Professor Minty Donald

  • Professor of Contemporary Performance Practice (Theatre, Film & Television Studies)

telephone: 01413305162
email: Minty.Donald@glasgow.ac.uk

R105 Level 1, TFTV Studies, Gilmorehill Halls, Glasgow G12 8QQ

ORCID iDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-5145-1130

Biography

Before becoming a lecturer at the University of Glasgow I trained and practiced professionally as a scenographer, working with many of Scotland and the UK’s theatre, dance and performance companies (including the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh; National Theatre of Scotland; Welfare State International, Scottish Ballet, and London Contemporary Dance). I also taught performance design at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (then RSAMD) and public art on the Sculpture and Environmental Art programme at Glasgow School of Art. In 2005, I was awarded an AHRC Fellowship in the Creative Arts, based at Glasgow School of Art, which allowed me to develop as an artist-researcher. Since 2008, I have worked as a lecturer in Theatre Studies at the University of Glasgow, combining this role with a professional practice as an artist. I received a PhD from the University of Glasgow in 2014.

Research interests

All my research is underpinned by an interest in more-than-human performance: the idea that performance is something that both humans and other-than-humans do, and do in ways that are entangled, complex, and sometimes incompatible and antagonistic. I make and engage critically with artwork that focusses on more-than-human agency as a means of challenging anthropocentrism and human exceptionalism. I regularly collaborate with (human) artist, Nick Millar. We often work with experts from disciplines outside the arts: for instance, geographers, geologists, hydrologists, engineers, planners and architects.

Recent and ongoing research projects include:

Guddling About (exploring humans’ interrelations with rivers and other watercourses) www.guddlingabout.com

THEN/NOW: public art, heritage and ecology then-now.org

Erratic Drift: human-geological performance

Extractive Landscapes (exploring ‘extraction’ as performance and sculptural practice)

Publications

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2020

Donald, M. (Ed.) (2020) THEN/NOW. University of Glasgow: Glasgow. ISBN 9780852619735

Donald, M. (2020) Guddling About. [Website]

2019

Donald, M. (2019) Guddling About: an ecological performance practice with water and other nonhuman collaborators. GeoHumanities, 5(2), pp. 591-619. (doi: 10.1080/2373566X.2019.1652106)

2018

Donald, M. (2018) Living, Working, Playing with Water: Exploring Perceptions of Water in the Urban Environment Through Creative Practice. Project Report. The Metropolitan Glasgow Strategic Drainage Partnership, Glasgow.

Donald, M. and Millar, N. (2018) Erratic Drift: Notes towards human-geological drifting. Performance Research, 23(7), pp. 127-129. (doi: 10.1080/13528165.2018.1558433)

2017

Donald, M. and Millar, N. (2017) Watermeets: Hamburg. [Performance]

Donald, M. and Millar, N. (2017) Watermeets: Kuopio. [Performance]

2016

Donald, M. , McGuire, N. and Millar, N. (2016) Then/Now. [Website]

Donald, M. (2016) The performance apparatus: performance and its documentation as ecological practice. Green Letters: Studies in Ecocriticism, 20(3), pp. 251-269. (doi: 10.1080/14688417.2016.1191998)

2015

Donald, M. and Millar, N. (2015) Guddling About: Govan. [Performance]

Donald, M. and Millar, N. (2015) Melting Species: River Kelvin. [Performance]

Donald, M. (2015) Guddling about: experiments in vital materialism with particular regard to water. Performance Research, 20(2), pp. 33-38. (doi: 10.1080/13528165.2015.1026723)

Donald, M. , McGuire, N. and Millar, N. (2015) THEN/NOW. [Exhibitions]

Donald, M. and Millar, N. (2015) Watermeets: Dumfries and Galloway. [Performance]

2014

Donald, M. and Millar, N. (2014) Bridging (part 2). [Performance]

Donald, M. (2014) Entided, enwatered, enwinded: human/more-than-human agencies in site-specific performance. In: Schweitzer, M. and Zerdy, J. (eds.) Performing Objects and Theatrical Things. Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke, pp. 118-131. ISBN 9781137402448

Donald, M. (2014) Guddling about: experiments in vital materialism with particular regard to water. Goose: A Journal of Arts, Culture and the Environment in Canada, 13(1), Art 35.

2013

Donald, M. and Millar, N. (2013) Guddling About: Experiments in Vital Materialism with Particular Regard to Water. [Performance]

2012

Donald, M. (2012) Bridging part 1. Performance Research, 17(4), pp. 49-51. (doi: 10.1080/13528165.2012.712250)

Donald, M. (2012) The urban river and site-specific performance. Contemporary Theatre Review, 22(2), pp. 213-223.

