Dr Andy Smith known as Andy
PhD, University of Glamorgan, 2005.
Thesis: “Wrestling with Catastrophe”: The Drama of Howard Barker and its relationship to Contemporary British Theatre 1970-2004.
BA (Hons) Drama, Aberystwyth University, 1991.
Andy is the Associate Head of the School of Music and Performance. He has published journal articles and book chapters across a wide range of disciplines, including horror cinema, Post-war British Theatre and the Gothic in popular culture. He has directed and produced over thirty theatre productions. He is the co-editor with James Reynolds of Howard Barker’s Theatre: Wrestling With Catastrophe, London: Methuen, June 2015, which was shortlisted for the Theatre Society Book of the Year 2016: http://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/howard-barkers-theatre-wrestling-with-catastrophe
Andy is a member of the Theatre and Performance Research Association and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
I graduated with a BA in Drama from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth in 1991 and subsequently completed a PhD with the University of Glamorgan on the British playwright and director Howard Barker, supervised by Prof. Richard Hand (1999-2005). I taught Drama, Performance, Theatre and Film part-time at Swansea Institute of Higher Education from 1996-2001 and also at the University of Glamorgan between 1998 and 2001.
My first full time lecturing post in 2001 was at the University of Reading, where I taught theatre and film studies, followed by a lectureship at Bath Spa University in theatre and performance.
I was appointed as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Wales Newport in 2004, where I was the programme leader for BA Performing Arts from 2004-2008. Whilst at Newport I introduced with colleagues from Newport Film School an interdisciplinary curriculum project on acting for film. This project led to a number of international exchange visits with New York University Tisch School of the Arts, where I was a Visiting Scholar in the summer of 2010.
In 2008 I was appointed the Academic Subject Leader for Performance and Music at Newport, adding to that the Academic Leadership of Games and Animation in 2011. Between 2013 and 2015 I was the Associate Head of the School of Media at the University of South Wales, and I am currently the Associate Head of the School of Music and Performance.
Associate Head of the School of Music and Performance
University/Faculty Roles & Responsibilities:
School Executive Teams 2010-present;
UWN Unfair Practice Panel 2008-2014;
University of South Wales (USW) Faculty Research Programmes Committee 2013-present;
Skillset Wales Media Academy Industry Panel 2005-2009;
USW Quality Assurance Committee 2013-present;
USW Regulations Committee 2015;
FCI Quality Assurance Committee 2014-present;
FCI Learning and Teaching Committee 2013-present.
International Refereed Publications:
‘Working With Actors.’ In 21st Century Film School, published by the Centre International de Liaison des Ecoles de Cinéma et de Télévision (CILECT), forthcoming 2016. [Co-authored paper with Nigel Orrillard]
Howard Barker’s Theatre: Wrestling With Catastrophe, James Reynolds and Andy W. Smith, eds, London: Methuen, June 2015. Shortlisted for the Theatre Society Book of the Year, 2016. http://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/howard-barkers-theatre-wrestling-with-catastrophe
“’To experience a thing as beautiful”: the Photographic Practice of Howard Barker.’ In: Howard Barker’s Theatre: Wrestling With Catastrophe, James Reynolds and Andy W. Smith, eds, London: Methuen, June 2015.
‘Staging Barker in America – Andy W. Smith in conversation with Cheryl Faraone and Richard Romagnoli’ In: Howard Barker’s Theatre: Wrestling With Catastrophe, James Reynolds and Andy W. Smith, eds, London: Methuen, June 2015.
’Magazines.’ In: W. Hughes, D. Punter and A. Smith, eds, The Encyclopedia of the Gothic. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013.
‘Gothic and the Graphic Novel.’ In: C.L. Spooner and E. McEvoy, eds, The Routledge Companion to Gothic. London: Routledge, pp. 251-259. 2007.
‘These Children that you spit on’: horror and generic hybridity.’ In: R.J. Hand and J. McRoy, eds, Monstrous Adaptations: Generic and Thematic Mutations in Horror Film. Manchester: Manchester University Press, pp. 82-94. 2007.
’I am not what I was: Adaptation and Transformation in the Theatre of Howard Barker and the Wrestling School.’ In: K. Gritzner and D.I. Rabey, eds, Theatre of Catastrophe: New Essays on Howard Barker. London: Oberon Books, pp. 38-55. 2006.
