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Teachers' Conference: Radical Teaching and Learning

The fifth annual Elementary and Secondary Teachers' Conference
for Music, Drama, and Dance Teachers

Friday, May 19, 2017 (district wide non-instructional day) from 9 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.
Craigie Hall and Rozsa Centre, University of Calgary

The School of Creative and Performing Arts is pleased to host quality sessions for Music, Drama, and Dance Teachers. The Division of Music will offer elementary and secondary choral, and secondary instrumental sessions, and the Division of Dance and the Division of Drama will present elementary and secondary dance and drama sessions.

The teachers' conference is suitable for all music, drama, and dance teachers, fine arts education students, community artists, teachers, and performers. You can choose to participate exclusively in music, drama, dance or a combination of sessions from all disciplines.

Registration: $65.00 general, $30 students (includes lunch and sessions)

Sessions offered by:

Adam Bell, Jeremy Brown, Dr. Marcia Epstein, Marie France Forcier, Long & McQuade, Anita Miotti, Carmen Paterson, Dr. Maria Oss-Cech Chiacchia, Anne Gardner, Paul Grindlay, Gareth Jones, Jenny Repond Peters, Rod Squance, Robin Tufts, and more! Scroll down this page to view all the sessions.

Reading sessions for elementary and secondary choral teachers sponsored by Long & McQuade Music.

Download the conference schedule

 
Online registration has now closed. 
Having trouble registering online? Please contact us at 403.220.4901
Register online until May 10, 2017. Attendees can register in-person between 8:15-9:00am on May 19, 2017 with exact cash or a cheque made out to the University of Calgary. 


Improv Jam for ALL Music, Drama and Dance Teachers

The Interdisciplinary Improv Jam features YOU! This year you will have the opportunity to practice structured improvisation as an interdisciplinary group for an informal jam session during the lunch hour.

The Interdisciplinary Improv Jam will be Friday, May 19 from 1:00 -1:20 p.m. in the Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall (Rozsa Centre).

Music Sessions

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Teaching Across Boundaries: Language and Music through Puppetry in the Elementary and Junior Secondary Classroom

Clinician: Dr. Maria Oss-Cech Chiacchia

Based on the assumption that learning in context is both meaningful and necessary to inspire student engagement, this session explores the rich multicultural and interdisciplinary repertoire of language and music through puppetry, as spaces within which students can deepen their own sense of self-identity and creativity.   

Maria C. Oss-Cech Chiacchia’s early studies include an ARCT, a BA honors and a Dip. in Kodaly Education. Her MA focused on creativity in the classroom through language and music. Fluent in several languages, Maria achieved Second Language Pedagogy Certification from the University of Siena (Italy). She achieved a Doctor of Philosophy in Renaissance Italian/Spanish Literature and Music from the University of Calgary earning several scholarships including the Eyes High Research Excellence Award. Extensive travels and the interdisciplinary nature of her studies as a linguistic and a musician shaped her approach to teaching (from Montessori to University) unapologetically, transferring from one field for the enrichment of the other. At present, Maria divides her time between family, researching, writing and sharing her passion for intercultural and interdisciplinary teaching and learning.

Making MaKey MaKey Musical Instruments From/With Scratch

Clinician: Adam Bell

Have a bunch of bananas? We can make a piano with those! In this session we'll create new musical instruments using household items and a device called MaKey MaKey, which will be provided. We'll consider how to design and create musical instruments for/with the learners we teach, with an emphasis on accessibility and inclusion.
What to bring: You are welcome to come empty-handed, but it always helps to have some extra materials if you're able. Please see: http://www.adampatrickbell.com/blog/makey-makey-music-instrument-invention-workshop-preparation

Adam Patrick Bell is an Assistant Professor of Music Education in the School of Creative and Performing Arts at the University of Calgary. He has written many peer-reviewed articles (e.g. Journal of Music, Technology and Education, Journal on the Art of Record Production, International Journal of Education and the Arts, British Journal of Music Education, and Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education) and chapters (e.g. Oxford Handbook of Music Making and Leisure, Routledge Companion to Music, Technology, and Education) on the topics of music technology in music education, and disability in music education. Prior to his career in higher education, Adam worked as a kindergarten teacher, elementary music teacher, and support worker for adolescents with disabilities. Adam has also worked as a freelance producer, creating commercial music for clients including Coca-Cola.

