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Dr Jim Reynolds

Senior Lecturer in Drama

About

I am a Senior Lecturer in Drama. I have also taught at Queen Mary (London) and Rose Bruford. Before that, I worked as a Drama Teacher (1996-2006), as an actor and acting coach, and have led a range of text, devised, applied and youth theatre projects - mounting work on London stages such as the Tricycle Theatre, Hammersmith Lyric, The Cockpit, Kingston's Rose - and directed the UK stage premiere of Howard Barker's 'Knowledge and a Girl' at the Edinburgh Festival (2015). My research includes the co-edited books 'Addiction and Performance' (CSP 2014) and 'Howard Barker's Theatre: Wrestling with Catastrophe' (Bloomsbury Methuen 2015), which was shortlisted for the 2016 Society for Theatre Research book prize. I have also published on the cinematic adaptation of graphic novels, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and the National Theatre's adaptations of children's literature. I am currently working on 'Robert Lepage/Ex Machina', a monograph forthcoming in 2018.

Areas of specialism

  • Theatre Practices of Robert Lepage and Ex Machina
  • Theatre Practices of Howard Barker and the Wrestling School
  • Theatre Practices of Outside Edge (Theatre for Recovery)
  • Practice as Research (Directing Text)
  • Adaptation for Stage and Screen
  • Ritual Performance

Courses taught

Undergraduate

Qualifications

  • Ph.D. Drama, Queen Mary, University of London, 2010
  • MA Theatre and Performance Studies, Rose Bruford College, 2005
  • PGCE Drama, Bretton Hall, 1996
  • BA Philosophy, University of Hull, 1990

Professional membership

My professional memberships include the Theatre and Performance Research Association (TaPRA), the German Society for Contemporary Theatre and Drama in English (CDE), and International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR). 

Research

My Ph.D. research (Queen Mary, University of London) investigated performance practices in Robert Lepage and Ex Machina's devised theatre. I have published widely since 2006, including articles and book chapters exploring Howard Barker's direction of his own plays, and the actor's work within them, as well as Lepage's work with objects, and directing style. I have also written on the cinematic adaptation of graphic novels, the sacred in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, and the National Theatre's adaptations of children's literature for the stage. In 2012, I co-organised an international, interdisciplinary conference at Kingston, leading to the publication of the first book solely dedicated to theatre for recovery, 'Addiction and Performance' (CSP 2014). Between 2013/14, I led an international collaboration with the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, 'Pericles and The Sultan's Queen', an ongoing practice research project looking at methods of analysing playtexts, for which I also directed two Barker pieces in 2015, Und, and Knowledge and a Girl. 'Howard Barker's Theatre: Wrestling with Catastrophe', my co-edited volume on Barker and his company the Wrestling School, was published by Bloomsbury Methuen, also in 2015. I am currently working on a monograph exploring the theatre of Robert Lepage and Ex Machina. 

Publications

Number of items: 30.

Article

Reynolds, James (2017) Hypermobility and uncanny praxis in Robert Lepage and Ex Machina's devised solo work. Journal of Contemporary Drama and English, 5(1), pp. 55-69. ISSN (print) 2195-0156

Reynolds, James and Zontou, Zoe (2011) Ten years on the edge: Phil Fox reflects on a decade of recovery from addiction through applied theatre. Journal of Applied Arts & Health, 2(2), pp. 165-172. ISSN (print) 2040-2457

Reynolds, James (2009) 'KILL ME SENTIMENT': V For Vendetta and comic-to-film adaptation. Journal of Adaptation in Film & Performance, 2(2), pp. 121-136. ISSN (print) 1753-6421

Reynolds, James (2008) Hard work: Robert Lepage's 'Lipsynch' and the pleasures of responsibility. Platform, 3(2), pp. 130-135. ISSN (online) 1751-0171

Reynolds, James (2007) Acting with puppets and objects representation and perception in Robert Lepage's: 'The far side of the Moon'. Performance Research, 12(4), pp. 132-142. ISSN (print) 1352-8165

Book

Reynolds, James and Smith, Andy W., eds. (2015) Howard Barker's theatre : wrestling with catastrophe. London, U.K. : Bloomsbury Methuen Drama. 267p. (Methuen Drama Engage) ISBN 9781408184318

Reynolds, James and Zontou, Zoe, eds. (2014) Addiction and performance. Newcastle upon Tyne, U.K. : Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 397p. ISBN 9781443856577

Book Section

Reynolds, James (2015) Going underground. In: Reynolds, James and Smith, Andy W., (eds.) Howard Barker's theatre : wrestling with catastrophe. London, U.K. : Bloomsbury Methuen Drama. pp. 149-168. (Methuen Drama Engage) ISBN 9781408184318

Reynolds, James and Smith, Andy W. (2015) Introduction to Howard Barker's theatre : wrestling with catastrophe. In: Reynolds, James and Smith, Andy W., (eds.) Howard Barker's theatre : wrestling with catastrophe. London, U.K. : Bloomsbury Methuen Drama. pp. 1-15. (Methuen Drama Engage) ISBN 9781408184318

