Dennis Kennedy
Fellow Emeritus, Drama

Biography

Dennis Kennedy is Emeritus Professor and Fellow in Trinity College Dublin, where he held the Samuel Beckett Chair of Drama from 1994 to 2006. His latest books are The Spectator and the Spectacle: audiences in modernity and postmodernity (2009), Shakespeare in Asia: contemporary performance (edited with Yong Li Lan, 2010), and The Oxford Companion to Theatre and Performance (2010, revised edition 2011). Other works include The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance (2 vols., 2003), Looking at Shakespeare: a visual history of twentieth-century performance(second edition, 2001), Foreign Shakespeare (1993), Granville Barker and the Dream of Theatre (1985), and Plays by Harley Granville Barker (1987). He was an advisory editor for The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2001). His essays have appeared in numerous books and journals and he has delivered papers and lectured widely on theatre and performance subjects around the world, from Los Angeles to Shanghai and from St Petersburg to Kyoto. Previously he was Professor of Theatre Arts at the University of Pittsburgh, and has held distinguished visiting professorships at the University of California Santa Barbara, the Chinese Central Academy of Drama, the National University of Singapore, the Salzburg Seminar, McMaster University, the University of Victoria, and the University of Wisconsin, and was Senior Fulbright Lecturer at the University of Karachi in Pakistan. In 2010 he was a Fellow at the international research institute "Interweaving Performance Cultures' in Berlin. 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. He also writes fiction; his short stories have been published in numerous literary magazines and journals.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Preface: On Memorials in, Bi-qi Beatrice Lei, Judy Celine Ick, and Poonam Trivedi , Shakespeare's Asian Journeys: Critical Encounters, Cultural Geographies, and the Politics of Travel, Abindon, Routledge, 2017, [Dennis Kennedy] Book Chapter, 2017

Dennis Kennedy, The Oxford Companion to Theatre and Performance, Reprint with corrections, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2016 Book, 2016

The Open-Stage Movement in, editor(s)Arnold Aronson , Routledge Companion to Scenography, Abingdon, Routledge, 2016, [Dennis Kennedy] Book Chapter, 2016

Global Shakespeare and Globalized Performance in, editor(s)James Bulman , Oxford Handbook to Shakespeare and Performance, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2016, [Dennis Kennedy] Book Chapter, 2016

Dennis Kennedy, 'Dutchtown', New Letters, 2015, - Fiction and creative prose, 2015 URL

Dennis Kennedy, Art Lesson (fiction), The Drunken Boat, 19, 2014 Journal Article, 2014

Dennis Kennedy, Mrs Gomez and Father Murphy (fiction), Slice Magazine, (14), 2014 Journal Article, 2014 URL

Dennis Kennedy, Learning French (fiction), Confrontation, 2014 Journal Article, 2014 URL

Dennis Kennedy, 'Underway Replenishment' (fiction), War, Literature, and the Arts, 25, 2014 Journal Article, 2014 URL

Dennis Kennedy, 'Casualty Report' (fiction), Underground Voices, 2013 Journal Article, 2013 URL

Dennis Kennedy, 'No Clocks' (fiction), The Write Room, 2013 Journal Article, 2013 URL

Dennis Kennedy, 'The Wessex Fragment' (fiction), Vine Leaves Literary Journal, 2013 Journal Article, 2013 URL

Dennis Kennedy, "War Babies", Witness, 26, (1), 2013 Journal Article, 2013 URL

"The Future Is Fusion" in, editor(s)Bi-qi Beatrice Lei and Ching-Hsi Perng , Shakespeare and Culture, Taipei, National Taiwan University Press, 2012, [Dennis Kennedy] Book Chapter, 2012

Dennis Kennedy, The Oxford Companion to Theatre and Performance, Revised paperback edition, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2011 Book, 2011

Dennis Kennedy , The Oxford Companion to Theatre and Performance, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2010 Book, 2010

Dennis Kennedy and Yong Li Lan, Shakespeare in Asia: contemporary performance, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2010 Book, 2010

