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Nicholas Johnson
Assistant Professor, Drama

Biography

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 "Virtual Play" with V-SENSE (first prize, New European Media Awards, 2017), "Beckett's First Play" with Dead Centre (ATRL/National Theatre 2017), "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 Contemporary Theatre Research, 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 and a co-founder of the new Trinity Centre for Beckett Studies. He won the Provost's Teaching Award (early career) in 2013, and in 2016 he held a visiting research fellowship at Yale University.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Journal of Beckett Studies, "The Pedagogy Issue", 29, 1, (2020), Jonathan Heron and Nicholas Johnson, [eds.] Journal, 2020

Néill O'Dwyer and Nicholas Johnson, Exploring Volumetric Video and Narrative through Samuel Beckett's "Play", International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media, 15, (1), 2019 Journal Article, 2019 URL DOI

David Shepherd and Nicholas Johnson, Bertolt Brecht and the David Fragments (1919-1921): An Interdisciplinary Study, London, Bloomsbury Academic, 2019 Book, 2019

Néill O'Dwyer, Nicholas Johnson, Enda Bates, Rafael Pagés, Jan Ondřej, Konstantinos Amplianitis, David Monaghan and Aljo a Smolic, Samuel Beckett in Virtual Reality: exploring narrative using free viewpoint video, Leonardo, Just Accepted, (10.1162/leon_a_01721), 2019 Journal Article, 2019 URL DOI

Nicholas Johnson, From the Digital to the Virtual: Beckett Experiments 2007-17, Beckett and Technology, Prague, Czech Republic, 14 September, 2018, Charles University Invited Talk, 2018

Nicholas Johnson, Restaging Macklin, Charles Macklin & the Making of Eighteenth-Century Theatre, London, UK, 22-23 June, 2018, Notre Dame Global Invited Talk, 2018

Nicholas Johnson, Intermedial Play, Virtual Play: Beckett in Digital Culture, Beckett and the Media, Mariastein, Switzerland, 23 March, 2018, Universität Basel Invited Talk, 2018

Nicholas Johnson and Néill O'Dwyer, Virtual Play: Beckettian Experiments in Virtual Reality, Contemporary Theatre Review, 28, (1), 2018 Journal Article, 2018 URL

Eugene O'Brien & Gavin Quinn, 'ELIZA's Adventures in the Uncanny Valley', Dublin, Pan Pan Theatre/Dublin Theatre Festival, 2018, - Theatre Production, 2018

Nicholas Johnson, David und die Darstellbarkeit von Fragmenten, Brecht-Tage, Berlin, Germany, 9 February, 2018, Literaturforum im Brecht-Haus Invited Talk, 2018

Nicholas Johnson, "Listen to the light": Pan Pan and Beckett's Radio Plays on Stage, Transdisciplinary Beckett, Mexico City, 8 November, 2018 Conference Paper, 2018

Néill O'Dwyer, Nicholas Johnson, Rafael Pagés, Jan Ondřej, Konstantinos Amplianitis, Aljo a Smolić, Enda Bates, David Monaghan, Beckett in VR: Exploring Narrative Using Free-Viewpoint Video, SIGGRAPH 2018, Vancouver, Canada, 12-16 August 2018, 2018 Poster, 2018 DOI URL

Nicholas Johnson, "Accursed Progenitor": Evolving Beckett through the Digital and Virtual Realms, Transdisciplinary Beckett, Mexico City, 9 November, 2018, 4th Samuel Beckett Society Conference Invited Talk, 2018

Void Cannot Go: Trauma and Actor Process in the Theatre of Samuel Beckett in, editor(s)Mariko Hori Tanaka, Yoshiki Tajiri, Michiko Tsushima , Beckett and Trauma, Manchester, Manchester UP, 2018, pp46 - 68, [Nicholas Johnson] Book Chapter, 2018

Nicholas Johnson, How It Is in Performance, How It Is Symposium, Paris, France, 23 February, 2018, Centre Culturel Irlandais / Gare St Lazare Ireland Invited Talk, 2018

"Enemy of the Stars" in Performance in, editor(s)Philip Coleman, Nathan O'Donnell, and Kathryn Milligan , BLAST at 100: A Modernist Magazine Reconsidered, Leiden, Brill, 2017, pp147 - 167, [Nicholas Johnson and Colm Summers] Book Chapter, 2017 URL DOI

