Dr Stephen Greer
- Senior Lecturer (Theatre, Film & Television Studies)
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.
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 email@example.com.
- Avsar, Rasim Erdem
Queer Theatre as Political Intervention
- 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
- 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
- Sexon, Sophie
Queering the wounds of Christ in late medieval texts, images and performances, and in modern queer body art.
- Sillitoe, Hugh
A comparative ethnography of contemporary absurdist performance practices amongst theatre practitioners and socio-political activitists.
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.
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.