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Dr Cormac Power

Assistant Professor

Department: Arts

ADSS Cormac Power Facultystaff 255He has, since then, been an active academic researcher and has held various roles in the department, including Programme Director and Programme Leader. He teaches across all three undergraduate Performing Arts programmes, including into the modules Reading Performance, Analysing Performance, Approaches to Performance and Performance Research, among others.

I have a wide range of research interests within the areas of performance studies and performance theory. I have published on areas such as performance and presence, performance and philosophy, performance and failure, performance and theology. The topics I have written about are quite broad, from Christian ecological saints to the contemporary British playwright debbie tucker green. My overarching aim is to explore how different forms of performance expand our awareness of the world in different ways, inviting us to reflect upon existential and spiritual questions.


To date I have completed two monograohs on Theatre and Performance:

Presence in Play: A Critique of Theories of Presence in the Theatre (Rodopi 2008),

Stoicism and Performance: A Joyful Materialism (Brill 2019).



I am currently in the early stages of working on a third monograph whose provisional title is Performance and Faith: A feeling for the Ordinary (Palgrave expected 2028).


My most recent publication is an article that explores representations of the Catholic mass in two sharply contrasting examples:

Power, C. (2023). ‘Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood’ Real presence and personhood in Midnight Mass and Lips of Thomas. Performance Research, 28(1), 55-61.


Later this year, the following article will be published in the journal Performance, Religion and Spirituality: “Contemplation in Action: The Meditation as performance.” This article argues that Marcus Aurelius’ text the Meditations can be read as a kind of philosophical performance manual.  

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  • 'Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood’: Real presence and personhood in Midnight Mass and Lips of Thomas, Power, C. 2023, In: Performance Research
  • Stoicism and Performance: A Joyful Materialism, Power, C. 24 Dec 2019
  • Missing the target: emotion, stoic psychology and the actor, Power, C. 16 Oct 2018, Beyond Failure, London, Taylor & Francis
  • Stoicism and Performativity: Identity, Resistance, Performance, Power, C. 1 Mar 2017, In: TDR/The Drama Review
  • The Space of Doubt: The Chairs and the aesthetics of failure, Power, C. 14 Feb 2012, In: Performance Research
  • Making Nothing Out of Something: Concepts of Nothingness, Sartre and the Theatre of Peter Brook, Power, C. Dec 2010, In: Consciousness, Literature and the Arts
  • Performing to fail: perspective on failure in performance and philosophy, Power, C. Jan 2010, Ethical Encounters: boundaries of theatre, performance and philosophy, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Cambridge Scholars
  • Art, performance and participation, Power, C. 2009, Performance now and then, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, Arts & Social Sciences Press
  • ‘Bringing the Story to Life’: Presenting history as text in The World in Pictures, Power, C. 2009, In: Performance Research
  • Presence in play: a critique of theories of presence in the theatre, Power, C. 2008

Daniel Koczy A Thousand Failures and a Thousand Inventions: Deleuze and the Theatres of Samuel Beckett Start Date: 01/09/2012 End Date: 11/06/2015

  • Teaching & Learning PCAPL October 05 2006
  • Drama PhD June 30 2006
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2004

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