The Centre for Theatre and Performance Research at Royal Holloway will be hosting a talk by Gay McAuley on Wednesday 14 November. Gay McAuley will speaking on the subject of 'An ethnographic approach to theatrical rehearsal'. The talk will take place in the seminar room in Sutherland House and will begin at 3.00. Tea and coffee will be served.
Gay McAuley is an Honorary Professor in the Department of Performance Studies at the University of Sydney where she established Performance Studies as an interdisciplinary centre in 1989. Throughout the 70s and 80s she worked to establish modes of collaboration between academics and practising artists for teaching and research purposes, and in the 90s she pioneered the application of ethnographic methodologies to the study of rehearsal process. Her book, 'Space in Performance' (University of Michigan Press, 1999) was awarded the Rob Jordan Prize by the Australasian Drama Studies Association. Between 2001 and 2005 she convened an interdisciplinary research group on Place and Performance, and edited the collective volume emerging from the group’s work, 'Unstable Ground: Performance and the Politics of Place', 2006. Her most recent book, 'Not Magic but Work: an ethnographic account of a rehearsal process' was published earlier this year by Manchester University Press.