Michael F Bergmann
Regional Affiliation or Section: Ontario Section
Disciplines: Education; Video; Design
Michael enjoys exploring projections with an optimistic eye towards technology. He is specifically interested in the intersection of live arts and technology, and in developing new approaches to storytelling through emerging technologies.
He is a member of the faculty at Ryerson University's School of Performance, and is creating a new program stream in Live Entertainment.
Within the theatrical world, he has designed for such shows as He Left Quietly (Toronto SummerWorks, Best Production Award), and Accidental Death of an Anarchist (Berkeley Repertory Theatre / Yale Repertory Theatre). He served as assistant projection designer on Newsies: The First National Tour (Disney Theatrical, Designer: Daniel Brodie) and In a Year With 13 Moons (Yale Repertory Theatre, Designer: Peter Nigrini).
His video art and installation work include On Guard and Water Closeted, both presented at the Yale University Art Gallery. Designing for dance is a specific passion of his, which has included work with Grisha Coleman (echo::system) and ongoing collaborations with Belinda McGuire Dance Projects.
He has specialised in working with media server systems for large scale corporate and industrial events through his work with WorldStage. During his time based out of their San Francisco Lab, he worked on events across the USA and Macau for clients such as Wynn, NBC Studios, Intel, and Nokia Bell Labs.
A proud Canadian, he holds a BFA from Ryerson University in Toronto and was an Eldon Elder fellow at the Yale School of Drama, where he received his MFA in Design.