Tall Tones, Glow Notes and Breath Dance: Making Your Choir Sound Awesome

Clinician: Paul Grindlay

Paul Grindlay presents a session of hacks to help you develop the sound of your choir.

Paul Grindlay has sung in choirs since he was nine years old. He has performed with such notable ensembles as The Phoenix Chamber Choir, Vancouver Cantata Singers, Vancouver Chamber Choir, Musica Intima, Tafelmusik Chamber Choir and Toronto Consort. He was a member of the 1990 National Youth Choir, the 1991 World Youth Choir and has pursued a solo vocal career, which has taken him to Austria, Japan, England, the USA and across Canada to perform with opera companies, orchestras and choirs. He has recorded CDs of music for NAXOS Records, Marquis and Toccata Classics.
Paul was the Artistic Director of the Calgary Boys’ Choir between 2004 and 2007, resuming again in 2010. He started “SuperSonic Men’s Choir” in 2007 and is a founding member of “VoiceScapes.” Paul directs the choir at Knox Presbyterian Church and teaches voice at the Mount Royal Conservatory. Known especially for his work with male voices, Paul is in great demand as a performer, coach, conductor, clinician and adjudicator. In spare time he indulges his love of fly-fishing, his family, the outdoors, cooking and poetry.

Long & McQuade Secondary Choral Reading Session

Clinician: Timothy Shantz

Come enjoy an opportunity to sing through some great repertoire secondary choral repertoire together. This session is sponsored by Long & McQuade Music.

Chorusmaster for the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, artistic director of Spiritus Chamber Choir and founding director of Luminous Voices, Timothy Shantz continues to garner critical praise for his work as conductor with both choral and instrumental ensembles. Kenneth DeLong of the Calgary Herald wrote, "Timothy Shantz led the choir with both energy and grace, drawing from the ensemble sounds that were refined, balanced, and filled with inner life."
Shantz is an experienced conductor, collaborator, and tenor soloist. As a conductor, Shantz is recognized for his work in early-music, contemporary works, as well as virtuoso unaccompanied choral music to large choral-orchestral masterpieces. Under his direction, Spiritus Chamber Choir earned the Healey Willan Grand Prize from the Canada Council in 2013 and toured internationally, earning second prize at the Fleischmann International Choral Competition in Cork, Ireland as well as second prize at the Florilège Vocal de Tours in France. His preparation of choruses for major orchestral works has been equally successful. Following a performance of Beethoven’s Mass in C, DeLong wrote, “the well-prepared chorus (was) thrilling in the grand climaxes and sensitive in the softer Sanctus and Agnus Dei portions of the mass. The big fugal choruses always are a big sing for any choral group, and the CPO Chorus tucked into these most characteristic passages with relish. One could not help noticing the security of both the tenor and bass sections, and the way this contributed to the health of the total choral sound.” Shantz has collaborated with conductors Christoph König, Matthew Halls, Paul Hillier, Nicholas McGegan, Roberto Minczuk, John Morris Russell, Yoav Talmi, Jean-Marie Zeitouni and more.
Shantz has several recordings to his name including, Zachary Wadsworth’s The Far West released in May 2016 of which Joshua Kosman of the San Francisco Chronicle wrote “beautifully sung, as everything here is, by the aptly named Luminous Voices under Timothy Shantz.” Mendelssohn’s Te Deum, released in Spring 2015 by Luminous Voices was named Outstanding Choral Recording from Choral Canada in May 2016. Other recordings include, James MacMillan's Seven Last Words (Spring 2014) with Spiritus Chamber Choir and future releases planned from the Calgary Philharmonic Chorus and Luminous Voices. Performance highlights as tenor include Händel's Messiah at Carnegie Hall, soloist and ensemble singer at the Carmel Bach Festival since 2008 and twice with the Lucerne Festival Academy under Pierre Boulez. Shantz holds a Doctor of Music degree in Choral Conducting from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music with a dissertation analyzing the unaccompanied choral work Sun-Dogs by composer James MacMillan.

