Bryan is a third-year PhD student in the Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies. He is also completing a secondary master’s degree in Anthropology, and is affiliated with Brown's Program in Science and Technology Studies.
Bryan's research focuses on the history and practice of experimental systems in performance, art, and science. Within these systems, new phenomena are produced by deliberately staging conditions of crisis, ambiguity, and paradox. These conditions are often best interpreted through key topics in performance theory, such as mimesis, repetition, supplementarity, inference, and translation. When experimental systems from different disciplines converge, they also produce broader experimental cultures in which the concerns of one group are transformed by another. Experimental cultures also participate in larger social and political histories that shape the conditions of life. At the heart of Bryan's research is a deep concern for the people, objects, and practices that produce experimental knowledge and its effects.
Recent papers and presentations include:
"The Fugitive and its Double: How the scientific restoration of Mark Rothko’s Harvard Murals created a new theatrical space of epistemic anxiety.”
"Diabolical Noise: Natural religion and the crisis of unseen spectacle in the Acousmate d’Ansacq."
"Reanimating Phenomenal Others: How to bring museum objects back into life."
Bryan is trained in theatre and the fine arts, with a background in directing, performance, and experience design for museums. He holds an AM in Performance Studies from Brown University, an MFA in Studio Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a BA in Theatre from Trinity University.