HUNT, L.S. Pearl

Author Tags: Music

Pearl Hunt, author, composer, international performing artist and educator, was born in Port Jefferson, New York, December 1, 1953. She arrived in British Columbia in April 1975 to attend clown school at the Caravan Stage Company and then toured with the horse drawn theatre company during its formative years from 1975 to 1978. After several decades working in theatre and film as a performer, playwright and screenwriter, Ms. Pearl went back to school and received her MA in Liberal Studies from Simon Fraser University (2002) and her PhD in Cultural Studies from the University of British Columbia (2010). Dr. Pearl’s current research and writing explores how music can advance progressive social change by helping individuals and collectives negotiate issues of sociocultural difference. She also teaches post-secondary curriculum that incorporates music within models of participatory learning to promote praxis-based, anti-oppressive education.


Music Lessons: a cultural studies analysis of music’s capacity for critical pedagogy and methodology. Saarbrücken, Germany: Lambert Academic Publishing (2011)

Pearl Hunt
Additional Info (2012)

University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C.
Curriculum and Pedagogy, November 2010
Music Lessons: a cultural studies analysis of music’s capacity for critical pedagogy and methodology.
Supervisor: Professor Handel Wright

Simon Fraser University, Burnaby B.C.
Liberal Studies, April 2002
Songs for the Unsung: Music and Social Change, a twentieth century oral narrative.
Dean’s Medal Nomination.
Supervisor: Professor Steven Duguid

Book Chapters:
Hunt, L. A. Pearl (in press). “Researching Difference: Enacting multicultural education using critical ethnography.” In Handel Wright, Richard Race and Michael Singh (Eds.), Precarious Multiculturalism: Multicultural Education and its Alternatives. Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense Publications.

Hunt, L. A. Pearl (2009). “Pianos for Peace: A Conversation.” In Elavie Ndura-Ouédraogo and Randall Amster (Eds.), Building Cultures of Peace: Transdisciplinary Voices of Hope and Action. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Hunt, L. A. Pearl (2011). “Sounding Off: Music as Method” [compact disc]. Conference Proceedings, 4th International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation, Madrid, Spain, November 14-16, 2011. ISBN: 978-84-615 3324-4.
Journal Articles:
Hunt, L. A. Pearl. (2007) “Losing my Western Baggage: An autobiographical case for relocating human rights within cultural studies discourse.” Journal for Contemporary Issues in Education, 2 (2), 38-52.


Audio Recordings:

Hunt, L.A. Pearl (2003). Judgment Day [sound recording] music and lyrics. From On the Corner, feature film directed by Nathaniel Geary. [Best Canadian Feature Film, Vancouver International Film Festival, Oct. 2003.]

Hunt, L. A. Pearl and Sigmund, Dave (2002). Songs for the Unsung, [compact disk] music and lyrics. (Based on field work in southern United States) Produced by Dave Sigmund, Simon Fraser University, April 2002. (Simon Fraser University Collection)

Feature Film Screenplays:

Hunt, L. A. Pearl. (1992). Burnt, original screenplay developed with financing from BC Film, Vancouver, BC. Professional Screenwriting Internship Grant, 1990-92

Hunt, L. A. Pearl. (1989). Midnight Operator, original screenplay adapted from stage play. Developed with financing from First Choice Foundation to Underwrite New Drama (Fund), Telefilm Canada, National Film Board, and Praxis Film Development Workshop, and (SFU) Fellowship, 1987-89.

Stage Plays -- Premiere Productions:

Hunt, L. A. Pearl (1986).The Midnight Operator, two act stage play combining film, radio and theatre. Directed by Suzie Payne, Fire Hall Arts Centre. Vancouver, BC.

Hunt, L. A. Pearl (1984). Backing Away, original one act play. Directed by John Cooper, Finalist in Competition for Women Writers, The New Play Centre, Produced at Waterfront Theatre, Vancouver, BC. Songs registered SOCAN.

Hunt, L. A. Pearl (1983). The Wizard of Anarchist Mountain, multimedia, musical shadow play. Directed by David Orcutt, Produced by Caravan Stage Company, British Columbia Elementary School Tour, British Columbia, 1983.

Hunt, L. A. Pearl (1981). Odds or Evens, multimedia, musical play. Directed by Larry Lillo, Workshop reading, Produced at Banff Playwrights Colony, Banff, Alberta, 1981. Songs registered SOCAN.

Video Recording:
Hunt L. A. Pearl (1980). Entertainment Tonight, music video. Produced by Western Front Video, Vancouver, British Columbia, 1980.