Welcome to the internet home of

Michael F Bergmann

Designer | Professor | Researcher | Technologist | Nerd


This site is the main landing page for my various projects and activities.I describe myself as a neurodiverse techno-optimist, exploring novel technological approaches to storytelling, performance, and play.My research and creative practice aim to apply improvisational techniques and critical discourse principles to human-robot and human-AI interactions and communication to foster empathy.I work in mediums such as theatre, dance, installation art, mixed reality, and collaborating with digital minds.My physical being is mostly located in Toronto, Canada where I am an Assistant Professor in Performance at The Creative School at Toronto Metropolitan University. It is from there that I also run my Technological Research in Performance Lab.I received my MFA in Design from the David Geffen School of Drama at Yale University and held an Eldon Elder fellowship while there. I am also a member of IATSE Local ADC 659 and continue to design when possible.I am also pursuing my doctorate in Critical Studies in Improvisation at the University of Guelph, examining post-anthropocentric improvisational performance modes for intersentient empathy and play, and what I call "Improvnetics."If you want to keep up with what I'm doing, please subscribe to my newsletter, The Curious Technopath.

Contact and Links

This is the canonical list of places you can find me on the web.
I don't use social media, but maintain an account on platforms for linking.
The best way to reach is by email at:

Academic Links