Lecturer in Drama and Performance


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Dr Andy Henry (BA hons, MA, PhD) is Lecturer in Drama and Performance in the Media Communication and Performing Arts Division.

  • Overview
  • Research Interests
  • Teaching & Learning
  • Activities and Awards

Andy is a writer, director, performer and academic originally from Hamilton in the west of Scotland. After graduating from Queen Margaret University with a BA Honours Degree in Drama & Theatre Arts with a specialist focus on Contemporary Performance he furthered his academic studies at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth where he attained an MA in Practising Theatre and Performance with distinction.

In 2012 Andy won the prestigious Arts and Humanities Research Council Scholarship and joined the Theatre Studies department at Glasgow University to undertake a research project towards the attainment of a PhD. During his time in Glasgow he organised the Post-Graduate Research Conference for Theatre, Film and Television Studies, sat as a representative on the post-graduate committee, presented academic papers and taught on a number of undergraduate modules.

Andy’s research explores how performance and performance documentation might open up new understandings of landscape and vice-versa. He is a member of TaPRA (Theatre and Performance Research Association) Documenting Performance Working Group.

In a creative capacity, Andy has had the privilege of working with a number of influential theatre directors and companies including site-specific pioneer Mike Pearson, artistic director of the Cardiff Laboratory Theatre Richard Gough, and collaborated with Back to Back Theatre and Lung Ha's in the Scottish instalment of The Democratic Set for the Edinburgh International Festival. His play Footsteps was commissioned for the Homecoming Scotland celebrations and two short plays Writing Insomnia and Strange World were produced by the Traverse Theatre for ‘Words Words Words’. He founded and ran the Edinburgh based Cathartic Connections Ensemble from 2010 – 2014 and mounted sell-out Fringe shows alongside a number of smaller collaborations.

Andy’s PhD research concerns the ways that performance and performance documentation might open up new understandings of landscape and vice-versa. At the centre of his work are performances which facilitate an audiences engagement with the land and he investigates the kind’s documentation this work stimulates. He is particularly interested in articulating the various ways these documents might perform (differently).

Broadly core themes in his research include: the connections between theory and practice with a particular but not exclusive emphasis on phenomenological conceptions of landscape, contemporary and site-specific performance history and practice, and strategies for documenting and curating live performance.

At QMU, Andy lectures in theory and its relationship to theatre history, practice and research.

Topics include: Semiotics, Marxism, Psychoanalysis, Post-Colonialism, Feminism, Queer Theory, Neoliberalism, Phenomenology, Post-Modernism; Performance Theories: Theatre Anthropology, Ontology, Globalisation, Documentation, Psychogeography, Theatre/Archaeology, the Post-Dramatic; as well as British Censorship, Devising, Site-Specific, Verbatim, and Musical Histories.  

2015 – Keynote speaker at the Remploy Disability and Inclusion Conference

2012 – Arts and Humanities Research Council Scholarship