Deborah Lace-Kelly

Contract Lecturer
RCC 117

Deborah Lace-Kelly joins RTA from a twenty year career in television news.  At Global Television's Toronto station she has worked alongside journalists and crew in the control room, in editing, and field producing.  As a freelance editor she was part of the production team for six Gemini and Genie Award broadcasts.  Deb is an independent Communications Consultant and manages media relations & social media for a number of organizations in Canada and abroad. In the past she had the honour to work in a media relations capacity with Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) and The Jane Goodall Institute of Canada, as well as with OnQ Communications. Deb is the producer, director and co-writer of a short documentary film celebrating Killarney Provincial Park and the history of Friends of Killarney Park. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film and Television Production (BFA, Specialized Honours) and Masters of Art in Cinema and Media Studies (MA), and studied Renaissance and Early Modern history.  York University awarded Deb the Nat Taylor Cinema Award for excellence in screenwriting, and Ryerson has awarded Deb the "Professor Who Made A Mark".  Her research interests focus on Hollywood representations of American history examining the influence of film on post 9/11 media, as well as historiography in media and pedagogy & film. Deb teaches television production, screenwriting, communications theory, media relations, social media, and media history at Ryerson University.  Any conversation about movies, Killarney, or the New England Patriots will derail the rest of the lecture!