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Dr Kelly Jordan

Job: Senior Lecturer in Drama

Faculty: Arts, Design and Humanities

School/department: School of Humanities and Performing Arts

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, UK, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 255 1551 Ext 6612

E: kjordan@dmu.ac.uk

W: http://www.dmu.ac.uk/arts

 

Personal profile

I joined the Drama team in 2006. My teaching and research focuses on Live Art and Contemporary Theatre and Performance, with a special interest in participatory and immersive practices.

I am a Senior Lecturer and lead modules in Directing (Level 5) and Live Art and Experimental Perfomance Practices (Level 6). I also supervise written and practice as research undergraduate and postgraduate research projects.

At present, I am working on a chapter on fragility in a forthcoming book on The Phenomenology of Blood in Performance Art. I am also developing a monograph which will explore audience participation in relation to notions of presence, ethics and performance. I have a forthcoming article on ‘The Ethics of Participation’ due to be published in the Journal of Contemporary Drama in English, 7.2, November 2019.

I have also worked as a contemporary theatre director, most recently I co-directed a 1960s Immersive Cinema project in collaboration with Dr Alissa Clarke and CATHI, which was staged at Picturehouse Cinema, Piccadilly, London. I have also collaborated with Guillermo Gómez-Pena’s performance company La Pocha Nosta. Prior to teaching, I established my own theatre company and produced performances at venues such as Hoxton Hall and the Ministry of Sound in London. I have also worked closely with several youth groups in Leicester.

Research group affiliations

Drama Research Group (DRG)

Institute of Drama, Dance and Performance Studies

Research interests/expertise

  • Live Art
  • Immersive, Interactive, Participatory Practices
  • Contemporary Theatre Practice
  • Directing
  • Philosophy and Performance

Areas of teaching

  • Live Art
  • Directing
  • Immersive, Interactive, Participatory Practices
  • Contemporary Theatre Practice

Qualifications

  • PhD in Drama and Performance at De Montfort University
  • Certificate in Further Education Teaching – City & Guilds 7407 at Brooksby Melton College, Leicestershire
  • MA in Performance Studies (with Distinction) at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
  • BA (Hons) in Drama and Theatre Studies at St Mary’s University College, awarded by the University of Surrey

Courses taught

Undergraduate Modules:

  • DRAM 2006: Directing (Module Leader)
  • DRAM 3000: Drama Research Project
  • DRAM 3006: Live Art and Experimental Performance (Module Leader)
  • DRAM 3008: Engaging with Creative Industries
  • DRAM 3010: Performance as Research

Postgraduate Modules:

  • Performance Practices MA
  • PERF5702 / PERF5704 Faculty Major Projects

Key research outputs

Current research students

Kerryn Wise, PhD in Drama, Dance, Technology (awarded AHRC-funded Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership), Digital Forms and Live Bodies: An Exploration of 360 Video Technology in Live Immersive Performance Practices, 1st Supervisor. 

Fernanda Prata, PhD in Performance Practice (awarded DMU Graduate Full Bursary), The Dancer Training Within an Integrative Approach: A Transpractice Methodology Towards the UK Dance Conservatoire. 2nd Supervisor.

Jason Benson, PhD in Contemporary Performance Practices, PhD in Volcano’s Theatre of Shudder: An Aesthetic Analysis, 2nd Supervisor.

Research activities

Journal Article - The Ethics of Participation and Participation Gone Wrong. Journal of Contemporary Drama in English, 7.2, Nov 2019

Conference Paper – The Ethics of Participation and Participation Gone Wrong (extended version). Borderlines  VI, DMU, Thursday 21 June 2018

Conference Paper - The Ethics of Participation and Participation Gone Wrong. Critical Care: Audience in Interactive, Immersive and One on One Performance. London South Bank University, Thursday 29 March 2018

Journal Article - Jordan, K. (2016) On the Border of Participation: Spectatorship and the Interactive Rituals of Guillermo Gómez-Peña and La Pocha Nostra. Journal of Contemporary Drama in English, 4 (1), pp. 104-118

Impact event - Co-director on a 1960s Immersive Cinema project in collaboration with Dr Alissa Clarke and CATHI and Picturehouse Cinemas, Piccadilly, London, July 2016

Impact Event - Collaborator and co-director on a 1960s Immersive Cinema project in collaboration with Dr Alissa Clarke and CATHI and Phoenix Cinema, Leicester, March 2016

Impact Event - ‘In Conversation’ with Lois Keidan (Director of the Live Art Development Agency). Cultural Exchanges, DMU, March 2016           

Conference Paper - On the Border of Participation: Spectatorship and the Interactive Rituals of Guillermo Gómez-Peña and La Pocha Nostra. German Society for Contemporary Drama in English (CDE) 24th Annual Conference on “Theatre and Spectatorship”, hosted in Barcelona, June 2015

Conference Paper - Border Politics: Audience Participation. Borderlines: Performances, Disciplines, Dialogues, DMU, June 2014

Workshop - ‘Crossing Borders: The Radical Pedagogy of Guillermo Gómez-Pena’s La Pocha Nostra’ at the IUTA 8th World Congress on Theatre and Pedagogy, DMU, 28 June – Friday 2 July 2010

ORCID number

0000-0001-8954-9945

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