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Professor Brian Singleton
Samuel Beckett Chair of Drama & Theatre, Drama


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 a former President of the International Federation for Theatre Research and former editor of Theatre Research International (Cambridge University Press). He was co-editor (with Janelle Reinelt)and joint winner of the ATHE Excellence in Editing Prize for the 40-book series "Studies in International Performance" published by Palgrave/Macmillan. He serves on the Editorial Boards of New Theatre Quarterly and Contemporary Theatre Review and currently co-edits (with Elaine Aston the Palgrave book series 'Contemporary Performance InterActions'.

His research interests include orientalism and interculturalism in performance, as well as contemporary Irish and European theatre. His most recent monographs are entitled "Masculinities and the Contemporary Irish Theatre" (published by Palgrave Macmillan, 2011, reprinted with a new Preface in 2015) and "ANU Productions: The Monto Cycle" (Palgrave Macmillan 2016)

As well as completing a new essay on thisispopbaby's RIOT, and a book chapter on Modernism and Intercultural Theatre, he is also writing a new monograph provisionally titled ' Performance and Neoliberal Ireland'.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Interculturalism and Migration in Performance: From Distant Otherness to the Precarity of Proximity in, editor(s)Yana Meerzon & S. E. Wilmer , The Palgrave Handbook of Theatre and Migration, London, Palgrave Macmillan, 2023, pp91 - 101, [Brian Singleton] Book Chapter, 2023 URL

Riotous Assembly: Performing Gender and Social Justice in thisispopbaby's RIOT in, editor(s)J. Paul Halferty & Cathy Leeney , Analysing Gender in Performance, London, Palgrave Macmillan, 2022, pp241 - 257, [Brian Singleton] Book Chapter, 2022 URL

Brian Singleton, Finding the Intracultural, or How Kavalam Narayana Panikkar Found Me, Sangeet Natak, LV, (1-4), 2021, p238 - 250 Journal Article, 2021

Brian Singleton, Holding the Irish Queer Archive: An Interview with Louise Lowe and Lynnette Moran on ANU Productions' Faultline, Contemporary Theatre Review, 31, (1-2), 2021, p204 - 211 Journal Article, 2021 DOI

Brian Singleton, ANU Productions and the Performance of Otherness, Orbis Litterarum, 76, (6), 2021, p301 - 311 Journal Article, 2021 DOI

Brian Singleton, Standing by Small Acts of Citizenship: Contemporary Irish Theatre at the Faultlines of Social Change, International Federation for Theatre Research Annual Conference, National University of Ireland Galway, 12-16 July, 2021, NUIG/IFTR Invited Talk, 2021 URL

Ariane Mnouchkine: Activism, Formalism, Cosmopolitanism in, editor(s)Maria M. Delgado & Dan Rebellato , Contemporary European Theatre Directors, 2nd revised edition, Abingdon & New York, Routledge, 2020, pp39 - 60, [Brian Singleton] Book Chapter, 2020

Lily Brayton: A Theatre Maker in Every Sense in, editor(s)Maggie B. Gale & Kate Dorney , Stage Women 1900-50: Female Theatre Workers and Professional Practice, Manchester, Manchester University Press, 2019, pp191 - 215, [Brian Singleton] Book Chapter, 2019

Censorship and Sensitivities: Performing Tolerance in Postsecular Britain in, editor(s)Charlotte McIvor & Jason King , Interculturalism and Performance Now: New Directions?, London, Palgrave Macmillan, 2019, pp213 - 233, [Brian Singleton] Book Chapter, 2019 URL

Antoine, the Avant-Garde and the Modern Audience in, editor(s)Peta Tait , The Great European Stage Directors Volume 1 Antoine, Stanislavski, Saint-Denis, London, Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2018, pp19 - 40, [Brian Singleton] Book Chapter, 2018 URL

Brian Singleton, Actor Training: Emotions in the Moment, Care Under Pressure 2: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Simulation, Queens University Belfast, 6-7 April , 2018, Departments of Drama, Medicine, Social Work Invited Talk, 2018

Brian Singleton, From Rising to Riot: Irish Theatre's Retrofuture, Critical Stages: Scènes Critiques, (16), 2017 Journal Article, 2017

