New PhD announced with UofG and National Theatre of Scotland
National Theatre of Scotland and University of Glasgow are pleased to announce that Nic Green has been awarded the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Collaborative Doctoral Award studentship researching ‘Theatre Without Walls: Rethinking Engagement, Participation and Social Impact in (Post) Pandemic Scottish Theatre’.
Nic will commence work on the scholarship from 1 October 2022.
Nic Green is an award-winning performance maker based in Scotland, known for her works Cock and Bull, TURN, Fatherland, Slowlo, Trilogy and Vivarium, and is currently leading National Theatre of Scotland’s Like Flying project in Scottish schools. Her work is varied in style and method, spanning dance, theatre, site-specific, sonic and sculptural works, with forms often ‘found’ through collaborative and relational practices with communities, place and material.
This doctoral project aims to assess the National Theatre of Scotland’s commitment to dismantling barriers to creative participation, equity and justice – to being a ‘theatre without walls’ – during and for (post)pandemic times. Seeking to enhance engagement processes and practices, the project asks: ‘How can artist-led co-creation, participation and social impact be theorised anew within the remit of a national organisation after the pandemic?’
The project is hosted by the National Theatre of Scotland’s Creative Engagement department who lead on the co-creation of socially engaged projects with schools and communities.
Nic Green said; “I am really excited to engage with the ideas embedded in this PhD over this time, within a major organisation. I see it as a really interesting and energetic opportunity and also as a major and welcome change in approach for myself as an artist working in the associated field(s).
I'm really looking forward to what I am sure will be a fascinating, rich and challenging journey”
This doctoral project will be co-supervised by Dr Cristina Delgado-García, Dr Eirini Nedelkopoulou and Professor Dee Heddon (University of Glasgow) and Paul Fitzpatrick (National Theatre of Scotland).
Dr Cristina Delgado-Garcia, a Lecturer in Theatre and Performance, at the University of Glasgow, said:
“We are delighted to be working in partnership with the National Theatre of Scotland through this PhD funded by the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities. Nic Green is one of Scotland’s leading artists, and she brings to the project a depth of experience in leading innovative participatory work.
“The project is timely and highly significant. The National Theatre of Scotland is committed to championing theatre that supports social change and engages with communities, locally and nationally. COVID-19 has required that artists and institutions rethink their understanding of equity, social justice and participation. The project will investigate existing and possible models for community-engaged practices following the pandemic, supporting the National Theatre of Scotland’s mission to be a theatre for everyone.
“This research strongly resonates with existing expertise and professional practice of colleagues in Theatre Studies at the University of Glasgow in the areas of theatre and participation, collaboration and social engagement.”
Paul Fitzpatrick, Director of Creative Engagement, National Theatre of Scotland said: “We’re excited to be supporting leading performance maker Nic Green in this new PhD and to be collaborating with colleagues at the University of Glasgow. Nic brings a wealth of knowledge and experience of artist-led, participatory work with arts organisations and communities throughout Scotland and her areas of influence and research are varied and cross many disciplines.
"It’s an important and significant piece of work which will inform and enhance National Theatre of Scotland’s engagement processes and practices in Scotland in this post pandemic era.”
First published: 20 September 2022