Dr Stephen Greer

  • Senior Lecturer (Theatre, Film & Television Studies)

Research interests

My research is centred on the intersection of contemporary theatre and performance, cultural politics and queer theory.

I am the author of Contemporary British Queer Performance (Palgrave Macmillan 2012) and Queer exceptions: solo performance in neoliberal times (Manchester University Press 2018) as well as a range of essays and articles about British and European theatre. I most often write about live performance and the politics of sexuality and gender, but have broad interests in the cultural politics of visual art, TV, film and video-games.

My current projects focus on the contentious relationship between contemporary performance and neoliberalism. These include a new history of Live Art in Scotland, alongside a special issue of Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance on the politics of resilience and resourcefulness.

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a member of the editorial board for the journal RiDE: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance and the advisory board for Contemporary Theatre Review


Supervision

I welcome proposals from prospective PhD or MPhil students who are interested in studying at the University of Glasgow. I am particularly able to support projects involving:

  • contemporary British / European theatre and performance
  • Live Art and solo performance
  • queer studies / sexuality, gender and feminism
  • new media and digital performance / theatre, performance and gaming
  • social and applied theatre
  • the cultural politics of neoliberalism 

For initial conversations and to discuss possible funding routes, please contact me at stephen.greer@glasgow.ac.uk.

  • Butucea, Vlad
    Theatrical Technologies: Challenging Gender and Sexuality in Theatre
  • Colebrook, Christopher
    Evaluating an intervention to approach conflicts management in adult education and learning: a solution orientated coaching approach to increase university student well-being
  • Conaghan-Sexon, Sophie
    Queering the wounds of Christ in late medieval texts, images and performances, and in modern queer body art.
  • Hart, Katie
    Politics, Theatre and National Identity: Scottish Women 1997-2017
  • Holton, Simon
    Artist Collectives and Collective Art Practices in UK Live Art in the Years of Austerity Politics (2010-2018)
  • Milliken, Conner
    Queer History-Making in Performance: Interrogating Scotland’s Narrative of Liberalisation
  • Sillitoe, Hugh
    A comparative ethnography of contemporary absurdist performance practices amongst theatre practitioners and socio-political activitists.

Teaching

I am the Postgraduate Taught Programme Convenor for Theatre Studies, and course convenor for MLitt Theatre Studies and MLitt Playwriting & Dramaturgy.

I lecture widely across our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, and lead specialist Honours courses including The Activist Stage and Queer Exceptions. Focusing on contemporary and c20th performance, my teaching combines traditional university formats – lectures and seminars – with practice-based workshops. This approach is grounded in the belief that theory, history and practice can inform each other, and that performance can be used to ask and answer questions in the same moment. My areas of expertise include LGBTQ performance, political theatre, documentary and verbatim practices, as well as devising and improvisation.

In my previous roles as exams officer and convenor of level 1 Theatre Studies, I won an STA Award for Best Feedback and a College of Arts Individual Teaching Excellence Award.


Additional Information

Selected Conferences and Public Events

  • ‘Queer anarchism’, TaPRA, Aberystwyth University, September 2018.
  •  “‘From Egypt to Scotland, across borders and genders’ – National Theatre Scotland’s Adam and the figure of the trans migrant”, IFTR/FIRT conference, Belgrade, July 2018.
  • Between Strangers. Organiser of symposium as part of Take Me Somewhere festival, Glasgow, May 2018.
  • Invited provocation on creative entrepreneurialism at Theatre and performance vs the ‘crisis in the humanities’ symposium. Central School of Speech and Drama, London, December 2017.
  • ‘Queer optimism and theatre at the end of the world’. Invited keynote paper. London Theatre Seminar, Institute of English Studies, University of London. December 2017.
  • Introduction to Man For A Day (2012) documentary screened as part of SQIFF (Scottish Queer International Film Festival), CCA, October 2017.
  • ‘Illegible Laughter: recognition and effacement in the work of La Ribot’, TaPRA, University of Salford, September 2017.
  • ‘The familiar stranger: gender and citizenship in the border performances of Tanja Ostojić’, Spaces of Exile – Performing Borders in Europe symposium, Tramway Glasgow, June 2017.
  • Queer Fun at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern, London, June 2017.
  • ‘Disgusting bodies: Martin O’Brien and the performance of (auto)immunity’, Theatres of Contagion: Infectious Performance conference, Birkbeck University of London, May 2017.
  • Solo performance in Europe. Goethe Institute sponsored panel, SIDEBURNS symposium at BUZZCUT festival, Glasgow, April 2017
  • ‘Performing mindfulness: self-care and the responsible subject’, The Art of Care-full Practice Symposium at Take Me Somewhere festival, Glasgow, March 2017.
  • ‘Beyond the Binary: Trans Artists in the Digital World’. Facilitator. National Theatre Scotland in association with the University of Glasgow. Glasgow, February 2017.
  • Seán Elder: TalkSeePhotography seminar. Invited respondent. CCA, February 2017.
  • ‘Minor literatures/dramaturgies: the figure of the outsider in Frank B’s Milk + Blood’, TaPRA conference, University of Bristol, September 2016.
  • ‘Queer Ressentiment and History as Progress: The Backwards Drag of Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho’, IFTR/FIRT conference, University of Stockholm, July 2016.
  • Scottee’s Party Politics: EU Referendum debate. Invited panellist. Hackney Showrooms, London, June 2016.
  • ‘After The Arches: Queer Space, Clubbing and Glasgow's Culture Wars’, Queer Performance Now conference, Kings College London, June 2016.
  • ‘Theories of Knowledge: Performance & Performativity’, keynote lecture for the Scottish Graduate School of Arts and Humanities’ Theories of Knowledge series, May 2016.
  • ‘Laughing in the wrong places: complicity in feminist and queer performance’, presented at TaPRA conference, University of Worcester, September 2015.
  • ‘Ron Athey in conversation’, staged as part of Glasgay 2014. Gilmorehill Centre, Glasgow. November 2014.

