & Television Arts at Ryerson University. Greg’s research and teaching focus is on new media and politics, information and communication technologies, computer networks, and media globalization. Greg provides analysis and... read more

  • Falzon, Charles

    Chair, School of Radio and Television Arts B.A.A., M.A.(M.S.), Th.M. (abd)

    Charles has had a distinguished career in the entertainment industry and brings to RTA global experience in brand direction and commercial strategy. An industry veteran in his home country of Canada, Falzon has managed operations in the UK, US, Japan, Latin America and Malta. His professional... read more

  • Fazio, Chris

    In 2003 Chris graduated from St.Clair College with a Diploma in Animation (Tradigital Animation). This program included three years of intense study and practice in classical and digital animation techniques, character and location design, storyboarding, animation history, film grammar/history,... read more

  • Grunberg, Rick

    Professor B.A.A., M.A.

    Rick Grunberg has been searching for a contented mix in life of technology, artistry and education. For the past twenty five years he has amassed a wealth of knowledge through his studies in Engineering, BA in Radio and Television Arts, MA in Communication Culture, and his forays into still... read more

  • Haberfellner, Helga

    Course Instructor B.A., Grad.Dip.

    In more than 30 years in the TV industry Helga has won: a Gold Hugo a Golden Sheaf an Honourable Mention at the Yorkton Festival an Honourable Mention at the Columbus International Film Festival the Anderson Consulting Award for Information Technology Writing 2 Prix Anik 3 Gemini... read more

  • Jarvis, Ginger

    Course Instructor B.A., M.A.

    Ginger Jarvis is an accomplished graphic and web designer, compositor and motion graphics artist. She spent four years working with Lenz Entertainment as a graphic designer and compositor on children’s television shows for Nickelodeon, CBC, YTV, Disney, and the BBC. Her most recent role was as a... read more

  • Lace-Kelly, Deborah

    Course Instructor B.F.A., M.A.

    Deborah Lace-Kelly joins RTA from a twenty year career in television news.  At CanWest Global’s Toronto station she has worked alongside journalists and crew in the control room, in editing, and and field producing.  As a freelance editor she was part of the production team for six Gemini and... read more

  • Lachman, Richard

    Professor B.C.S., M.A.S.

    Richard Lachman is Assistant Professor, Digital Media in the RTA School of Media at Ryerson University, and a Technology and Creative Consultant for entertainment and software-development projects.  Richard has a Bachelors in computer-science graduate of MIT, holds a masters degree from the MIT... read more

  • Lee, Dana

    Professor B.A.A., M.Ed.

    Dana Lee began teaching at Ryerson University’s RTA School of Media in 1994. He holds a B.A.A. from RTA and an M.Ed. From York University. Before joining Ryerson University, Dana worked for Citytv. For the last twelve years at CHUM Television, he was the Operations Supervisor of MuchMusic,... read more

  • Levitan, Steven

    One of Canada's most reputable entertainment lawyers, Steve Levitan decided to pursue film and television production in 1988, when he joined Sunrise Films Ltd., at the time one of the country's most successful production companies. In 1993, Mr. Levitan joined with Paul Bronfman, President of The... read more

  • Mazalek, Ali

    Canada Research Chair in Digital Media and Innovation BSC, MSc, PhD

    Ali Mazalek is Canada Research Chair in Digital Media and Innovation and Associate Professor in the RTA School of Media. She is also Associate Professor and Director of the Synaesthetic Media Lab at Georgia Tech, where she was formerly Director of the Graduate Program in Digital Media before coming... read more

  • Miller, Adam

    Course Instructor

    With a background in English Literature, Adam Miller earned his doctorate from York and Ryerson Universities in the field of Communications and Culture with a specialty in Cinema Studies.  As an instructor at Sheridan, Humber College and Ryerson University’s School of Media, Adam has been... read more

  • Miller, Bentley

    Course Instructor

    Bentley Miller has carved out a niche as one the leading lighting director/designers for television in Canada. Over his 32-year career he has designed lighting for a range of genres from children’s television to drama and live music.  As a director of photography he has worked on the dramas... read more

  • Misener, Dan

    Course Instructor B.A., B.A.A.

    When he’s not teaching first-year audio production at Ryerson University, Dan Misener makes radio for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. He works on Spark, CBC’s national technology and culture show, and is the technology columnist for eighteen local afternoon shows across Canada. In no... read more

  • Moncarz, Brian

    Course Instructor B.A.A.

    Brian Moncarz, a graduate of RTA, is a successful music producer and entrepreneur. Brian opened his first music recording studio in 2000 and is currently co-owner of Rattlebox Studios as well as president of the online mixing website,... read more

  • Murphy, Michael

    Professor B.Sc. B.A. M.B.A. Ph.D.

