is an award-winning director residing in Virginia, where he relocated to serve as Senior Manager of Performance Interpretation for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Bruce's work is greatly influenced by his passions for new works, music, and history. His production of THE LITTLE FOXES at Shattered Globe was nominated for three Joseph Jefferson Awards including Best Production. From 2004 to 2007, he served as Artistic Director of Chicago’s BackStage Theatre Company where he directed THE RULING CLASS, THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH, TERRA NOVA, and the world premiere staging of DENISE DRUCZWESKI’S INFERNO. He has served as Artistic Associate for Chicago’s Signal Ensemble since 2003, directing CATCH-22 and performing in their productions of MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING and CLOSER. In 2008, Bruce co-founded and served as Co-Artistic Director of the Alley Cabaret, a late night offering of subversive theatre, dance, and music in Iowa City.
In 2007, Bruce was included as one of the “Top 20 Chicagoans to Watch” by Time Out Chicago Magazine. He received the Best Director Award from Chicago’s Orgie Awards for his 2006 staging of Slawomir Mrozek’s TANGO with the Chopin Theatre. His 2006 production of THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH received two nominations from Chicago’s Jeff Awards, winning the citation for Best Actress in a Principal Role. His staging of TERRA NOVA received a Jeff Recommendation.
Bruce has performed throughout the country, working with such theatres as Park Square Theatre, Cleveland Play House, Porthouse Theatre, the Yale Summer Cabaret, Iowa Summer Rep, and numerous companies in the Twin Cities and Chicago theatre scenes. Prominent roles include Oronte in THE SCHOOL FOR LIES, Dwight in DEAD MAN’S CELL PHONE, Gabriel in MAD FOREST, Proteus in THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA, Dogberry in MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, and the title roles in HAMLET and MACBETH.
As an educator, Bruce has taught various classes and workshops for students of all ages. He has taught acting, voice, combat, movement, and playwriting at the University of Iowa, Grinnell College, and Dominican University. In 2006, he served as the Drama Director for the University of Chicago’s Lab Schools.
As the Iowa Arts Directing Fellow, Bruce received his MFA in Directing from the University of Iowa in 2010. During his time at UI, Bruce directed REEFER MADNESS! THE MUSICAL and Sam Shepard's CHICAGO. Also at Iowa, he directed numerous new works including Jen Silverman's AKARUI (IRAM Award for Outstanding Direction), Tony Meneses and Dan Roeder's new musical THE BOY IN BLACK, Tony Meneses's WHITE ELEPHANT, Jennifer Fawcett's THE TOYMAKER'S WAR, and Mary Hamilton's THIEF UNSEEN. Bruce received a BFAin acting from Kent State University.