Colm Summers (dir.), David O'Shaughnessy (dramaturge), 'Love a la Mode, after Macklin', KNAVES, World Premiere, Dublin, Smock Alley Theatre, 2017, - Theatre Production, 2017 URL

Nicholas Johnson (dir.), Néill O'Dwyer, Enda Bates, Sugarglass, 'Intermedial Play, after Samuel Beckett', ATRL, Trinity College Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, 2017, - Theatre Production, 2017 URL

Dead Centre, 'Beckett's First Play', Work-in-Progress, Dublin, ATRL, 2017, - Theatre Production, 2017

Jonathan Heron and Nicholas Johnson, Critical Pedagogies and the Theatre Laboratory, RIDE: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance, 22, (2), 2017, p282 - 287 Journal Article, 2017 DOI

Nicholas Johnson, Festivals, Experimentation, and the Culture Industry, Beckett and Festivals Symposium, Belfast, UK, 18 November, 2017, University of Ulster / the MAC Invited Talk, 2017

Nicholas Johnson, The Samuel Beckett Laboratory, between.pomiedczy festival, Sopot, Poland, 15 May, 2017, University of Gdansk (Beckett Seminar) Invited Talk, 2017

Nicholas Johnson and David Shepherd, 'The David Fragments, after Bertolt Brecht', Samuel Beckett Theatre, Dublin / Greenwood Theatre, London, Society for Old Testament Study, 2017, - Theatre Production, 2017

Odwyer, N. and Johnson, N. and Bates, E. and Pages, R. and Ondrej, J. and Amplianitis, K. and Monaghan, D. and Smolic, A., Virtual Play in Free-Viewpoint Video: Reinterpreting Samuel Beckett for Virtual Reality, (8088501), 2017, pp262-267 Conference Paper, 2017 DOI

Nicholas Johnson (dir.), Néill O'Dwyer, Enda Bates, V-SENSE, 'Virtual Play, after Samuel Beckett', Various venues, Trinity College Dublin, 2017, - Theatre Production, 2017 URL

Nicholas Johnson, "void cannot go": Trauma and Actor Process in the Theatre of Samuel Beckett, London Beckett Seminar, London, UK, 11 November, 2016, Institute for Advanced Studies, University of London Invited Talk, 2016

"The Neatness of Identifications": Transgressing Beckett's Genres in Ireland and Northern Ireland, 2000-2015 in, editor(s)Trish McTighe and David Tucker , Staging Beckett in Ireland and Northern Ireland, London, Bloomsbury/Methuen, 2016, pp185 - 202, [Nicholas E. Johnson] Book Chapter, 2016 URL

Nicholas Johnson, Actor Trauma and the Theatre of Samuel Beckett, Beckett Society of Japan, Tokyo, Japan, 9 January, 2016, Aoyama Gakuin University Invited Talk, 2016

Nicholas Johnson, Performing Embodiment, Review of Performing Embodiment, by Anna McMullan , Journal of Beckett Studies, 25, (2), 2016, p280-284 Review, 2016 DOI

Nicholas Johnson, The Way of the Language: Documentary Theatre and the War on Terror, Centre for Cultural Sociology, New Haven, CT, USA, 3 March, 2016, Yale University Invited Talk, 2016

Samuel Beckett, 'Cascando', Pan Pan Theatre Company, World Premiere, Samuel Beckett Theatre, Trinity Creative Challenge, 2016, - Theatre Production, 2016 URL

Nicholas Johnson, Enemy of the Stars in Performance, UCL Talks, London, UK, 10 November, 2016, University College London Art Museum Invited Talk, 2016

Nicholas Johnson, Acting/Ageing, Ageing, Embodiment and the Self Symposium, Warwick, UK, 18 March, 2016, University of Warwick Invited Talk, 2016

Samuel Beckett, 'No's Knife: Excerpts from Texts for Nothing', White Light Festival, World Premiere, Marjorie S Dean Little Theatre, Lincoln Center, 2015, - Theatre Production, 2015 URL URL

Wyndham Lewis, 'Enemy of the Stars', Fez Festival of University Theatres, World Premiere, Dublin / Fez, Morocco, Fez Festival of University Theatres, 2015, - Theatre Production, 2015 URL URL URL

Jonathan Heron and Nicholas Johnson, "First Both": Introduction to "the Performance Issue", Journal of Beckett Studies, 23, (1), 2014, p1 - 10 Journal Article, 2014 DOI