Brian Singleton, Feeling Eurovision: Salvador Sobral and the Sociality of Emotion, Royal Musical Society Annual Conference, University of Liverpool, 7-9 September , 2017, University of Liverpool, Music Department Invited Talk, 2017

Irish Theatre Devised in, editor(s)Nicholas Grene & Chris Morash , The Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish Theatre, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2016, pp559 - 574, [Brian Singleton] Book Chapter, 2016

Beckett and the Non-Place in Irish Performance in, editor(s)Trish McTighe, David Tucker , Staging Beckett in Ireland and Northern Ireland, London, Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016, pp169 - 184, [Brian Singleton] Book Chapter, 2016

Brian Singleton, ANU Productions: The Monto Cycle, London, Palgrave Macmillan UK, 2016, i - 109pp Book, 2016 URL

Brian Singleton, The Political Trajectories of Contemporary Irish Performance, Theatre Journal, 68, (3), 2016, p473 - 481 Journal Article, 2016

Martin McDonagh in, editor(s)John F. Deeney and Maggie B. Gale , Fifty Modern and Contemporary Dramatists, London & New York, Routledge, 2015, pp150 - 155, [Brian Singleton] Book Chapter, 2015

Brian Singleton, Peer Review, Contemporary Theatre Review, 25, (1), 2015, p26 - 29 Journal Article, 2015

Brian Friel in, editor(s)John F. Deeney & Maggie B. Gale , Fifty Modern and Contemporary Dramatists, London & New York, Routledge, 2015, pp91 - 96, [Brian Singleton] Book Chapter, 2015

Frank McGuinness in, editor(s)John F. Deeney and Maggie B. Gale , Fifty Modern and Contemporary Dramatists, London & New York, Routledge, 2015, pp161 - 166, [Brian Singleton] Book Chapter, 2015

Brian Singleton, Masculinities and the Contemporary Irish Theatre, London & New York, Palgrave , 2015, 1-227pp Book, 2015

Brian Singleton, Politicizing Performance: ANU Productions and Site-Specific Theater, BREAC: A Digital Journal of Irish Studies, 2014 Journal Article, 2014 URL

Performing Orientalist, Intercultural, and Globalized Modernities: The case of Les Naufragés du Fol Espoir by the Théatre du Soleil in, editor(s)Erika Fischer-Lichte, Torsten Jost, Saskya Iris Jain , The Politics of Interweaving Performance Cultures: Beyond Postcolonialism, New York & London, Routledge, 2014, pp77 - 94, [Brian Singleton] Book Chapter, 2014

B Singleton, Mise en Scène, Contemporary Theatre Review, 23, (1), 2013, p47 - 49 Journal Article, 2013

From Dana to Dustin: The Reputation of Old/New Ireland and the Eurovision Song Contest in, editor(s)Karen Fricker & Milija Gluhovic , Performing the 'New' Europe: Identities, Feelings and Politics in the Eurovision Song Contest, Basingstoke & New York, Palgrave Macmillan, 2013, pp142 - 162, [Brian Singleton] Book Chapter, 2013

ANU Productions and Site-Specific Performance: The Politics of Space and Place in, editor(s)Fintan Walsh , 'That Was Us': Contemporary Irish Theatre and Performance, London, Oberon Books, 2013, pp21 - 36, [Brian Singleton] Book Chapter, 2013

Brian Singleton, Masculinities and the Contemporary Irish Theatre, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, 2011, 256pp Book, 2011

Asian Theatres, Mnouchkine, and Shakespeare: The Search for a Theatrical Form in, editor(s)Poonam Trivedi & Minami Ryuta , Re-playing Shakespeare in Asia, London & New York, Routledge, 2010, pp41 - 53, [Brian Singleton] Book Chapter, 2010

Narratives of Nostalgia: Oriental Evasions about the London Stage in, editor(s)Charlotte M. Canning & Thomas Postlewait , Representing the Past: Essays in Performance Historiography, Iowa City, Iowa University Press, 2010, pp351 - 377, [Brian Singleton] Book Chapter, 2010

Brian Singleton, Christopher Balme, Freddie Rokem, TRI's Cambridge Years: A Retrospective, Theatre Research International, 35, (3), 2010, p222 - 231 Journal Article, 2010

