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 performance studies scholar, Peter’s 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 ten books and special journal issues, including: 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); Mega-Event Cities: Art/Audiences/Aftermaths (PUBLIC 53, Spring 2016); Q2Q: Queer Canadian Theatre and Performance (Playwrights Canada Press, 2018); and Q2Q: Queer Canadian Performance Texts (Playwrights Canada Press, 2018). His essays have appeared in Canadian Theatre ReviewDance Research Journal, Modern Drama, Screen, TDR: The Drama Review, Text and Performance Quarterly, Theatre Journal, Theatre Research in Canada, Theatre Survey, as well as numerous other journals and edited collections. In 2015 Peter founded the peer reviewed, online and open access journal Performance Matters.  Also a playwright, Peter’s plays include: The Objecthood of Chairs (SFU Woodward’s, 2010); Positive ID (Berkeley Theatre, Toronto, 2012); Long Division (Pi Theatre, 2016/17); and The Bathers (excerpt, Zee Zee Theatre, 2017). As a writer, researcher, facilitator, outside eye, collaborator, and occasional mover, Peter has worked with several Vancouver-based dance artists and companies, including Justine A. Chambers and Alexa Mardon, plastic orchid factory, Ziyian Kwan/dumb instrument Dance, Tara Cheyenne Performance, Kokoro Dance, Vanessa Goodman/action at a distance, Lesley Telford/Inverso Dance, and Rob Kitsos. Peter blogs regularly about Vancouver performance at

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