The spectator, the text, and Ezekiel in, editor(s)Graham Bradshaw, Tom Bishop, David Schalkwyk , The Shakespeare International Yearbook, vol. 10, Farnam, Surrey, Ashgate, 2010, pp39 - 45, [Dennis Kennedy] Book Chapter, 2010

Kennedy, Dennis, The Spectator and the Spectacle: audiences in modernity and postmodernity, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2009 Book, 2009

"Shakespeare and Globalized Performance" in Portuguese translation in, editor(s)João Almeida Flor, Maria Helena Serôdio, Alexandra Assis Rosa and Rita Queiroz de Barros , Shakespeare entre nós, Porto, Campo das Letras, 2009, [Dennis Kennedy] Book Chapter, 2009

Politics and/on the Stage in, Dirk Delabatista, Jo Devos, and Paul Franzen , Shakespeare and European Politics, Delaware, University of Delaware Press, 2008, [Dennis Kennedy] Book Chapter, 2008

Memory, Performance, and the Idea of the Museum in, editor(s)Peter Holland , Shakespeare: Remembering Performance, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2006, [Dennis Kennedy] Book Chapter, 2006

Kennedy, Dennis, The Director, the Spectator, and the Eiffel Tower, Theatre Research International, 30, (1), 2005, p1-13 Journal Article, 2005

Kennedy, Dennis, numerous theatre productions directed, 2005, - Theatre Production, 2005

Kennedy, Dennis, Shakespeare, Histories and Nations, European Review, 13, 2005 Journal Article, 2005

Dennis Kennedy, The Oxford Encylopedia of Theatre and Performance, electronic edition online, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2005 Book, 2005 URL

Histories and Nations (foreword) in, editor(s)Ton Hoenselaars , Shakespeare's History Plays: Performance, Translation and Adaptation in Britain and Abroad, Cambridge , Cambridge University Press, 2004, [Kennedy, Dennis] Book Chapter, 2004

British Theatre 1895-1946: art, entertainment, audiences in, editor(s)Baz Kershaw , The Cambridge History of British Theatre, vol. 3 (the introduction), Cambridge , Cambridge University Press, 2004, [Kennedy, Dennis] Book Chapter, 2004

Kennedy, Dennis, Shakespeare ja stsenograafia: XX sajandi lavastuste ajalugu, trans. Lilja Blumenfeld , Tallinn, Estonian Theatre Institute, 2004 Book, 2004

Lillah McCarthy, The New Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2004, [Kennedy, Dennis] Item in dictionary or encyclopaedia, etc, 2004

Confessions of an Encyclopedist in, editor(s)W. B. Worthen and Peter Holland , Theorizing Practice: Redefining Theatre History, London, Palgrave/Macmillan, 2004, [Kennedy, Dennis] Book Chapter, 2004

20 entries, Dennis Kennedy, Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2003, [Kennedy, Dennis] Item in dictionary or encyclopaedia, etc, 2003

Kennedy, Dennis, The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2003, 1 - 1650pp Book, 2003

Shakespeare and the Cold War in, editor(s)Ton Hoenselaars and Angel-Luis Pujante , Four Hundred Years of Shakespeare in Europe, Delaware, University of Delaware Press, 2003, [Kennedy, Dennis] Book Chapter, 2003

Shakespeare Played Small: Three Speculations about the Body in, The Cambridge Shakespeare Library, Cambridge , Cambridge University Press, 2003, [Kennedy, Dennis] Book Chapter, 2003

Three programme essays in, editor(s)Denis Johnston , Granville Barker at the Shaw Festival, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Academy of the Shaw Festival, 2002, [Kennedy, Dennis] Book Chapter, 2002

Kennedy, Dennis, Sports and Shows: Spectators in Contemporary Culture, Theatre Research International, 26, (3), 2001, p277-284 Journal Article, 2001

Shakespeare without his language in, editor(s)Christie Carlson and Jacky Bratton , The Cambridge King Lear CD-ROM Text and Performance Archive, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2001, [Kennedy, Dennis] Book Chapter, 2001

22 entries, Stanley Wells and Michael Dobson, The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare, 2001, [Kennedy, Dennis] Item in dictionary or encyclopaedia, etc, 2001