Nicholas Johnson & Colm Summers, 'Enemy of the Stars', BLAST at 100 symposium, Trinity Long Room Hub, 2014, - Theatre Production, 2014

Jonathan Heron and Nicholas Johnson, with Burç Îdem Dinçel, Gavin Quinn, Sarah Jane Scaife, and Áine Josephine Tyrrell, Dossier: The Samuel Beckett Laboratory 2013, Journal of Beckett Studies, 23, (1), 2014, p73 - 94 Journal Article, 2014 DOI

A Theatre of the Unword: Censorship, Hegemony, and Samuel Beckett in, editor(s)Christopher Collins and Mary Collins , The Rest is History: Ireland, Memory and Performing the Historical Imagination, Palgrave Macmillan, 2014, pp36 - 54, [Nicholas Johnson] Book Chapter, 2014

The Journal of Beckett Studies: Special Issue on Performance, 23, 1, (2014), 1 - 153p, Jonathan Heron and Nicholas Johnson, [eds.] Journal, 2014

Nicholas Johnson, Abstract Machines: The Televisual Beckett, Mumbai, India, 1 November, 2014, TATA Lit Live Festival Invited Talk, 2014

Nicholas Johnson, Open-Space Learning in Careers Modules, National Association of Higher Education Careers Services Biennial Conference, Kildare, Ireland, 26 June, 2014, NAHECS Invited Talk, 2014

Nicholas Johnson and Brenda O'Connell, Three Dialogues on Enniskillen, The Beckett Circle, Spring 2014, 2014 Review Article, 2014 URL

Nicholas Johnson, Theatre of the Unword: Censorship, Hegemony, and Samuel Beckett, One Day: Samuel Beckett, Haccetepe University, Ankara, Turkey, 29 November, 2013, Department of Foreign Affairs, Ireland Invited Talk, 2013

Nicholas Johnson, Abstract Machines: The Televisual Beckett, Beckett at Reading Conference, Reading, UK, 4 Apri, 2013, University of Reading / Beckett International Foundation Invited Talk, 2013

Nicholas Johnson, Performative Criticism: Samuel Beckett and Georges Duthuit, Journal of Art Historiography, 9, (December), 2013, p1 - 12 Journal Article, 2013 URL TARA - Full Text

Nicholas Johnson, A Samuel Beckett Laboratory: Praxis, Pedagogy, and Performance, Annual Samuel Beckett Lecture, Tel Aviv University, Israel, 22 May, 2013, Embassy of Ireland, Tel Aviv Invited Talk, 2013

A Spectrum of Fidelity, an Ethic of Impossibility: Directing Beckett in, editor(s)Katherine Weiss , The Plays of Samuel Beckett (Critical Companions), London, Methuen, 2013, pp152 - 164, [Nicholas Johnson] Book Chapter, 2013

Nicholas Johnson, Language, Multiplicity, Void: The Radical Politics of the Beckettian Subject, Theatre Research International, 37, (1), 2012, p38 - 48 Journal Article, 2012 DOI

Nicholas Johnson, Theatrum Philosophicum: A Platonic Turn in Theatre Scholarship, Forum Modernes Theater, 25, (2), 2011, p59 - 64 Journal Article, 2011 URL

Nicholas Johnson, The Ghost of the Live: Adapting the Televisual Beckett, Performance Studies International #17, Utrecht, Netherlands, 25-29 May, 2011 Conference Paper, 2011

Nicholas Johnson, Language, Multiplicity, Void: Beckett and Philosophy, Beckett and Philosophy, Sofia University, Bulgaria, 21 October 2011, 2011, Department of Foreign Affairs, Ireland Invited Talk, 2011

Nicholas Johnson, Analogue Krapp in a Digital Culture, Journal of Beckett Studies, 20, (2), 2011, p213 - 220 Review Article, 2011 DOI

Nicholas Johnson, Beckett and Bolaño: Toward a European Literature of Exile, Irish Society for Theatre Research Annual Conference, Pécs, Hungary, 29-30 April, 2011 Conference Paper, 2011

Nicholas Johnson, 'Three Dialogues, after Samuel Beckett', versions 1, 2, and 3, Dublin, TRIARC / ATRL, 2011, - Theatre Production, 2011

Nicholas Johnson, A Theatre of the Unword: Out of the Archive, Out of the Archive: Samuel Beckett, York, United Kingdom, 23-26 June 2011, 2011 Conference Paper, 2011