Donald, M. , Cavanagh, J., Millar, N., Morland, D., Scrutton, N. and Tuulikki, H. (2012) High-Slack-Low-Slack-High. [Performance]

2011

Donald, M. (2011) On Planning and Improvisation, Success and Failure, Control and Unruliness. Other. Public Art Scotland.

2010

Donald, M. (2010) Bridging (part 1). [Performance]

2009

Donald, M. (2009) Glimmers in Limbo. Tramway Publications, Glasgow School of Art: Glasgow. ISBN 9781899551484

Donald, M. (2009) Pianola Karaoke and other attractions: resisting the homogenisation of cultural memory embedded in material sites. In: Counsell, C. and Mock, R. (eds.) Performance, Embodiment and Cultural Memory. Cambridge Scholars: Newcastle, UK, pp. 183-202. ISBN 9781443811200

Donald, M. and Howells, A. (2009) The Garden of Adrian. [Performance]

2008

Donald, M. (2008) Glimmers in Limbo: Tramway. [Exhibitions]

2007

Donald, M. (2007) Glimmers in Limbo: Britannia/Panopticon. [Performance]

Donald, M. (2007) Glimmers in limbo: site-specific intervention as a strategy for shaping the built environment. Centre for the Built Environment News, Summer, pp. 18-19.

Donald, M. (2007) Tracing tramlines: site-responsive interventions at Glasgow's Tramway. Performance Research, 12(2), pp. 5-9. (doi: 10.1080/13528160701554485)

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Number of items: 30.

Articles

Donald, M. (2019) Guddling About: an ecological performance practice with water and other nonhuman collaborators. GeoHumanities, 5(2), pp. 591-619. (doi: 10.1080/2373566X.2019.1652106)

Donald, M. and Millar, N. (2018) Erratic Drift: Notes towards human-geological drifting. Performance Research, 23(7), pp. 127-129. (doi: 10.1080/13528165.2018.1558433)

Donald, M. (2016) The performance apparatus: performance and its documentation as ecological practice. Green Letters: Studies in Ecocriticism, 20(3), pp. 251-269. (doi: 10.1080/14688417.2016.1191998)

Donald, M. (2015) Guddling about: experiments in vital materialism with particular regard to water. Performance Research, 20(2), pp. 33-38. (doi: 10.1080/13528165.2015.1026723)

Donald, M. (2014) Guddling about: experiments in vital materialism with particular regard to water. Goose: A Journal of Arts, Culture and the Environment in Canada, 13(1), Art 35.

Donald, M. (2012) Bridging part 1. Performance Research, 17(4), pp. 49-51. (doi: 10.1080/13528165.2012.712250)

Donald, M. (2012) The urban river and site-specific performance. Contemporary Theatre Review, 22(2), pp. 213-223.

Donald, M. (2007) Glimmers in limbo: site-specific intervention as a strategy for shaping the built environment. Centre for the Built Environment News, Summer, pp. 18-19.

Donald, M. (2007) Tracing tramlines: site-responsive interventions at Glasgow's Tramway. Performance Research, 12(2), pp. 5-9. (doi: 10.1080/13528160701554485)

Books

Donald, M. (2009) Glimmers in Limbo. Tramway Publications, Glasgow School of Art: Glasgow. ISBN 9781899551484

Book Sections

Donald, M. (2014) Entided, enwatered, enwinded: human/more-than-human agencies in site-specific performance. In: Schweitzer, M. and Zerdy, J. (eds.) Performing Objects and Theatrical Things. Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke, pp. 118-131. ISBN 9781137402448

Donald, M. (2009) Pianola Karaoke and other attractions: resisting the homogenisation of cultural memory embedded in material sites. In: Counsell, C. and Mock, R. (eds.) Performance, Embodiment and Cultural Memory. Cambridge Scholars: Newcastle, UK, pp. 183-202. ISBN 9781443811200

Edited Books

Donald, M. (Ed.) (2020) THEN/NOW. University of Glasgow: Glasgow. ISBN 9780852619735

Research Reports or Papers

Donald, M. (2018) Living, Working, Playing with Water: Exploring Perceptions of Water in the Urban Environment Through Creative Practice. Project Report. The Metropolitan Glasgow Strategic Drainage Partnership, Glasgow.