Shakespeare Worldwide in, editor(s)Margreta di Grazia and Stanley Wells , Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2001, [Kennedy, Dennis] Book Chapter, 2001

Kennedy, Dennis, Looking at Shakespeare: A Visual History of Twentieth-Century Performance, second, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2001, 1 - 408pp Book, 2001

Oxford Companion to Shakespeare, Oxford, Oxford University Press, [eds.], 2001 Editorial Board, 2001

Kennedy, Dennis, Shakespeare and the World, Theatre Arts (Shanghai), October, 2000 Journal Article, 2000

Shakespeare and Cultural Tourism in, editor(s)Edward J. Esche , Shakespeare and His Contemporaries in Performance, London, Ashgate, 2000, [Kennedy, Dennis] Book Chapter, 2000

Kennedy, Dennis, 12 original plays, 1999, - Theatre Production, 1999

Kennedy, Dennis, dramaturg for many theatre productions, 1999, - Theatre Production, 1999

Kennedy, Dennis, Shakespeare and Cultural Tourism, Theatre Journal, 50, 1998, p175-188 Journal Article, 1998

Koreya Senda and Political Shakespeare in, editor(s)Takashi Sasayama, Ronnie Mulryne and Margaret Shewring , Shakespeare on the Japanese Stage, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1998, [Kennedy, Dennis and Rimer, J. Thomas ] Book Chapter, 1998

The New Drama and the New Audience in, editor(s)Michael Booth and Joel Kaplan , The Edwardian Theatre: Essays on Performance and the Stage, Cambridge , Cambridge University Press, 1998, [Kennedy, Dennis] Book Chapter, 1998

Performing Inferiority: Shakespeare's Lesser Plays in the Twentieth Century in, editor(s)Jill Levenson, Jonathan Bate and Dieter Mehl , Shakespeare in the Twentieth Century: Selected Papers from the World Shakespeare Congress in Los Angeles, Delaware, University of Delaware Press, 1998, [Kennedy, Dennis] Book Chapter, 1998

Kennedy, Dennis, The Language of the Spectator, Shakespeare Survey, 50, 1997, p29-40 Journal Article, 1997

Peter Stein, The International Dictionary of the Theatre, 3, 1996, [Kennedy, Dennis] Item in dictionary or encyclopaedia, etc, 1996

Shakespeare without His Language in, editor(s)James C. Bulman , Shakespeare, Theory, and Performance, London, Routledge, 1996, [Kennedy, Dennis] Book Chapter, 1996

Kennedy, Dennis, Shakespeare and the Global Spectator, Shakespeare Jahrbuch, 131, 1995, p50-64 Journal Article, 1995

Kennedy, Dennis, Shakespeare Played Small: Three Speculations about the Body, Shakespeare Survey, 47, 1994, p1-13 Journal Article, 1994

Harley Granville Barker, The International Dictionary of the Theatre, 2, London, St James Press, 1994, [Kennedy, Dennis] Item in dictionary or encyclopaedia, etc, 1994

Theatrical style, Alan C. Purves, Encyclopedia of English Studies and Language Arts, New York, Scholastic, 1994, [Kennedy, Dennis] Item in dictionary or encyclopaedia, etc, 1994

Kennedy, Dennis, Foreign Shakespeare: Contemporary Performance, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1993, 311 + 28pp Book, 1993

Kennedy, Dennis, Looking at Shakespeare: A Visual History of Twentieth-Century Performance, first, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press , 1993, 358 + xxiiipp Book, 1993

Shakespeare without His Language in, editor(s)Dennis Kennedy , Foreign Shakespeare, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1993, [Kennedy, Dennis] Book Chapter, 1993

Shakespearean Orientalism in, editor(s)Dennis Kennedy , Foreign Shakespeare, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1993, [Kennedy, Dennis] Book Chapter, 1993

The Transformations of Granville Barker in, editor(s)Jan McDonald and Leslie Hill , Harley Granville Barker: An Edinburgh Retrospective, Glasgow , Theatre Studies Publications, 1993, [Kennedy, Dennis] Book Chapter, 1993

