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Qualifications

PhD (ongoing from Jan 2015) – ‘Breathing through the text: Investigating the Role of Breathing Work in Twentieth and Twenty-first Century Approaches to Speaking and Acting Shakespeare’s Text’ [working title]

MA (Dist.) Drama: University of South Wales – 2014

BA (Hons) Drama: Aberystwyth University – 2009

Other:
LAMDA Awards: Bronze (2005), Silver (2006), and Gold (2007) Medals for Acting

About

I have been working in performing arts for the past seventeen years at all levels, community to professional in Ireland and Wales where I have worked as an actor, director, writer, researcher, and lecturer. My experience has crossed many areas of theatre from working with disabled groups on forum theatre to Theatre in Education, whereby, I have worked as an actor and production manager for the Dry Ice Theatre Company (2004 – 2007); touring primary schools in Dublin with interactive stage shows looking at issues such as racism and bullying.

More recently, in my own theatre and arts practice I have written, directed, and performed in theatre and performance productions that consider, for example, issues of human suffering and human rights within areas such as TV journalism, (Look At Me – Cardiff, Jan 2014); the concept of death (The Last of Human Rites – Cardiff, June 2014); and violence (Out of Place – Cardiff, Sept 2014).

Experience

February – July 2016 – Research Assistant:

Denis was employed on a 24 week contract by the George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling at the University as Research Assistant. Main responsibilities include the organising and coordination of the Centre’s annual symposium ‘Storytelling and Justice’ and coordination the Centre’s nominations for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.

Academic event organisation:

‘Storytelling and Justice’ symposium – at the George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling, University of South Wales. 13 May – 14 May, 2016

Selected Workshops/classes:

• University of South Wales – Freelance Practitioner – Employed to deliver a voice workshop on ‘Speaking Shakespeare’ with the cast of Henry IV dir. Prof. Richard Hand. 21st May, 2014

• Heads 4 Arts (H4A) – Freelance Practitioner – Employed to deliver a workshop on multimedia performance for age group of 7 – 12 years. 2nd July, 2014

• University of South Wales – Freelance Practitioner – Employed to deliver a voice workshop entitled ‘Embodied Voice’ to the cast of Vermillon Sands dir. Dr. Geraint D’arcy. 29th April 2015

• University of South Wales – Freelance Practitioner – Employed to deliver 3 workshops on voice, entitled ‘Embodied Voice’ to first year undergraduate groups. 13th May 2015

Most recent Applied Drama project work

2015 – present
Project Director (and writer/performer): Graveyard Voices: Performing and Podcasting the Heritage of Cathays Cemetery in association with University of South Wales and Cardiff Council Bereavement Services.

This project initially took the form of live performance in Cathays Cemetery, Cardiff (June, 2015) and is currently being developed into a podcast for the Heritage Trail at the cemetery for listeners to hear the exceptional stories of the graves they visit along the trail.

Responsibilities

Module Leader:
- Professional Studies 1 – Voice and Movement

Teaching:
Current
- Perspectives on Performance
- Professional Studies 1 – Voice and Movement
- Contemporary Theatre: Text and Performance
- Horror Performance

Past
- Introduction to Drama, Performance and Media
- Text And Performance Analysis: Methods And Vocabularies
- Animation and Audiobooks (2014/2015)

Dissertation supervision
- Year 3 Undergraduate Dissertations

Publications

In development:
‘Performing and Scripting for Animation and Audiobooks: An Interdisciplinary Teaching Project with Undergraduates’

This is a co-authored pedagogical research paper outlining and exploring the effectiveness of a new experimental module for undergraduate Drama and Scriptwriting students, which ran in 2014/15 at University of South Wales, with Dr. Marta Minier.

Memberships

External:
Society for Theatre Research
Equity
TaPRA: Performer Training Working Group
British Shakespeare Association
European Shakespeare Research Association

Internal:
In capacity of Research Student Representative for FCI
– Membership of Faculty Research Programmes Committee (FRPC)
– Membership of the University-wide Research Programmes Sub Committee (RPSC)
– Membership of FCI Research Committee

External

Wales Theatre Awards shortlist judging panel 2015 – present

Theatre Reviewer for Arts Scene in Wales
Author’s page: http://www.asiw.co.uk/author/denis-lennon/

Research

Research interests include: Actor Training, Performance of Shakespearean Text, Performance Theory, Autobiographical Performance, Voice Studies.

Conferences papers/workshops:

UK:

‘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.

Plenary Respondent at the ‘Storytelling and Place’ with Dr Jodie Allinson – George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling, University of South Wales

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

Twitter

@DenisDLennon

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