A phenomenological approach to the experiential nature of performance, and gender/queer theories and dramaturgies. (queer; gender and sexuality; directing and dramaturgy; phenomenology and affect theories)
Alyson completed a Practice as Research (PaR) PhD at the University of Melbourne (2009). The thesis, ‘Experiencing Kane: an affective approach to Sarah Kane’s experiential theatre in performance’, included direction of Kane’s 4.48 Psychosis at Red Stitch Actors Theatre, Melbourne, Australia, 2007. She holds an MA in Theatre Studies and BA Hons in Russian from Leeds University, UK, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in Drama from Goldsmiths College, London. Alyson has worked as a lecturer in theatre studies/drama in the School of Creative Arts, The University of Melbourne, Queen’s University Belfast and Brunel University, London. Alyson is a freelance director and dramaturg, and has worked in a broad range of situations over the last 30 years: from the four-stage Los Angeles Theatre Center, through Fringe, independent and community theatre, to making forum theatre with secondary students. Alyson’s research, artistic practice as a director, teaching and activism converge around gender and sexuality, particularly queer performance and dramaturgies and contemporary representations of HIV and AIDS. She has written widely on these areas, most notably co-editing the collection Queer Dramaturgies: International Perspectives on Where Performance Leads Queer (Palgrave, 2015) with Dr Stephen Farrier, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. This book has been shortlisted for the Theatre and Performance Research Association (TaPRA) editing award. Her next collection, ‘HIV and AIDS Performance in the Twenty-First Century: An International Collection’, with Dr Dirk Gindt, Stockholm, is forthcoming (Palgrave, 2017/18). Alyson’s focus is around the representation of women and the nexus of queer theories and feminism. Alyson is committed to queer representation and works closely with the community, largely through her work with Outburst Queer Arts Festival, Belfast, for which she established and convened a performance research programme Queer at Queen’s at Queen’s
Alyson is currently supervising practice-led PhDs and MFAs, including work on questions of dramaturgy, directing and scenography. She has supervised research higher degrees focusing on gender and sexuality in performance, particularly queer performance/dramaturgies. She is very happy to hear from potential students hoping to work either through practice or library/fieldwork based methods.