Bruce's education took him from a farm upbringing to the University of Idaho on a baseball scholarship where he planned to major in journalism. A year later he switched to theatre, graduating with a B.A. In Theatre Arts. Receiving a Professional Theatre Fellowship at the University of Michigan, he studied and taught in Ann Arbor, Michigan where he graduated with an M.A..
His practical actor training was at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) where he learned his craft from a company some of the best actors, directors and designers in North America. He worked his way up to playing leading roles on all three of OSF's theatres. It was at OSF that he first ventured into writing. His first play, Patterns Broken, was work-shopped within the OSF company. Throughout his tenure in Oregon he taught for OSF's outreach program as well as workshops and seminars accompanying the plays during the ten months long seasons.
After OSF, Bruce worked in theatre throughout the United States and Canada. On Broadway he appeared in Macbeth and Solitary Confinement. He played leading roles across North America, among them; Jamie Tyrone in Long Day's Journey Into Night and Moon for The Misbegotten, Jack Tanner in Man and Superman, Tusenbach in The Three Sisters, Mozart in Amadeus, Toby Belch in Twelfth Night and Henry in Henry V among thirty-three Shakespeare productions. He has worked with such gifted directors as Jerry Turner, John Rando, Robin Phillips, Zoe Caldwell, Jack O’Brien, Mark Lamos.
The first professional production of Bruce's plays was Dirt at The Williamstown Theatre Festival. It was followed by a production at San Diego's Globe Theatre, Virginia Stage, Baltimore's Morris Mechanic. Dirt was translated and given a two year run in Finland at Theatre Tampere, where Ravaged Hearts was given a staged reading by Bruce and his wife and partner, Lynn Vogt. In 2012, Bruce directed Dirt in Los Angeles at The Rogue Machine Theatre and in 2017, Nordiska, the leading theatrical rights agency for all of Scandinavia, optioned the play for three years. His other plays, Horse Heavens, O'Fallon's Craft, Ravaged Hearts and Random Acts of Love have received productions across North America. Random Acts of Love was awarded Best New Play in Toronto's 2004 Fringe Festival and toured southern Ontario for two seasons.
Trashman's Dilemma, his dystopian tale about the rebirth of language and family, received successful runs in Hamilton, Canada and London's White Bear Theatre in the UK. It was presented in the New York New Works Theatre Festival's gala performance in Manhattan in 2016. New Fangled Stages, a company developed and created by Bruce, Lynn and Jon Osbaldeston presented Trashman's Dilemma in Athens in the fall of 2018. Tangled Garden, his latest play, was translated into Greece and presented in Athens where NFS' production join it in fall of 2018, alternating with an English.
NEW FANGLED STAGES
A turning point for Bruce. He and Lynn casually produced under New Fangled Stages until 2016 when they and actor/writer Jon Osbaldeston, based in London UK, made New Fangled Stages a bone fide production company legally operating in North America as well as the European Union.
Bruce met Jon in Niagara Falls, Ontario where they performed in a production of The Lady In Black. Jon joined the cast of Trashman's Dilemma for the Hamilton production in 2012 as well as the White Bear in 2013 and the New York New Works Theatre Festival in summer, 2016.
Sharing like passions and sensibilities of the power of story telling for the possibility for social thought and change, the founders have set New Fangled Stage's sights on contemporary or re-imagined classic stories set in non-traditional performance spaces. Bruce, Lynn and Jon have forged New Fangled Stages and made it an organization that is designed to cross cultural and political boundaries, hopefully and eventually, the world over. New Fangled Stages has an education outreach program that accompanies the productions.