How to Take Your Wind Band to the Next Level . . . and more air is NOT the answer

Clinician: Gareth Jones

A look at shaping the sound of your wind band through the use of conducting gestures and the teaching of Vincent Cichowicz and Arnold Jacobs, two teachers who changed the world of wind and brass pedagogy and how it relates to the breathing process. We will address conducting gesture and how these will impact the sound of your ensemble through specific exercises.  We will also look at simple exercises you can do with your ensemble, regardless of level, that will unify phrasing, articulation, tone, and many other elements of your ensemble.  Bring your conducting batons!

Gareth Jones is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Calgary and is the director of the University’s Wind Ensemble as well as the Symphonic Band. He is also the Director of the Alberta Winds, Calgary’s professional wind ensemble. In 2014 he was named the conductor of the National Youth Band of Canada. He was Assistant Principal Trumpet with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra from 1992 to 2007 and continues to play with the CPO whenever his conducting schedule allows. Before that, he held the same position with the Tulsa Philharmonic Orchestra. He has studied conducting with the renowned pedagogues Jorma Panula, Gustav Meier, Michael Haithcock, and Michael Jinbo. He has conducted ensembles from across Western Canada as well as Mexico and the United States. Mr. Jones’s musical activities are greatly varied. He has appeared as guest conductor and clinician with over two hundred orchestras and wind ensembles, been featured on Juno nominated blues CDs, appeared on CBC radio as a soloist and chamber musician, been a guest lecturer with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, been an adjudicator at music festivals across Canada, as well as conducting honour bands across Canada and was a reviewer for the recently updated Royal Conservatory of Music trumpet syllabus. He placed first among North American competitors in the 1996 Ellesworth-Smith International Trumpet Guild Solo Competition, placing third worldwide. He can be heard playing chamber music, jazz, blues, and rhythm and blues with various groups around Calgary. As a conductor he founded the Calgary Honour Band and the University of Calgary Brass Choir. He was also a founding member of the chamber ensemble “Rosa Selvatica” and has been a featured soloist with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra on several occasions. He studied conducting at the Pierre Monteux Institute and Canada’s National Arts Centre and received his Master of Music in conducting from the University of Calgary. He studied trumpet at Northwestern University with renowned pedagogue Vincent Cichowicz, where he won the prestigious concerto competition and a scholarship for performing excellence. Gareth Jones is a Yamaha Artist. 

World Music in the Elementary School Classroom

Clinician: Rod Squance

In this workshop, techniques and strategies will be discussed on how to successfully incorporate world music into the elementary school classroom. Issues and challenges will be discussed along with a hands-on workshop of specific world music activities.

Rod Thomas Squance is quickly gaining recognition as one of Canada’s most exciting musicians. Rod is very active as a soloist and freelance percussionist in chamber, orchestral, jazz and world music settings. He has performed with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Project, Paquito de Rivera, Dong-Won Kim, Prafulla Athalye and Sandeep Das. He appears in solo recitals regularly, including recitals for national CBC radio broadcasts. Rod holds a doctoral degree from the University of Miami, having received his formal training as a classical percussionist. He also plays jazz vibraphone and is an accomplished improviser in a wide variety of styles. Rod is experienced in the field of ethnomusicology, with expertise in Balinese gender wayang shadow theatre music, having completed field research in Balinese music studying gender wayang with I Ketut Sukayana in Sukawati village, Bali. Rod is also an experienced performer of North Indian classical raga music and has studied Afro-Cuban percussion and Brazilian music. Rod teaches ethnomusicology and percussion at the University of Calgary.

Secondary Choral Session: Singing in other languages

Clinician: Julie Harris

Singing in other languages: how some simple images along with IPA can be your best friends (French & German focus)

Soprano Julie Harris holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Calgary and an Artist Diploma from the University of Toronto. Julie has appeared as a soloist with various choirs and orchestras, including the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Toronto Chamber Choir, Alberta Baroque (Edmonton), La Cetra (Vancouver), the Calgary Bach Festival Society and Calgary's Festival Chorus, including numerous CBC broadcasts. Julie has also been engaged for roles in Baroque Opera with Opera Atelier and the Toronto Consort. he has recorded with Il Furioso on Toccata Classics released in 2006.  Since moving back to Calgary in 1999, she has created and runs the Early Music Voices Concert Series. She is a member of Duo Seraphim with Toronto-based soprano Katherine Hill and of VoiceScapes, Calgary’s educational and performing vocal ensemble. She also maintains a private voice studio and coaches for local community choirs and high schools, as well as directing the Collegium Musicum at the University of Calgary.

