Dr Tracy Cruickshank

Job: Senior Lecturer/Associate Head of School of Arts/Head of Drama

Faculty: Arts, Design and Humanities

School/department: School of Visual and Performing Arts

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

T: +44 (0)116 257 7896

E: tcruickshank@dmu.ac.uk

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


Personal profile

Tracy’s interests centre on language and performance and the representation of space and place in play-texts (and in Contemporary British drama in particular) and performance.  She joined De Montfort University in September 2004.

Publications and outputs 


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Key research outputs

Forthcoming (2016) Starting Theatre and Performance:  an Introduction to the Western Stage, with Gary Day, London:  Methuen

Cruickshank, Tracy (2014)‘Performance’ in The Handbook of Stylistics, edited by Peter Stockwell and Sara Whiteley, Cambridge:  Cambridge University Press, 456-66

Cruickshank, Tracy and Lahey, Ernestine (2010) ‘Building the Stages of Drama: Towards a Text World Theory Account of Dramatic Play Texts’ Journal of Literary Semantics, Volume 39, Issue 1:  67-91

Research interests/expertise

Contemporary Drama; Stylistics and Drama; space, place and performance.

Areas of teaching

Acting, Scripting, Directing; Drama and Theory; Writing for Performance


PhD, The University of Nottingham:   ‘Language and the Processes of Performance’. Awarded December 2003

MA Performance Studies (De Montfort University, 1999)

BA (Hons) English and Performing Arts (De Montfort University 1996)

Courses taught

BA Drama Studies (Acting Scripting, Directing, Drama and Theory, Drama Research Project, Writing for Performance and Drama performance Project) and MA Performance Practices (Faculty Major Project:  Dissertation). 

Membership of professional associations and societies

Member of PALA since 2008

Conference attendance

‘A Learning Curve: the Impact and Potential of the Relationship between University Theatre and Professional Theatre’, with Rob Brannen, IUTA Conference, Liége, July.

‘Mapping the City in the Plays of Martin Crimp’, Borderlines Symposium, De Montfort University, June.

Paper presentation - ‘There is no there there:  the performance of Britain in contemporary British drama’, Contemporary British Theatre:  Towards a new cannon, Birmingham City University, October 16 2010, attendance funded by department staff development fund.

Paper presentation - ‘This stage depicts an age bygone:  an analysis of space and place in contemporary British drama’, PALA, The University of Genoa, July 2010, attendance funded by department staff development fund.

Co-convener of comedy conference, Playing for Laughs:  On Comedy in Performance, De Montfort University:  4th February 2012; 6th February 2010; 7th February 2009, 9th-10th February 2008

Other forms of public presentation

‘Belonging and Belongings in Sam Shepard’s Family Dramas’, public lecture at Curve, Leicester, Tuesday 22 November 2011

‘Outside or In:  The Theatre of Sam Shepard’, programme notes for Curve production of Buried Child, October 2011

‘In his place:  Reading Friel in Context’, with Simon Featherstone, public lecture at Curve, Leicester, November 2010

Public interview with Josie Long, Cultural Exchanges, De Montfort University, March 2010


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