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Bruce Kirkley

Bruce Kirkley, PhD

Associate Professor


Abbotsford campus, D102

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Bruce completed a PhD and MA in Theatre at the University of Toronto, and a BA Honours in English at the University of British Columbia. He joined the Theatre Department at UFV (then UCFV) in 1994. During his career, Bruce has had the good fortune to teach almost every theatre course the department offers and has been centrally involved in the development of Theatre curriculum and student practicum initiatives. His creative practice and research included the direction of over thirty UFV theatre productions, and the publication of several academic articles, conference presentations, and exhibitions. Bruce served as Department Head of Theatre for three full terms, during which he initiated a process of significant curriculum renewal and program development, while also overseeing the renewal of Theatre faculty and staff due to retirements. He chaired the Bachelor of Media Arts and the Theatre Major program working groups, steering both proposals through to approval by the Ministry of Advanced Education. Bruce has been a strong contributor to university-wide initiatives, including serving on the BA Task Force to create the College of Arts’ current BA Framework, an innovative redesign of the BA requirements structured to facilitate an integrated, interdisciplinary approach to learning. He also served on the CAC subcommittee on reorganization, investigating organizational models designed to maintain disciplinary integrity while also facilitating multidisciplinary collaboration and interdisciplinary innovation. The committee’s recommendations to form a School of Creative Arts, and to initiate a more collegial, interdisciplinary committee structure for the College of Arts were both subsequently implemented. In 2016, Bruce took on the role of Associate Director for Program Development and Quality Assurance in the Office of the Vice-Provost. In this capacity, he guided several programs, both graduate and undergraduate, through all stages of program and curriculum development, from concept paper through to implementation. He also oversaw the university’s successful Quality Assurance Process Audit (QAPA) conducted by the Ministry of Advanced Education in 2019-20 and produced UFV’s QAPA Report and Action Plan outlining the directions for Quality Assurance development in the university over the next five years (2021-2026). Although now retired, Bruce continues to teach courses for Theatre on occasion and to pursue his creative interest in digital animation and storytelling.

Teaching Specializations:

Theatre (Acting, Voice, Theatre Studies)


PhD (Toronto), MA (Toronto), BA Honours (UBC)

National Voice Intensive (SFU), Advanced Voice Intensive (Banff), Creativity Workshop (Florence, Italy), Isadora Digital Projection Workshop (Reed College, Portland OR)

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