Dr Stephen Greer
- Lecturer in Theatre Practices (Theatre, Film and Television Studies)
Office hours: Wednesday 1-3pm.
I received my PhD from the University of Edinburgh, following an undergraduate degree in English Literature and an MSc in Writing and Cultural Politics. Between 2008 and 2013, I taught in the department of Theatre, Film and Television at Aberystwyth University as Lecturer in Theatre and Performance where my teaching ranged across areas including applied and social theatre, improvisation, sexuality and gender in performance and performance writing / writing for the stage.
My research and teaching are focused on the intersection of contemporary performance practices, cultural politics and queer theory. I also write about identity, interaction and play in new media performance, including videogames. I am the author of Contemporary British Queer Performance (Palgrave Macmillan 2012), which offers a materialist genealogy of recent queer performance and argues for the significance of collaborative practices and non-traditional venues.
Since 1999, I’ve regularly performed in and produced comedies, improvisation and dramas at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Most frequently, I’ve worked as live producer and fixer for sketch comedy and theatre group, The Penny Dreadfuls: performers David Reed, Thom Tuck and Humphrey Ker, designer Neil E. Hobbs and executive producer Idil Sukan. Together, we have made a series of sell-out shows staged at the Greenwich Theatre (London), the Pleasance and Underbelly venues at the Edinburgh Fringe, the Glasgow Comedy Festival and elsewhere across the UK. Two sell-out mock Victorian sketch shows – Aeneas Faversham (2006) and Aeneas Faversham Returns (2007) – were followed by the full-length comic play, Aeneas Faversham Forever (2008). Bored of frock-coats, we then turned to the present to make two more funny, stupid shows: The Never Man (2009) and the eponymous The Penny Dreadfuls (2010).
At Glasgow, I am the Convenor for Levels 1 and 3 of Theatre Studies, an Advisor of Studies for the College of Art and a member of the Gender and Sexuality Research Forum.
I welcome applications from prospective PhD or MPhil students who are interested in pursuing multi-disciplinary research within or informed by the areas of:
- queer theory and performance
- sexuality, gender and feminism
- new media/digital performance
- social and applied theatre/activism
- Contemporary Devising Practices (Postgrad)
- Research Methods: Performance Research in a Digital Culture (Postgrad)
- The Activist Stage (Hons course)
- Modernism to Postdramatic (Level 2)
- Theatre & Society (Level 1)
- Reading the Stage (Level 1)
I am the external examiner for the BA (Hons) Performance programme at Leeds Metropolitan University.
Conferences and Public Events
- ‘What’s Next for Queer Performance?’ Panel discussion presented as part of Glasgay! 2013 with Martin O’Connor, Stef Smith and John Binnie. Gilmorehill, Glasgow. October 2013.
- ‘Performing chronic time’, TaPRA, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, September 2013.
- ‘Affects of Optimism’, presented at Queer Futures group, FIRT/IFTR, Barcelona, July 2013.
- ‘Apprehending queerness: representation after visibility’, TaPRA, University of Kent, Canterbury, September 2012.
- ‘Authentically Queer’, PSi#18, University of Leeds, June 2012.
- ‘Queer/Welsh and Welsh/Queer: performing hybrid identity’, Performing Wales: Theatre, Art, Identities (annual conference of AWWE), Newtown, Powys, April 2012.
- ‘I see no mountain: autobiography and identity in the Welsh landscape’, TaPRA, University of Cardiff, September 2010.
- ‘Queer constituencies: theorising (un)marked identities in applied performance practice’, Theatre Applications, Central School of Speech and Drama, London, April 2010.
- ‘Going Live: time & community in alternative reality games’, Performing Presence, from the live to the simulated, Centre for Intermedia, University of Exeter, March 2009.
- ‘Mutant stages: memes and the reproduction of performance’, Making and Thinking: Performance and Philosophy as Participation, Centre for Theatre, Performance and Philosophy, University of Aberystwyth, January 2009.