Keynotes & Artists
Dr Vicky Angelaki is Professor in English Literature at Mid Sweden University, where her teaching focuses on Anglophone cultures, literature and drama, with an emphasis on social concerns, internationalism and ecocriticism. She was previously based in the United Kingdom for a number of years, where she held academic roles at the University of Reading, the University of Birmingham, and Birmingham City University. Major publications include the monographs Theatre & Environment (Macmillan/Red Globe Press, 2019); Social and Political Theatre in 21st-Century Britain: Staging Crisis (Bloomsbury, 2017); The Plays of Martin Crimp: Making Theatre Strange (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012) and the edited collection Contemporary British Theatre: Breaking New Ground (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013; 2016). She is currently co-editing The Cambridge Companion to British Playwriting since 1945 and is preparing the new monograph Martin Crimp's Power Plays: Intertextuality, Sexuality, Desire (Routledge). Angelaki also co-edits the Palgrave Macmillan series Adaptation in Theatre and Performance.
Martin Crimp is a British playwright. His plays include Three Attempted Acts (1985), No One Sees the Video (1991), The Treatment (1993, winner of the John Whiting Award), The Country (2000), Face to the Wall (2002), Cruel and Tender (2004), Play House (2012), In the Republic of Happiness (2012), The Rest Will Be Familiar to You from Cinema (2013) and When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other: 12 Variations on Samuel Richardson’s Pamela (2019). Possibly his most highly regarded, and perhaps his boldest and most innovative play is Attempts on Her Life, first performed at the Royal Court in 1997 and subsequently translated into twenty languages. He has translated or adapted work by Ionesco (The Chairs, 1997), Genet (The Maids, 1999) and Molière (The Misanthrope, 1996). His work in the UK has been produced by the Orange Tree Theatre, the West Yorkshire Playhouse, the Stephen Joseph Theatre, the RSC, the Young Vic and the Royal Court, where he was writer-in-residence in 1997. In New York his work has been staged at the Public Theater and the Classic Stage Company, as well as on Broadway.
Carl Lavery teaches at the University of Glasgow. His main research interests are in the fields of ecology and environment, contemporary French theatre and performance and performance writing. Much of this work is informed by a crossdisciplinary interest in site, politics, and aesthetics. His current work as co-editor on the volume Greening the Absurd for Methuen attempts to bring these diverse interests together in a common nexus that connects the ‘Theatre of the Absurd’ with new research in the fields of ecology and environment. Along with his colleague Dee Heddon, he will edit a special volume of the journal Green Letterson theatre and ecology in 2015. For much of 2013, he has been a PI on the AHRC funded project ‘Future of Ruins: Reclaiming Abandonment and Toxicity on Hashima Island’. As part of the project he collaborated with the sculptor Lee Hassall on an 80 minute performance piece called Return to Battleship Island. He has toured the performance throughout the UK in a number of different venues including the Millennium Centre in Cardiff, the Worcester Garage and the Japan Foundation in London.
Theresa J. May
Theresa J. May is associate professor of theatre arts at the University of Oregon, where she is co-founder and served as artistic director of the Earth Matters on Stage Ecodrama Festival and Symposium (EMOS). She is co-editor (with Wendy Arons) of Readings in Performance and Ecology (2012) and has published widely about the intersections of ecology, cultural studies, and performance studies, including “Grotowski’s Deep Ecology“ in Performing Nature and “Beyond Bambi: Towards a Dangerous Ecocriticism in Theatre Studies“ in Theatre Topics. She developed and directed Salmon is Everything, a play about the role of salmon in Native culture in the Klamath watershed, and her book on this project is forthcoming from Oregon State University Press. She is also co-author of Greening Up Our Houses, the first book on sustainable theatre management, and was founding artistic director of Theatre in the Wild in Seattle.
Aleks Sierz FRSA is a British journalist, broadcaster and theatre critic. He teaches courses on postwar British theatre, playwriting and culture, literature and the arts for the London Programme of Boston University. He is author of In-Yer-Face Theatre: British Drama Today (Faber, 2001), The Theatre of Martin Crimp (Methuen Drama, 2006), John Osborne’s Look Back in Anger (Continuum, 2008), Rewriting the Nation: British Theatre Today (Methuen Drama, 2011) and Modern British Playwriting: The 1990s (Methuen Drama, 2012). He has also written, co-authored with Lia Ghilardi, The Time Traveller’s Guide to British Theatre: The First Four Hundred Years (Oberon Books, 2015). His latest book is Good Nights Out: A History of Popular British Theatre 1940–2015 (Methuen Drama, 2019). He is editor of The Methuen Drama Book of 21st Century British Plays (Methuen Drama, 2010) and Contemporary English Plays (Methuen Drama, 2015), and co-editor (with Martin Middeke and Peter Paul Schnierer) of The Methuen Drama Guide to Contemporary British Playwrights (Methuen Drama, 2011). He is a member of the UK Critics’ Circle and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts. He is also a member of the four-year research project ‘British Theatre in the Twenty-First Century: Crisis, Affect, Community’ at Barcelona University.