Natalie Alvarez

SCLA Faculty

Natalie Alvarez

In 2006, Natalie Alvarez joined the Department of Dramatic Arts at Brock where she teaches in the Theatre Praxis concentration. Her research interests include: performance theory; North American contemporary performance; performativity in simulations and reenactment culture; Latina/o-Canadian theatre and performance; genealogies of nostalgia and performance; as well as performance analysis and pedagogy. In 2010, she received a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada grant for her manuscript project entitled Enactments of Difference: Simulations and Performance from Military Training to Dark Tourism. Part of this research was presented at a plenary panel at the 2009 conference for the American Society of Theatre Research (ASTR). She serves as Co-Editor for the Canadian Theatre Review’s Views and Reviews and has two forthcoming books with Playwrights Canada Press, an anthology of Latina/o-Canadian plays and a collection of critical essays on Latina/o-Canadian theatre and performance. Natalie also engages regularly in theatre practice. For DART’s 2008-2009 mainstage season, she directed a multi-media adaptation of Euripides’ Medea and in 2010 for Nuit Blanche Brock, a dance installation piece in the fifth floor glass box of Brock’s Earp Residence, which audiences watched from outside the building below. She also served as the writer and story-editor for The Limelighters, a four-part documentary series for Global Television about Toronto’s Performing Arts Lodge, which won several SMPIA awards including Best Script. Most recently, she collaborated with Montreal-based artist Milutin Gubash, and colleague David Vivian, on a performance installation piece for Rodman Hall entitled “Which Way to the Bastille?”. Her research has been published in Theatre Journal; Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism; Janushead: Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature, Continental Philosophy, Phenomenological Psychology, and the Arts; New Canadian Realisms; Codifying the National Self; Canadian Theatre Review; and Maisonneuve.

Research Interests:
Performance theory
contemporary performance
performativity in simulations and reenactment culture
performativity and illness
Latina/o-Canadian theatre and performance
New York avant-garde and experimental performance, 1960s to the present nostalgia and memory in performance


Departmental Events

French instructor Paul Savoie is Director of the Salon du livre de Toronto
December 3, 2014 - 9:00am - December 6, 2014 - 6:00pm
November in French at Brock/Novembre en français à l’Université Brock
November 7, 2014 - 10:00am - November 28, 2014 - 11:00am