Dr Cristina Delgado-Garcia
- Lecturer in Theatre and Performance (Theatre, Film & Television Studies)
telephone: 0141 3302746
My research specialism is in contemporary British theatre since 1990 and, increasingly, contemporary European theatre and performance. I am particularly interested in how playwrights and theatre-makers engage with salient political and philosophical questions pertinent to our socio-historical conjuncture. Much of my research therefore has focused on political theatres, but I am also keen to find the political elsewhere in theatre-making. Formally, I am particularly interested in new writing, delegated performance, and socially-engaged theatre practice.
My recent publications and conference presentations have explored the ways in which theatre articulates and anticipates forms of resistance to – or indeed compliance with – hegemonic ideology. I have undertaken research on queer identities, collective agency, dissident understandings of time, and the dramaturgical uses of consensus and consent in contemporary British theatre, and devising methods. The plays of Sarah Kane, Ed Thomas, Tim Crouch, Andy Smith, and Chris Thorpe; the practice of theatre companies Quarantine and Rimini Protokoll, and the directing methods of Roger Bernat are among my case studies.
Following the publication of my first monograph Rethinking Character in Contemporary British Theatre: Aesthetics, Politics, Subjectivity (2015), my current research focuses on two areas. I am preparing my projected second book, on British theatre-maker Tim Crouch, while also contributing to an international research project entitled "British Theatre in the Twenty-First Century: Crisis, Affect, Community". Led by Prof Mireia Aragay at Universitat de Barcelona, this research project is funded by the Spanish Ministerio of Economía y Competitividad and by European Regional Development Fund between Jan 2017 and Dec 2020.
- 2017-2020: "British theatre in the twenty-first century: crisis, affect, community". Funding bodies: Spanish Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad; European Regional Development Fund. Role: Co-investigator. Principal Investigator: Prof Mireia Aragay (Barcelona). Funds: €50,000.
- 2013-2016: "Ethical issues in contemporary British theatre since 1989: globalisation, theatricality, spectatorship". Funding bodies: Spanish Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad; Catalan Agency for Management of University and Research Grants. Role: Co-investigator. Principal Investigator: Prof Mireia Aragay (Barcelona). Funds: €75,200
- 2014: “Representations of precariousness in contemporary British theatre”. Funding body: German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Role: Co-investigator. Principal Investigator: Prof Martin Middeke (Augsburg). Funds: €6,690.
- 2009-2012: PhD Studentship. Funding body: Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies, Aberystwyth University.
I welcome enquiries from potential PhD and MPhil students interested in my areas of research:
- Contemporary British theatre: new writing, delegated performance, socially-engaged theatre practice
- Political theatre and socially-engaged theatre practice
- Theatre and philosophy
- Contemporary European theatre and performance, particularly in the Spanish/Catalan context.
Current doctoral student:
- Andrew Lennon, 'An Uncanny Aesthetic: Investigating cross-disciplinary performative reality in contemporary theatre' (co-supervisor at previous institution, 2016-18; external co-supervisor, 2018-19).
I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and hold a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (University of Birmingham, 2017).
In the academic year 2018-19, I will teach or contribute to teaching the following:
- Theatre Studies Dissertation (Level 4, senior hons)
- Performance Theory and Analysis (Level 4, junior hons)
- Modernism to Postdramatic (Level 2)
- Classical to Modern (Level 2)
- Theatre and Society (Level 1)
- Reading the Stage (Level 1)
I organise the Theatre Studies research seminars here at the University Glasgow (2018-19).
I am also co-convenor of the Political Performances Working Group of the International Federation for Theatre Research (2018-21).
I am Reviews Editor of the journal Performing Ethos.
Conference co-organisation & facilitation
- With Trish Read and Julia Boll, convenorship and curation of Political Performances Working Group sessions for 2019 IFTR congress. Theatre, Performance and Urbanism. Shanghai Theatre Academy. July 2019.
- With Lucy Ellinson, Aneta Mancewicz and Chris Thorpe, facilitator of two workshops on theatre and democracy. Radical Mischief: A Conference Inviting Experiment in Theatre, Thought and Politics. The Other Place, RSC. Stratford-Upon-Avon. July 2018.
- With Trish Read and Julia Boll, convenorship and curation of Political Performances Working Group sessions, and lead convenor for 2018 IFTR congress. Theatre and Migration. University of Belgrade. July 2018.
- With Caroline Radcliffe and Paul Geary. Standing Conference of University Drama Departments (SCUDD). University of Birmingham. June 2018.
- With Mireia Aragay and Enric Monforte. 24th annual conference of the German Society for Contemporary Theatre and Drama in English (CDE). Theatre and Spectatorship. University of Barcelona. June 2015.
Keynotes and invited research seminars
- 'Labours Lost: Delegated Performance and the Work of Erasure', invited research seminars. University of Lincoln, December 2017; University of Reading, November 2017.
- 'The Work of Others: Delegated Performance, the Workers and Their Double'. Keynote presentation. Theatre, Performance & Employment symposium. Queen Mary, University of London. February 2017.
Recent conference presentations
- With Andy Smith. ‘Politics and Poetics: Dealing with Representation in Contemporary Theatre'. What Happens Now: 21st Century Writing in English. University of Lincoln. June 2016.
- 'Spectacular Ambivalence: Tim Crouch’s The Author in its Theatrical and Political Context'. IFTR. University of Stockholm. June 2016.
- '"For Something Worthwhile to Happen It’s Simply Not Enough to Wish the Situation Otherwise": Pessimism, Meta-Theatricality and Spectatorship in Tim Crouch and Andy Smith’s what happens to the hope at the end of the evening and Chris Thorpe’s There Has Possibly Been an Incident'. What Happens Now: 21st Century Writing in English. University of Lincoln. July 2014.
- 'Conceptual Art, Theatre, and ‘the Return of the Repressed’: Rethinking Tim Crouch’s Dramaturgy and Its Politics’. IFTR. Institut del Teatre, Barcelona. July 2013.
- 'Making Time, Undoing Habitus: Equality and Emancipation in Quarantine’s Entitled'. CDE. Theatre and Politics: Theatre as Cultural Intervention. Prague. May–June 2013.
- '"Look at Us. All This Is Art”: Capitalism, Aesthetics and the Invisible Politics of Consent in Tim Crouch’s ENGLAND'. The Viewing of Politics and the Politics of Viewing: Theatre Challenges in the Age of Globalised Communities. Aristotle University, Thessaloniki. April 2013.
- With Lyn Gardner, filmed conversation on contemporary British theatre, representation and participation for Digital Theatre+. Stratford-Upon-Avon, July 2018.
In addition to IFTR, I am also a member of the following organisations: European Association for the Study of Theatre and Performance (Eastap) and the British Association for Contemporary Literary Studies (BACLS).