Dr. Natalie Alvarez

Associate Professor
Theatre Praxis

BA (English Literature), Simon Fraser University
MA (Dramatic Literature), University of British Columbia
PhD (Theatre Studies), Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies, University of Toronto

Office: MW 312
905.688.5550 x4496

Natalie is a theatre and performance studies researcher with specializations in contemporary theatre and performance in the Americas, Latina/o Canadian performance, performance and social action, performance and war, as well as immersive simulations and reenactment culture. She is an adjunct faculty member of the Graduate Program in Theatre and Performance Studies at York University and the University of Toronto’s Centre of Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies. She serves on the editorial boards of Theatre Survey, the flagship journal of the American Society of Theatre Research, and Canadian Theatre Review (for which she served as Views and Reviews co-editor with Jenn Stephenson from 2009-2014).

She has three book projects currently underway: Stages of Difference: Immersive Simulations and the Politics of Knowing (under contract with the University of Michigan Press’ Theatre: Theory/Text/Performance series edited by David Krasner and Rebecca Schneider), funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada; Theatre& War (under contract with Palgrave Macmillan as part of its Theatre& series, edited by Jen Harvie and Dan Rebellato); and a collection of essays, co-edited with Keren Zaiontz, Sustainable Tools for Precarious Subjects: Performance Actions and Human Rights in the Americas (under contract with Palgrave Macmillan). She is the editor of the first two books on Latina/o performance in Canada: Latina/o Canadian Theatre and Performance (winner of the 2014 Patrick O’Neil Award by the Canadian Association for Theatre Research) and Fronteras Vivienties: Eight Latina/o Canadian Plays, both with Playwrights Canada Press (winner of the 2015 Patrick O’Neil Award).

She serves on the board of Toronto’s Aluna Theatre with whom she co-organized the 2012 and 2014 SSHRC-funded panamerican ROUTES|RUTAS panamericanas international multi-arts festival on human rights. She has also worked as an actor and director in theatre, and a storywriter and storyeditor for film and television, including an award-winning documentary series for Global television about Toronto’s Performing Arts Lodge.

2015 Patrick O’ Neil Award for best edited collection, awarded by the Canadian Association for Theatre Research

2014 Patrick O’ Neil Award for best edited collection, awarded by the Canadian Association for Theatre Research

2013 Richard Plant Prize for the best essay published in English, awarded by the Canadian Association for Theatre Research

Ed. Latina/o Canadian Theatre and Performance. Gen. Ed. Ric Knowles. Toronto: Playwrights Canada Press, 2013.

Ed. Fronteras Vivientes/Living Borders: An Anthology of Latin-Canadian Plays. Gen. Ed. Ric Knowles. Toronto: Playwrights Canada Press, 2013.


“Foul Play: Soccer’s ‘Infamous Thespians’ and the Cultural Politics of Diving.” TDR (forthcoming).

“Latina Performance North and Transnational Acciones Against Femicide in the Americas.” (Re)Positioning the Latina/o Americas: Theatrical Histories and Cartographies of Power. Eds. Jimmy Noriega and Analola Santana. (Forthcoming with Southern Illinois University Press).

“Presumptive Intimacies and the Politics of Touch: ‘Strategic Culture’ in Simulations of War.” Performance Studies in Canada. Eds. Laura Levin and Marlis Schweitzer. (Forthcoming with McGill-Queens University Press).

“Affect Management and Militarism in Alberta’s Mock Afghan Villages: Training the  ‘Strategic Corporal.’” Theatres of Affect. Ed. Erin Hurley. Toronto: Playwrights Canada Press, 2014.

“On the Theatrical Life of Pauses: Richard Maxwell’s Neutral Hero.” Performance Research 83.3 (2013).

“Transcultural Dramaturgies: Latina Theatre’s Third Wave.” Contemporary Women Playwrights. Eds. Leslie Ferris and Penny Farfan. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.

“Realisms of Redress: Alameda Theatre and the Formation of a Latina/o-Canadian Theatre and Politics.” New Canadian Realisms. Eds. Roberta Barker and Kim Solga. Toronto: Playwrights Canada Press, 2012.

“Performance as Pathology: the Case of Munchausen’s Syndrome and Performative Illness” Theatre Journal 63.2 (May 2011).

Fronteras Imaginarias: Theorizing Fronterizidad in the Simulated Illegal Border Crossings of El Alberto, Mexico.” Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism (Spring 2011).

Edited Journal Issues:

Performance and Human Rights in the Americas. A special issue of the Canadian Theatre Review 161 (Winter 2015), with Sasha Kovacs and Jimena Ortuzar.

Manifestos: Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Say about Theatre but Were Afraid to Put in Print. 150th anniversary special issue of the Canadian Theatre Review 150 (Spring 2012), with Jenn Stephenson.

On Corpses. A special issue of Janus Head: Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature, Continental Philosophy, Phenomenological Psychology, and the Arts 12.2 (2012), with Athena Colman and Rajiv Kaushik.

Health and Performance. A special issue of Canadian Theatre Review 146 (Spring 2011), with Catherine Graham

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