Languages: English, French, Spanish
Membership: Theatre Nova Scotia
Education and Training
- 2014 – 2019. Doctor of Philosophy. Natural Clowning as Inquiry: A Research-Creation Study. Individualized Program, Concordia University, Montréal, QC.
- 2017. Boot Camp, Joey & Auguste. Manitoulin Conservatory for Creation and Performance, Manitoulin Island, ON.
- 2015 – 2016. Naturalist Coaching. Brian Mertins, Montréal, QC; Ship Harbour, NS; Fall River, NS.
- 2015. European Clown. Elise Deguire, La Caserne 18-30, Montréal, QC.
- 2015. Butoh. Diego Piñon, Studio 303, Montréal, QC.
- 2014. Playback Theatre. Promito Playback, The Freestanding Room, Montréal, QC
- 2014. European Clown. Nose to Nose Inner Clown, Embracing the Unexpected, Montréal, QC.
- 2014. Clown and Mask. Manitoulin Conservatory for Creation and Performance, Manitoulin Island, ON.
- 2014. European Clown. Sue Proctor, Concordia University, Montréal, QC.
- 2008-2014. Barefoot Salsa Dance. Salsa Descalza Collective, Montréal, QC.
- 2014. European Clown. Nadia Cicurel, The Freestanding Room, Montréal, QC.
- 2013. Improvisation. Improv Montréal, Montréal, QC.
- 2013. Vocal Training. Moe Clark, Montréal, QC.
- 2013. European Clown. Nose to Nose Inner Clown, Courage to Be, Montréal, QC.
- 2012. Contact Improvisation. Erin Dace Trudell, Leviathan Studio, Lasqueti Island, BC.
- 2011. Art, Land, and Community Internship, Heartroot Farm, Audet, QC.
- 2009-2011. Master of Arts. Community Psychology. Individualized Program, Concordia University, QC.
- 2009-2011. Holistic Healing, Monika Muller, Montréal, QC.
- 2008. Community Theatre and Commedia Dell’Arte. Kate Rubins Theatre, Victoria, BC.
- 2008. Improvisation. Theatre St. Catherine, Montréal, QC.
- 2006-2008. Community Agriculture Apprenticeship, Salt Spring Center of Yoga, Salt Spring Island, BC.
- 1998-2004. Bachelor of Arts. Latin American Literature and Poetry, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC.
Natural Clown Public Presentations and Performances
- 2018. Natural Clowning, ArtsPlace, Annapolis Royal, NS.
- 2018. Natural Clowning: A Research-Creation Study in Physical Clowning and Land Presence, National Indigenous Physical Activity and Wellness Conference, Vancouver, BC.
- 2018. Doctora Doctora, The Capitol Open Stage, Middleton, NS.
- 2018. Beep Beach, Broken Leg Theatre, Wolfville, NS.
- 2018. The Amethyst Cove Song, Night Kitchen, Wolfville, NS.
- 2018. Fabo, The Capitol Open Stage, Middleton, NS.
- 2017. We’re Looking for a Feeling: Une Étude Autoethnographique sur les Relations entre Clown Through Mask et Connection avec la Terre, Montréal Clowning Festival, Montréal, QC.
- 2016. Natural Clowning: A performance autoethnography study in nature communication and theatrical clowning, Canadian Society for Education through Art (CSEA) conference, Victoria, BC.
- 2016. Natural Clowning: Wayfinding Towards Connection and Flow, International Outdoor Education Research Conference, Sydney, NS.
- 2015. The History of Magic, Circus of the Normal, Upper Economy, NS.
- 2015. Improvisations on Diversity Issues, The Living Histories Ensemble, Vanier College, Montréal, QC. (Paid artist/researcher fee).
- 2015. Oily Business, People’s Potato at Concordia University, Montréal, QC.
- 2015. What is this New World?, Just Watch Me! Open Stage, Concordia University, Montréal, QC.
- 2012. Mary and the Seal, Montréal Storytellers’ Guild, Montréal, QC.
- 2012. Fleur Bleu, Regroupement des Conteurs du Québec, Sherbrooke, QC.
Community Engaged Art – Natural Clowning
- 2018 – present. Laughing and Singing Our Way Through Emotions, Nan’s Rock Shop, Wilmot, NS; Victoria, BC.
