Dr Alison E Matthews
Lecturer in Theatre Performance (0.5/0.6 FTE)
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I am a performance-maker, researcher and educator. I have performed and taught workshops across the UK, Ireland and Germany. My research focuses on dramaturgies of exchange and triangulation within the performance encounter, as well as the ways in which these dramaturgical structures echo larger capital dynamics.
I enjoy bringing this research into my teaching practice, but I also relish teaching using my knowledge of voice and performance skills, Renaissance theatre techniques, textual analysis, critical theory and 20th century theatre and performance practice.
I was recently invited to perform at the Universität der Künste (Berlin) for the launch of a new course on arts, economy and social media. Thanks to an EU-funded Strategic Insight Programme grant, I also recently worked as a Creative Associate with Lancaster-based arts organization LEAP to develop a new version of my one-to-one performance SERVUS with Lancaster service workers.
I recently completed my practice-based PhD at Aberystwyth University.
For more information on my performance work please see:
I currently teach across the Theatre and Performance programme through mixed-mode sessions on modules including:
- Performance Skills: Voice (Level 4)
- Performance Skills: Movement (Level 4)
- Renaissance Theatre (Level 6)
- Performance Approaches Workshop: Brecht and Artaud (Level 4)
- Text and Performance (Level 5)
I also supervise Theatre Project and PRP students in Level 6.
I have taught previously at Aberystwyth University across the undergraduate and postgraduate Drama and Theatre and Performance Practice provisions.
I have also worked as a Visiting Lecturer for the MA in Visual Cultures and Performing Arts at the University of Madrid Alcalá and Museo Reina Sofia (Madrid), where I was invited to deliver a two-day workshop on my doctoral research for an international group of students.
My research interests surround new methodologies of practice-based research, specifically those which focus on new dramaturgical approaches to one-to-one, immersive and ‘intimate’ performance works. I am also interested in socially-engaged and ‘relational’ performance practices. My research interests thus far are firmly grounded in post-Marxist theories of labour, valuation and exchange, as well as these theories’ application to the fields of theatre and performance.
Other specialisms: Performance writing, voice in performance, devising practices, Shakespeare studies, collaborative and devised work, experimental writing practices across disciplines.
Qualifications and Memberships
PhD, ‘ “Ten Cents a Dance”: Dramaturgies of Exchange and the Performance of Transaction’, Aberystwyth University, 2015
MA (Distinction) in Performance Practice, Aberystwyth University, 2009
BA (cum laude) in Drama, Vassar College (USA), 2007
Shakespeare in Performance Certificate, Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (London), 2005
Member of TaPRA (Theatre and Performance Research Association)
Peer Reviewed Written Publications:
‘The Libido-Maker’s Apprentice: Working the Window’s Proscenium,’ 2012, Performing Ethos: International Journal of Ethics in Theatre & Performance. Special Issue: One-on-One Encounters: Desire, Reciprocity and Ethics, 3:2, 119-135.
Other Print Publications:
“Exchange”: in Vaasa in Luck exhibition catalogue. Exhibit by Esther Pilkington/random-people. (Vaasa, Finland, Dec. 2011)
Practice-Based Outputs (Original Performance Work):
The Ballad of Isosceles (forthcoming) at:
Contact Theatre as part of Sensored Festival, June 2015
What The Money Meant at:
Chelsea Theatre as part of Fresh Blood Programme (London) July 2014
SITE I/SAFLE I festival at Aberystwyth Arts Centre Feb. 2014
Live@LICA as part of OPEN (Lancaster) May 2014
Ausland (Berlin) May 2014
Universität der Künste at the launch of a new course of arts, economy and social media (Berlin) April 2014
LEAP as Encounters Creative Associate (Lancaster) April 2014
ArtsAdmin @ Toynbee Studios as part of Power/Play (London) Oct. 2014
Arnolfini (Bristol) as part of BLOP, April 2012
Eve Speaks: A Musical Cabaret at:
Project Arts Centre as part of ‘The Theatre Machine Turns You On’ Festival (Dublin), Jan. 2013
Hatch (Nottingham), Dec. 2012
Mayfest Launch @ Bristol Old Vic, May 2012
Aberystwyth Storytelling Festival (Wales), Dec. 2011
Galway Theatre Festival July 2010
The Changelings at:
Ennis Street Festival (Resident Artist, Ireland), July 2012
Bristol Storytelling Festival @ The Watershed, Jan. 2012
Aberystwyth Arts Centre (Wales), Nov. 2011
Ten Cents a Dance at:
Electric Picnic Music & Arts Festival (Ireland), Sep. 2011
Green Man Festival (Wales), August 2011
Leda and Strauss-Kahn at:
Aberystwyth Storytelling Festival (Wales, 2013)
CARPA (Colloquium on Artistic Research in the Performing Arts) 2015 @ Theatre Academy/University of the Arts, Helsinki, Finland (forthcoming June 2015)
Paper: ‘What The Money Meant’: The Materiality of Dollars
TAPRA (Theatre and Performance Research Association Conference) @ Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Sep. 2013
Paper: “Transaction as Participation” (Performance and the Body Working Group)
Award Recipient: TAPRA Postgraduate Bursary Award 2013
Performance Studies International (Psi) #18 @ Leeds University, June 2012
Presentation: SERVUS!: Serve/Us Economy
Aberystwyth University, TFTS Annual Conference, March 2013,
Paper: ‘The Libido-Maker’s Apprentice: Working the Window’s Proscenium’
Aberystwyth University TFTS Annual Conference, March 2012,
Paper: ‘Ethics and Valuation Across Clare Thornton’s Material Matters installation and Ten Cents a Dance’