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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.

To date I have completed two books 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 working on a third monograph whose provisional title is Performance and Faith. The aim of this book will be to investigate overlaps between Performance Studies and Theology. It will include 4 main chapters:

On Relating

On Kneeling

On Walking

On Wondering


These chapters will in different ways draw theological concepts and related practices into the ambit of Performance Studies. 


This summer (2021) I will be presenting papers at two conferences, one which will explore the notion of the transcendent in the work of British playwright debbie tucker green, while another paper for the IFTR conference will explore the performative ecological dimension of the Christian mystical tradition.     

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  • 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
  • The emptiness of this stage signifies nothing: the material as sign in modern theatre, Power, C. Sep 2007, Material Worlds: proceedings of the conference held at Glasgow University 2005, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Cambridge Scholars

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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