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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 projections with an optimistic eye towards technology. He is based in his native city of Toronto and is a member of the faculty 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 (Technological Research in Performance Lab).

His current research includes TheatAR: an augmented reality pre-visualization system for theatrical design, Uncanny Robots: an experimental human/robot dance duet featuring Belinda McGuire and a KUKA robot; and a collaboration with Cirque du Soleil on creating robotic controlled apparatuses, through FCAD’s Future of Live Entertainment Lab.

His creative work spans across theatre, dance, and installation art, with an emphasis on merging approaches through a technological lens. Prior to Ryerson, he worked in industry at the San Francisco research and development lab for Worldstage, innovating on approaches to corporate performance and industrial events across the USA and Macau for clients such as Wynn, NBC Studios, Intel, and Nokia Bell Labs.

He is a member of the Associated Designers of Canada and was an Eldon Elder fellow at the Yale School of Drama, where he received his MFA in Design. 

  • Performance
  • Robotics
  • Projection
  • 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, external link



Expanding the possibility of performance through robotics

Year: 2019-2020

Role: Co-Principal Investigator

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



Augmented Reality Pre-visualization for Theatrical Design

Year: 2018-2020

Role: Principal Investigator

Funded by: OVPRI URO, external link