Drama and Theatre Studies

Research within the School of Drama and Theatre Studies

Practice-based teaching-led research is to the forefront of the work of Department of Drama and Theatre Studies (DTS) at the School of Music and Theatre. The Department has continued to build on its national and international research profile and visibility through its engagement with colleagues across disciplines, external research communities and the professional arts and cultural sector. This profile has obvious links with CACSSS’s policy on the development of a Creative Campus across UCC and the wider community as well as strategic goals which reach towards international standards of excellence. Research clusters include: Psychophysical Acting and Movement; Performance and Cognition; Somatic Practices; Body in Performance and Contemporary Dance Practice; Performance Studies; Performative Teaching, Learning and Research; Intercultural Performance; Translation and Adaptation; Contemporary Irish and British Theatre; Theatre of the Image and Dance Theatre; Performance and Conflict.

Research staff of DTS are actively engaged in the theatre community (Corcadorca Theatre Company, Cork Opera House, Everyman Theatre, Abbey Theatre, Gaitkrash Theatre Company) and support scholarly institutions and learned societies through their memberships of: The Irish Society for Theatre Research; The International Federation of Theatre Research; Theatre Forum: Voice of the Performing Arts; Irish Actors Equity.

In addition to formal mentoring, postgraduate students of DTS have access to continuing informal interaction with staff, guest teachers and arts practitioners through their participation in the diverse range of activities taking place within and outside the Department. Under the banner of SEÓ Drama and Theatre these include: SEÓ Perforum which brings significant local and international directors, practitioners, and researchers to Cork city to talk about their work; SEÓ Readings and Masterclasses, which explore a range of texts and theatre practices; and finally, SEÓ Free Courses and SEÓ Student Performances which reach out to students, staff, practitioners in the community. Through these activities our mentoring continues beyond graduation with alumni maintaining their connection to DTS and the profession via shared resources, expertise and ongoing practice, debate and discussion.

A Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Performance Practice (CIRPP) was established by DTS in 2013 in order to consolidate and centralise the research activities of the Department and to engage with colleagues across campus and elsewhere on a broad range of research. The Centre is currently in its nascent stages pending the appointment of a Professor of Creative Practice – Drama & Theatre.

Sources of research income in the last five year period:

  • Research fund opportunities within UCC
  • IRC
  • Arts Council Wales
  • Failte Ireland

DTS currently has one postgrad student in receipt of full IRC funding.

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