Other Professional Activities

As a former theatre and comedy producer working at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and other venues around the UK, I provide professional development advice to emerging artists and companies, write occasional opinion pieces for the UK arts press and provide expert opinion to journalists. I have longstanding relationships with a number of arts festivals and organisations, most notably Forest Fringe, BUZZCUT and Glasgow’s Take Me Somewhere festival with whom I have collaborated to stage a series of successful events bringing together artists, academics, creative producers and audiences.


Publications

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2018

Greer, S. (2018) Queer Exceptions. Manchester University Press: Manchester, UK. ISBN 9781526113696

Greer, S. (2018) Between care and self-care: dramaturgies of mindfulness in the work of the vacuum cleaner. Scottish Journal of Performance, 5(1), pp. 25-47. (doi:10.14439/sjop.2018.0501.04)

Greer, S. (2018) Gender drift: Testo Junkie, queer performativity and molecular becoming. Performance Research, 23(7), pp. 63-71. (doi:10.1080/13528165.2018.1557450)

Shah, S. and Greer, S. (2018) Polio Monologues: translating ethnographic text into verbatim theatre. Qualitative Research, 18(1), pp. 53-69. (doi:10.1177/1468794117696141)

2017

Greer, S. (2017) The Contemporary American Monologue: Performance and Politics by Eddie Paterson. Contemporary Theatre Review, 27(2), pp. 287-288. (doi:10.1080/10486801.2017.1311085) [Book Review]

2016

Greer, S. (2016) ‘King of the ring, and Queen of it too’: the exotic masculinity of Adrian Street. In: Chow, B., Laine, E. and Warden, C. (eds.) Performance and Professional Wrestling. Routledge: Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, pp. 118-126. ISBN 9781138937222

Greer, S. (2016) The economies of Adrian Howells. In: Heddon, D. and Johnson, D. (eds.) It's All Allowed: The Performances of Adrian Howells. Series: Intellect Live. Intellect: London, UK. ISBN 9781783205899

Greer, S. (2016) Queer/Welsh and Welsh/queer: performing hybrid Wales. In: Osborne, H. (ed.) Queer Wales: The History, Culture and Politics of Queer Life in Wales. Series: Gender studies in Wales. University of Wales Press: Cardiff. ISBN 9781783168637

2015

Greer, S. (2015) Queer (mis)recognition in the BBC’s Sherlock. Adaptation, 8(1), pp. 50-67. (doi:10.1093/adaptation/apu039)

Greer, S. (2015) Queer exceptions. Theatre Research International, 40(1), pp. 92-95. (doi:10.1017/S0307883314000625)

Greer, S. (2015) After documentary theatre: exceptionality in National Theatre Wales ' The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning. In: Campbell, A. and Farrier, S. (eds.) Queer Dramaturgies: International Perspectives on Where Performance Leads Queer. Series: Contemporary Performance InterActions. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 116-130. ISBN 9781137411853

2014

Greer, S. (2014) 'Even if we do not take things seriously… we are still doing them': Disidentification, ideology, and queer performance. In: Chow, B. and Mangold, A. (eds.) Žižek and Performance. Series: Performance philosophy. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 9781137410900

2013

Greer, S. (2013) Playing queer: affordances for sexuality in fable and dragon age. Journal of Gaming and Virtual Worlds, 5(1), pp. 3-21. (doi:10.1386/jgvw.5.1.3_1)

Greer, S. (2013) Review of: Martin Sherman: Skipping over Quicksand, Trish Dace (2012). Journal of Adaptation in Film and Performance, 7(1), p. 121. (doi:10.1386/jafp.7.1.121_5) [Book Review]

