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Barry Freeman


Associate Professor

Phone: 416-287-7136
Location: HW 432
Resume/CV: PDF icon CV 2022.pdf


Theatre & Performance Studies


Barry Freeman is an Associate Professor of Theatre and Performance at the University of Toronto Scarborough and the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies with a cross-appointment to the Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning at OISE/UofT. He is the author Staging Strangers: Theatre & Global Ethics (2017), co-editor with Kathleen Gallagher of In Defence of Theatre: Practices and Social Interventions (2016) and served from 2011-22 as Associate Editor of Canadian Theatre Review, during which time he co/edited 8 special issues and co/authored 15 articles on issues of importance to contemporary Canadian theatre and performance.

Barry’s current research is focused on theatre pedagogy and education, particularly in Canada. His main research project since 2019 is Belongings: On the Virtues and Values of Drama, Theatre and Performance Education in Canada, which is a national, empirical survey and analysis of post-secondary liberal arts and professional training in CanadaIn 2022, he joined the team of Staging Better Futures / Mettre en scène de meilleurs avenirs, a long-term, cross-Canada, bilingual project that responds directly to the many public calls for action against colonialism, racism and sexism in post-secondary theatre training. Barry’s goal is to produce research that will help build open-access, non-competitive resources, programming and supports for theatre educators.


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
2018  Honourable Mention for the Anne Saddlemyer Award for best book published in English for the year from the Canadian Association for Theatre Research

Recent Grants
2022 UTSC Experiential Education Development Grant, $8,750
2022 UTSC Experiential Education Tier II Grant (co-applicant), $20,000
2020 SSHRC Connections Grant (co-applicant), $10,980
2019 UTSC VPR Research Competitiveness Fund, $10,000



Recent Articles, Book Capters, Journal Issues

Recent Articles, Book Chapters, Journal Issues


Selected Publications



10 out of 12
by Anne Washburn
Leigha Lee Browne Theatre, March 2018
Director: Barry Freeman
Assistant Director: Tamara Vojinovic
Producer: Katy Harris
Stage Manager: Kaelan Klith
Musical Director: Lynn Tucker
Scenic Design: Kevin Wright and Colin Harris
Sound Design: Kevin Wright and Barry Freeman

The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui
by Bertolt Brecht, Adapted by Alistair Beaton
and with Original Music composed by Alexander Rapoport
Leigha Lee Browne Theatre, March 2016
Director: Barry Freeman
Assistant Director: Ryan James
Producer: Natasha de Sao Jose
Stage Manager: Thomas Mackrell
Musical Director: Lynn Tucker
Scenic Design Kevin Wright and Colin Harris

The Rouge Park Project
Community-Engaged Verbatim Theatre Project 
A collaboration with the David Suzuki Foundation
Leigha Lee Browne Theatre and UTSC Campus Grounds, April 2012
Assistant Director: Dr. Natalie Frijia
Research Dramaturge: Jay Smith

The DQ Plays, 12 May 2018. A group photo of student actors from R.H.King Academy and student directors from Theatre & Performance program in ACM.
East of Tarragon (former title: "Arts on the Road")
“A launchpad for young creatives in the Eastern GTA,” East of Tarragon is an annual community-engaged theatre project in partnership with Tarragon Theatre, Scarborough Arts and local high schools. Past projects include: a site-specific staging of James Reaney's play The Donnellys and The DQ Plays, short site-specific plays by local high school drama students.
Faculty Liaison: Barry Freeman
Image description: A group photo of student actors from R.H.King Academy and student directors from Theatre & Performance program in ACM. Taken on 12 May 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-Doctorial Fellow Supervision & Mentorship

Dr. Jeff Gagnon, Post-Doctoral Fellow

Centre for Drama, Theatre & Performance Studies and the Department of Arts, Culture & Media (Co-supervision with T.L.Cowan)

No Cloud Without Sky – Spectrum Sovereignties

Jeff obtained his PhD at the University of Toronto’s Centre for Drama, Theatre, and Performance Studies. His dissertation: Tactical Dramaturgies: Urban Space, Ambient Informatics, and the Performance of Protest, winner of the Alumni Dissertation Award from the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies, is analysis of protest tactics employed by digitally-enabled resistance groups in North America. Jeff’s work is enthusiastically multidisciplinary, intersecting with performance studies, digital humanities, and critical geography in order to engage with technology within the context of  place-based resistance, decolonial thinking, and economic justice. Jeff’s current research work: No Cloud Without Sky is an investigation into mobilizations for spectrum sovereignty and a reconsideration of the relationship between cyberspace, material territory, and settler-colonialism.

Prior to pursuing graduate studies, Jeff taught high school in Northern Ontario and has since worked as Research and Digital Publishing fellow at The Theatre Times, Online Editor at Theatre Research in Canada (TRiC), and as Education Specialist (French Language Program) at

B.A. (U Waterloo), M.A. (U Alberta), Ph.D (U Toronto)

Teaching Interests:
Performance and political resistance, interventions into the digital, responses to settler-colonialism, Labour and performance, Brecht

Research Interests:
Protest, the production of space, settler-colonialism, the materiality of Cyberspace, cryptocurrencies and land

Recent Presentations:
No Cloud Without Sky: Spectrum Sovereignty and Ethereal Refusal. Conference Paper. Association of Internet Researchers. October 2021.

Re-Occupying Cyberspace: The Treaty of Waitangi as a Case for a Decolonized  Internet. Paper. FOOT 2021: Bordered States. University of Toronto.

Virtual Fragilities and Cyberspace Materiality. Paper. FOOT 2020: Bodies in Flux. University of Toronto.

Autogestic Performance. Paper. PSI 2019, University of Calgary. Performance Studies International.

Acts of Reoccupation. Paper. CATR 2019, University of British Columbia. Canadian Association for Theatre Research. 

Mobilized Vulnerability and Mimetic Fragility: Protest and Performative Counter Resistance. Paper. FOOT 2018: Supporting Bodies/Changing Minds. University of Toronto.