Dr Lucy Tyler
- School Diversity and Inclusion Co-Lead
- Exams Lead
- Careers Co-Lead
- Minghella Studios Coordinator.
- Creative Connections Coordinator
Areas of interestMy work attends to the intersections between new performance making, anti-capitalist and anti-racist politics. In particular, I address how artists and companies develop new work, and how this work is connected to wider political economic concepts and identity formations from a Marxist and Marxian perspective. As well as looking at how live art, fringe and touring theatre operates under neoliberal capitalism, I am also interested in how other cultural forms, such as film and television, do so too. I am committed to diversity and inclusion in my research. I focus on how whiteness operates in cultural contexts and how it can be countered through processes including decolonisation. My background as a scholar and performance maker helps me to address these themes. I hold a PHD entitled English Play Development under Neoliberalism 2000-2019 (2020), and I have also worked as a playwright, dramaturg, director, and continue to work as a creative producer and supervise theatre practice.
I am the principle investigator of two Arts Council England funded projects called Work in Progress (2016-2019; 2019 -) on play development with resident artists and companies. You can find out more about these projects here: https://research.reading.ac.uk/work-in-progress-theatre-performance/.
Currently I am working on a number of written works including preparing a monograph based on my thesis, another exploring performance and debt, and a cultural theory project, in collaboration with Dr Lisa Woynarski, exploring the neoliberal eco-dramaturgies of Netflix home design shows.
I welcome enquiries from prospective doctoral students, especially those interested in: new performance making, cultural theory, Marxism, neoliberalism and/or political economy of performance, any work that interrogates new theatre practice either in theoretical and/or practical terms. I have supervised to completion two practice-based doctoral projects in the field of live art.
TeachingI teach across a range of undergraduate and postgraduate modules, including practical modules as well as theoretical modules in Theatre and Performance, and across a number of shared modules in Theatre and Performance, and across a number of shared modules with Television and Film. I supervise Advanced Practical Projects in Theatre, including both scripted and devised work and, each year, I also supervise a number of large-scale performances.
- Member of the Theatre and Performance Research Association (TaPRA)
- Principle Investigator of the Work in Progress project in affiliation with South Street Arts Centre, Reading.
- Tyler, L. (2020) "Almost, but Not Quite': reading debbie tucker green's dramaturgy inside British playwriting studies. In: Adiseshiah, S. and Bolton, J. , (eds.) debbie tucker green: Critical Perspectives. Palgrave Macmillan pp. 129-150. ISBN: 9783030345815
- Tyler, L. (2019) “Responding to the thing that it is”: a study of new play development in English theatres. Studies in Theatre and Performance , 39 (1). pp. 38-53. ISSN: 1468-2761 | doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14682761.2017.1348682