Rehearsal Preparation for the Secondary Choir: Basic Score Study and Conducting Considerations

Clinician: Anne Gardner

An interactive session for secondary choir teachers in which we will explore effective preparation for rehearsals. Participants will be encouraged to share current practices in this area and we will be considering which conducting techniques might work well to achieve desired outcomes. 

Anne Gardner began her post- secondary studies at the University of North Texas, and holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Calgary. Her experience includes teaching a Kodaly-based music program for grades 3-6 with the Calgary Board of Education, pre-school Kodaly classes at Mt. Royal Conservatory, past director of Westwinds Music Society's Green Choir and Women's Choir and current director of its Choral Ensemble, and thirteen years of high school choir teaching at Central Memorial High School. She currently teaches music at WO Mitchell elementary school. Anne also works as a guest clinician, conductor and adjudicator with school and community choirs. Anne's passion as a choir conductor and teacher is to help choirs discover a path to improving vocal technique, musical literacy, performance expression, and appreciation of music's rich offerings.

Secondary Instrumental Session: Voices in the Noise: Voice Care for Teachers

Clinician: Dr. Marcia Epstein

Teaching can be tough on your voice.  Add musical instruments (especially brasses!) to the usual classroom clamour, and you can have a recipe for vocal strain and tension.
This interactive session will provide guidelines for keeping your voice healthy, warding off strain and viruses, and keeping your students’ attention without shouting.  Feel free to bring your own concerns — individual coaching will be available as time permits.

Dr. Marcia Jenneth Epstein teaches in the Department of Communication, Media and Film at the University of Calgary, as well as running workshops on voice care and projection for new faculty members at the Teaching and Learning Institute on campus. She is also an avid choral singer and the author of a forthcoming book on the effects of noise — in cities, hospitals, schools, and entertainment venues — on the health of individuals and communities.

Secondary Instrumental Session: Techniques for Student Improvisation

Clinician: Jeremy Brown

Learn how any music teacher can encourage and develop student solo and group improvisation skills in a few steps by using materials used for concert band, including vamps and ostinato.

Jeremy Brown is Professor of Music and a former Head of the Music Department at the University of Calgary. In 2009 he was awarded the title of “Canadian Music Ambassador” by the Canadian Music Centre for his efforts in performing and commissioning works by Canadian composers. In 2008, he was celebrated in a select group of five professors as an “Innovator of the University of Calgary” by the University of Calgary. He has also won the University of Calgary “Student’s Union Teaching Excellence Award” and the “Peterkin Award” for Outstanding Achievement in Music Education for the province of Alberta.
His provocative recording of contemporary Canadian saxophone, Rubbing Stone, on the Centredisc label, was nominated as the Outstanding Classical Recording of the Year by the 2010 Western Canadian Music Alliance. He is currently completing two new recordings, a recording of new Canadian music by the Rubbing Stone Ensemble and a recording of the wind band works of Henry Cowell by musicians of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra.
As a musician he has appeared internationally as a conductor, saxophonist, lecturer, clinician and adjudicator of wind bands. A prolific author, he is currently completing a book, “The Wind Band Music of Henry Dixon Cowell” for Sourcebooks in American Music, Pendragon Press. He is the founding artistic director of the Rubbing Stone Ensemble, a new music ensemble based in Calgary and former conductor and founding artistic director of the National Concert Band of Canada.
Brown has published numerous articles and is a contributing editor to Canadian Winds. He has commissioned more than thirty new works by Canadian composers and also been Artist-In-Residence and a visiting lecturer at the Banff Centre.

Drama Sessions

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Kinesthetic Learning and Improv Movement for the Classroom

Clinician: Carmen Paterson

Kids love to move!  Whether it’s as a brain break or to deepen their connection with curriculum.  Carmen Paterson will provided strategies and tools to get your kids moving in a way that is both freeing and controlled. 

Carmen Paterson has been working as an arts educator focusing on movement and tapping into your kinesthetic potential through her work at Arts Commons and with the Embodied Practice Guild.

Supporting Curriculum through Arts Education

Clinician: Jenny Repond Peters

What does it mean to work with an Artist in Residence? How can artists support specific curricular goals or enrich classroom learning? Jenny Peters provide an overview of how artists strategically transform classroom learning and student engagement through artist in residence projects, and how educators can access and utilize the resources of the local arts community.

