Assistant Lecturer


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Vlad Butucea (Mlitt) is an assistant lecturer in the MCPA Division.


Vlad Butucea is a writer, researcher and assistant lecturer in Drama and Performance. He holds an Mlitt in Playwriting and Dramaturgy from the University of Glasgow, and is in the process of completing his AHRC-funded PhD in Digital Theatre and Performance.

As a writer for stages and screens, Vlad’s work has been developed and produced by The National Theatre of Scotland (Interference, 2019; Ghost Light, 2020), Pearlfisher/ The Byre Theatre (Silkworm, 202x) or the Edwin Morgan Trust (Edwin Morgan Bot, 2021).

His research explores digital performance through queer theory, new materialism and phenomenology. He has presented and published papers in both national and international settings.

Affiliations/Memberships to Other Organisations:

  • Theatre and Performance Research Association – Performance and New Technologies Working Group

Research Interest

Vlad’s research focuses on spectatorship in digital theatre and performance. He is particularly interested in the epistemological and ontological implications of the coming together between spectators and technological bodies in digital spaces.

Drawing on the works of Donna Haraway, Jennifer Parker-Starbuck, Judith Butler or Sarah Ahmed, he suggests that digital performance invites deep bodily explorations that can make intelligible new ways of being and knowing. As the boundary between human and technological is crossed, the spectator enters a process of becoming beyond the known limits of the self, emerging in fluid, queer, boundary-blurring human - digital formations that trouble normative and rigid understandings of embodiment and subjectivity. 

Active Research Interests:

  • Digital Theatre and Performance.
  • Queer Theatre and Performance.
  • Queer Theory.
  • Feminism.
  • New Materialism.
  • Phenomenology.

Research Methods:

  • Phenomenological Research Methods.

Teaching & Learning

  • Theatre and Performance Theory
  • Theatre and Society
  • Digital Performance
  • Gender and Sexuality