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Associate Professor Stephe Harrop

Drama, Dance and Performance
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My research focuses on contemporary storytelling, Greek tragedy and classical receptions, and performer training. 

My newest book explores collaborative platforms for story-led performance, and female storytelling artists as innovators in interdisciplinary creativity. Contemporary Storytelling Performance: Female Artists on Practices, Platforms, Presences is forthcoming from Routledge. 

I also hold a grant from the British Academy / Leverhulme Trust to develop my work with storytelling artists. This project aims to generate strategies to promote non-appropriative performance repertoires through innovative research/industry collaboration. 

To date, I have supervised several PhD projects focusing on actor-training, and the contemporary re-performance of ancient dramas. I am available to discuss potential projects on contemporary storytelling, classical receptions, and related training practices.

Teaching Specialisms:

  • Acting
  • Actor-Training
  • Classical Drama
  • Classical Receptions
  • Cultural Histories
  • Directing
  • Ensemble
  • Storytelling

School Roles:
  • Associate Professor of Drama
  • School Senior Academic Advisor
  • School Research Mentor
  • Year Lead, Third-Year Theatre
  • University Research Committee

Recent Publications:
  • Harrop, S. (2023), Contemporary Storytelling Performance: Female Artists on Practices, Platforms, Presences. Abingdon: Routledge. 
  • Harrop, S. (2021), '"No Air Left in Your Lungs": Breathing with Kae Tempest's The Book of Traps and Lessons'. Contemporary Theatre Review 31.1&2 (246-9).
  • Harrop, S. (2021), 'Herakles on Chesil Bank: The Archers, Disavowable Classics, and The Small Back Room', in Blanshard, A. & Stafford, E. (eds) The Modern Hercules: Images of the Hero from the Nineteenth to the Twenty-First Century (333-50).
  • Dunbar, Z. and Harrop, S. (2018), Greek Tragedy and the Contemporary Actor. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Harrop, S. (2018) 'Greek Tragedy, Agonistic Space, and Contemporary Performance'. New Theatre Quarterly 34.2 (99-114).
  • Harrop, S. (2018) 'Unfixing Epic: Homeric Orality and Contemporary Performance', in Macintosh, F., McConnell, J., Harrison, S. and Kenward, C. (eds) Epic Performances from the Middle Ages into the Twenty-First Century. Oxford: OUP (262-274).

Boards/Networks: The Higher Education Academy (Senior Fellow);  The Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama, University of Oxford (Research Associate);  TaPRA, Theatre and Performance Research Association (Prizes Sub-Committee; Postgraduate Essay Prize Coach); The Women's Classical Committee UK (Steering Group); The Classical Reception Studies Network; The George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling (External Associate); Equity.