Drama and Theatre Studies PhD Researchers
Drama and Theatre Studies has strong cohort of PhD researchers working across the discipline
Early years studied acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse in NYC, also studied in Sanford Meisner's, Lee Strasberg's and Stella Adler's private professional classes. I was owner/artistic director of the Court theatre in Los Angeles for over 20 years.I have directed and produced plays in LA, NYC, London and Dublin. I have acted in several plays and films. I acted as casting director for such people as Michael Douglas, Tony Richardson, Curtis Hansen and George Romero. I received a MA in Theatre Education from NYU.
I am interested in researching techniques, especially acting techniques, and how these techniques and processes help the artist reach the deeper levels of the creative subconscious and create the most expressive, pure performances and understandings. I am also interested in how the creative process and the creative subconscious reach the depths of understanding and experienced learning in other subjects.
Patricia Klich (completion date: September 2019) is a doctoral researcher at University College Cork examining the complex of issues surrounding post-traumatic theatre. Her current research is supported by a postgraduate scholarship from the Irish Research Council , and approaches the subject through an interdisciplinary study of psychology, sociology, history, philosophy, language, and visual, film, and theatre studies. She is a mixed media artist, professional filmmaker and videographer, photographer, costumer, and graphic designer, and holds a first class honours degree in Photography and Visual Arts from the Dublin Institute of Technology.
In the course of her artistic and academic practices, Patricia Klich has experimented with combinations of forms to produce immersive performance works and installations that defy simple categories and produce lingering and impactful emotional experiences. Through her works, she investigates how the medium of theatre addresses mechanisms of violence and power, and the role of sacrifice within them; the ambivalence of love and hate; the trauma of separation and loneliness in the face of death; the dark and cruel side of human nature, displaced beyond humanity; injustice and guilt, which cannot be clearly defined; and how love sometimes contains unspeakable loss inscribed within it.
Continually examining the possibilities of transmedial post-traumatic theatre as they have evolved after WWII, Patricia Klich seeks to provide new perspectives in the area of performative and visual arts, and their interaction with multimedia technologies. Her work focuses on the interaction between live performance and media elements and analyse the ability of performative arts to create readable and comprehensible imagery when the mechanisms of representation fail, as they often do when dealing with traumatic subject matter.
Research supervisors: Dr. Bernadette Cronin, Dr. Marie Kelly.
Jennifer Rogers is a writer and researcher developing two new plays for her PhD. Her project aims to position playwriting within the emerging field of Performative Research. Born in Dublin Ireland she received her BA (Drama 2009) and MA (English 2010) from University College Cork.
From 2009-2014, she successfully staged 8 productions: Spitting Love (Writer/director Granary Theatre Cork 2009 /Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2010) Lipstick by Rachel Yoder (Producer Granary Theatre Cork 2009 /Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2010) Romek and Julie (Director/Producer Cork 2010) A Night To Remember (Writer/producer Cork 2011). Magazine (Writer/director National Tour Ireland) KATIE|MAG (Writer/director Collaborations Festival Dublin 2013/The Everyman Cork 2013) One (writer/director SHOW Festival Cork 2013)
Her flagship project Roundhouse Youth (2010-2014) produced over 20 programmes across Arts, Education and Community sectors with award winning projects in association with Cork City Council and Cork County Council.
Edward James Dean is conducting PhD research on the role of the body and belief in the performance of psychophysical telepathy. He holds an MFA in Physical Theatre from Tuscany’s Accademia dell’Arte, an MPA in Strategic Public Policy from the American University of Paris. Eddie Dean was a member of the 2017 Parapsychological Association Expert Panel, and a first prize winner at the 2015 UCC Doctoral Showcase. He is a certified instructor of EBAS (elemental body alignment system) and a former circus instructor at the School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts in Seattle. His paper, (Re)Discovering the Body in Mentalism has been published in the University of Huddersfield's Journal of Performance Magic.