Nicholas Johnson, Nohow On: Samuel Beckett and the Tradition/Innovation Dialectic, International Federation for Theatre Research Annual Congress, Osaka, Japan, 7-12 August 2011, 2011 Conference Paper, 2011

Nicholas Johnson, Language, Multiplicity, Void: The Radical Politics of the Modernist Subject, Mainz Doctoral Summer School, Johannes Gutenberg Universität, Mainz, 9 July 2010, 2010, DAAD/Mainz University Invited Talk, 2010

Nicholas Johnson, Beckett and the Radical Politics of the Modernist Subject, International Federation for Theatre Research Annual Congress, Munich, Germany, 26-31 July, 2010 Conference Paper, 2010

Nicholas Johnson, Preacher Seeks Unconverted: Spectatorship in Documentary Theatre, Performance Studies International #16, Toronto, Canada, 9-13 June, 2010 Conference Paper, 2010

Nicholas Johnson, Theatre of the Unword: Beckett and the Law of Genre, International Federation for Theatre Research Annual Congress, Lisbon, Portugal, July 14-17, 2009 Conference Paper, 2009

Nicholas Johnson, Said Nohow On: Beckett, Genre, and the Law, Performance Studies International #15, Zagreb, Croatia, 24-28 June, 2009 Conference Paper, 2009

Nicholas Johnson, On Going On: The Ethic of Impossibility in the Performance of Samuel Beckett's Prose, Trinity College Dublin, 2009 Thesis, 2009

Nicholas Johnson, 'The Way of the Language: Voices from the War on Terror', Dublin Theatre Festival/Project Brand New, Workshops 1 & 2, New York & Dublin, Bleecker Street Theatre / Project Arts Centre, 2009, - Theatre Production, 2009

Nicholas Johnson, Evental Texts and Textual Events, Zombomodernism: Practice as Research, Central School of Speech and Drama, London, 26 September, 2009 Conference Paper, 2009

Nicholas Johnson, The Way of the Language: Excavating Silence in the Documentary Theatre, Cairo International Festival of Experimental Theatre, Cairo, Egypt, 9 October 2009, 2009, Ministry of Culture, Government of Egypt Invited Talk, 2009

Nicholas Johnson, Prose Performance and the Commemoration of Samuel Beckett, Irish Society for Theatre Research Annual Conference, Sligo, Ireland, 7-9 May, 2009 Conference Paper, 2009

Nicholas Johnson, Reading, Radio and the Seanchaí, International Federation for Theatre Research Annual Congress, Seoul, Korea, 2008 Conference Paper, 2008

Nicholas Johnson, Age, Texture and the Virtual, Performance Studies International #14, Copenhagen, Denmark, 20-24 August, 2008 Conference Paper, 2008

Nicholas Johnson, 'Disjecta: A Samuel Beckett Laboratory', Dublin, Samuel Beckett Theatre, 2007, - Theatre Production, 2007

Nicholas Johnson, That Book Should Be Burned: The Contested Afterlife of Bertolt Brecht, Journal of Postgraduate Research, 5, 2006, p8 - 19 Journal Article, 2006

Nicholas Johnson, The Ethic of Impossibility, Beckett and Death: A Centenary Conference, Northampton University, UK, September, 2006 Conference Paper, 2006

Samuel Beckett, 'What is the word', Open House Dublin, Dublin, The Old Library/Long Room, TCD, 2006, - Theatre Production, 2006

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

Nicholas Johnson, Samuel Beckett and Border Thinking, Warsaw, Poland, 13 May, 2018, University of Warsaw Invited Talk, 2018

Nicholas Johnson & Sam Slote, Samuel Beckett Summer School, 2018, TCD Meetings /Conferences Organised, 2018

Nicholas Johnson, How It is and Prose Performance, Perforum, Cork, Ireland, 15 February, 2017, University College Cork Invited Talk, 2017

Nicholas Johnson, "Beginning to End" and Prose Performance, Bann Beckett, Coleraine, Northern Ireland, 26 February, 2016, Riverside Theatre / UUC Invited Talk, 2016

Nicholas Johnson, 'Three Poems by Georg Trakl', Trinity Journal of Literary Translation, Vol III, Trinity College Dublin, 2015, 16 - 19 Translation, 2015 Other

Scott Hamilton (adaptor) / Nicholas Johnson (performer), 'Ill Seen Ill Said', Dublin & Antwerp, European Research Night / Antwerp Beckett Conference, 2015, - Theatre Production, 2015

