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Barry Freeman

Faculty Member Barry Freeman

Associate Professor

Phone: 416-287-7136
Location: AA 324


Theatre & Performance Studies


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)

Curriculum, Teaching and Learning, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (cross-appointment)

Teaching Interests

Canadian Theatre, Theatre History, Intercultural Performance, Education and Pedagogy

Research Interests

Theatre and Performance in Canada, Education and Pedagogy, Ethics and Interculturalism

Awards & Grants

Recent Award
2018 Nathan Cohen Award for Excellence in Critical Writing from the Canadian Theatre Critics Association

Recent Grants
2020 SSHRC Connections Grant (co-applicant), $10,980 
2019 UTSC VPR Research Competitiveness Fund, $10,000
2018 UTSC Teaching Equipment Grant, $7,955.20
2017 UTSC Equity and Diversity in the Arts Grant, $10,000



  • 2017 Staging Strangers: Theatre and Global Ethics. McGill-Queen's University Press.
  • 2016 In Defence of Theatre: Aesthetic Practices and Social Interventions, co-edited with Kathleen Gallagher. University of Toronto Press.
Recent Articles, Book Chapters, Journal Issues
  • 2021 Canadian Theatre Review 188 on the theme of “Pandemic: A Time Capsule” Co-edited with Natalie Alvarez, Heather Davis-Fisch and Julia Mathias. To be published Spring 2021.
  • 2019 “Education as Arts Talk? Canada's National Arts Centre and Praxis Theatre’s SpiderWebShow,” in Education and Theatres: Education, Innovation and Success, Springer Publishing. (6,100 words.)
  • 2018 Canadian Theatre Review 180 on the theme of “#TimesUp” Co-edited with CTR Editorial Team. Published Summer 2019.
  • 2016 “Joey Walks the Old Lost Land in Artistic Fraud’s The Colony of Unrequited Dreams.” Canadian Theatre Review 166 (3,000 words).
  • 2018 Canadian Theatre Review 181 on the theme of “Applied Theatre”Co-edited with Yasmine Kandil. Published Fall 2019.
  • 2017 “In Need of a Good Story: Understanding Come From Away’s Warm Reception,” Canadian Theatre Review 171. (3,000 words). *
  • 2017 “Theatre for a Changeable World, or Making Room for a Fire," in In Defence of Theatre: Aesthetic Practices and Social Interventions. Barry Freeman and Kathleen Gallagher, eds. University of Toronto. (6,500 words)


Director, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Bertolt Brecht), Leigha Lee Browne Theatre, UTSC, March 2016.

Director, 10 out of 12 (Anne Washburn), Leigha Lee Browne Theatre, UTSC, March 2018.

Graduate Student Supervision & Mentorship

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”

Post-Doctoral Fellow Supervision & Mentorship

2021+ Jeffrey Gagnon, Centre for Drama, Theatre & Performance Studies + Department of Arts, Culture & Media, 2-year fellowship, “No Cloud Without Sky”, an investigation into mobilizations for spectrum sovereignty.
 (Co supervision with T.L. Cowan)