Dr Simon Murray
- Senior Lecturer in Theatre Studies (Theatre, Film and Television Studies)
Simon’s research interests are interdisciplinary and constantly engage with a sociological and cultural studies past and a theatre/performance practices present. A preoccupation with political and social contexts frames and drives all his interests, regardless of the particular nature of the project in question. His research and writing have attempted to combine close readings of theatre forms – particularly physical and movement theatres - historiography and locating these practices as cultural production. Today, Simon’s research preoccupations coalesce around two inter-related and overlapping pathways of thought and interest. One of these continues to include the politics and regimes of actor and performer training, the pedagogies of Jacques Lecoq and Philippe Gaulier and contemporary performance practices and dramaturgies. The other embraces a wider cultural sweep and finds focus on WG (Max) Sebald, John Berger, Raymond Williams, the quality of lightness in performance, the politics of collaboration, and the relationship between ruins/ruination and theatre. In relation to the latter I am currently researching and writing a monograph, provisionally entitled ‘Performing Ruins’ which will be published by Palgrave in 2018/19 as part of the Performing Landscapes series edited by Prof Dee Heddon (Glasgow) and Prof Sally Mackay (Royal Central School of Speech and Drama). I am also a member of the Ecology and Environment research cluster within Theatre Studies at the University of Glasgow.
Simon joined Theatre Studies at the University of Glasgow in September 2008 having moved from Dartington College of Arts in Devon where he was Director of Theatre. He originally graduated from Newcastle Polytechnic with a (London University) Honours degree in Sociology (1971) and spent 15 years working in further, higher, adult and trade union education in the north east of England, the west of Scotland and in Seychelles. In his late thirties he spent a year in Paris training in movement, acting and theatre-making with Philippe Gaulier and Monika Pagneux. After 10 years as a professional theatre maker and performer he returned to higher education to teach theatre and performance. In 2008 he co- founded the Routledge journal, Theatre, Dance and Performance Training with Professor Jonathan Pitches (University of Leeds). He was co-editor of this journal until the autumn of 2016, but remains a consultant editor.
Simon welcomes applications from MPhil and PhD students wishing to undertake research into contemporary performance practice, performer/actor training, physical theatres, devised performance, interdisciplinary and cross art form practices, cultural materialist perspectives on late 20th/21st century theatre making, and theatre and ruins/ruination.
- Tara Beall: ‘From Transport to Travel: Contemporary Performance and Visitor Agency in a 21st Century Museum of Transport’ (AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award) (Co-supervised with Dr Minty Donald)
- Andria Christofidou: ‘Masculinities in the Field of Dance: The Example of Scotland’. (Jointly supervised with Dr Andrew Smith and Dr Matthew Waites in Sociology)
- Sasha Valerie Millwood. Collaborative Doctoral Award with the British Library on the music of Thea Musgrave. (Co-supervised with Dr Martin Dixon in Music)
- Beckett in Performance (Honours option)
- Performing Memory (Honours option)
- Contemporary Devising Practices (MLitt Theatre Practices)
- Independent Research Project (MLitt Theatre Practices)
- Independent Practice (MLitt Theatre Practices)
- Modernism to the Postdramatic (Level II Theatre Studies)
- Reading the Stage (Level I Theatre Studies)
- Dissertations (Honours, Theatre Studies)
- Co-convenor for MLitt Theatre Practices
- Consultant Editor for the journal 'Theatre, Dance and Performance Training (TDPT): An International and Interdisciplinary Journal'. Currently one of the team of guest editors for a special issue of TDPT on Dartington College of Arts (October 2018)
- Member of the International Platform for Performer Training (IPPT)
- Engagement Officer for the School of Culture and Creative Arts (SCCA) at University of Glasgow