Professor Matthew Causey, Head of School, Associate Professor and Director of Arts Technology Research Laboratory
Professor Matthew Causey is Associate Professor, Fellow, and Director of the Arts Technology Research Laboratory of Trinity College Dublin. He is author of 'Theatre and Performance in Digital Culture: from simulation to embeddedness' (Routledge 2006). Recent publications include the co-editing of 'The Performing Subject in the Space of Technology: through the virtual towards the real' (Palgrave, 2015) which includes his chapter, 'The Right to be Forgotten and the Image-Crimes of Digital Culture' and Performance, Identity and the Neo-political Subject (Routledge, 2014). His essay 'The Object of Desire of the Machine: the biopolitics of the posthuman' is anthologized in 'Resisting Biopolitics: philosophical, political and performative strategies' edited by Wilmer and Zukauskaite (Routledge, 2015). His theoretical writings on performance and techno-culture have been published in Theatre Journal, Theatre Research Int'l, Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, and TheatreForum among others. In 2015 he was keynote speaker at Ghent University's conference 'Does It Matter: Composite Bodies and Posthuman Prototypes in Contemporary Performing Arts' and the 'Digital Echoes' symposium at CDARE of Coventry University. In 2016 he is scheduled to keynote the 'Coimbra International Conference On the Virtual' at University of Coimbra, Department of Philosophy, Portugal. Funded by the HEA he created the Arts Technology Research Laboratory, which serves as an interdisciplinary postgraduate research centre in the area of art, technology and digital culture. He designed the Arts Strand of the HEA-funded Ireland-wide PhD in Digital Arts and Humanities which partners TCD, UCC, NUIM, NUIG and northern partners UU and QUB in a collaborative programme training researchers in new technologies, practices and theories of digital research. Dr. Causey is also a digital filmmaker and he has adapted, edited and directed three of Samuel Beckett's televisual works, 'Ghost Trio', 'Nacht und Träume' and ' but the clouds '. His film, 'Frank and Marie', was an official selection of both the Boston Irish Film Festival and Dublin's Darklight Digital Festival in 2004. As a musician he has recently produced two releases of original compositions, 'The Art of Living' and 'Obedientia Civium Urbis Felicitas' with his band Tujacques whose live performances included a spot at the Body and Soul stage of the Electric Picnic 2012. As a theatre maker his performance work 'Tall Ships' was featured in the Dublin Fringe Festival 2014. His original theatre works including 'Luminous Bodies', 'Paradise Regained', 'The Ecstasy of St. Zero, Retold', which were all chosen as 'Choices' in NYC's Village Voice were presented in New York at such venues as the Envelope at the Performing Garage, the Open Space in Soho, and Soho Books. His production of 'Faust', a multimedia interpretation with his research group the Performance Technology Research Laboratory of Georgia Tech where he was Assistant Professor, was staged in Atlanta at 7 Stages.
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Ms. Rhona Greene, Executive Officer
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Dr. Nicholas Johnson, Assistant Professor and Director of the MPhil in Theatre and Performance
Nicholas E. Johnson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Drama and a scholar-artist who convenes the college-wide Creative Arts Practice research theme. He is co-founder of the Samuel Beckett Laboratory, where the techniques of the theatre laboratory are used to produce cutting-edge research and practice in relation to Beckett in performance. A director, adaptor, and literary translator, Johnson has used techniques of performance in interdisciplinary research projects including The David Fragments after Bertolt Brecht, Enemy of the Stars after Wyndham Lewis, The Machinewreckers and Masse Mensch after Ernst Toller, The Brothers Karamazov after Fyodor Dostoevsky, Howl after Allen Ginsberg, Three Dialogues after George Berkeley, K. (based on the short prose of Franz Kafka), and The Way of the Language (based on a large archive of non-fiction materials relating to Guantánamo Bay and post-9/11 America). His recent Beckett projects include Cascando with Pan Pan Theatre Company (Beckett Theatre 2016), No’'s Knife with Lisa Dwan (Lincoln Center 2015) and Ill Seen Ill Said (ATRL & Antwerp 2015-16). In 2012 he directed Ethica: Four Shorts by Samuel Beckett, presenting Play, Come and Go, Catastrophe, and What Where in Bulgaria, Dublin, the Enniskillen Festival 2013, and Áras an Uachtairáin for World Human Rights Day. He has contributed to The Plays of Samuel Beckett and Staging Beckett in Ireland and Northern Ireland (both from Methuen) as well as Theatre Research International, the Journal of Art Historiography, and Forum Modernes Theater. He co-edited the Journal of Beckett Studies special issue on performance (23.1, 2014) with Jonathan Heron. He has facilitated performance workshops worldwide, including most recently the US, UK, Germany, Turkey, India, Japan, Bulgaria, Morocco, Israel and the West Bank. He is a founding co-director of the Beckett Summer School at TCD. He won the Provost'’s Teaching Award (early career) in 2013, and in 2016 he held a visiting research fellowship at Yale University.
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Ms. Ann Mulligan, Administrative Officer
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Ms. Christine Poulter, Assistant Professor and Head of Drama and School Director for Undergraduate Teaching and Learning (MT)
Christine Poulter is Head of Drama and the School Director of Undergraduate Teaching and Learning. She is a director, trainer and mentor. She taught at Birmingham University in the 1970's, was Drama Officer and Deputy Director of Yorkshire Arts in the 1980's working in theatre-making and training throughout. This brought her to Belfast in 1979 to work with Neighbourhood Open Workshop, followed in the 80s and 90s with community plays, The Quest (a project with sculptors, primary schools and performance in nine villages in Co Down) and youth theatre shows in Enniskillen. She is author of' 'Playing the Game'. She most recently facilitated 'The Talking Shop' for young theatre goers during the Stamsund International Theatre Festival in Lofoten, Norway.