Donald, M. (2011) On Planning and Improvisation, Success and Failure, Control and Unruliness. Other. Public Art Scotland.

Exhibitions

Donald, M. , McGuire, N. and Millar, N. (2015) THEN/NOW. [Exhibitions]

Donald, M. (2008) Glimmers in Limbo: Tramway. [Exhibitions]

Performance

Donald, M. and Millar, N. (2017) Watermeets: Hamburg. [Performance]

Donald, M. and Millar, N. (2017) Watermeets: Kuopio. [Performance]

Donald, M. and Millar, N. (2015) Guddling About: Govan. [Performance]

Donald, M. and Millar, N. (2015) Melting Species: River Kelvin. [Performance]

Donald, M. and Millar, N. (2015) Watermeets: Dumfries and Galloway. [Performance]

Donald, M. and Millar, N. (2014) Bridging (part 2). [Performance]

Donald, M. and Millar, N. (2013) Guddling About: Experiments in Vital Materialism with Particular Regard to Water. [Performance]

Donald, M. , Cavanagh, J., Millar, N., Morland, D., Scrutton, N. and Tuulikki, H. (2012) High-Slack-Low-Slack-High. [Performance]

Donald, M. (2010) Bridging (part 1). [Performance]

Donald, M. and Howells, A. (2009) The Garden of Adrian. [Performance]

Donald, M. (2007) Glimmers in Limbo: Britannia/Panopticon. [Performance]

Website

Donald, M. (2020) Guddling About. [Website]

Donald, M. , McGuire, N. and Millar, N. (2016) Then/Now. [Website]

This list was generated on Wed May 12 23:41:31 2021 BST.

Grants

  • 2020 - Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art Commission
  • 2020 - Creative Scotland Open Fund Award
  • 2020 - Glasgow City Council Public Events Award
  • 2018 - Creative Scotland Open Fund Award
  • 2017 - Historic Environment Scotland Award
  • 2017 - ANTI Contemporary Art Festival Commission
  • 2014 - Culture 2014 Award
  • 2014 - Scottish Canals Commission
  • 2013 - Creative Scotland Public Art Research and Development Award
  • 2012 - Creative Scotland Professional Development Award
  • 2012 - Glasgow Life Visual Arts Award
  • 2009 - Scottish Arts Council Visual Arts Research and Development Award

Supervision

I welcome PhD proposals in the fields of:

performance/theatre/arts and ecology; more-than-human performance; scenography; place and performance (site-specific, site-orientated, critical spatial practice); public art

Past projects

  • Imlach, Hannah; Close Encounters: art, presence and environmental engagement at Loch Lomond (with University of Edinburgh, School of GeoSciences)
  • Henry, Paul Michael, ‘With Your Feet Deep in the Earth: fostering experiences of interdependent selfhood through embodied performance practice’ (with Royal Conservatoire of Scotland)
  • Fremantle, Christopher; Working Together: participation, collaboration, interdisciplinarity in health & wellbeing and in environment research and practice (with Robert Gordon University)
  • Casado, Rosa; Close Encounters with an Overwhelmed Present: performing an expanded sense of place
  • Henry, Andrew; Documenting Landscape Performance
  • Nicholson, Philip; Snap, Pan, Zoom, Click, Grab, and the Embodied Archive of Geographic Information Systems (with Geography and Earth Science, University of Glasgow)
  • Beall, Tara; Crossing the Clyde to the Riverside: engaging the transport museum with publics and place using participatory performance (Collaborative Doctoral Award with Riverside Museum, Glasgow)
  • Overend, David; Underneath the Arches : developing a relational theatre practice in response to a specific cultural site.
  • Rutherford, Cassandra; Building Theatres/Theatre Buildings: reinventing Mull Theatre (Collaborative Doctoral Award with Mull Theatre)

Teaching

  • Reading the Stage (Level 1)
  • Modernism to Postmodernism (Level 2)
  • Space, Place and Performance (Honours)
  • Dissertations (Honours)
  • Research Methods (PGT and PGR)
  • Independent Practice (MLitt Theatre and Performance Practices)
  • Devising (M Litt Theatre and Performance Practices)
  • Making Time: performing and thinking temporalities in the creative arts (PGT School of Culture and Creative Arts)

Additional information

Administration

  • Convenor of Postgraduate Research (Theatre Studies)
  • College of Arts Sustainability Champion

External Responsibilities

  • External Examiner, University of Aberystwyth, Masters in Performance and Scenography, 2020 –
  • Board Director, Sanctuary Lab