Bruce Barton

Affiliationdirector, dramaturg, playwright and scholar

About Bruce Barton

BiographyBruce Barton is a creator/scholar who teaches playmaking, dramaturgy, and intermedial performance at the University of Toronto. He has published in numerous scholarly and practical periodicals, including TDR, Theatre Journal, Theatre Topics, Performance Research, Canadian Theatre Review, University of Toronto Quarterly, and Theatre Research in Canada, as well as several Canadian and international essay collections. His book publications include Developing Nation: New Play Creation in English-Speaking Canada (2009), Collective Creation, Collaboration and Devising (2008), and Reluctant Texts from Exuberant Performance: Canadian Devised Theatre (2008). He is the co-editor of the recent issues of Canadian Theatre Review on theatrical devising and memory. Current research includes a SSHRC-funded study on dramaturgies of the body in physically-based devised theatre and intermedial performance. Bruce is also an award-winning playmaker. His stage and radio plays have been produced across Canada, nominated for provincial and national awards, and anthologized. He also works extensively as a dramaturge and director with physically-based, devising, and intermedial performance companies such as Number Eleven, Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland, Zuppa Theatre, Theatre Gargantua, bluemouth, inc. and his own interdisciplinary company, Vertical City.

AffiliationDirector, dramaturg, playwright, and scholar, Associate Professor, Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies, University of Toronto

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From the studio in Santiago da Chile

ArtworkVol. 3Interlude 1: Arriving at the Group

Bruce Barton, Melanie Dreyer-Lude, Anna Birch & Mark Fleishman

Bruce and Melanie explore their arrival at the 2012 meeting of the IFTR/FIRT PaR Working Group; Mark and Anna offer a brief historical introduction to the group.

  • In the studiovideo artwork

    Interlude 2: In the studio

    Selected activites of the PaR Working Group, 2012 IFTR/FIRT annual conference • recording, editing: James Wilson
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In the studio

ArtworkVol. 3Interlude 2: In the Studio

Interlude 2: In the studio

Selected activites of the PaR Working Group, 2012 IFTR/FIRT annual conference • recording, editing: James Wilson

Bruce Barton, Melanie Dreyer-Lude, Daniela Hahn & James Andrew Wilson

We invite you to taste the working and workshop processes of the Performance as Research Working Group meeting in Santiago, 2012, through video and in writing.

ArtworkVol. 3Introduction

Bruce Barton & Melanie Dreyer-Lude

Introduction to the volume by two of the volume curators-editors, Bruce Barton and Melanie Dreyer-Lude, exploring the encounter that generated these contributions.

  • Barton - New Betrayalsvideo artwork

    Swimmer (68) Trailer plus selected workshop still images from YouTopia

    Video and photo excerpts from the projects • Swimmer (68) video recording by Derrick Beecham; edited by Vojin Vasovic. YouTopia photographs by Bruce Barton
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Barton - New Betrayals

ArtworkVol. 3New Betrayals: Intimacy in Mediatized Performance

Swimmer (68) Trailer plus selected workshop still images from YouTopia

Video and photo excerpts from the projects • Swimmer (68) video recording by Derrick Beecham; edited by Vojin Vasovic. YouTopia photographs by Bruce Barton

Bruce Barton

Bruce Barton explores of the nature and possibilit(ies) of intimacy in mediatized performance contexts through the examination of two practice-based performance projects: YouTopia by Vertical City (2013) and Swimmer (68) by Hopscotch Collective (2011), featured in the accompanying video.