- 2016 – present. Improvisation. Perform! Nova Scotia, various school locations, NS.
- 2017. Clowning, Youth Company Productions Limited, Annapolis Royal, NS.
- 2016 – 2017. Theatrical Salsa, Nan’s Rock Shop, Wilmot, NS.
- 2016. Musical Improvisation, Heartseed Farm, Nictaux, NS
- 2015. Natural Clowning, The Deanery Project, Ship Harbour, NS.
- 2014. Clowning, Hexagram, Concordia University, Montréal, QC.
- 2014. Natural Clowning Lab, The Hermit Lab, Killaloe, ON.
- 2013. Gardening Through Song and Games, Un Plant de Tomate à La Fois, Verdun, QC.
- 2011. Theatrical Salsa, Heartroot Farm, Audet, NS.
- 2006-2007. Spanish Through Song and Games, Wolf Valley and Salt Spring Center School, Salt Spring Island, BC.
- 2001-2002. Sunship Earth (ecological immersion through play), Rocky Mountain YMCA, Seebe, AB.
- 2000-2006. Outdoor and Creative Facilitation, YMCA/YWCA of Vancouver Island, Rocky Mountain YMCA, Victoria, BC, Seebe, AB
Awards and Grants
- 2018. Conference and Exhibition Award, Concordia University, Montréal, QC.
- 2017. Scholarship, Manitoulin Conservatory for Creation and Performance, Manitoulin Island, ON.
- 2017. Scholarship, ArtsPlace, Annapolis Royal, NS.
- 2017. Conference and Exhibition Award, Concordia University, Montréal, QC.
- 2016. Conference and Exhibition Award, Concordia University, Montréal, QC.
- 2015. Pilot Artist in Residence, The Deanery Project, Ship Harbour, NS.
- 2014. Visiting Artist, The Hermit Lab, Killaloe, ON
- 2014. Visiting Artist, Annapolis Seeds, Nictaux, NS.
- 2018. Linds, W., Goulet, L., Hyslop, M., and Jasso, V. Weechi Metuwe Mitowin: Playing Games of Presence with Aboriginal Youth in Saskatchewan. International Journal of Play, 7(1), 41-59.
- 2017. Hyslop, M. Reflections on ‘Welcome to Natural Clowning’: A performance autoethnography. Canadian Art Teacher, 15(2).
- 2017. Hyslop, M. Clown and fool as voice. Journal of Childhood Studies, 42(3).
English: fluent (spoken, written, aural)
French: intermediate-advanced (aural, spoken), intermediate (written)
Spanish: fluent (spoken, aural), intermediate-advanced (written)
Doctor of Philosophy – Individualized Program: Applied Positive Psychology
Concordia University, Individualized Program, Montréal, QC. 2019
Master of Arts – Individualized Program: Applied Community Psychology
Concordia University, Individualized Program, Montréal, QC. 2014
Bachelor of Arts with Distinction: Spanish and Latin American Literature
University of Victoria, Victoria, BC. 2004
Continuing Education Instructor for Positive Mental Health
Killaloe, ON; Montréal, QC; Wilmot, NS; Kentville, NS; Victoria, BC. 2016-Present
- Create curriculum: Psychomotor (collaborative improvisation exercises), affective (guided meditation, arts-based reflective activities), cognitive (dialogue and written handouts on affective education, relating activities to affective or creative intelligence).
- Facilitate workshops in theatrical improvisation and clowning and positive mental health
Community Theatre Instructor
Ship Harbour, NS; Kingston, NS; Truro, NS, 2015-Present
- Create curriculum: Psychomotor (theatre exercises), cognitive (relating activities to an improvisation or collaborative creation framework), affective (meditation, arts-based reflective activity).
- Facilitate theatre workshops for theatre skills for middle and high school students in both French and English for The Deanery Project and Perform! Nova Scotia
Concordia University, Montréal, QC, 2014.
- Completed 32 hour Graduate Seminar in University Teaching: cognitive, affective, and psychomotor learning objectives, learning styles, teaching to diversity, active learning, group contracts.
