Cassandra Silver

PhD Candidate

Working Dissertation


Getting in on the Action: Intermedial Technology and the Empowered Spectator


Tamara Trojanowska


Cassandra is a PhD candidate at the University of Toronto's Centre for Drama, Theatre, and Performance Studies with a specialization from the Knowledge Media Design Institute. Her SSHRC-funded dissertation explores the dramaturgy of participatory spectatorship in video games and in gamified theatre. She is the founding Director of the Centre for Spectatorship and Audience Research, operating from within the Jackman Humanities Institute in 2017-18; this research group has hosted leading international spectatorship researchers as part of a visiting scholar series, has convened seminars at CATR’s annual conference, and is guest editing a forthcoming issue of Performance Matters. Cassandra is also pleased to act as the Managing Editor of Theatre Research in Canada, and to have been an Editorial Assistant for Modern Drama. She teaches or has taught at the Universities of Alberta, Waterloo, and Toronto, and at The Abelard School, an elite secondary school for gifted students. She has previously presented her work at CATR, ASTR, and TAPRA, and published in Theatre Research in Canada, TDR, and has a chapter in Theatre and Learning. She is excited to be working on two chapters that will appear in forthcoming anthologies: Theater and Videogames: History, Theory, Practice and Digital Theatre in Canada. Outside the academy, she freelances as a director, stage manager, and dramaturg in theatre and opera.

Selected work

Centre for Spectatorship and Audience Research



FOOT 2013


  • 2018 2018 CATR Grant Canadian Association for Theatre Research / Association canadienne de la recherche théâtrale (CATR/ACRT)


MA, University of Alberta
BA, University of Ottawa