His Majesty in Performance in, editor(s)Jan McDonald and Leslie Hill , Harley Granville Barker: An Edinburgh Retrospective, Glasgow, Theatre Studies Publications, 1993, [Kennedy, Dennis] Book Chapter, 1993

Shakespeare Alive in, editor(s)Sandra L. Williamson & James E. Person, Jr. , Shakespearean Criticism, vol. 15 , Detroit, Gale Research, 1991, [Kennedy, Dennis] Book Chapter, 1991

A Wide-Awake Dream in, editor(s)Sandra L. Williamson & James E. Person, Jr. , Shakespearean Criticism, Detroit, Gale Research,, 1991, [Kennedy, Dennis] Book Chapter, 1991

"Man and Superman" and "Major Barbara", The International Dictionary of the Theatre, 1, London, St James Press, 1991, [Kennedy, Dennis] Item in dictionary or encyclopaedia, etc, 1991

Kennedy, Dennis, Ich Bin ein (Ost) Berliner: Hamlet at the Volksbühne, Western European Stages, 2, 1990, p1-15 Journal Article, 1990

Kennedy, Dennis, The Director as Scenographer: Ciulei's Shakespeare at the Guthrie, Theatre Three, 7, 1989, p35-47 Journal Article, 1989

Kennedy, Dennis, Re-viewing Shaw: Recent Biographical Publications, Nineteenth Century Theatre, 17, 1989, p93-106 Journal Article, 1989

Kennedy, Dennis, Plays by Harley Granville Barker, Cambridge , Cambridge University Press, 1987, 257pp Book, 1987

Kennedy, Dennis, Granville Barker and the Dream of Theatre. , Cambridge , Cambridge University Press, 1985, 231 + xiv.pp Book, 1985

Kennedy, dennis, Granville Barker and the Dream of Theatre. , Cambridge , Cambridge University Press, 1985, 231 + xivpp Book, 1985

Kennedy, Dennis, Granville Barker and the Dream of Theatre. , Cambridge , Cambridge University Press, 1985, 231 + xiv pp Book, 1985

Kennedy, Dennis, Granville Barker's Sexual Comedy, Modern Drama, 23, 1980, p75-82 Journal Article, 1980

Kennedy, Dennis, King Lear and the Theatre, Theatre Journal, 28, 1976, p35-44 Journal Article, 1976

Kennedy, Dennis, Review of Orghast at Persepolis, by A.C.H. Smith , Theatre Journal, 25, 1973 Review, 1973

Kennedy, Dennis, The Shiraz-Persepolis Festival, Theatre Journal, 25, 1973, 516-21 Journal Article, 1973

Kennedy, Dennis, poems published in literary magazines, 1965, - Miscellaneous, 1965

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

Dennis Kennedy, The Beckett Centenary Symposium, April 2006, 2006, Trinity College Dublin Meetings /Conferences Organised, 2006

Kennedy, Dennis et al., The Beckett Centenary Symposium, April 2006, 2006, Trinity College Dublin Meetings /Conferences Organised, 2006

Kennedy, Dennis , The Bard in China, Around the Globe, 21, 2005, p34 - 35 Journal Article, 2005

Kennedy, Dennis, Shakespeare and Modern Popular Culture , Review of Shakespeare and Modern Popular Culture , by Douglas Lanier , Around the Globe, 23, (spring), 2003 Review, 2003

Kennedy, Dennis Gibson, Melissa, William Archer, Review of William Archer, by Peter Whitebrook , Theatre Survey, 35, 1994 Review, 1994

Kennedy, Dennis, The Social Significance of Modern Drama, Review of The Social Significance of Modern Drama (re-issue), by Emma Goldman , Theatre Three, 5, 1988 Review, 1988

Kennedy, Dennis, Granville Barker, Review of three books on Granville Barker, by Eric Salmon, Jan McDonald, Christine Dymkowski , Theatre Journal, 39, 1987 Review, 1987

Kennedy, Dennis, Royal Shakespeare Company, Review of Antony and Cleopatra and The Changeling, Theatre Journal, 31, 1979 Review, 1979

Kennedy, Dennis, Betrayal at the National Theatre, London, Review of Betrayal , Theatre Journal, 31, 1979 Review, 1979

