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Renate Pohl

Faculty and staff

Renate Pohl, B.FA. (Memorial University of Newfoundland), M.FA. (Theatre Design) University of Alberta, SSP12 (International Space University); 

Assistant Professor, Technical Theatre Production – Theatre

Office: FA317
Phone: (709)637-6200 ext.6493





Renate is a multidisciplinary artist and professional set, lighting and costume designer with a background in performance and social theatre facilitation. She has worked with numerous companies in Newfoundland (Theatre Newfoundland Labrador, RCA Theatre, NAX, Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland, White Rooster, C2C), as well as in Edmonton, Toronto, and London, UK. Her work in art and space science includes research and publications on the role of art and space in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) education, as well as interdisciplinary artistic creation with the European Space Agency for the European Astronaut Centre/International Space Station. The language of light is a key focus in her work in theatre, visual art, creative writing, and space and society research.



(Undergraduate, graduate, post-doc, fellowships, certificates)

BFA, Theatre (Acting), Memorial University of Newfoundland

MFA, Theatre Design, University of Alberta

SSP12, International Space University


Representative Publications

(Up to 10 citations)

Pohl, R. (2013, Feb 20 - 2014, April 2). Breathing Space. The Independent. Online Publication.


Pohl, R. (2013) From Summer Science Camp to Art College:  Fusing Art, Space and STEM Education. Astrosociological Insights, October 2013 Volume 2 Issue 3, p. 10-12.


Flahaut J., Flood, Miles, J.D., Pohl, R., Renaud, C., Reyes, A.M., Scepanovic, S., and Stroh, V. (2013) Space:  One Giant Leap for Education. Space Times. March/April 2013, Issue 2 - Volue 52, p. 4-9.


Pohl, R. (2012, November 16). Phase One by Renate Pohl. CBC Canada Writes Close Encounters with Science:  Picks. Online Publication.


Pohl, R., Aarrestad, F., Flahaut, J., Garimella, S., Li, H., Stroh, V., Xu, B. et al. (2012) Space:  One Giant Leap for Education. Final Report Edition, SSP12, International Space University, 127 pages. In Print.


Pohl, R., (2006) Designing Scenes From an Execution. Final Report Edition, University of Alberta, 103 pages. In Print.


Recent awards

Vice President (Grenfell Campus) Research Award, 2016


Canada Council for the Arts Grant to attend 4th International Space Arts Workshop, 2013


Current research projects and grants

Dedication:  The Set and Properties of Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig at Government House. Upcoming Production with Resource Centre for the Arts Theatre Company, April 2016.

Grant:  Vice President (Grenfell Campus) Research Award, 2016 (as noted above)


Research interests and expertise

Theatre Design (Set, Costumes, Lighting, Projections)

Art and Space in STEAM Education

Interdisciplinary Art/Space Science Creation

Chair, Theatre

Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland
20 University Drive, Corner Brook, NL
A2H 5G4, Canada

Office: FA316
Phone: (709) 639-2547