Nicholas Johnson, The Many Nations of Samuel Beckett, Theatre (X) Cai, Tokyo, Programme, 2014, p7 - 8 Review Article, 2014

Nicholas Johnson, 'The Brothers Karamazov', Samuel Beckett Theatre, Dublin, Painted Filly Theatre/Sugarglass Theatre, 2014, - Theatre Production, 2014 URL URL

Nicholas Johnson, 'The Howl Ensemble, after Allen Ginsberg', Samuel Beckett Centre, Dublin, European Research Night 2014, 2014, - Theatre Production, 2014

Ernst Toller, trans. & dir. Nicholas Johnson, 'The Machinewreckers', Samuel Beckett Theatre, Dublin, 2014, - Translation, 2014 URL URL URL

Nicholas Johnson, On Translating Ernst Toller's "Die Maschinenstürmer", Trinity Journal of Literary Translation, II, 2014, p76 - 91 Journal Article, 2014 URL

Samuel Beckett, dir. Nicholas Johnson & Marc Atkinson, 'Ethica: Four Shorts by Samuel Beckett', Samuel Beckett Theatre, Dublin / National Academy of Theatre and Dance, Sofia, Bulgaria / Happy Days Enniskillen International Beckett Festival 2013 / Áras an Uachtaráin, Dublin, 2013, - Theatre Production, 2013 URL

Nicholas Johnson & Chris Collins, 'No Matter: George Berkeley's Three Dialogues', European Research Night 2013, Dublin, Trinity Long Room Hub, 2013, - Theatre Production, 2013

Nicholas Johnson, Out of the Dark: Pan Pan's "All That Fall" and "Embers", Edinburgh International Festival, Programme, 2013, p7 - 10 Review Article, 2013

Jesse Weaver, dir. by Nicholas Johnson & Jesse Weaver, 'Bypass', Dublin Fringe Festival 2012, 2012, - Theatre Production, 2012 URL

Nicholas Johnson, Beckett's "Three Novels", Cork, Ireland, 28 March, 2012, Cork Opera House / Gare St Lazare Ireland Invited Talk, 2012

Nicholas Johnson, Beckett and the Visual Arts, Dublin, Ireland, 27 January, 2012, Irish Museum of Modern Art Invited Talk, 2012

Nicholas Johnson, The Way of the Language: Excavating Silence in the Documentary Theatre, Drama Seminar, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 28 March, 2012, Queens University Invited Talk, 2012

Nicholas Johnson, 'The Way of the Language: Voices from the War on Terror', Workshop 3, Dublin, Arts Technology Research Laboratory, 2011, - Theatre Production, 2011

Steve Wilmer, Sam Slote, and Nicholas Johnson, Samuel Beckett Summer School 2011, 15-20 July 2011, 2011, Trinity College Dublin Meetings /Conferences Organised, 2011 URL

Ray Langenbach & Nicholas Johnson, Studio: 2011, 25-29 May 2011, In:Performance Studies International, Artist's Committee, 2011, Utrecht, Netherlands Meetings /Conferences Organised, 2011 URL

Nicholas Johnson, Krapp History: A Late Evening in the Future, The Rest is History: Symposium, Trinity College Dublin, 15-16 April, edited by C. Collins & M. Caulfield , 2011 Conference Paper, 2011

Melissa Sihra & the Drama Department Staff, Technologies of Performance: ISTR 2010, April, In:Irish Society for Theatre Research Annual Conference, 2010, Trinity College Dublin Meetings /Conferences Organised, 2010

Nicholas Johnson, Matthew Causey, Abstract Machines: The Televisual Beckett, Irish Society for Theatre Research Annual Conference, Trinity College Dublin, 24 April, 2010, ATRL, Dublin Invited Talk, 2010

Max Frisch, trans. and dir. Nicholas Johnson, 'Andorra', Samuel Beckett Theatre, Dublin, 2010, - Translation, 2010

Franz Kafka, trans. and dir. Nicholas Johnson, 'K. - Stories and Fragments by Franz Kafka', Samuel Beckett Theatre, Dublin, 2009, - Translation, 2009

Nicholas Johnson, Unfrozen Music: Beckett in the Museum, Museum Ireland, 19, (Autumn), 2009, p36 - 41 Journal Article, 2009 URL

Ernst Toller, trans. & dir. Nicholas Johnson, 'Masses and Man', Samuel Beckett Theatre, Dublin / Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxembourg-Platz, Berlin, 2008, - Translation, 2008 URL

