Laura Levin

Associate Professor, Department of Theatre, York University; Director, Graduate Program in Theatre & Performance Studies; Cross-appointed to Graduate Program in Communication and Culture

Professor Levin’s research, which primarily focuses on gender, performance, and space, appears in several journals and books. She is Editor-in-Chief of Canadian Theatre Review and editor of several collections on experimental performance and performance and public space. She has worked as a director and dramaturg on a number of productions in North America and participated in several transnational art projects, which explore intersections of performance, geography, and digital technologies. She recently published Performing Ground: Space, Camouflage, and the Art of Blending In, a book on camouflage as a performance strategy in contemporary theatre, performance art, and photography, and is completing a SSHRC-funded research project on genealogies of performance studies in Canada ( Her research interests include contemporary theatre and performance art; site-specific and immersive performance; performance and urban geographies; gender and sexuality in performance; performative photography and photographic self-portraiture; performance and visual culture; performance and digital media; and practices of disciplinary genealogy.

Selected Publications

Performing Ground: Space, Camouflage, and the Art of Blending In (Basingstoke, UK; New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).

“Performing Toronto: Enacting Creative Labour in the Neoliberal City,” Performing Cities, ed. Nicolas Whybrow (Basingstoke, UK; New York: Palgrave, 2014): 159-78.

Co-editor with Peter Kuling, Digital Performance, Canadian Theatre Review 159 (2014).

Co-editor with Belarie Zatzman, Jewish Performance, Canadian Theatre Review 153 (2013).

Editor, Theatre and Performance in Toronto, Critical Perspectives on Canadian Theatre in English Series (Toronto: Playwrights Canada Press, 2011).

Editor, Conversations Across Borders, conversations with Guillermo Gómez-Peña (London: Seagull/University of Chicago Press, 2011).

Co-editor with Marlis Schweitzer, Melanie Bennett, and Richard Gough, special issue: Performing Publics, Performance Research 16, no. 2 (2011).

Editor, special issue of Canadian Theatre Review on Performance Art, 137 (Winter 2009): 1-96. 

“Global Exposures: Blur Street and Interurban Self-Portraiture,” co-written with Rachelle Viader Knowles and Kathleen Irwin. Performance and the City: Performing and Writing Urban Space, eds. D.J. Hopkins et al. (Basingstoke, UK; New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009): 169-182.

“The Performative Force of Photography,” Photography and Culture 2, no. 3 (November 2009): 327-336.

Co-author with Kim Solga, “Building Utopia: Performance and the Fantasy of Urban Renewal in Contemporary Toronto,” The Drama Review 53, no. 3, T203 (Fall 2009): 37–53. 

“Locating the Artist-Researcher: Shifting Sites of Performance as Research in Canada,” Mapping Landscapes for Performance as Research: Scholarly Acts and Creative Cartographies, eds. Lynette Hunter and Shannon Rose Riley (Basingstoke, UK; New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009): 62-68.

Co-editor with Andy Houston, special issue: Space and Subjectivity in Performance, Theatre Research in Canada/ Recherches théâtrales au Canada 29, no. 1 (2008): 1-178.


Laura Levin
Associate Professor, Theatre Studies
Department of Theatre

York University
4700 Keele St.
Toronto, ON   M3J 1P3