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Bruce Kirkley

Bruce Kirkley, PhD

Associate Professor (On Sabbatical)


Abbotsford campus

Phone: 1-604-702-2613

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A full-time faculty member with UFV Theatre since 1994, Bruce teaches Acting, Voice, Theatre History, and Shakespeare in Performance. He is actively engaged in theatre research, and is currently writing a book on the relationship between theatre and television in Canada. His research interests include: modern Canadian theatre; cross-media influences in contemporary theatre, film, and television; and the actor’s creative process.

Bruce's articles have been published in Modern Drama, Canadian Theatre Review, Theatre Research in Canada, Theatre and Television, and The Encyclopedia of Literature in Canada. He also serves as Treasurer of the Association for Canadian Theatre Research, and Book Review Editor for the journal Theatre Research in Canada.

In the past, Bruce has directed many productions for UFV Theatre:

  • The Tempest (2010)
  • Schoolhouse (2009)
  • Les Belles Soeurs (2008)
  • The Glass Menagerie (2007)
  • The Taming of the Shrew (2006)
  • She Stoops to Conquer (2005)
  • Bottom’s Dreame (based on A Midsummer Night’s Dream, adapted by Bruce Kirkley, 2005)
  • Much Ado About Nothing (2005)
  • Sonnetscape (2003)
  • King Lear (2003)
  • Alice Through the Looking Glass (2001)
  • Much Ado About Nothing (abridged version, adapted by Bruce Kirkley, 2001)
  • Romeo and Juliet (2001)
  • The Comedy of Errors (2000)
  • Pentecost (1998)
  • As You Like It (1998)
  • The Fifteen Minute Hamlet (1997)
  • The Winter’s Tale (abridged version, adapted by Bruce Kirkley, 1997)
  • Under Milkwood (1996)
  • The Tempest (1996)
  • The Stone Angel (1995)

Bruce’s other directing credits include: Ben Jonson’s The Alchemist, Samuel Beckett’s Catastrophe, James Reaney’s St. Nicholas Street Hotel, Nigel Hunt’s Serving the Sentence, and Max Frisch’s The Fire Raisers. Bruce has also directed for television, and his film production of Samuel Beckett’s teleplay ...but the clouds… was broadcast on the CBC’s Adrienne Clarkson Presents (1991).


  • PhD - University of Toronto
  • MA - University of Toronto
  • BA (Honours) - Univeristy of British Columbia


“Refashioning The Overcoat.” Association of Canadian Theatre Research, Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, June 2004, Winnipeg, MB.


Selected articles in books and journals

"Caravan Farm Theatre: Orchestrated Anarchy and the Creative Process." Community Engaged Theatre and Performance. Ed. Julie Salverson. Toronto: Playwrights Canada Press, 2011.

"Caravan Farm Theatre: Orchestrated Anarchy and the Creative Process." Theatre in British Columbia. Ed. Ginny Ratsoy. Toronto: Playwrights Canada Press, 2006.

“Film, Television and Literature.” Encyclopedia of Literature in Canada. William H. New, ed. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2002.

“Caravan Farm Theatre: Orchestrated Anarchy and the Creative Process.” Canadian Theatre Review101 (Winter, 2000): 35-39.

“John Hirsch and the Critical Mass: Alternative Theatre on CBC Television in the 1970's.” Theatre Research in Canada 15.1 (Spring 1994): 75-95.

“A Catalogue of Canadian Stage Plays on English Canadian Television, 1952 to 1987.” Theatre Research in Canada 15.1 (Spring 1994): 96-108.

“A catch in the breath: Language and Consciousness in Samuel Beckett's ...but the clouds...” Modern Drama 35 (December 1992): 607-16.

“Image and Imagination: The Concept of Electronic Theatre.” Canadian Theatre Review 64 (Fall 1990): 4-12.

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