Keynote Speaker

Professor Stephen Bottoms

Stephen Bottoms is Wole Soyinka Professor of Drama and Theatre Studies, and Director of the Workshop Theatre, in the School of English, University of Leeds. He is a theatre researcher and practitioner with particular expertise in contemporary and alternative theatre practices in the U.S. and U.K. He is the author of Playing Underground: A Critical History of the 1960s Off-Off-Broadway Movement (University of Michigan Press, 2004), Albee: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Cambridge University Press, 2000) and The Theatre of Sam Shepard (CUP, 1998), and editor of The Cambridge Companion to Edward Albee (CUP, 2005). Recently, he has worked collaboratively with contemporary performance artists to complete two new books: Small Acts of Repair: Performance, Ecology and Goat Island (Routledge, 2007), co-edited with Matthew Goulish; and Performing Masculinity (forthcoming from University of Michigan Press, 2009), co-authored with Diane Torr. As a theatre director, he specialises in new stagings of alternative American drama. As a collaborating performance artist, he has worked on site-located pieces with Julie Laffin (Chicago, US) and Claire Blundell Jones (Sheffield, UK). Current research/practical interests include documentary theatre; performances created in relation to environment, architecture and ecology; prison theatre.

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