Bruce has worked with the Theatre Arts team since 2013 and practices as a theatre director and producer. His role at Middlesex is to embed professional practice and vocational skills across the suite of Theatre Arts programmes at UG/PG/FY level through practice-led teaching and knowledge transfer projects that raise the University's profile in industry, such as More Storm Festival and Theatre Arts Exchange, a pop-up venue at Edinburgh Fringe.
He has directed the world premieres of over ten new plays at notable venues including Theatre503 and the King’s Head Theatre. He is artistic director of critically acclaimed theatre company Thrust, which he founded in 2007 and with which he has directed and produced both new and radically reinterpreted work including papercut– (Theatre Arts Exchange), Inheritance (King's Head), Request Programme, Pornography (Otherplace Brighton), and The Bell Jar (MDX).
Bruce’s doctoral research in the Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries examines the overlap between dramaturgy and scenography from the director’s perspective, and the potentials for scenography to function as a form of disruptive dramaturgy.
His teaching interests include professional practice and producing for theatre; directing and dramaturgy for the stage; scenography, including sound design; and ensemble performance work. He has also worked extensively with children and young people as a drama teacher and facilitator.