Nicholas Johnson, 'On Going On, after Samuel Beckett', Dublin, Studio 192, TCD, 2006, - Theatre Production, 2006

Samuel Beckett, 'Endgame', Dublin, Samuel Beckett Theatre, 2006, - Theatre Production, 2006

Nicholas Johnson, Beckett Centenary Symposium, Dublin, The Beckett Circle, 29, (2), 2006, p4 - 7 Review Article, 2006

Research Expertise

Description

I have spent the last decade publishing on Beckett in performance, directing Beckett projects internationally, and contributing to the scholarly infrastructure of international Beckett Studies. These activities culminated in the 2017 establishment of the Trinity Centre for Beckett Studies to consolidate our research, integrating the Samuel Beckett Laboratory, a space founded in 2013 by myself and Jonathan Heron (Warwick) for fundamental research into Beckett in performance, with the Samuel Beckett Summer School that I co-direct, now in its ninth year. How Beckett is received, taught, and understood is being expanded by the work that we do on experimental, intermedial, intercultural, and other forms of "applied" Beckett, and the international reach of the Summer School makes a public contribution as well. With Jonathan Heron, with whom I co-edited the 2014 "Performance Issue" of the Journal of Beckett Studies (23.1), I am currently editing the "Pedagogy Issue" (29.1, 2020); our co-written book "Experimental Beckett" is scheduled to be published in early 2019 with Cambridge University Press. Drawing on insights from this research into Beckett and the theatre laboratory, in recent years my work has pivoted to more interdisciplinary research projects in the areas of pedagogy (with Education), acting theory (with Neuroscience), VR and AI (with Computer Science), cultural trauma (with Sociology), and medical humanities (with both Medicine and Nursing/Midwifery). In my capacity as convener of the Creative Arts Practice research theme, I have discovered many opportunities to extend the impact of my "disciplinary" insights from within Drama. I am a literary translator (from German), with current and past projects on Brecht, Toller, Kafka, Frisch, and Trakl. These translation projects signal a further research interest in German Expressionism during the Weimar period, and more widely in the aesthetics and philosophies of modernism in the twentieth century.

Keywords

American theatre, playwriting; Dramatic/Theatre Arts; Modern and contemporary German drama and theatre; Political theatre; Samuel Beckett; Theatre Practice

Recognition

Representations

Steering Committee Member & co-founder, IMBAS (society for Creative Arts researchers in Ireland)

Scientific Committee Member, Samuel Beckett Society Conference, Mexico City

co-convenor, Beckett Working Group, International Federation of Theatre Research 2014 - 2018

co-convenor, Artists' Committee of Performance Studies International 2010 - 2014

Guest Editor (twice) & Peer Reviewer, Edinburgh University Press (Journal of Beckett Studies)

Peer Reviewer, Liverpool University Press (Journal of Romance Studies)

Peer Reviewer, Taylor & Francis (Contemporary Theatre Review)

Peer Reviewer, Springer (American Journal of Cultural Sociology)

External Reviewer, Swiss National Science Foundation (humanities research grants)

Peer Reviewer, Cambridge University Press (Theatre Research International)

Consultant, Irish National Association of Higher Education Careers Services (on open-space learning techniques, affecting module design for career preparedness at national level)

Peer Reviewer, Carysfort Press (Devised Performance in Irish Theatre)

External Examiner, practice-based research PhD at University of Cape Town

Consultant, National University of Ireland (Maynooth) Access Office, creating policy on proofreading and learning support for dyslexic students

Awards and Honours

Provost's Award for Teaching Excellence (early career award) 2013

Samuel Beckett Studentship (Government of Ireland/TCD Award) 2007

John McCormick Fellowship (research travel) 2006

George J. Mitchell Scholarship (US-Ireland Alliance) 2005

DAAD Research Fellowship (German Academic Exchange Service) 2004

Wallis Outstanding Senior Award (Northwestern University) 2003

Memberships

IMBAS - Irish network of creative arts researchers (co-founder & steering group) 2017 – present

International Federation of Theatre Research (co-convenor, Beckett Working Group) 2014 – 2018

Performance Studies International (PSi) - co-convenor, Artists' Committee 2010 – 2014

Modern Languages Association (Member, Samuel Beckett Society) 2008 – present

Theatre Forum Ireland (professional association of Irish theatre artists) 2007 – present

US-Ireland Alliance (transatlantic non-profit supporting culture, business & politics) 2004 – present