Ariane Mnouchkine: Activism, Formalism, Cosmopolitanism in, editor(s)Maria M. Delgado & Dan Rebellato , Contemporary European Theatre Directors, London & New York, Routledge, 2010, pp29 - 48, [Brian Singleton] Book Chapter, 2010

Queer Eye on the Irish Guy: Transgressive Sexualities and the Performance of Nation in, editor(s)Melissa Sihra & Paul Murphy , The Dreaming Body: Contemporary Irish Theatre, Gerrard's Cross, Buckinghamshire, Colin Smythe, 2009, pp99 - 114, [Brian Singleton] Book Chapter, 2009

Intercultural Shakespeare from Intracultural Sources: Two Korean Performances in, editor(s)Lee, Hyon-u , Glocalizing Shakespeare in Korea and Beyond, Seoul, Dongin Publishing, 2009, pp179 - 198, [Brian Singleton] Book Chapter, 2009

Brian Singleton, The Performance of Artaud in Ireland, Etudes Irlandaises, 33, (2), 2008, p43 - 52 Journal Article, 2008

Foreword in, editor(s)Ravi Chaturvedi , Theatre and Democracy, Jaipur & New Delhi, Rawat, 2008, pp9 - 11, [Brian Singleton] Book Chapter, 2008

Performing Conflict Migration and Testimony in, editor(s)Karen Fricker and Ronit Lentin , Performing Global Networks, Newcastle, UK, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007, pp25 - 37, [Brian Singleton] Book Chapter, 2007

Sick, Dying, Dead, Dispersed: The Evanescence of Patriarchy in Contemporary Irish Women's Theatre in, editor(s)Melissa Sihra , Women in Irish Drama: A Century of Authorship and Representation, Basingstoke, UK, Palgrave Macmillan, 2007, pp186 - 200, [Brian Singleton] Book Chapter, 2007 URL

Part of the Show: The Global Networking of Irish Eurovision Song Contest Fans in, editor(s)Karen Fricker and Ronit Lentin , Performing Global Networks, Newcastle, UK, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007, pp139 - 162, [Karen Fricker, Elena Moreo, Brian Singleton] Book Chapter, 2007

Brian Singleton, Karen Fricker & Elena Moreo, Performing the queer network. Fans and Families at the Eurovision Song Contest, SQS: Journal of Queer Studies in Finland, 2, (2), 2007, p12 - 24 Journal Article, 2007

Hunters, Heroes and the Hegemonically Masculine Fantasies of Depserate Housewives in, editor(s)Janet McCabe & Kim Akass , Reading Desperate Housewives: Beyond the White Picket Fence, London & New York, I. B. Tauris, 2006, pp106 - 116, [Brian Singleton] Book Chapter, 2006

Am I Talking to Myself? Men, Masculinities and the Monologue in Contemporary Irish Theatre in, editor(s)Clare Wallace , Monologues: Theatre, Performance, Subjectivity, Prague, Litteraria Pragensia, 2006, pp260 - 277, [Brian Singleton] Book Chapter, 2006

Queering the Church: Sexual and Spiritual Neo-Orthodoxies in Six Feet Under in, editor(s)Kim Akass & Janet McCabe , Reading Six Feet Under: TV to Die For, London & New York, I. B. Tauris, 2005, pp161 - 173, [Brian Singleton] Book Chapter, 2005 URL

Ravi Chaturvedi & Brian Singleton, Ethnicity & Identity: Global Performance, New Delhi, Rawat, 2005, 1 - 460pp Book, 2005

Contemporary Theatre Review, London, Taylor & Francis, [ed.], 2005 Editorial Board, 2005

Karen Fricker & Brian Singleton, Irish Theatre: Conditions of Criticism, Modern Drama, 47, (4), 2004, p561 - 571 Journal Article, 2004 DOI

Modern Drama, XLVII, 4, (2004), ii + 561 - 734p, Karen Fricker & Brian Singleton, [eds.], Guest Editor: Critical Ireland Journal, 2004 URL

