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Dr Lucy Tyler

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  • Lecturer in Performance Practices and Industries
  • School Diversity and Inclusion Co-Lead
  • Exams Lead
  • Careers Co-Lead
  • Minghella Studios Coordinator.
  • Creative Connections Coordinator

Areas of interest

My 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.

Postgraduate supervision

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.

Teaching

I 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.

Professional bodies/affiliations

  • 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.

   https://research.reading.ac.uk/work-in-progress-theatre-performance/

Publications