Dr James Frieze
My research interests are mainly in contemporary theatre in the US and UK. Specific areas include: immersive and participatory performance; devising methodologies; performativity in relation to race and gender; performative and political exchanges between Liverpool and New York. I welcome enquiries about potential supervision or consultation.
Theoretically-driven modules taught include: Experimental Theatre; Anatomy of Theatre; Text and Society; Performance and Contemporary Culture; Reality Unplugged; Drama Dissertation.
I am currently Module Leader for Working with Drama, which incorporates work-based and work-related learning, and for Improvisation and Devising.
I am currently writing a monograph and editing a collection.
The monograph, Theatrical Performance and the Forensic Turn (Routledge, 2014), is part of a planned long-term project engaging with contemporary theatre’s fixation with the processing and detection of evidence. I frame contemporary theatre’s interrogation of expertise and evidence-gathering by closely articulating performance examples with reality shows in various media, and with political and social debates about journalistic procedures and the management of identity data (identity recognition/theft/fraud/leaking).
The collection, Framing Immersive Theatre and Performance: The Politics of Participation (Palgrave, 2014), brings together a range scholars and practitioners from various countries, working in various sectors of performance, to consider the branding, architecture, configuration of participation and cultural situation of immersive theatre and performance.
2013 ‘A (Hypothetical) Spectator Just Like You: Imaginary Actuality and Performance’ in Performing Ethos (vol. 2, no. 3).
2012 ‘The Mess Behind the Veil: Assimilating Ping Chon Asian American Literature Volume IV: Drama and Performance, David Leiwei Li (ed.) (Routledge), pp.74-91.
2011 ‘Naked Truth: Theatrical Performance and the Diagnostic Turn’ in Theatre Research International (vol. 36, no. 2), pp. 148-162.
2012 ‘“Whatever You Say…”: Making the Monstrous Phatic’ in Out of Silence, Caridad Svich (ed.) (Eyecorner Press), pp.83-98.
2009 Naming Theatre: Demonstrative Diagnosis in Performance (Palgrave Macmillan)
2006 ‘The Mess Behind the Veil: Assimilating Ping Chong’. Theatre Research International (vol. 31, no. 1), pp.84-100.
2002 The Articulation of Difference: Staging Identity in the United States (1986-92) (UMI Dissertations).
1999 ‘Layers of Perception’. Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism (vol. 13, no.2), pp.157-164.
1998 ‘Imperceptible Mutabilities in the Third Kingdom: Suzan-Lori Parks and the Shared Struggle to
1998 ‘Making Space/Losing Face: Mimi Goese and the Penultimate Dis-’. PAJ: Performing Arts
1997 ‘Channeling Rubble: Seven Streams of the River Ota / After Sorrow’. Journal of Dramatic
1997 ‘Anglo-American Interplay in Recent Drama by Ruby Cohn’, Theatre Studies (42), pp.59-59.
SELECTED CONFERENCE AND SEMINAR PAPERS
2013 CENTRAL SCHOOL OF SPEECH AND DRAMA, London, UK.
2013 ABERYSTWYTH UNIVERSITY
2011 TaPRA, Kingston, UK.
2010 LICA SEMINAR, Lancaster, UK.
2010 TEXTING OBAMA, Manchester, UK.
2009 ASTR, San Juan, Puerto Rico (visit sponsored by ASTR and British Academy).
2009 TaPRA, Plymouth, UK. Paper (in Performance and the Body Working Group): ‘So Much Water So Close to Home: Departures, Crossings, and Diasporic Bodies’.
2007 PERFORMANCE STUDIES INTERNATIONAL, New York, NY.
2007 TaPRA, Birmingham, UK.
2007 PERFORMING LITERATURES, Leeds, UK.
2006 GLORY OF THE GARDEN: REGIONAL THEATRE CONFERENCE, Liverpool.
2006 BEYOND POSTMODERNISM II (CSSD), London.
2005 BEYOND POSTMODERNISM I (Birkbeck College), London.
2005 PERFORMANCE STUDIES INTERNATIONAL, Providence, RI.
2002 INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION FOR THEATRE RESEARCH, Amsterdam.
2000 ASSOC’N FOR THEATRE IN HIGHER EDUCATION, Washington D.C.
2000 I CONGRESO DE TEATRO NORTEAMERICANO, Malaga.