Introducing our new academics: Department of Drama, Dance and Performance StudiesThursday 24 September 2015
The Department of Drama, Drama and Performance Studies welcomes four new academics this year, with research interests ranging from experimental theatre to modern Japanese theatre and the performance of epic drama.
Dr Stephe Harrop (Lecturer in Drama: Shakespeare and the Classics) was awarded a PhD in Drama by Royal Holloway (University of London) in 2008, and has since taught at Goldsmiths (University of London), Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance and The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Her major areas of expertise are the modern re-performance of ancient drama and epic, classical actor-training, and contemporary storytelling. She is also an Early Career Associate of The Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama (University of Oxford), and is currently contributing to the APGRD’s Leverhulme-funded ‘Performing Epic’ project. Her recent and forthcoming publications include ‘Speech, Silence and Epic Performance: Alice Oswald’s Memorial’ (New Voices in Classical Reception Studies, 2013), ‘Ercles Vein: Heracles as Bottom in Ted Hughes’ Alcestis’ (Classical Receptions Journal, 2014) and ‘Grounded, Heracles and the Gorgon’s Gaze’ (Arion, 2015).
Dr Silvia Battista (Lecturer in Drama) completed her PhD at the Royal Holloway University where she also lectured. She specializes in experimental theatre and its intersections with visual art practices. Her research focuses on spectatorship, affect, perception and ecology in participatory performance practices, with a specific interest in the ecological impact of meditative, contemplative and ecstatic technologies and apparatuses employed in cultural contexts. Dr Battista is working on a monograph on performative apparatuses of experimentation with technologies of the self and their philosophical and ecological implications. She is a member of the Theatre and Performance Research Association (TaPRA); the Research Network Performance Philosophy; and the International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR), within which she is a committee member of the Performance, Religion and Spirituality Working Group. She has published in Performance Research (CPR) and Contemporary Theatre Review (CTR) and has a chapter in the upcoming edited book And so on: On Repetition with Intellect.
Dr Timothy Keenan (Lecturer in Drama) has taught at the Universities of Queensland, Hull, and in Ireland and Japan. His research interests are currently centred on English Restoration theatre (1660-1700) particularly scenic staging and the development of scenographic practice. Dr Keenan has just finished a book on this subject which is currently in press with Ashgate. As well as the theatre and drama of the Restoration period, Dr Keenan's teaching interests include the plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries, theatre history from the Greeks to the 20th century, especially early Naturalistic and Symbolist plays, and modern Japanese theatre. He also teaches stage directing and acting and has a strong interest in dramaturgy and staging.
Dr Anna-Laura Alifuoco (Post Doctoral Teaching Fellow in Drama, Dance & Performance Studies) is an artist and writer living and working in the UK, between London and Liverpool. In 2006, she was awarded a First Class Honours degree in Performing Arts at London Metropolitan University, followed by an MA with Distinction in Physical Theatre and Performance at Royal Holloway University of London (2008). In 2014, she completed an AHRC funded PhD at the University of Roehampton on notions of the anarchival in relation to performances, bodies and wounds. Her current practice-as-research explores performance as a frame that renders interesting collaborations between so-called humans, more- and less-than human life, and immaterial agencies. The ensuing critical and physical forms of address focus on anomalous or fragmented bodies in relation to affective politics, modes of existence and resistance, radical empiricism and cosmopolitics.