Barry Freeman is an Associate Professor of Theatre and Performance at the University of Toronto Scarborough as well as the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies. His 2017 book Staging Strangers: Theatre and Global Ethics (McGill-Queen’s University Press), draws on ethical philosophy and the sociology of globalization to offer a fresh critique of contemporary theatre in Canada. His 2016 co-edited book In Defence of Theatre: Aesthetic Practices and Social Interventions (University of Toronto Press), assembles essays from nineteen academics, educators and artists from across Canada to address the question: why theatre now? Barry is Associate Editor of Canadian Theatre Review, recently editing issues on ‘Alternative Globalizations’, ‘Post-truth’, ‘Applied Theatre’ and the COVID-19 pandemic.
M.A. and Ph.D University of Toronto
University of Toronto Scarborough (undergraduate)
Centre for Drama, Theatre & Performance Studies (graduate)
Canadian Theatre, Theatre History, Intercultural Performance, Education and Pedagogy
Theatre and Performance in Canada, Education and Pedagogy, Ethics and Interculturalism
2018 Nathan Cohen Award for Excellence in Critical Writing from the Canadian Theatre Critics Association
Director, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Bertolt Brecht), Leigha Lee Browne Theatre, UTSC, March 2016.
2019+ Ross Slaughter, Centre for Drama, Theatre & Performance Studies “Videocabaret: Performing The History of the Village of the Small Huts”
2017+ Julia Mathias, Centre for Drama, Theatre & Performance Studies “Negotiating Ethnic “Otherness” in Neo-Burlesque Striptease” (ABD)
2019+ Grahame Renyk, Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning, OISE, UofT “Come From Away/Come From Here: Theorizing Canadian stage musicals at home and abroad”