Dr Alex Cahill
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Dr Alex Cahill

Lecturer in Theatre and Performance

School of Humanities and Performing Arts (Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business)

Dr Alex Cahill is the programme lead for the BA Directing and BA Drama and Theatre Practice degrees at Plymouth Conservatoire, University of Plymouth. Cahill trained in Boalian techniques while also working as a professional theatre director in the USA. Alex works with numerous community groups both in the USA and the UK to raise awareness on the sustainable development goals, and often collaborates with Dr Paul Warwick (Centre for Sustainable Futures Lead) on the research aspect of projects. Alex has worked as a director in theatre for 14 years.

Qualifications


PhD in Theatre - University of Missouri (2015)
PGCE in Online Education - University of Missouri (2015)
MLitt in Ancient Drama - University of Glasgow (2011)
BA in Theatre Arts - University of Iowa (2010)
BA in Cinema and Comparative Literature - University of Iowa (2010)

Professional membership

Association for Theatre in Higher Education

Teaching interests

Alex teaches across the BA Directing, BA Acting and BA Drama and Theatre Practice degrees. 

Some of the modules she leads are:
Applied Practices: Community, Education and Wellbeing
Self and Character
Directing Analysis
Advanced Directing
Dramaturgy

Research interests

Alex's research interests focus on the wellbeing of the self in training, performance and society. As such, her work strongly aligns to sustainability education and asks how theatre practitioners can better incorporate sustainability and the Sustainability Development Goals into their practice and teaching.

Alex is also heavily involved in Knowledge Exchange. Her theatre company, Compassion Arts, works in collaboration with charities across the Southwest. More information can be found here: https://compassion-arts-theatre.com

Creative practice & artistic projects

Key publications

Books

Cahill, A. (2018) No Crown without the Cross: The Formation, Existence and Deconstruction of the Catholic Stage Guild of Ireland. Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Cahill A 2018 The Formation, Existence, and Deconstruction of the Catholic Stage Guild of Ireland. Cambridge Scholars Publishing

Key publications are highlighted

Journals

Cahill A & Warwick P (2019) Reimagining Applied Practices: A Case Study on the Potential Partnership between Applied Practices and Education for Sustainable Development. Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance

Cahill, A. (2015) The Theatrical Double Reflexivity Complex: How the Spectator Creates Metatheatre. Studia Dramatica.

Cahill, A. Review of Making Make-Believe Real: Politics as Theatre in Shakespeare’s Time byGarry Wills. Theatre History Studies Vol. 35 (2016). Forthcoming.

Cahill, A. Review of Costuming Greek Tragedy by Rosie Wyles. Theatre Survey 55.2 (May 2014),277-9.

Cahill, A. Review of Shakespeare and the Shrew: Performing the Defiant Female Voice by AnnaKamaralli. The Shakespeare Newsletter 63:1, no. 289 (Summer 2013), 27-8.

Cahill, A. Review of Dion Boucicault: Irish Identity On Stage by Deirdre McFeely. Studies in Theatreand Performance 33.3 (September 2013), 397-8.

Articles
Cahill LA & Warwick P 2019 'Reimagining Applied Practices: A Case Study on the Potential Partnership between Applied Practices and Education for Sustainable Development' Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance , DOI Open access
Cahill LA 2015 'THE THEATRICAL DOUBLE REFLEXIVITY COMPLEX: HOW THE SPECTATOR CREATES METATHEATRE' Studia Dramatica Open access
Conference Papers

"The Civic University in the Compassionate City" (2020) Sustainability in Higher Education (invited paper)

“Playing Catholic: The Catholic Priest on the American Stage” (2014) Association for Theatre in Higher Education (invited paper)

“The Land of Regretted Dreams: Success in America for Immigrant Playwrights” (2014) Association for Theatre in Higher Education (invited paper)

“The Wicked Ways of Good King Alfred’s Opposition” (2014) Missouri Valley History Conference (invited paper)

“Medieval Guilds: Religious? Political? or Somewhere in Between?” (2014) Mid America Medieval Association (invited paper)

“Playing with the American Woman Identity" (2013) Association for Theatre in Higher Education Conference (invited paper)

“American Women’s Identity: The Possibilities through Performance” (2013) Central States Communication Association Conference (invited paper)

“American Woman, Stay Away from Me! and Other Ridiculous Notions” (2013) Women and Gender Studies Conference, University of Missouri

“Tailoring History to Satisfy the Different Modalities of Learning” (2012) Inspired: Facilitating Student Creativity Workshop (poster session), University of Missouri


Performances

DIRECTING EXPERIENCE

The Proper Execution of the Playwright William Shakespeare, by Camilla Maxwell. Independent Actors Theatre, Missouri (2014)

A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare (Associate Director with Dr. Cheryl Black), University of Missouri (2014)

Edge by Emily Brauer Rogers, Independent Actors Theatre, Missouri (2014)

Hot Coffee by Emily Brauer Rogers, Independent Actors Theatre, Missouri (2014)

Zoo by Amanda Newman (concert reading) University of Missouri (2014)

The Defeat of Grandfather Devil translated and adapted by Josefina Niggli The University of Missouri Libraries and Department of Theatre (2013)

Not I by Samuel Beckett University of Missouri (2012)

God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza, Independent Actors Theatre, Missouri (2012)

Play by Samuel Beckett University of Iowa (2010)

Not I by Samuel Beckett University of Iowa (2010)

Quintelligiate by Lauren Baker (world premiere) University of Iowa (2010)

Deathtrap by Ira Levin, City Circle Acting Company, Iowa (2010)

Hard and Fast by Jess Foster (concert reading) University of Iowa (2010)

How Catherine D__ Got Her Expression by Lisa Leaverton (world premiere) (2010)

Visiting by Clark McFerren University of Iowa (2009)

Triptych by Lauren Baker (world premiere) University of Iowa (2009)