Kennedy, Dennis, Free Shakespeare, Review of Free Shakespeare, by J.R. Brown , Theatre Journal, 28, 1976 Review, 1976

Kennedy, Dennis, Review of Olivier, by Logan Gourlay , Theatre Journal, 27, 1975 Review, 1975

Kennedy, Dennis, Symposium on Harold Pinter, April 1997, Dublin Meetings /Conferences Organised,

Kennedy, dennis, Beckett 90, April 1996, Dublin Meetings /Conferences Organised,

Kennedy, Dennis, over 20 programme essays for professional theatre productions, various Report,

Kennedy, Dennis, Theatre in Crisis/Theatre of Crisis, November 1994, In:American Society for Theatre Research, New York Meetings /Conferences Organised,

Kennedy, Dennis, Where extremes meet: Re-reading Brecht and Beckett, April 2001, Dublin Meetings /Conferences Organised,

Kennedy, Dennis, Public lectures around the world in universities and other forums (e.g., Taipei, Beijing, Shanghai, Kyoto, Singapore, Lisbon, St Petersburg, Cambridge, Bristol, Paris, Bochum, Berlin, many locations in North America, conferences, etc, various Invited Talk,

Kennedy, Dennis, Shakespeare in the New Asias, June 2002, Singapore Meetings /Conferences Organised,

Kennedy, Dennis, Shakespeare and Ireland, March 1997, Dublin Meetings /Conferences Organised,

Kennedy, Dennis, over 70 keynote lectures or conference papers, various, various Conference Paper,

Research Expertise

Description

Theatre and performance history and theory, especially in 19th and 20th century Europe. History and theory of the spectator. Shakespeare in performance. Scenography (stage design). Theatre directing and dramaturgy.

Projects

  • Title
    • The Persistence of Orientalism
  • Summary
    • A philosophical investigation of the nature and meaning of exoticism. While the background is historical and will involve questions about tourism and the touristic, the purpose is to investigate the West's relation to East and Southeast Asia in cultural and political performance, in and out of the playhouse.
  • Funding Agency
    • Research Centre 'Interweaving Performane Cultures', Berlin

Keywords

Dramatic/Theatre Arts; History and theory of the spectator; History of scenography and directing; Interculturalism; Performance Theory; Performing Arts; Political theatre; Theatre History

Recognition

Representations

DISTINGUISHED VISITING APPOINTMENTS:University of California, Santa Barbara, Distinguished Visiting Professor, January-April 2008. Chinese Central Academy of Drama, Beijing, Distinguished Visiting Director, April-June 2005. National University of Singapore, Meyer Fellow, March 2003. University of Wisconsin-Madison, Halls Visiting Scholar, November 1997. University of Victoria, Visiting Orion Professor, February 1995. McMaster University, Hooker Distinguished Visiting Professor, September 1994.

Chair, Committee for the Study of Languages, Literature, Culture and Communication, Royal Irish Academy 2014-18

Board of Advisors, Centre for International Theatre and Performance Research, Royal Holloway, University of London 2010-

Board of Advisors, Asian Shakespeare Intercultural Archive (A-S-I-A), a web-based archive of media 2009-

Corresponding Scholar, Shaw Festival, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada 1998-2002

Board of Directors, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin 1996-2003

Board of Advisors, Quantum Theatre, Pittsburgh 1990-2000

Frequent external examiner, assessor, and reviewer in UK, Canada, and USA. various

Board of Advisors, the New Rude Mechanicals, New York 1987-1992

Awards and Honours

Royal Irish Academy (2005), Academia Europaea (the Academy of Europe, 2004), Fellow of Trinity College Dublin (1998), Chancellor's Distinguished Research Award, University of Pittsburgh (1994), George Freedley Award for theatre history (1993, 1985), Office for Advanced Drama Research award for playwriting (1977).

Memberships

Academia Europaea, American Society for Theatre Research, Association for Theatre in Higher Education, Dramatists Guild, International Federation for Theatre Research, International Shakespeare Association, Royal Irish Academy, Shakespeare Association of America