Dr Stephen Greer

  • Lecturer in Theatre Practices (Theatre, Film and Television Studies)

Research interests

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.


Supervision

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

Teaching

  • 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)

Additional Information

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.

Publications

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Number of items: 16.

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]

Shah, S. and Greer, S. (2017) Polio Monologues: translating ethnographic text into verbatim theatre. Qualitative Research, (doi:10.1177/1468794117696141) (Early Online Publication)

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

Greer, S. (2016) Queer Exceptions. Manchester University Press. (Unpublished)

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 Sat Dec 16 19:37:08 2017 GMT.
Number of items: 16.

Articles

Shah, S. and Greer, S. (2017) Polio Monologues: translating ethnographic text into verbatim theatre. Qualitative Research, (doi:10.1177/1468794117696141) (Early Online Publication)

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. (2016) Queer Exceptions. Manchester University Press. (Unpublished)

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 Sat Dec 16 19:37:08 2017 GMT.