    Michael is a professor in the RTA School of Media and is also the principal investigator of the AccessFabrik Lab (http://accessfabrik.rcc.ryerson.ca). He is the former Director of the Rogers Communication Centre. His is also a professor in the York-Ryerson Joint Graduate Program in Communication... read more

  • Nadler, James

    Professor LL.B., M.B.A.

    James joined RTA’s faculty in 2004. He teaches Broadcast History and writing and producing for television and co-teaches the RTA in LA program. He has also taught Media Ethics, EFP, Children’s Television Production, Senior Capstone Lectures, and was Coordinating Professor of the RTA Internship... read more

  • Nenych, Laura

    Professor B.A.A., LL.M., J.D.

    Laura Nenych has been a full-time professor at Ryerson University since 2003.  She is currently the Director, Graduate Program in Media Production, and teaches in the areas of Entertainment Law, the Music Business, Audio Production, and Media Management, at both the graduate and undergraduate... read more

  • Petrou, Laurie

    Professor B.F.A., M.A., Ph.D

    Laurie Petrou is an artist, a writer, and an academic, and teaches digital media and writing at RTA. With a background in fine art, design and fiction, Laurie continues to garner attention for her works in these areas. Her first book, Between, was a Globe and Mail Top 100 Book, and she has recently... read more

  • Pine, Lila

    Professor B.A., M.F.A., Ph.D.

    Dr. Lila Pine is a New Media artist and Indigenous thinker of Aboriginal (Mi’kmaq) descent. Lila is the Principle Investigator of The Evolving Stories Studio for which she received a CFI/OIT and Resarch/Creation SSHRC grant. Her current research project, in collaboraiton with Dr. Joanne DiNova... read more

  • Pringle, Ramona

    Professor M.P.S., B.F.A.

    Ramona Pringle is a multiplatform producer, interactive video artist and host. Her studio Ramona Pringle Productions, specializes in multiplatform productions and has developed and produced work for CBC, TVO and CTV. She is currently producing and hosting “Rdigitalife”, a web interview... read more

  • Rahnama, Hossein

    Dr. Hossein Rahnama has been recognized by MIT Technology as one of the world’s top young innovators for... read more

  • Recupero, Joe

    Course Instructor

    Joe graduated from Ryerson's RTA program in 1986 and then returned to attain his Master of Arts degree in Media Production in 2010.  Joe worked for more  than twenty years at CBC Television, first in the TV News and Current Affairs department  and then at TV Network Sports. He worked on... read more

  • Rinkenbach, Lynda

    Course Instructor B.A.H., B.A., M.A.

    Devoted to the art of communications, Lynda currently serves as COO with Stonehenge Media Group, managing the daily operations of the production firm. Specializing in corporate videos, broadcast commercials and television programs, Lynda strives to continuously motivate, educate and often inspire,... read more

  • Ross, Susan

    Course Instructor B.A.A.

    Susan Ross has more than tweny years of experience managing and growing television businesses in Canada. Most recently she was Executive Vice President and General Manager for specialty and Pay TV for Corus Entertainment. In this role, she oversaw the operation of Canadian TV channels W Network,... read more

  • Scott, Kenn

    Course Instructor

    Kenn Scott is an award-winning television writer whose work on sitcoms and animated shows has been seen on CBC, CTV, Teletoon, Fox, CBS, PBS, BBC, and ITV, as well as in more than 60 countries worldwide. He has been teaching screenwriting at Ryerson University since... read more

  • Tucker, David

    Professor B.F.A., M.F.A.

    David Tucker holds a terminal degree in Interdisciplinary Fine Arts and an Honours BFA in Film. He is also a Gemini Award-winning filmmaker. As past Chair of the RTA School of Media at Ryerson University, David spearheaded the development of its first graduate program in Media Production. Before... read more

  • Waese, Jamie

    Course Instructor

    Jamie Waese is a digital media producer, writer and director with hands on technical skills that include live action, animation, post production, and web development. He worked as a network and production executive at Walt Disney TV Animation, Turner Feature Animation, Kids’ CBC and Cookie Jar... read more

  • Warwick, Henry

    Professor B.F.A., M.F.A.

    Henry Warwick comes to Ryerson University from a long career in software and graphic design, having worked with cutting edge technology teams at Apple (Final Cut Pro), Napster, and goFish; designed type for fontBank and type development for Microsoft, and graphic design for countless clients. He... read more

  • Zamaria, Charles

    Professor B.F.A., M.A.

    Charles Zamaria is a full professor in the RTA School of Media and the Faculty of Graduate Studies at Ryerson University. His specialization includes the study of business aspects and production practices in all media program production, and policy studies for various media industries, with... read more