Professor Elizabeth Tomlin
- Professor in Theatre and Performance (Theatre, Film & Television Studies)
I specialise in the analysis of British and European contemporary theatre and performance (post-1990) through the lens of political and cultural theory. My latest monograph, Political Dramaturgies and Theatre Spectatorship: Provocations for Change, is now available.
Growing out of this body of research I am in the early stages of exploring questions of class identity and notions of ‘the people’ as they influence dramaturgies of ideological address and response within and beyond the theatre. As part of this wider project I am interested in the trend in contemporary theatre practice to work with/stage non-professional performers, and the uneasy alignment of ‘real people’ within this context, with that of right-wing political discourse in the current moment. This research is supported by the School’s Research Hub, Dramaturgy as Critical Practice.
My second field of research concerns the politics of cultural production, with an emphasis on the British theatre industry and British arts funding and policy developments. I am currently leading the AHRC-funded research network, Incubate- Propagate, which seeks, in partnership with Arts funding bodies, emerging artists and independent producers, to explore how platforms for artist development might be extended and diversified to increase access routes into the profession for non-graduate theatre-makers. Following the workshops that took place in Leeds, London and Glasgow the project team are now working on special edition journal to be published with Studies in Theatre and Performance in 2020 entitled Artist Development: Class, Diversity and Exclusion.
Between 1999-2009 I was the writer and co-director of Point Blank Theatre and I continue, on occasion, to develop my research-led practice in writing for performance and contemporary dramaturgies of theatre-making.
- 2018, Incubate-Propagate, AHRC Research Network Grant (PI), £36,345
- 2012, The Pool Game, Arts Council England, £17,900
- 2011, Acts and Apparitions, AHRC research fellowship (PI), £33,140
- 2010, The Pool Game, Arts Council England, £5,000
- 2005, Roses & Morphine, Arts Council England, £25,000
- 2004, Operation Wonderland, Arts Council England, £18,000
I welcome PhD and Masters by Research applications from students in the areas of contemporary political theatres and performance and dramaturgical experimentation in new writing and ensemble practice. I have supervised to completion many postgraduate students on MRes (Directing and Dramaturgy), and MPhil programmes, a number of whom went on to complete PhDs, as well as the following doctoral students:
Current doctoral students (at previous institution)
- ‘An Uncanny Aesthetic: Investigating cross-disciplinary performative reality in contemporary theatre’
Graduated doctoral students
- ‘Female Representation in Contemporary Performance’ (practice-based PhD)
- ‘Contemporary Antigones, Medeas and Trojan Women Perform on the World Stage’
- Zhang, Nannan (Translation Studies), 'Theatre Translation under the Social Change: A Study on the Xianfeng Xiju (Avant-garde theatre) in Contemporary China (1980-2016)'
- Midtgard, Julia
Towards neo-mimesis: challenging binaries of mimetic practic
- Shutt, Helen
Play/writing Participation: Textual techniques employed by the playwright to create space for audience participation and co-authorship in performance
- Singh, Kathryn
‘Silent Voices Speak’ Exploring the experiences of South Asian women in Scotland through community engagement and playwriting.
I teach the two following honours courses:
- Advanced Theatre Making
- Performing Character
This year I am also convening all Honours practical options.
I am the Exams officer for Theatre Studies, and sit on our REF Strategy Group.
- Member of the AHRC Peer Review College
- Member of the editorial board of Theatre Research International
- Chair of the Editorial Board of Studies in Theatre and Performance
- Member of International Advisory Board for the book series Adaptation in Theatre and Performance (Palgrave Macmillan)