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Professor Brian Singleton

Samuel Beckett Chair of Drama & Theatre (Drama)


Professor Brian Singleton holds the Samuel Beckett Chair of Drama and Theatre at Trinity College Dublin, and is Academic Director of The Lir - National Academy of Dramatic Art at Trinity College Dublin. He is a former President of the International Federation for Theatre Research and former editor of Theatre Research International (Cambridge University Press). He was co-editor (with Janelle Reinelt)and joint winner of the ATHE Excellence in Editing Prize for the 40-book series "Studies in International Performance" published by Palgrave/Macmillan. He serves on the Editorial Boards of New Theatre Quarterly and Contemporary Theatre Review and currently co-edits (with Elaine Aston the Palgrave book series 'Contemporary Performance InterActions'. His research interests include orientalism and interculturalism in performance, as well as contemporary Irish and European theatre. His most recent monographs are entitled "Masculinities and the Contemporary Irish Theatre" (published by Palgrave Macmillan, 2011, reprinted with a new Preface in 2015) and "ANU Productions: The Monto Cycle" (Palgrave Macmillan 2016) As well as completing a new essay on thisispopbaby's RIOT, and a book chapter on Modernism and Intercultural Theatre, he is also writing a new monograph provisionally titled ' Performance and Neoliberal Ireland'.
  Cultural History   French Theatre   History of scenography and directing   Interculturalism   Irish theatre   Opera/Musical Theatre   Popular theatre   Set/Theatre Decoration/Design   Television   Theatre History
 ANU Productions: The Monto Cycle

Language Skill Reading Skill Writing Skill Speaking
English Fluent Fluent Fluent
French Fluent Fluent Medium
German Medium Medium Medium
Details Date From Date To
International Federation for Theatre Research 1990 present
American Society for Theatre Research 1995 present
Irish Society for Theatre Research 2008 present
Interculturalism and Migration in Performance: From Distant Otherness to the Precarity of Proximity in, editor(s)Yana Meerzon & S. E. Wilmer , The Palgrave Handbook of Theatre and Migration, London, Palgrave Macmillan, 2023, pp91 - 101, [Brian Singleton], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED  URL
Riotous Assembly: Performing Gender and Social Justice in thisispopbaby's RIOT in, editor(s)J. Paul Halferty & Cathy Leeney , Analysing Gender in Performance, London, Palgrave Macmillan, 2022, pp241 - 257, [Brian Singleton], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED  URL
Brian Singleton, Standing by Small Acts of Citizenship: Contemporary Irish Theatre at the Faultlines of Social Change, International Federation for Theatre Research Annual Conference, National University of Ireland Galway, 12-16 July, 2021, NUIG/IFTR, Invited Talk, PRESENTED  URL
Brian Singleton, Finding the Intracultural, or How Kavalam Narayana Panikkar Found Me, Sangeet Natak, LV, (1-4), 2021, p238 - 250, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Brian Singleton, Holding the Irish Queer Archive: An Interview with Louise Lowe and Lynnette Moran on ANU Productions' Faultline, Contemporary Theatre Review, 31, (1-2), 2021, p204 - 211, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Brian Singleton, ANU Productions and the Performance of Otherness, Orbis Litterarum, 76, (6), 2021, p301 - 311, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Ariane Mnouchkine: Activism, Formalism, Cosmopolitanism in, editor(s)Maria M. Delgado & Dan Rebellato , Contemporary European Theatre Directors, 2nd revised edition, Abingdon & New York, Routledge, 2020, pp39 - 60, [Brian Singleton], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Lily Brayton: A Theatre Maker in Every Sense in, editor(s)Maggie B. Gale & Kate Dorney , Stage Women 1900-50: Female Theatre Workers and Professional Practice, Manchester, Manchester University Press, 2019, pp191 - 215, [Brian Singleton], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Censorship and Sensitivities: Performing Tolerance in Postsecular Britain in, editor(s)Charlotte McIvor & Jason King , Interculturalism and Performance Now: New Directions?, London, Palgrave Macmillan, 2019, pp213 - 233, [Brian Singleton], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED  URL
Antoine, the Avant-Garde and the Modern Audience in, editor(s)Peta Tait , The Great European Stage Directors Volume 1 Antoine, Stanislavski, Saint-Denis, London, Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2018, pp19 - 40, [Brian Singleton], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED  URL

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Brian Singleton, States of Play: an interview with Professor Brian Singleton (Samuel Beckett Chair of Drama and Theatre, TCD) on labour and value in the neoliberal university', Hard Graft: Performance, Labour and Value, Queens University Belfast (online), 28-29 May, 2021, Irish Society for Theatre Research, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED


Award Date
ATHE Excellence in Editing Award 2012
Honorary Fellowship, Rose Bruford College 2011
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, University of Texas at Austin 1998
Japan Foundation Artists Fellowship 1992
British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellowship 1988
Main research interests are in the field of orientalism and interculturalism in performance, with a particular specialism in Irish, British and French cultural history. In addition he publishes in the area of contemporary devised performance.