Natalie Alvarez

Faculty of Humanities

Natalie Alvarez

Rank: Assistant Professor
Department: Dramatic Arts
Ext: 4496

Work currently in progress, or about to be begun, along with indication of when the project is likely to culminate and what form it will take:

I am currently editing two books, Fronteras Vivientes/Living Borders: An Anthology of Latina/o-Canadian Plays and New Essays on Latina/o-Canadian Theatre, to be published by Playwrights Canada Press in 2011 and 2012. Along with colleagues Drs. Athena Coleman and Rajiv Kaushik in the Department of Philosophy, I am serving as guest editor for a special issue of Janushead:Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature, Continential Philosophy, Phenomenological Psychology, and the Arts, for which I am contributing an article titled "The Early-Modern Anatomical Theatre and the Body on Display" (Winter/Spring 2009/2010). I have also been invited to join the Canadian Theatre Review as co-editor of the View and Reviews section, alternating issues with Dr. Jenn Stephenson (Queen's University), beginning with Volume 143 (March 2010). In November of this year, I will be presenting a plenary paper at the American Society for Theatre Research on my current research project (funded by a BSIG grant) on the simulated border crossings in El Alberto, Mexico. This case study is part of a larger book project on simulations and reenactment culture. I am also in the final stages of an article on Munchausen's syndrome, performativity, and illness, which I will be submitting for publication shortly.

Work previously undertaken, research achievements or projects completed:

  • “The Banality of Violence, the ‘Violence of ‘We’”: Richard Maxwell’s End of Reality and Ode to the Man Who Kneels.” III International Conference on American Theatre and Drama, Cádiz, Spain, May 2009.
  • Workshop and site-specific performance by Richard Maxwell and the New York City Players, in conjunction with DART, the University of Toronto's Graduate Centre for Study of Drama, the University College Drama Program, and the Ontario Council of Undergraduate College and Theatre Programs, and Liberal Arts.
  • Director. Medea. Department of Dramatic Arts, November 2008 mainstage production: a multi-media adaptation of Euripides' tragedy.
  • “The Anatomical Theatre and the Body on Display.” Society for Phenomenology and the Human Sciences. Pittsburgh, October 2008.
  • “Performance Analysis Pedagogy and the State of the Discipline.” Canadian Theatre Review 140 (forthcoming July 2009), co-authored with Dr. Natalie Harrower (Queen’s University)
  • “Performance Analysis Pedagogy and the State of the Discipline.” Canadian Association for Theatre Research (CATR), Congress for the Humanities and Social Sciences. University of British Columbia (May 2008).
  • Story Editor/Writer. “The Limelighters.” Four-part documentary series on Toronto's Performing Arts Lodge. Global Television, January 2008.
  • Symposium Organizer/Chair. “Madness Manifest: Creativity, Art, and the Margins of Mental Health.” Brock University (January, 2008).
  • Guest Editor, special double issue, “Shifting Tides: Atlantic Canadian Theatre Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow.” Theatre Research in Canada/Recherches théâtrales au Canada 26.1 & 2 (released January, 2007).
  • "Performance as Pathology: Factitious Disorders and the Limits of Medical Diagnostics." HRI symposium, Brock University (December 2007).
  • "Staging the Unstageable: Tasso's Aminta." Starting the Process: First Drafts, Sketches, and Experiments. Brock University (October 2007). Joint project with Drs. Gian Giacomo Colli (Franklin Marshall) and Paul Stoesser (University of Toronto)
  • "Clown, Krump, and the Reappropriation of Minstrelsy in Southcentral Los Angeles." Association for Canadian Theatre Research (ACTR). Congress for the Humanities and Social Sciences. University of Saskatchewan (May 2007)"
  • Acts of Spectatorship: "Performing Flâneurie in Toronto." Association for Canadian Theatre Research (ACTR) Congress for the Humanities and Social Sciences. York University. Co-presented with Dr. Natalie Harrower (Queen's University)
  • “Authenticity and the 'Divinely Amateur': the Romantic in Richard Maxwell." Codifying the National Self: Spectators, Actors, and the American Dramatic Text. Dramaturgies: Texts, Cultures, and Performances. Vol. 17. Brussels: Peter Lang, 2006. 233-250.
  • Director. Three-Fingered Jack and the Legend of Joaquin Murieta by Marilo Nuñez. Summerworks Theatre Festival, Toronto, 2006.
  • “‘Are You For Real?’: Big Fat, Inc. and the Secret Agents of Capitalism." Maisonneuve. Ed. Derek Webster (September 2003).

Research Grants held (including dates) and Research Awards or Honours:

Brock Institutional SSRCH Grant 2009-2009

Humanities Research Institute Conference/Colloquia Grant 2007

Canada Council Grant for Theatre Research 2003

Ontario Graduate Scholarship 2002-2004

Emerging Scholar Prize, Association for Canadian Theatre Research 2002.

Areas of Research Interest (in brief):

Performance theory; North American contemporary performance; Latina/o-Canadian theatre; performativity in simulations and reenactment culture; performance analysis and pedagogy; 17th-19th century theories of the theatre; anti-theatricalism; nostalgia and performance.