Brian Singleton, Oscar Asche, Orientalism and British Musical Comedy, Westport, CT & London, Praeger, 2004, xiv + 1 - 219pp Book, 2004

New Theatre Quarterly, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, [ed.], 2004 Editorial Board, 2004

The Revival Revised in, editor(s)Shaun Richards , The Cambridge Companion to Twentieth-Century Irish Drama, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2004, pp258 - 270, [Brian Singleton] Book Chapter, 2004

Theatre Research international, 27, 1-3, (2003), 1 - 347p, Brian Singleton, [ed.], 2001-3 Journal, 2003

South Asian Review, Bloomington, IN, Indiana University, [ed.], 2003 Editorial Board, 2003

Australasian Drama Studies, 43, (2003), 1 - 202p, Brian Singleton & Anna McMullan, [eds.], Guest Editor: Performing Ireland Journal, 2003

Theatre Research international, 27, 1-3, (2002), 1 - 316p, Brian Singleton, [ed.], 2001-3 Journal, 2002

Brian Singleton, A Forum on Theatre and Tragedy in the Wake of September 11, 2001, Theatre Journal, 54, (1), 2002, p119 - 120 Journal Article, 2002

Brian Singleton, Overseas Forum: Performing the Orient, The Performing Arts and Film Review, 35, 2001, p166 - 173 Journal Article, 2001

Brian Singleton, Strangers in the House: Reconfiguring the Borders of National and Cultural Identities in Contemporary Irish Theatre, European Review, 9, (3), 2001, p293 - 303 Journal Article, 2001

Theatre Research International, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, [ed.], 2001-2004 Editorial Board, 2001

Brian Singleton, K. N. Panikkar's Teyyateyyam: Resisting Interculturalism Through Ritual Practice, Indian Literature, XLV, (5), 2001, p133 - 140 Journal Article, 2001

Inscenovanie Orientu: Interculturalizmus,Vládnice Mocnosti a Globálna Konumná Spolocnost in, editor(s)Sonia Simková , Stretnutie Kultúr a Divadlo, Bratislava, VSMU, 2001, pp13 - 28, [Brian Singleton] Book Chapter, 2001

Claude Schumacher & Brian Singleton, Artaud on Theatre, New Edition, London, Methuen, 2001, xxxvi + 1 - 246pp Book, 2001

Brian Singleton, Relocating Irish Theatre at the Millennium, Western European Stages, 13, (1), 2001, p103 - 108 Journal Article, 2001

Theatre Research International, 26, 1-3, (2001), 1 - 319p, Brian Singleton, [ed.], 2001-3 Journal, 2001

Brian Singleton, Performing the Orient, Journal of the Korean Society for Theatre History Research, 4, 2001, p7 - 23 Journal Article, 2001

South Asian Review, Bloomington, IN, South Asian Literary Association, [eds.], 2000-2003 Editorial Board, 2000

Brian Singleton, Challenging Myth and Tradition: National/Cultural Identity and the Irish Theatrical Canon, Modern Drama, XLIII, (2), 2000, p265 - 275 Journal Article, 2000

The Cartoucherie: The Théâtre du Soleil's Performative Site in, editor(s)Irene Eynat Confino & Eva Sormova , Space and the Postmodern Stage, Prague, Theatre Institute, 2000, pp138 - 145, [Brian Singleton] Book Chapter, 2000

Brian Singleton, Artaud: Le Théâtre et son double (Critical Guides to French Texts No. 118), London, Grant & Cutler Ltd, 1998, 1 - 98pp Book, 1998

Brian Singleton, Introduction: The Pursuit of Otherness for the Investigation of Self, Theatre Research International, 22, (2), 1997, p93 - 97 Journal Article, 1997

Brian Singleton, Receiving Les Atrides Productively: Mnouchkine's Intercultural Signs as Intertexts, Theatre Research International, 22, (1), 1997, p19 - 23 Journal Article, 1997

Theatre Research International, 22, 2, (1997), 93-184 - Brian Singleton, [ed.], Guest editor: Theatre & Interculturalism Journal, 1997

Brian Singleton, K. N. Panikkar's Teyyateyyam: Resisting Interculturalism Through Ritual Practice, Theatre Research International, 22, (2), 1997, p162 - 169 Journal Article, 1997

