Prof. Michael F Bergmann
Michael enjoys exploring performance with an optimistic eye towards technology. Based in his native city of Toronto, Michael is a faculty member at Ryerson University’s School of Performance, where he teaches and is writing curriculum to integrate projection and digital tools into the program. His research explores the role of new technologies in live art and storytelling through his lab, TRiPL, external link (Technological Research in Performance Lab).
His creative work spans theatre, dance, and installation art, emphasizing merging approaches through a technological lens. Before Ryerson, he worked in industry at the San Francisco research and development lab for Worldstage, innovating approaches to corporate performance and industrial events across the USA and Macau for clients such as Wynn, NBC Studios, Intel, and Nokia Bell Labs.
Within the theatrical world, he has designed for such shows as He Left Quietly (Toronto SummerWorks, Best Production Award) and Accidental Death of an Anarchist (Berkeley Repertory Theatre / Yale Repertory Theatre). He served as assistant projection designer on Newsies: The First National Tour (Disney Theatrical, Designer: Daniel Brodie) and In a Year With 13 Moons (Yale Repertory Theatre, Designer: Peter Nigrini).
He is a founding member of IATSE Local ADC 659, external link, and continues to design when possible.
Michael received his MFA in Design from the Yale School of Drama and held an Eldon Elder fellowship.