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Dr. Melissa Sihra, Assistant Professor
Dr. Melissa Sihra is Assistant Professor of Drama at Trinity College Dublin. She was President of the Irish Society for Theatre Research (ISTR) from 2011-2015. She researches and teaches in the field of Feminism, gender, Women in Performance, Playwriting, Dramaturgy and Irish Theatre with special interest in the work of Marina Carr and Lady Augusta Gregory. She was Chair of the annual Lady Gregory Autumn Gathering at Gregory's Galway home of Coole Park in September 2016 and gave a day-long workshop on the life and works of Augusta Gregory at The Abbey Theatre as part of their Canon Camp in May 2016. Melissa is a professional Dramaturg and has worked with Holly Hunter on Carr's BY THE BOG OF CATS... at San Jose Repertory Theatre in 2001. She was Dramaturg for the Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre Company's production of Carr's PORTIA COUGHLAN (2001) and the Chicago Irish Repertory's production of BY THE BOG OF CATS...(2001) and Brian Friel's MAKING HISTORY (2002) and G.B. Shaw's JOHN BULL'S OTHER ISLAND (2002) and facilitated a South Korean production of Samuel Beckett's WAITING FOR GODOT at the Samuel Beckett Theatre (2008).She was a consultant for the Abbey Theatre world premiere of Carr's ARIEL (2002), and a Script Reader at the Abbey Theatre (1998-2002). She was invited by Professor Jill Dolan to lecture on Irish Theatre at Princeton University (Autumn 2011), where she also participated in a symposium at the McCarter Theatre, Princeton, in conjunction with the world-premiere of Marina Carr's play PHAEDRA BACKWARDS, directed by Emily Mann. She is a regular speaker at the annual Synge Summer School, and has delivered Keynote Lectures at the University of California, Berkeley, the University of California, Irvine, the University of Pittsburgh, Villanova University, the University of Glasgow and Helsinki University. In 2007 she was chosen to represent Ireland as part of the Next Generation Leaders Program in South Korea, co-funded by South Korean Government and the National Strategy Institute. Prior to working at Trinity College, she was Lecturer in Drama at Queen's University Belfast (2002-2006)and part-time Lecturer in Irish Studies at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth (2000-2002). She was a member of the judging panel of the Dublin Theatre Festival in 1997. She is editor of WOMEN IN IRISH DRAMA: A CENTURY OF AUTHORSHIP AND REPRESENTATION (Palgrave Macmillan 2007) and is currently completing a monograph on the theatre of Marina Carr and recently contributed an essay on Feminism and Women in Irish Theatre to the OXFORD HANDBOOK OF MODERN IRISH THEATRE (2016). Her profile on Marina Carr appeared in THE IRISH TIMES in December 2016 ahead of The Abbey Theatre world-premiere of ANNA KARENINA
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Prof. Brian Singleton, Samuel Beckett Chair of Drama & Theatre
Professor Brian Singleton holds the Samuel Beckett Chair of Drama and Theatre at Trinity College Dublin, and is Academic Director of The Lir - National Academy of Dramatic Art at Trinity College Dublin. He is President of the International Federation for Theatre Research and former editor of Theatre Research International (Cambridge University Press). He is co-editor (with Janelle Reinelt) of the book series "Studies in International Performance" published by Palgrave/Macmillan. He serves on the Editorial Boards of New Theatre Quarterly and Contemporary Theatre Review. His research interests include orientalism and interculturalism in performance, as well as contemporary Irish and European theatre. His most recent monograph is entitled "Masculinities and the Contemporary Irish Theatre" (published by Palgrave Macmillan, 2011). His other major publications include two books on the life and work of Antonin Artaud, a monograph on "Oscar Asche, Orientalism and British Musical Comedy" (published by Praeger, 2004), as well as a vast array of book chapters and journal articles centred on his major research interests.
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Prof. Eric Weitz, Emeritus Assistant Professor
Professor Eric Weitz is an academic member of staff who is also a once and future actor and director. He has published The Cambridge Introduction to Comedy, The Power of Laughter: Comedy and Contemporary Irish Theatre,a number of articles and essays, and contributions to reference works like the Oxford Encyclopedia for Theatre and Performance and the Encyclopedia of Humor Studies. He is Chair of the Board for Smashing Times Theatre Company, a socially engaged theatre company based in Dublin, and on the Board of Directors for Collective Encounters, a socially engaged theatre company based in Liverpool, England.
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Professor Dennis Kennedy, Fellow Emeritus
Dennis Kennedy is Emeritus Professor and Fellow in Trinity College Dublin, where he held the Samuel Beckett Chair of Drama from 1994 to 2006. He has twice been a fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities in the USA, twice won the Freedley Award for theatre history, received the Chancellor's Distinguished Research Award at the University of Pittsburgh, the Berkeley Fellowship at Trinity College Dublin, and is a member of the Royal Irish Academy and the Academia Europaea (the Academy of Europe). He has organized major international conferences in New York, Dublin, and Singapore, including the large-scale Beckett Centenary Symposium in Trinity College Dublin in 2006. His own plays have been performed in New York, London, and at regional theatres across the US, and he has frequently worked as a dramaturg at such theatres as the Long Wharf in New Haven, the Lyric Hammersmith in London, and the Shaw Festival in Canada. He also works as a professional director and gives workshops in acting Shalespeare around the globe. In 2005 he directed Shakespeare's As You Like It at the Chinese Central Academy of Drama in Beijing, and in 2006 directed and designed Brecht's The Caucasian Chalk Circle in Dublin.