Dr Bill McDonnell
BA (York); BPhil (York); PGCE (Leeds); PhD (Sheffield)
Room IR2, Theatre Workshop
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Between 1975 and 2002 I worked in alternative theatre as a performer, writer and facilitator. This work took place for the most part at community level, and within political and activist contexts. My experiences, both in Britain, and with Republican community theatres in Ireland during the 'Troubles', formed the basis of my PhD, which I completed in 2002. I was appointed as a Teaching Fellow in the Department of English Literature in 2000, and became a full time member of staff in 2004. I am currently Subject Director for Theatre, and Director of the Acting Together Community Education programme.
My research focuses on political and community theatre practices, and embraces:
My writing since I took up a full-time post in 2004 has included a study into the social impact of theatre for Arts Council England, and a monograph on the role of working-class community Republican and Loyalist theatres during the Troubles in Ireland. I have recently completed an essay on socialist theatre company Cartoon Archetypical Slogan Theatre (CAST) for a new Methuen series edited by John Bull and Graham Saunders at Reading University. The series draws upon the recently released Arts Council of Great Britain archives. I am currently writing a monograph, Theatre and Social Engagement - the theory and practice of theatre in community development (Methuen, 2015).
I am an Associate Fellow of the Sir Bernard Crick Centre for the Public Understanding of Politics.
I am a Senate Fellow for Teaching and Learning, and have a particular interest in the theory and practice of experiential learning, working with partners in Sheffield Education and Museums Sheffield to create community-based and socially engaged learning environments for theatre in education and practice research modules.
Much of my teaching is research-led, and another keen interest is in archive-based approaches to understanding the theatrical past.
My undergraduate teaching includes the core theatre modules Theatre Practice: Research Project, and Working with Texts, alongside specialist courses on theatre in education and the alternative theatre movement. I convene the MA Theatre and Performance module, Texts, Politics and Performance.
I welcome applications from potential PhD students in any of the areas in which I research.