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Michael F. Bergmann

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Michael F Bergmann


Assistant Professor, Production


  • MFA Design
  • BFA Performance Production


Extension: 553597

Office: AOB 921-56

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‚Äôs 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, 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.

  • Performance technology
  • Human-robot interaction (HRI)
  • Projection and video design
  • New Media
  • Interactive systems

The Uncanny Robot Project:

Examining human-robot interactions through dance and performance.

Year: 2019-2020

Role: Principal Investigator

Funded by: FCAD Special Seed Grant

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Expanding the possibility of performance through robotics

Year: 2019-2021

Role: Co-Principal Investigator

Funded by: FOL!E (FCAD & Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group)

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Augmented Reality Pre-visualization for Theatrical Design

Year: 2018-2020

Role: Principal Investigator

Funded by: OVPRI URO

TheatAR project page