Peter Dickinson



  • BA (Toronto)
  • MA, PhD (British Columbia)


Peter holds a joint appointment in the Department of English and the School for the Contemporary Arts. He is also Director of the Institute for Performance Studies and an Associate Member of the Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies. A literary critic by training, Peter has spent most of his scholarly career working in the interdisciplinary field of performance studies and is the Founding Editor of the peer reviewed, online and open access journal Performance Matters.  His research investigates the time- and place-based relationships between audience and event across a range of aesthetic practices (including dance, film, theatre, and performance art) and social formations (from same-sex marriage to urban mega-events).  He is the author, editor, or co-editor of eight books and special journal issues, including, most recently: World Stages, Local Audiences: Essays on Performance, Place and Politics (Manchester University Press, 2010); Women and Comedy: History, Theory, Practice (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2014); and Mega-Event Cities: Art/Audiences/Aftermaths (PUBLIC 53, Spring 2016).  His essays have appeared in Dance Research Journal, Modern Drama, Screen, TDR: The Drama Review, Text and Performance Quarterly, Theatre Journal, Theatre Research in Canada, Canadian Theatre Review, Theatre Survey, as well as numerous other journals and edited collections. Peter is also a playwright, and his newest play, Long Division, will premiere in November 2016 in a Pi Theatre production at the Gateway Theatre. Peter blogs regularly about Vancouver performance at


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