Jenny Repond Peters has as an artist and an arts educator of over 15 years, created, planned and delivered hundreds of artist in residence projects from rural Alberta to the Middle East, from pre-school to high school aged students. Jenny trained as a dancer and theatre artist, and is the current program manager for Arts Commons in the Arts Learning department. Jenny will provide stories and examples of successful artist in residence projects, with logistical insights on how to engage artists in the community and see project come to fruition.

Dance Sessions

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Yoga for Movers and Shakers

Clinician: Anita Miotti

This is a yoga class designed to connect yoga asana practice with functional movement. Especially suited to dancers, athletes, and people that regularly work with their bodies, we will look at movement concepts and common misconceptions about asana practice through an explorative and light hearted, but rigorous asana practice. Come with a water bottle and a yoga mat, and be ready to play.

Anita Miotti is an educator and an artist with 20 years of experience as a professional performer and choreographer and 27 years of experience as a dance and movement teacher. Anita has choreographed and/or performed with almost every professional theatre company in the province. She has been an artist in residence in many Alberta schools; independently, with Trickster Theatre, Three Left Feet, and with Quest Theatre for young audiences. She has been a consultant and workshop instructor in several educational institutions (K thru post secondary), government arts organisations, and theatre and opera companies. Anita is a certified yoga teacher and adjuster for the past 10 years, and a dedicated yoga practitioner since 1998. She currently teaches the yoga program at St. Francis High School.

Interdisciplinary Sessions

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Involving Dancers and Musicians in Improvisation

Clinicians: Marie France Forcier, Robin Tufts 

To improvise is to allow oneself to engage with free play. For musicians and dancers alike, it is also to problem-solve, on the spot. In group-settings, to improvise requires trust, teamwork, and the ability to set aside inhibitions and judgment. In this session, Tufts and Forcier will guide the participants to practice structured improvisation as an interdisciplinary group, in preparation for an informal presentation during the lunch hour showcase. Participants are welcome to bring their own instruments.

Marie France Forcier draws on her extensive experience as a choreographer and artistic director of Forcier Stage Works in her career as Assistant Professor in Dance at the University of Calgary.  Over the past 15 years, her body of choreographic work has been commissioned across North America, Europe and Asia. She has toured extensively on four continents performing in disciplines ranging from performance art to family theatricals, to aerial circus to contemporary dance. Forcier is internationally active researcher in the field of Trauma Studies and continues to lead the way in developing new ways of thinking about the intersection of trauma and artistic practice.


Robin Tufts is a drummer, percussionist, improviser and dance accompanist.  Robin is very active in the Calgary jazz community, playing and recording with his own Trio Velocity, The Keith Smith Trio, The Lorna MacLachlan Group, The Northern Lights Jazz Quartet, Mapl, Andrea Petrity, and Mark DeJong. Other performing and accompanying credits include, the celtic group Seanachie, the klezmer band Klezmerovitz, flamenco guitarist Peter Knight, poet Sheri-d Wilson, Lynn Miles, Bob Day, Guido Basso, Alberta Ballet, Decidedly Jazz Dance, Dancers Studio West and Stage West. For 20 years, Robin has been the group leader of accompanists for the Program of Dance at the University of Calgary.

Interdisciplinary Improv Jam

Moderator: Adam Bell, Jeremy Brown, Val Campbell, Marie-France Forcier, Laura Hynes 

The Interdisciplinary Improv Jam features YOU! This year you will have the opportunity to practice structured improvisation as an interdisciplinary group for an informal jam session during the lunch hour.

The Interdisciplinary Improv Jam will be Friday, May 19 from 1:00 -1:20 p.m. in the Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall (Rozsa Centre).

Adam Patrick Bell is an Assistant Professor of Music Education in the School of Creative and Performing Arts at the University of Calgary. He has written many peer-reviewed articles (e.g. Journal of Music, Technology and Education, Journal on the Art of Record Production, International Journal of Education and the Arts, British Journal of Music Education, and Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education) and chapters (e.g. Oxford Handbook of Music Making and Leisure, Routledge Companion to Music, Technology, and Education) on the topics of music technology in music education, and disability in music education. Prior to his career in higher education, Adam worked as a kindergarten teacher, elementary music teacher, and support worker for adolescents with disabilities. Adam has also worked as a freelance producer, creating commercial music for clients including Coca-Cola.





