Dr Kathy Smith

BEd Hons, MA, PhD, FRSA
Senior Lecturer, Theatre Studies

Email: dr.k.l.smith@gmail.com

  • Analysing Performance
  • Contemporary British Theatres
  • Cultural Identities/Theatrical Practices
  • Introduction to Theatre and Drama
  • Modern European Drama
  • Practice:Theory
  • Texts and Contexts
  • Text and Performance
  • Twentieth Century Theatre Practices


          Theories of identity, representation and spectatorship,
          in the context of modern and contemporary theatre/
          performance practices

          The body/culture/representation relation, with particular
          reference to thresholds, liminal moments and cultural 

          The theatres of Samuel Beckett and Rona Munro


        '(There is Nothing) Outside of the Text? Towards a 
        Psychoanalytic Model of the Transcultural Spectator',
        CDE Staging Interculturality Conference,
        University of Vienna, Austria, June 2009
         'A House Built On Mud: Stages of Translation and
        the Theatre of Rona Munro', CDE Adaptations and
ConferenceUniversity of Siegen, Attendorn,
        Germany, May 2008

        'Abject Bodies: Beckett, Orlan, Stelarc and the Politics
        of Contemporary Performance', Beckett and Company: 
        Centenary Conference on Beckett and the Arts
        Birkbeck (University of London), Tate Modern and
        Goldsmiths (University of London) 2006

        'Reframing Fantasy: September 11 and the
        Global Audience', Spectacle of the Real, University
        of Brunel 2003

        'Speaking the Secret: The Theatre of Samuel Beckett', 
        Beckett International Foundation, University
        of Reading 1999, and Beckett Against the Grain,
        University of York 1999


       University of Bristol, November 2009
       '[There is Nothing] Outside of the Text?'
       Research Seminar. Invited Speaker.
       University of North London,  March-July 2002
       ReVisions 2: Scene and Obscene     
       Seminar Programme. Convenor.
       University of North London, March-July 2001
       ReVisions 1: Reframing the Late Twentieth Century       
       Seminar Programme. Convenor.




      '(There is Nothing) Outside of the Text? Towards a
      Psychoanalytic Model of the Transcultural Spectator'
      CDE vol 17: Staging Interculturality, eds.Werner Huber,
      Margarete Rubik & Julia Novak (Germany: WVT 2010)
     'The Things That Scorch Us: Fantasies of Origin, the
      Transcultural Spectator, and the Theatre 
      of Rona Munro' Studies in Theatre and Performance
vol. 29:3, ed. Peter Thomson (Exeter: Intellect 2009) 

      'A House Built on Mud: Stages of Translation and the 
      Theatre of Rona Munro' CDE vol.16: Adaptations ,      
      eds. Monika Pietrzak-Franger & Eckart Voigts-Virchow
      (Germany: WVT 2009) 239-252

      'Beyond the Black Box', 
      Studies in Theatre and Performance, vol. 27:2, 
      ed. Peter Thomson (Exeter:Intellect 2007) 185-193

      'Abject Bodies: Beckett, Orlan, Stelarc and the Politics
      of Contemporary Performance', Performance Research,
vol. 12:1, ed. Catherine Laws (London: Routledge 
      2007) 66-76

      'Burning Alive: Memory, Disturbance and the Theatre of
      Rona Munro', Studies in Theatre and Performance
vol.26:3, ed. Peter Thomson (Exeter: Intellect 2006) 

      'Unruly Bodies: Death, Discourse and the Limits
      of Representation', Critical Quarterly, vol.48:3 ed. Colin
      MacCabe (Oxford/USA: Blackwell Publishing 2006) 63-80

      'The Body in Pain: Beckett, Orlan and the Politics of
      Performance', Studies in Theatre and Performance
vol. 25:1,ed. Peter Thomson (Exeter: Intellect 2005)

      'Reframing Fantasy: September 11 and the Global
      Audience', The Spectacle of the Real, ed. Geoff King
      (Exeter: Intellect 2005) 59-70

      'The Emptiness of Zero: Representations of Loss,
       Absence, Anxiety and Desire in the Late Twentieth
       Century', Critical Quarterly, vol. 46:1, ed. Colin
       MacCabe (Oxford/USA: Blackwell Publishing 2004)

       'Academic Supervision and the Dysfunctional
       Family:The Problem of Critical Distance', 
       Research in Education, vol.64, ed. Ivan Reid,
       (Manchester: MUP 2000)  12-19


        Sierz, A., Rewriting The Nation: British Theatre Today, reviewed for
        Studies in Theatre and Performance vol 32:1, ed. Peter Thomson
        (Exeter: Intellect 2012)

Wyllie, A., Sex on Stage: Gender and Sexuality in Post-War
        British Theatre, reviewed for
        Studies in Theatre and Performance
 vol. 30:2, ed. Peter Thomson 
        (Exeter: Intellect


      'Square Pegs and Round Holes', 
      Studies in Theatre and Performance, vol. 25:1,
       ed. Peter Thomson (Exeter: Intellect 2005) 83-84

       'Bridges to Bodies', THE June 2003



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