Bio (Dwayne Beaver)
Communication and Culture
Dwayne Beaver is screen media writer, director and producer with 30 years in the field. Additionally, he is a media production instructor with more than 20 years’ experience in the classroom. With a focus on audio-visual rhetoric, Beaver researches and practices media-making techniques, advocates for research dissemination into digital media forms and studies nodal storytelling structures and how narrative is evolving in web and network-based frameworks.
Beaver enjoys working dual careers in academia and media production. He has won numerous awards for his live-action, animation, documentary, drama, new media, music video and interstitial productions including the Best Director Gemini Award (now the Canadian Screen Awards) for the documentary series, Conviction Kitchen. His first feature film drama, The Rhino Brothers, won the Media Favourite Award at SK Nextfest, the Platinum Award for best low-budget feature film at Houston Worldfest and it continues to show up on top-rated hockey movie compendiums to this day. As a new media artist, he won the inaugural CBC Digital Lab Prize in 2008. As an educator, he teaches at Royal Roads and Capilano universities. He has also taught at the Vancouver Film School, CEDIM in Monterrey Mexico, the Pacific Audiovisual Institute and the University of British Columbia where he served as the Rogers Multicultural Teaching Fellow from 2010 to 2013, and as the Phil Lind Artist in Residence during his final year.
Beaver holds a Master of Arts in Professional Communication from Royal Roads University (2014). He also holds an Accociate of Arts in Cinema, Television, Stage and Radio Art from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (1988) and he completed two vocational residencies: one at the Canadian Film Centre as a television writer/producer (1994) and the other as a writer/director with the National Screen Institute – Canada (1992).