Greer, S. (2013) Temporary legitimacy: queer possibilities in digital performance. In: Causey, M. and Walsh, F. (eds.) Performance, Identity, and the Neo-Political Subject. Series: Routledge advances in theatre and performance studies (28). Routledge, pp. 185-200. ISBN 9780415509657

2012

Greer, S. (2012) Contemporary British Queer Performance. Series: Performance interventions. Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke. ISBN 9780230304420

2011

Greer, S. (2011) Collaborative performance and asynchronous action: world without oil's fragmented forum. International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media, 7(1), pp. 61-76. (doi:10.1386/padm.7.1.61_1)

Greer, S. (2011) Staging legitimacy: theorising identity claims in anti-homophobia theatre-in-education. Research in Drama Education, 16(1), pp. 55-74. (doi:10.1080/13569783.2011.541608)

This list was generated on Mon Aug 19 01:28:19 2019 BST.
Number of items: 18.

Articles

Greer, S. (2018) Between care and self-care: dramaturgies of mindfulness in the work of the vacuum cleaner. Scottish Journal of Performance, 5(1), pp. 25-47. (doi:10.14439/sjop.2018.0501.04)

Greer, S. (2018) Gender drift: Testo Junkie, queer performativity and molecular becoming. Performance Research, 23(7), pp. 63-71. (doi:10.1080/13528165.2018.1557450)

Shah, S. and Greer, S. (2018) Polio Monologues: translating ethnographic text into verbatim theatre. Qualitative Research, 18(1), pp. 53-69. (doi:10.1177/1468794117696141)

Greer, S. (2015) Queer (mis)recognition in the BBC’s Sherlock. Adaptation, 8(1), pp. 50-67. (doi:10.1093/adaptation/apu039)

Greer, S. (2015) Queer exceptions. Theatre Research International, 40(1), pp. 92-95. (doi:10.1017/S0307883314000625)

Greer, S. (2013) Playing queer: affordances for sexuality in fable and dragon age. Journal of Gaming and Virtual Worlds, 5(1), pp. 3-21. (doi:10.1386/jgvw.5.1.3_1)

Greer, S. (2011) Collaborative performance and asynchronous action: world without oil's fragmented forum. International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media, 7(1), pp. 61-76. (doi:10.1386/padm.7.1.61_1)

Greer, S. (2011) Staging legitimacy: theorising identity claims in anti-homophobia theatre-in-education. Research in Drama Education, 16(1), pp. 55-74. (doi:10.1080/13569783.2011.541608)

Books

Greer, S. (2018) Queer Exceptions. Manchester University Press: Manchester, UK. ISBN 9781526113696

Greer, S. (2012) Contemporary British Queer Performance. Series: Performance interventions. Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke. ISBN 9780230304420

Book Sections

Greer, S. (2016) ‘King of the ring, and Queen of it too’: the exotic masculinity of Adrian Street. In: Chow, B., Laine, E. and Warden, C. (eds.) Performance and Professional Wrestling. Routledge: Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, pp. 118-126. ISBN 9781138937222

Greer, S. (2016) The economies of Adrian Howells. In: Heddon, D. and Johnson, D. (eds.) It's All Allowed: The Performances of Adrian Howells. Series: Intellect Live. Intellect: London, UK. ISBN 9781783205899

Greer, S. (2016) Queer/Welsh and Welsh/queer: performing hybrid Wales. In: Osborne, H. (ed.) Queer Wales: The History, Culture and Politics of Queer Life in Wales. Series: Gender studies in Wales. University of Wales Press: Cardiff. ISBN 9781783168637

Greer, S. (2015) After documentary theatre: exceptionality in National Theatre Wales ' The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning. In: Campbell, A. and Farrier, S. (eds.) Queer Dramaturgies: International Perspectives on Where Performance Leads Queer. Series: Contemporary Performance InterActions. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 116-130. ISBN 9781137411853

Greer, S. (2014) 'Even if we do not take things seriously… we are still doing them': Disidentification, ideology, and queer performance. In: Chow, B. and Mangold, A. (eds.) Žižek and Performance. Series: Performance philosophy. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 9781137410900

Greer, S. (2013) Temporary legitimacy: queer possibilities in digital performance. In: Causey, M. and Walsh, F. (eds.) Performance, Identity, and the Neo-Political Subject. Series: Routledge advances in theatre and performance studies (28). Routledge, pp. 185-200. ISBN 9780415509657

Book Reviews

Greer, S. (2017) The Contemporary American Monologue: Performance and Politics by Eddie Paterson. Contemporary Theatre Review, 27(2), pp. 287-288. (doi:10.1080/10486801.2017.1311085) [Book Review]

Greer, S. (2013) Review of: Martin Sherman: Skipping over Quicksand, Trish Dace (2012). Journal of Adaptation in Film and Performance, 7(1), p. 121. (doi:10.1386/jafp.7.1.121_5) [Book Review]

This list was generated on Mon Aug 19 01:28:19 2019 BST.