Dr Sheila McCormick
Senior Lecturer in Performance, Performance Research Lead, Admissions Lead
To date, my research and teaching interests include documentary, Irish, applied and political theatre. With publications in these areas, I have also developed my research to include interests in performance and health, as subject explored in my book Applied Theatre: Creative Ageing (Bloomsbury, Methuen 2017) and in my recent PAR project Death, Dinner and Performance Project: A Study of the Efficacy of Performance to Enhance Conversations Around Death and Dying (2019).
As a member of the International Federation for Theatre Research and The Theatre and Performance Research Association, I regularly contribute papers at these and other national and international conferences and in 2017 co-convened the TaPRA annual conference here at the University of Salford.
Having originally trained as a General Nurse, I then went on to study acting at the Arden School of Theatre before later obtaining 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.
- Acting Methods 1 (Module Leader)
- Performance in Context (Module Leader)
- Theatre Project
- Practical Research Project
- Theatre and Communities (Module Leader)
- MA Contemporary Performance
Applied Theatre, Performance and Health, Political Theatre, Documentary theatre,
Qualifications and Memberships
- PG Cert. University of Salford
- PhD. National University of Ireland, Galway
- M Phil. Irish Theatre and Film, Beckett School of Drama and Theatre Studies, Trinity College Dublin
- 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
Practice as Research
- Death, Dinner and Performance Project: A Study of the Efficacy of Performance to Enhance Conversations Around Death and Dying (2019).
- Applied Theatre: Creative Ageing, London: Methuen, 2017
- 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
- 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.
Public/ Academic Engagment
- 2019: Co-convener and panel member, Performance and Death Symposium, Sick! festival and The New Adelphi Theatre, University of Salford
- 2018: Keynote Presentation, Creative Ageing Conference, Griffith University, Brisbane, New South Wales
- 2018: Panel Member, Ageing and Creativity Event, Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester
- 2018: Panel Member, Day of the Dead Event, University of Salford
- 2017: Co-convened the annual Theatre and Performance Research Association Conference at the University of Salford
- 2017: Invited Presentation: Age(s) and Age(ing) in Applied and Social Theatre, TAPRA Applied and Social Theatre Working Group Interim Event, University of South Wales
- 2016: Article (programme) and Invited Talk: Engagement Event, Wit by Margaret Edson, Royal Exchange
- 2015: Co Investigator, AHRC funded Connected Communities Project, Sharing Manchester’s Migration Stories (Primary Investigator, Professor Liam Heart, University of Manchester)
- 2018: ‘Performance, Death and Dinner: A Study of the Efficacy of Performance to Encourage Conversations around Death and Dying’, Performance and Death Symposium, Sick! festival and The New Adelphi Theatre, University of Salford
- Keynote Address, Creative Ageing Symposium, Griffith University Brisbane, October 2017
- Age(s) and Age(ing) in Applied and Social Theatre, TAPRA Applied and Social Theatre Working Group Interim Event, 11 March 2017, University of South Wales
- Applied Theatre and Ageing: An examination of the Elders Company, the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, Theatre and Performance Research Association Conference, Bristol, 2016
- Choosing Make Believe: Performance or Re-orientation in the Care of Individuals Living with Dementia? Representing Dementia: a symposium exploring representations of dementia within the arts and popular imagination, Royal Holloway, 2015
- ‘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.
- 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, Crossroads: Performance Studies and Irish Culture, in Theatre Research International, Volume 36, Issue 1, 2010.
- ‘Less than a Year’, Irish Theatre Magazine, Volume 7, Number 30, Spring, 2007.