Dr Colette Conroy

Senior Lecturer, Drama

Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

School of Arts

c.conroy@hull.ac.uk

01482 465815

Dr Conroy is the author of Theatre and the Body (2010) and various articles about disability and performance.

She co-edits the international journal RiDE: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance.

Her recent projects include the Wellcome Trust-funded investigation, The Not-Knowns: Psychology, Engagement and Cultural Memory, in partnership with Hull Training and Park Bench Theatre.

Dr Conroy is currently writing about recognition, misrecognition and spectatorial hurt, as well as co-editing a book on Jacques Rancière and performance studies.

She also investigates mass-participation endurance sport events. Dr Conroy leads the University's research group in Cultural Participation and Engagement.

Research

Research Interests

  • Disability Performance Studies

  • Spectatorship, Participation and Cultural Engagement

  • Rancière and Theatre/Performance

Research groups

Dr Conroy is a member of the UK’s Theatre and Performance Research Association (TaPRA), the International Federation of Theatre Research (IFTR), the Society for Disability Studies in the USA, and the Cultural Disability Studies Research Network.

Recent collaborations include the Wellcome Trust-funded investigation, The Not-Knowns: Psychology, Engagement and Cultural Memory, in partnership with Hull Training and Park Bench Theatre.

Dr Conroy was co-investigator on a project in 2014 for the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, on developing Continuing Professional Development for artists working in participatory settings, and she supervised Clore Research Fellow Jamie Beddard in his investigation of Disability and cultural leadership.

Publications

Theatre and the Body, Basingstoke, Palgrave, 2010.

Aesthetics and Participation’, RiDE: the Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance, 20.1, February 2015. 1-11.

Paralympic Cultures: Disability as Paradigm’, Contemporary Theatre Review, 23.4, November 2013. 519-531.

‘Freaks and Not Freaks: Theatre and the Making of Crip Identity’, Lambda Nordica: Journal of LGBT Studies, Spring 2012. 168-193.

'Participation, Recognition and Political Space', Performance and Participation: Practices, Audiences, Politics, ed. by Anna Harpin & Helen Nicholson. Palgrave, 2017. 82-102.

Full list

Teaching

Programmes taught on

Modules list

  • Disability Culture and Performance

  • Performance and Democracy

  • Theories of Selfhood

Research PhDs

Dr Conroy is happy to supervise postgraduate students across the full range of her interests.

 

Teaching awards and accolades

  • Fellow of the HEA

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (University of the West of England)

  • Overall Outstanding Achievement Award at the Hull University Union Student-Led Teaching Awards (2016)

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • BA (Hons) in Drama: Theatre, Film and Television (University of Bristol)

  • MA (Res) in Drama (Royal Holloway, University of London)

  • PhD (Royal Holloway, University of London)

External roles

Co-editor of the international journal RiDE: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance.

Professional highlights

Dr Conroy was Associate Director for Graeae Theatre Company during the 1990s. She has also worked as a director for a number of other companies including The Lyric, Hammersmith and The Nuffield, Southampton.

She gave a keynote speech, Reified Disability: Paralympic Cultures and Exceptional Bodies in 21st Century Performance, to the 3rd international 'What Happens Now? 21st Century Writing in English' conference at the University of Lincoln in 2014.