Bryan Markovitz

Bryan MarkovitzBryan MarkovitzBryan is a second-year PhD student affiliated with the Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies, as well as Brown's Program in Science and Technology Studies. His most recent essays include "History, Performance, and Sound in the Acousmate d'Ansacq," "Seeking Temporary Refuge in Queer Pastorals," "Reenacting Anatomy Theatre in Nineteenth Century Edinburgh," and "Who Will Wake the Dreamers at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo?"

As an artist and scholar, Bryan Markovitz investigates theatre's function as an interactive space of creative experimentation. He is especially interested in the sensory and semiotic aspects of spatial artifice, non-linear narrative, and theatrical environments that are created for experiments with uncertain outcomes. He is drawn to the history of performance as a composed scape, scene, or spatial arrangement of complex meaning. Such performances include the traditions of tableaux vivants, panoramas, happenings, and installations. They also inspire historical connections between the experimental abstractions of art and science, and point to theatre's relevance as a directly experienced medium for historiographic and microhistorical speculation. Finally, Bryan's work explores concepts of modernity and mediation as they relate to the bifurcation of natural and social experience. His current scholarly research focuses on uncovering archival accounts of phenomenal events in the early modern period, where inexplicable sightings and sounds became the source of intense debate.

Bryan is trained in theatre and the fine arts, with a professional background in directing, performance art, painting and drawing, writing, interaction design, and strategic communication. He holds an MFA in Studio Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a BA in Theatre from Trinity University. He also occasionally works as a freelance strategist with ESI Design in New York City, where he served as the company's Director of Business Development for several years before returning to academia. In 1997, Bryan co-founded Liminal, a Portland, Oregon based performance ensemble that creates live events through research, rigorous physical technique, and networked environments. He received three Portland Drama Critics Circle Awards for best direction and design of Liminal projects.