Sean Bartley is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the School of Theatre at the University of Florida, teaching Theatre History and Playwriting to undergraduates and a two-semester History, Literature, and Criticism sequence to MFA actors and designers. He received his PhD in Theatre Studies at Florida State. He holds a BA in Theatre Arts Management from American University and an MFA in Dramaturgy from the American Repertory Theatre/Moscow Art Theatre School Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University. His research centers on contemporary American site-specific, ambulatory, and immersive theatre practices. His work has been featured in TDR: The Drama Review, Theatre Journal, PARtake: The Journal of Performance as Research and Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation as well as an upcoming issue of Theatre History Studies. Dramaturgy credits include work with American Repertory Theatre (Julius Caesar, Romance), New Repertory Theatre (BOOM), and Company One (Learn to be Latina).
Sean’s recent dissertation project, "Contemporary Ambulatory Theatre and Audience Agency," explores large-scale ambulatory performances in the United States where audience members travel miles, constructing narratives and developing a sense of personal agency through their navigation of space. Four performances serve as the central sites of research: Punchdrunk’s Sleep No More, Blast Theory’s A Machine to See With, Street Corner Society’s Subway Orpheus, and David Levine’s Private Moment. The project explores how these productions might serve as laboratories for understanding audience agency and how they might connect to other theoretical discourses and traditions of writing about performance.