Ian Rowlands in British and Irish Dramatists since WWII (Edited by John Bull), Dictionary of Literary Biography 310, Thomson-Gale, 2005.
Ed Thomas in British and Irish Dramatists since WWII (Edited by John Bull), Dictionary of Literary Biography 310, Thomson-Gale, 2005.
‘This is where you get off: The problem of Ambivalence in early episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer’, Diagesis Journal of Popular Culture, No 7, Summer 2004 [co-authored paper with Lucy Nevitt].
‘Family Blood is always the sweetest: The Gothic Transgressions of Angel/Angelus’, Refractory: A Journal of Entertainment Media, Vol 2, March 2003 [co-authored paper with Lucy Nevitt].
International Conference Presentations 2001 – present:
“Continuity is Hard: Modelling Collaborative Director/Actor Relationships”, co-presented with Nigel Orrillard, Centre International de Liaison des Ecoles de Cinéma et de Télévision Conference, Munich, November 2015.
Chekhov Home Movies, Theatre and Performance Research Association Conference, Royal Holloway, September 2014.
“Freeing the Unborn Self: Howard Barker’s The Europeans, Howard Barker’s Art of Theatre, Aberystwyth University, July 2009.
Co-Convener with Nigel Orrillard, International Symposium on Training for Film Acting and Film Directing, 23-24 January 2009, University of Wales, Newport. Speakers included Ken Russell, Professor Louis Scheeder, Dr Victoria Lowe, Witold Stock, Owen Teale and Jethro Skinner.
Actor and Director Training for Film, Theatre and Performance Research Association Conference, University of Leeds, September 2008 [Co-presented with Nigel Orrillard].
“No Boat Lands on the Empty Shore”: Adapting Chekhov, Cultures of Translation: Adaptation in Film and Performance, ATRiUM, Cardiff, June 2008.
‘Post-Dramatic Chekhov: The Seagull in Close-up’, Theatre Materials/Material Theatres, Centre for Excellence in Training for Theatre at the Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London, April 2008.
‘Neither Sun nor Death can be looked at without blinking’: The Aesthetics of Eroticism in the drama of Howard Barker and The Wrestling School, International Conference At the Sharp End, University of Portsmouth, September 2007.
‘They Shoot Actors – don’t they? Screen Acting and Film Production: exploring pedagogy for media performance’, How To Act conference, Centre for Excellence in Training for Theatre at the Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London, February 2007 [Co-presented with Nigel Orrillard and Roger Wooster].
‘You take it up with Frankie Valli when you talk to him’: How Ethnicity became a public issue in HBO’s The Sopranos, International Conference on Contemporary American Quality Television, Trinity College Dublin, April 2004.
‘This is where you get off’: The problem of Ambivalence in early episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, International Gothic Association Conference, Liverpool Hope, July 2003. [Co-presented with Lucy Nevitt].
‘Sarah Kane and Howard Barker: Hypersimulation and the Politics of Rape’, In Yer Face Theatre – British Theatre of the 1990s, University of West of England, September 2002.
Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Fellow of the University of Wales (2011)
Theatre and Performance Research Association
Visiting Scholar, New York University, 2010.
External Moderator for AKMI Metropolitan College, Athens/Thessaloniki, 2010-14.
External Panel Examiner for European Union Academy of Theatre and Cinema, Rome, 2010.
External Validator for Liverpool Hope University, February/October 2009.
Research Expertise & Interests:
The Theatre of Howard Barker; Film Genre and Style; The Gothic in Popular Culture; Post-War British Theatre; Contemporary American Television Drama; American Theatre and Cinema; Directing Actors for Theatre and Film; Screen Acting in Theory and Practice; Multi-media and Site-Specific Performance Practice.
Areas of Expertise
Phd Research Supervision:
Director of Studies (completed June 2016):
Sarah Crews: Howard Barker and Theatre Directing
Supervisor (completed May 2015):
Emma Westecott: Gender and Performance in Games
Examiner for University of Wales PhD:
Emily Flynn Jones: “Death Smiles: A study of the function, nature and player experience of in-game death”. September 2012
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