- Created syllabus and teaching philosophy statement
- Completed activities in learning styles and technological learning
- Created and taught mini lesson and received peer and facilitator feedback: “good time management”, “a calm and inviting facilitation style”, “fun”
Concordia University, Montréal, QC, 2010
- Prepared and taught weekly mini-lectures for Political Sociology of Food undergraduate course
- Marked and graded weekly papers for ten weeks
Wolf Valley School and Salt Spring Centre School, Salt Spring Island, BC, 2007-2008
- Created curriculum for Spanish classes for groups of 5-10 children
- Taught through games, songs, drama, art.
University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, 2001-2004
- Supported second language learner students with language and computer assisted language learning issues at the Computer Assisted Language Learning (C.A.L.L.) Facility (Spanish, English, and French)
YMCA, Seebe, AB; Port Moody, BC; Victoria, BC (volunteer and paid), 2000-2006
- Created summer program plans for children ages 3-13 in day and overnight programs
- Taught health promotion through art, environmental, leadership, and outdoor activities
- Taught Sunship Earth program curriculum (ecology and sustainability) to groups of up to 20 school children aged 10-12 in outdoor setting.
Spanish Tutorial Instructor
University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, 2000
- Taught weekly Spanish Tutorial for 18 students in Hispanic and Italian Studies Department
- Prepared tutorial activities based on weekly curriculum
- Facilitated oral and aural practice of Spanish through activities and film
Self-employed, Victoria, BC and Salt Spring Island, BC, 1999-2009
- Tutored Spanish with adults and high school students
- Planned lessons in grammar, comprehension, oral and aural practice.
Killaloe, ON; Manitoulin Island, ON; Montréal, QC; Wilmot, NS; Nictaux, NS; Annapolis Royal, NS; 2016-2018
- Used arts-based research as a methodology. Researched and engaged with Canadian Clowning and nature as a world view as methods of psychological inquiry. Documented via life writing (as developed by Carl Leggo) the psychological impact on my own well-being.
- Acted as logistics and community director for an ecological arts collective project for nineteen months
- Trained in Canadian Clowning and European clowning, sampled other improvisational movement and theatre techniques
- Created and performed for eight community locations
- Created curriculum and facilitated community workshops influenced by drama therapy and Jungian, humanistic, positive, and somatic psychology
Concordia University, Montréal, QC, 2015
- Conducted literature review on Indigenous youth, theatre games, play, and positive decision making
- From literature review, co-authored and edited successfully published article (see list of publications)
Concordia University, Montréal, QC, 2011-2012
- Conducted literature review for Dr. Satoshi Ikeda on gardening programs for teenage girls and teenaged mothers and the impact on wellbeing
Concordia University, Montréal, QC and Verdun, QC, 2009-2011
- Used participatory action research and life writing to research impact on wellness of participation in a community environmental project on self and participants
- Co-initiated a neighbourhood green alley project with research assistant, community members, and municipal stakeholders with guidance from Dr. Satoshi Ikeda.
- Interviewed (open-ended, inductive) eight people in French and English, transcribed interviews, translated French interviews
Selected Community Work Experience
Home Care Worker
Annapolis Valley Home Care, Kingston, NS, 2018-2019
- Provided companionship, music, art, and mental health support for clients with anxiety and depression
Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) Intern
San Andrés Itzapa, Guatemala and Victoria, BC, 2005-2006
- Liaised with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), local community organizations, funders, board of directors, and staff at Maya Pedal.
- Coordinated volunteer logistics, translated between Spanish and English, organizational support
Selected Volunteer Work
Gardener and Community Support
Indigenous Work Force, Tipella, BC, 2013
- Participated in fishing, community art practices, gardening upon request of leaders
Theses and Publications (1 of 4)
Linds, W., Goulet, L., Hyslop, M., & Jasso, V. (2018). Weechi metuwe mitowin: Playing games of presence with Aboriginal youth in Saskatchewan. International Journal of Play, (7)1, 41-49
Selected Presentations and Performances in Positive Mental Health (1 of 18)
- Natural Clowning. National Indigenous Physical Activity and Wellness Conference, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC.
Awards and Scholarships (2 of 20)
Concordia Merit Scholarship, Concordia University, $10 000.00 2017-2018
Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship, SSHRC, $17,500.00 2010-2011