Sheila McCormick - School of Arts & Media, University of Salford

Dr Sheila McCormick

Lecturer in Performance

  • Adelphi 110
  • T: 0161 295 6841
  • E: s.mccormick@salford.ac.uk

Office Times

Please contact me via email for an appointment

Biography

To date, my research and teaching interests include documentary, Irish, applied and political theatre. With publications in these areas, I have recently developed my research to include interests in medical humanities and performance and health. At present, I am working on a book project entitled Applied Theatre: Creative Ageing (Methuen publishing).

As a member of the International Federation for Theatre Research, The Theatre and Performance Research Association and The Irish Society for Theatre Research, I regularly contribute papers at these and other national and international conferences. 

I originally studied acting at the Arden School of Theatre and later obtained an MA in Drama at the National University of Ireland, Galway, an M.Phil in Irish Theatre and Film from the Beckett Centre, Trinity College Dublin and a PhD also from the National University of Ireland, Galway. My doctoral thesis explored British and Irish documentary theatre production between 2000 and 2010.

I welcome proposals for PhD study in any of my research areas. Please contact the graduate office for details of PhD schemes.

Teaching

Introduction to Performance Practice and Reflection  (Module Leader)

Theatre Acting (Module Leader)

Performance in Context

Performance Approaches Workshop

Theatre Project

Practical Research Project

Research Interests

To date, my research and teaching interests include documentary, Irish, applied and political theatre. With publications in these areas, I have recently developed my research to include interests in medical humanities and performance and health. At present, I am working on a book project entitled Applied Theatre: Creative Ageing (Methuen publishing). 

Qualifications and Memberships

M Phil. Irish Theatre and Film, Beckett School of Drama and Theatre Studies, Trinity College Dublin

PhD (awarded in 2011) from National University of Ireland, Galway 

MA Drama and Theatre Studies, National University of Ireland, Galway

BA Acting Studies, Arden School of Theatre, City College Manchester

Higher Diploma in General Nursing, National University of Ireland, Galway

Certificate in General Nursing (RGN) University College Hospital, Galway

Publications

Books

Applied Theatre: Creative Ageing, London: Methuen, (Forthcoming)

Journals

Roe B, McCormick S, Lucas T, Gallagher W, Winn A, Elkin S, ‘Coffee, cake & culture: Evaluation of an Arts for Health programme for older people in the community’, Dementia: the international journal of social research and practice, March, 2014, DOI: 10.1177/1471301214528927

‘Heroes with their Hands in the Air: Memory and Commemoration in Contemporary Documentary Theatre’, Kritika Kultura, No.21/22, August 2013

‘The Darkest Corner Series: Theatre Challenging the State?’ Irish Studies Review. Volume 20, Number 2, 1 May 2012, pp. 179-191(13)

 ‘Back on Stage: Movements in Irish Theatre, 2006’,  New Hibernia Review, Volume 11, Number 3, Autumn 2007, 145-153

Book Chapters

Verbatim theatre and The Voice of Dissent’, Voicing Dissent: New Voices in Irish Criticism, Eds. N. Doody and S. Brissett, Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 2012.

‘“And you dinnay want tay join the arms?”: Friendship, Conflict, and Kinship as seen in Gregory Burke’s play Black Watch’, Friends and Foes Vol 1: Friendship and Conflict in Philosophy and Arts, Eds. M. Collins, B. Renzi, E. Vaggiani and G. Watson.  Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009.

Theatre Reviews

‘Less than a Year’, Irish Theatre Magazine, Volume 7, Number 30, Spring, 2007.

Book Reviews

Ursula Canton, Biographical Theatre in Irish Studies Review, submitted March 2012

Forsyth, Alison and Megson, Chris, Get Real: Documentary theatre Past and Present, in Theatre Notebook, Volume 65, Number 1, Winter, 2010.

Brady, Sarah and Walsh, Fintan, Cross Roads: Performance Studies and Irish Culture, in Theatre Research International, Volume 36, Issue 1, 2010.

Conferences Papers:

‘Resisting Stratification?: Arts Practice and Older Adults’, Political Performances Working Group, International Federation for Theatre Research World congress, University of Warwick, July 28th to 1st August 2014

Roe B, McCormick S, Gallagher W, Winn A, Lucas T, Elkin S. Evaluation of an arts for health programme for older people in the community: Coffee, cake & culture. 42nd Annual Conference of the British Society of Gerontology. Global Ageing: Implications for Individuals and Societies. 11 – 13 September 2013. University of Oxford. Oral presentation.

Roe B, McCormick S, Gallagher W, Winn A, Lucas T, Elkin S. Coffee, cake and culture: Evaluation of an arts for health programme for older adults in the community. Evidence of impact. Coming of Age. Creating Effective Partnerships to Engage Older People with the Arts. 5 November 2013. Manchester. Oral presentation.

‘Looking back, recalling to recover’: Repeated identities as national recovery in Gerard Mannix Flynn’s James X, TaPRA Conference, Glasgow University, 3-6 September, 2013

‘No Escape: Confrontational Intentions, Conservative Outcomes’, Acting With Facts: Performing the Real on Stage and Screen 1990-2010 an International Conference, University of Reading, 1-3 September 2010.

‘The Tricycle Theatre and Bloody Sunday’, American Conference for Irish Studies, National University of Ireland, Galway, June 10-13, 2009.

‘What Evidence? Redefining the Document in Live Reality Performance’, International Federation for Theatre Research, Annual Conference, University of Lisbon, July 14-17, 2009.

‘Textual or Tangible: The Body as a Document in Documentary Theatre’, Acting with Facts Symposium, University of Reading, May 8, 2009.

‘The Document within a Document: Verbatim Theatre and inter-textuality as seen in Jocelyn Clarke’s The Case of the Rose Tattoo, Textual Practices Working Group Paper, Irish Society for Theatre Research Conference, University College Dublin, April 4-5, 2008.

‘Catharsis or Mythification? Verbatim Theatre and the Performance of Trauma’, Panel Paper, Irish Society for Theatre Research Conference, University College Dublin, April 4-5, 2008.

‘“And you dinnay want tay join the arms?”: Friendship, Conflict, and Kinship as seen in Gregory Burke’s play Black Watch’,” Friends and Foes Multidisciplinary Conference, Queens University Belfast, Nov 16-18, 2007.

‘Tribunal Theatre and the Performance of Trauma in the Tricycle Theatre Company’s Bloody Sunday: Scenes from the Saville Inquiry’, Real Things: Matter, Materiality, Representation 1880 to the Present, University of York, July 5-8, 2007.