Brian Singleton, The Representation of Shakespeare Through the Discourse of Interculturalism by Ariane Mnouchkine and the Théâtre du Soleil, ALFA (Actes de langue française et llinguistique), 10/11, 1997, p139 - 144 Journal Article, 1997

Brian Singleton, Body Politic(s): The Actor as Mask in the Théâtre du Soleil's Les Atrides and La Ville parjure, Modern Drama, 39, (4), 1996, p618 - 625 Journal Article, 1996

Mnouchkine and Shakespeare: Intercultural Theatre Practice in, editor(s)Holger Klein & Jean-Marie Maguin , Shakespeare and France, Lewiston, NY, Edwin Mellen Press, 1995, pp307 - 326, [Brian Singleton] Book Chapter, 1995

Fantasio by Alfred de Musset in, editor(s)Claude Schumacher , Musset: Five Plays, London, Methuen, 1995, pp39 - 78, [Brian Singleton, translator] Book Chapter, 1995

Brian Singleton, Interculturalist Theatre Practice and the Postmodern Debate, Gramma: Journal of Dramatic theory and Criticism, 3, 1995, p157 - 167 Journal Article, 1995

Earliest Memories: Spectating the Periphery of Theatre in, editor(s)Roger Deldime , Le Théâtre et le temps qui passe, Brussels, Editions Lansman, 1995, pp152 - 155, [Brian Singleton] Book Chapter, 1995

Brian Singleton, Patrick Mason and the Preservation of the Irish Theatre Repertoire at the Abbey, Western European Stages, 6, (3), 1994, p69 - 74 Journal Article, 1994

Later Nineteenth-Century Theatre in, editor(s)David Baguley , A Critical Bibliography of French Literature, The Nineteenth Century , Syracuse, NY, Syracuse University Press, 1994, pp1250 - 1286, [Brian Singleton & Claude Schumacher] Book Chapter, 1994

Brian Singleton, Postmodernisme et interculturalisme, L'Annuaire théâtrale: Revue québecoise d'études théâtrales, (15), 1994, p107 - 119 Journal Article, 1994

Mnouchkine's Shakespeare: A Textual Record of a Theatre's Practice in, editor(s)Nicole Vigouroux-Frey , Traduire le théâtre aujourd'hui, Rennes, Le Spectaculaire/Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 1993, pp111 - 118, [Brian Singleton] Book Chapter, 1993

Brian Singleton, The Beauty of the Resistable Tyrant: Tamerlan at the Théâtre de l'Epée de bois, Theatre Research International, 16, (2), 1991, p83 - 108 Journal Article, 1991

These Childish Things by Raymond Cousse in, editor(s)David Bradby & Claude Schumacher , New French Plays, London, Methuen, 1989, pp67 - 91, [Brian Singleton, translator] Book Chapter, 1989

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

Brian Singleton, States of Play: an interview with Professor Brian Singleton (Samuel Beckett Chair of Drama and Theatre, TCD) on labour and value in the neoliberal university', Hard Graft: Performance, Labour and Value, Queens University Belfast (online), 28-29 May, 2021, Irish Society for Theatre Research Invited Talk, 2021

Research Expertise


Main research interests are in the field of orientalism and interculturalism in performance, with a particular specialism in Irish, British and French cultural history. In addition he publishes in the area of contemporary devised performance.


  • Title
    • ANU Productions: The Monto Cycle
  • Summary
    • Current monograph project analysing four productions of the celebrated and award-winnning Irish company, ANU Productions, and their four-part series 'The Monto Cycle'.
  • Date From
    • 2015
  • Date To
    • 2016


Cultural History; French Theatre; History of scenography and directing; Interculturalism; Irish theatre; Opera/Musical Theatre; Popular theatre; Set/Theatre Decoration/Design; Television; Theatre History


Awards and Honours

ATHE Excellence in Editing Award 2012

Honorary Fellowship, Rose Bruford College 2011

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, University of Texas at Austin 1998

Japan Foundation Artists Fellowship 1992

British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellowship 1988


International Federation for Theatre Research 1990 – present

American Society for Theatre Research 1995 – present

Irish Society for Theatre Research 2008 – present