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PhD (ongoing since Jan 2015) working title: ‘Speake, Breathe, Discusse’: Towards a Critical Breath Pedagogy for Speaking Shakespeare – University of South Wales

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2018)

MA Drama (2014) – with Distinction – University of South Wales

BA (Hons) Theatre and Drama (2009) – Aberystwyth University

Other Awards and training:

BTEC (HND) in Performing Arts – Colaiste Dhulaigh, Dublin – 2007

FETAC Foundation Cert in Theatre Studies – Colaiste Dhulaigh, Dublin – 2005

LAMDA Acting Medals – Bronze (2004), Silver (2005), Gold (2006)

Other Training:

Performance and Landscape (week long course) – Periplum Theatre Course
April, 2014

- Acting for Screen – Sketches Term – Actorsworkshop LLP, Cardiff
Apr – May 2013

- Acting for Screen – Trailer Term – Actorsworkshop LLP, Cardiff
Jan – Mar 2013

- Acting for Screen – Screen Academy – Actorsworkshop LLP, Cardiff
Oct – Dec 2012

- Acting for Stage – Advanced Group – Meisner Technique – Actorsworkshop LLP, Cardiff
Mar – May 2012


Denis Cryer-Lennon is a part time Lecturer in the Theatre and Drama Department, and has also worked as Research Assistant at the George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling, at the University of South Wales. He has been working as a theatre actor, director and writer for the last 17 years in Ireland and Wales. His key research interests include voices studies, actor and performer training pedagogies. He is in the late stages of his PhD entitled ‘Speake, Breathe, Discusse’: Towards a Critical Breath Pedagogy for Speaking Shakespeare’. He also works as a theatre reviewer and sat on the Wales Theatre Awards judging panel 2015-2017. From 2016-2018 Denis was project lead, and co-director, with Dr Rob Smith, of Graveyard Voices: Heritage Trail and Tales at Cathays Cemetery, Cardiff.


I teach on the BA Theatre and Drama, and the BA Performance and Media Courses
- Perspectives on Performance
- Professional Studies 1: Voice and Movement (I am co module leader for this)
- Studio Production

- Internal Examiner – Research and Practice in the Creative Industries –
– MA taught programme (cross faculty module).

- Text and Performance Analysis
- Dissertation
- Introduction to Drama, Performance and Media
- Animation and Audiobooks (performing and scripting)
- Horror Performance
- Contemporary Theatre: Text and Performance

Research Assistantship

George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling, University of South Wales:

- November to May 2018 – Convener of the ‘Storytelling for Refuge/Storytelling as Refuge’ Symposium – which took place 6-7th April, 2018

- Novemeber to May, 2016 – Convener of the ‘Storytelling and Justice’ symposium – which took place 13-14 May, 2016

- Coordinator of the Centre’s Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award nominations, 2016


- Society of Theatre Research
- British Shakespeare Association
- European Shakespeare Research Association
- Society for Storytelling

Internal within University of South Wales:
- Membership of Faculty Research Committee (FRC)
- Membership of Faculty Research Programmes Committee (FRPC)
- Membership of the University-wide Research Programmes Sub Committee (RPSC)


Conferences papers/workshops/events:

Date order (most recent first):

‘An exploration of impact and public engagement of the Graveyard Voices project’, at the Different Stages event, hosted by the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in the Windmill Hill City Farm Cafe, Bristol, 25th July, 2019

(Lead Organiser) for the TaPRA Performer Training working group: ‘Embodied/Embodying Performer Training: Practices and Practicalities’, at University of South Wales, 24th April, 2019

(Written/Presented with Dr Sarah Crews, USW) ‘Death of the Student’ at the 2018 TaPRA conference, Aberystwyth University, 7th September, 2018

(Written/Presented with Dr Sarah Crews, USW) ‘Undisciplined Discipline: Performer Training for a New Generation’ at the 2017 TaPRA conference, University of Salford, 1st September, 2017

‘The Living, Breathing Text: Considering Breath in Speaking Shakespeare’ at the 2016 TaPRA conference, University of Bristol, 7th September 2016

‘Speaking Shakespeare: Considering Breath as a Starting Point in Creating Text-Based Performance’ at the Faculty of Creative Industries Annual Postgraduate Symposium, University of South Wales, Atrium, Cardiff. 15th June, 2015.

‘Performing Shakespeare: A research-based workshop exploring breath in speaking Shakespeare’ at the Shakespeare Recreated Conference, University of Lodz, Poland. 22-23 April, 2015.
Funding: This was fully funded by the Theatre and Media Drama Research Unit, University of South Wales (£500).

Most recent Applied Drama project work:

Project lead, director, writer, and performer: Graveyard Voices: Heritage Trail and Tales at Cathays Cemetery, Cardiff.

This project began in 2014 as a collaboration between Prof Richard Hand at USW and Cardiff Council Bereavement Services. The project has taken place each June since at the Cathays Cemetery site. In June 2016 it was also taken to the Being Human Festival ( at UCL. In 2016 the project was taken over by Denis Lennon and Dr Rob Smith. In March 2017 we started a collaboration with the newly formed Everyman Community Theatre Company’s Writer Group to provide material for the June 2017 performances onwards.

Areas of Expertise

Voice studies, acting and actor training practices, storytelling, speaking and acting Shakespeare



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