The Team

Principal Investigator: Steve Greer

Steve Greer is Senior Lecturer in Theatre Practices at the University of Glasgow where his research and teaching focuses on the cultural politics and material conditions of contemporary performance. His most recent book – Queer exceptions: solo performance in neoliberal times (2018) – explores the contentious relationships between performance, individuality and the demands of neoliberalism. Featuring practitioners including La Ribot, David Hoyle, Neil Bartlett, Bridget Christie, Oreet Ashery and Tanja Ostojic, it examines the diverse practices which characterise the field of contemporary solo performance, and their significance to debates concerning equality, inclusion and social progress. This book was developed alongside The Soloist, an occasional podcast interview series about solo performance and solo performers.

Steve is a producer and organiser of research symposia and public conversation events including collaborations with Take Me Somewhere festival (2018-19), for Glasgay! and between artists and academics for LGBT History Month. A former co-covenor of the Performance, Identity and Community working group at TaPRA, Steve is also a member of the editorial board of RiDE: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance, the advisory board for Contemporary Theatre Review, and a peer reviewer for journals that have included the Journal of Homosexuality, GLQ and Studies in Theatre and Performance. His most recent publications are listed at the University of Glasgow’s Enlighten research repository and you can read more about Steve’s work on the School of Culture and Creative Arts website.

Research Assistant: Bryony White

Bryony White is a writer and academic. She has a London Arts and Humanities Partnership funded PhD from King’s College London, with research and teaching interests in the politics of sexuality, race and gender in visual art, live art and performance. Drawing on an interdisciplinary framework between performance studies, visual culture, and art history, she focuses on marginalised artists who challenge hegemonic institutions of power (in the case of her PhD, the law and criminal justice system, and in her next research project, the US military and nation-state). For her PhD, she was awarded the school-wide Elsevier Outstanding Thesis Award, and she is currently developing a monograph arising out of this work, with initial interest from the series editors of ‘Rethinking Art’s Histories’ at Manchester University Press.

She has published peer-review articles in Performance Research and Studies in Theatre and Performance and has a forthcoming book chapter for the edited collection Class Acts with the Methuen Drama Engage series. Her broader aim is to engage in research activities that extend beyond the walls of the university, and she has previously secured funding from the AHRC to host public engagement activities, foster collaborative links and build industry relationships. Her commitment to research-led public engagement is further demonstrated by her writing in mainstream publications including a column for art magazine, Elephant); public editorship (for example the AHRC-funded Tinyletter close); workshop facilitation and collaboration with the Institute of Contemporary Arts, South London Gallery, and the WOW Foundation; and the Fitzcarraldo Editions Essay Prize, for which she was shortlisted in 2019.