Jeremy Brown is a renowned Canadian saxophonist, woodwind doubler, teacher, expert on the music of Henry Cowell and conductor. He is Professor of Music and the former Head of the Music Department at the University of Calgary. (1990-present)  He has also been an Artist-In-Residence and a visiting artist/lecturer at the Banff Centre.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Valerie Campbell is an educator, creative researcher, actor and director working in actor training and performance creation with a specialization in movement. She currently holds a tenured faculty position as an Associate Professor in the School of Creative and Performing Arts - Drama in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Calgary.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marie France Forcier draws on her extensive experience as a choreographer and artistic director of Forcier Stage Works in her career as Assistant Professor in Dance at the University of Calgary.  Over the past 15 years, her body of choreographic work has been commissioned across North America, Europe and Asia. She has toured extensively on four continents performing in disciplines ranging from performance art to family theatricals, to aerial circus to contemporary dance. Forcier is internationally active researcher in the field of Trauma Studies and continues to lead the way in developing new ways of thinking about the intersection of trauma and artistic practice.



 A Fulbright scholar in Paris, coloratura soprano Laura Hynes spent six years abroad in France and Germany, performing repertoire ranging from baroque opera with Les Arts Florissants to "classical cabaret" on French television and radio. She has performed opera roles, solo recitals, one-woman shows, and concerts throughout Europe and the U.S., in venues including New York's Alice Tully Hall, the Barbican in London, and the Châtelet in Paris.

Dr. Hynes was the Carolyn Bailey & Dominick Argento Fellow at the University of Minnesota, where she earned her doctorate in 2013. 

Dr. Hynes is currently an Assistant Professor of Voice and Opera at the University of Calgary. Her research explores innovations in art song recital through social justice issues, community engagement, and interdisciplinary collaborative process.

Interdisciplinary Programming: Challenges and Opportunities, Panel and Discussion

Moderator: Bruce Barton
Panel Members: Laura Hynes, Marie France Forcier, Pil Hansen, Jean-Louis Bleau

The School of Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA) was formed in 2013 when Dance, Drama and Music were combined into a single academic unit. All three of the divisions continue to provide distinct disciplinary degree programs; however, the SCPA has also been exploring a range of interdisciplinary initiatives that are now possible because of the close physical and conceptual proximity of the three units. What is at stake in interdisciplinary programming? What kinds of opportunities do interdisciplinary collaborations provide for students and faculty? What are the most common challenges that emerge, and what sorts of solutions exist to address them? With interdisciplinary programming increasing at all levels within the Canadian education system, this panel and discussion will attempt to address these key questions of direct significance for educators preparing students for a quickly evolving educational landscape.

Bruce Barton is a performance maker and research/creation scholar located in Calgary, Alberta. His stage and radio plays have been produced across Canada, celebrated with regional and national awards, and anthologized. He works extensively as a director, playwright, dramaturg, and designer with numerous devising and intermedial performance companies across Canada and internationally. He is also the Artistic Director of Vertical City, an interdisciplinary performance hub. Recent Vertical City projects include 2YouTopia (Toronto's Nuit Blanch 2014), All Good Things (Toronto, Vancouver, Halifax 2013-14), and the award-winning Trace (Toronto 2014).

Bruce has published in a wide range of peer-reviewed and professional periodicals, and is a core member of Performance as Research Working Groups of the International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR/FIRT) and the American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR), as well as a founding member of the Artistic Research Study Circle of the Nordic Summer University (NSU). He is also the co-ordinator of the Articulating Artistic Research Seminar at the Canadian Association for Theatre Research, which he began in 2012. Bruce has also been a member of the Playwrights Guild of Canada for over 15 years.
Bruce’s interdisciplinary orientation runs deep: he holds two Bachelor degrees, one in Literature and one in Fine Arts (Painting) from the University of Guelph. His Masters degree, also from the University of Guelph, is in Drama, and he received his Doctorate in Theatre and Film from the University of Toronto. Bruce taught performance creation, dramaturgy, intermedial performance, and practice-based research at the University of Toronto between 2001 and 2014. In January 2015 he became the first Director of the School of Creative and Performing Arts at the University of Calgary.