Reynolds, James [Interviewer] and Barker, Howard [Interviewee] (2015) On discipline : James Reynolds in conversation with Howard Barker. In: Reynolds, James and Smith, Andy W., (eds.) Howard Barker's theatre : wrestling with catastrophe. London, U.K. : Bloomsbury Methuen Drama. pp. 79-87. (Methuen Drama Engage) ISBN 9781408184318

Reynolds, James [Interviewer] and Ireland, Kenny [Interviewee] (2015) A company and its origins : James Reynolds in conversation with Kenny Ireland. In: Reynolds, James and Smith, Andy W., (eds.) Howard Barker's theatre : wrestling with catastrophe. London, U.K. : Bloomsbury Methuen Drama. pp. 21-36. (Methuen Drama Engage) ISBN 9781408184318

Reynolds, James and Zontou, Zoe (2014) Introduction. In: Reynolds, James and Zontou, Zoe, (eds.) Addiction and performance. Newcastle upon Tyne, U.K. : Cambridge Scholars Publishing. pp. 1-20. ISBN 9781443856577

Reynolds, James (2014) Lepage, chaos, needles, and opium. In: Reynolds, James and Zontou, Zoe, (eds.) Addiction and performance. Newcastle upon Tyne, U.K. : Cambridge Scholars Publishing. pp. 284-306. ISBN 9781443856577

Reynolds, James (2013) Unearthly powers of invention : speech, report and repetition in recent Wrestling School productions. In: Rabey, David Ian and Goldingray, Sarah, (eds.) Howard Barker’s art of theatre : essays on his plays, poetry and production work. Manchester, U.K. : Manchester University Press. pp. 28-37. ISBN 9780719089299

Reynolds, James (2012) Robert Lepage and authorial process. In: Shepherd, Simon, (ed.) Direction. Basingstoke, U.K. : Palgrave Macmillan. (Readings in Theatre Practice) ISBN 9780230276215

Reynolds, James (2012) Theatre for young audiences in and around London's Royal National Theatre. In: Maguire, Tom and Schuitema, Karian, (eds.) Theatre for young audiences: a critical handbook. Stoke-on-Trent, U.K. : Trentham Books. ISBN 9781858565019

Reynolds, James (2006) Barker directing Barker. In: Gritzner, Karoline and Rabey, David Ian, (eds.) Theatre of Catastrophe: New Essays on Howard Barker. London, U.K. : Oberon Books. pp. 56-69. ISBN 1840026723

Conference or Workshop Item

Reynolds, James (2016) Barker's Europe, Europe's Barker. In: Whither Europe?; 09 Jan 2016, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Reynolds, James (2016) Between but not wandering : spiritual space and contradiction in Robert Lepage and Ex Machina's ' Seven Streams of the River Ota '. In: IFTR 2016 : Presenting the Theatrical Past; 13 - 17 Jun 2016, Stockholm, Sweden. (Unpublished)

Reynolds, James (2016) Did the earth move for you? Lepage, Ex Machine and mobility. In: Theater and Mobility : 25th Annual CDE Conference; 26 - 29 May 2016, Eichstaett, Germany. (Unpublished)

Reynolds, James (2016) Re-forming The Europeans : Howard Barker's contemporary tragedies and the crisis of continental identity. In: Tragedy and the Contemporary : TaPRA interim event; 07 May 2016, Glasgow, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Reynolds, James (2016) The daimonic tale and the re-watch ritual : monstrous duality and Joss Whedon's new horror tradition. In: 7th Slayage Conference; 07 - 10 Jul 2016, Kingston upon Thames, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Reynolds, Jim (2015) The where, and the when, but Pericles. In: TaPRA Conference 2015; 08 - 10 Sep 2015, Worcester, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Reynolds, James (2014) Addiction is interdisciplinary : innovating recovery from substance misuse. In: School of Drama Public Lecture - Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts; 09 Nov 2014, Hong Kong, China. (Unpublished)

Reynolds, James (2013) Applied theatre as a strategy for recovery from addiction. In: Public Lecture, Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts; 13 Jan 2013, Hong Kong, China. (Unpublished)

Reynolds, James (2011) 3-D technology and the site-specific film adaptation. In: Adaptations and the New Technologies; 25 Jan 2011, Leicester, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Reynolds, James (2011) Intermediality and the uncanny in the devised theatre of Robert Lepage and Ex Machina. In: TaPRA Annual Conference 2011; 07 - 09 Sep 2011, Kingston upon Thames, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Fox, Phil and Reynolds, James (2011) Political health and the ethics of provocation : choice and denial in the work of Outside Edge. In: Health Acts : Applied Theatre, Health and Well-being; 27 - 28 Apr 2011, Exeter, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Reynolds, James (2011) Robert Lepage and authorial process. In: Authoring Theatre; 14-15 July 2011, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Reynolds, James (2011) Transmediality and the uncanny in the devised theatre performances of Robert Lepage and Ex Machina. In: Technologies of Transmediality; 6-8 Jan 2011, Bristol, U.K.. (Unpublished)

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