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Dr Holly Maples

Dr Holly Maples
Senior Lecturer in Theatre

Gaskell Building 114


Holly has a PhD from Trinity College Dublin (2008) on Commemoration and the Irish National Theatre, an MA in Theatre Studies from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (2004) and a BA (Hons) in Acting from Central School of Speech and Drama (1999). Both a theatre practitioner and a scholar, she has performed in, and directed productions in the United States, Ireland and the United Kingdom. Her directing work combines physical and text based theatre and she has worked and trained with experimental theatre companies such as SITI Company, the Wooster Group, Theatre Mitu and Elevator Repair Service. She attended the prestigious Lincoln Center Director’s Lab in 2011 and is the winner of the Platsis Award for her production of The Electra Project.

Prior to joining the Theatre Department at Brunel, Holly was a Lecturer in Drama at the University of East Anglia where she was the co-course leader of the MA in Theatre Directing and MA in Theatre for Development. She has also taught at Trinity College Dublin, the University of Michigan and at the Abbey School of Acting in Dublin.

Her research examines the performance of collective identity in times of social change. She has articles examining a wide range of performance practice including dance theatre, spectatorship, the embodiment of collective memory and Irish Studies. Holly is a member of the American Society for Theatre Research, Performance Studies International and the International Federation of Theatre Research.

Newest selected publications

Maples, H. (Accepted) 'Viking: Discover the Legend Performances'. [Norwich Castle Museum.]


Maples, HA. (2019) 'The Erotic Spectator: Pernicious Pleasure, Popular Entertainment, and the American Female Gaze, 1830-1929'. Palgrave Macmillan.


Maples, HA. (2018) 'Robert Paston's Whirlpool of Misadventures'. [Oxnead Hall, Norfolk NR10 5HP.]


Maples, H. (2016) 'The Erotic Voyeur: Sensorial Engagement in Punchdrunk’s The Drowned Man'. Journal of Contemporary Drama in English, 4 (1). ISSN: 2195-0164 Open Access Link

Journal article

Maples, H. (2014) 'Parading Multicultural Ireland: Identity, Politics and National Agendas in the 2007 St. Patrick's Festival', in Brady, S. and Walsh, F. (eds.) Crossroads: Performance Studies and Irish Culture. Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 237 - 248. ISBN 10: 1137425717. ISBN 13: 978-1137425713.

Book chapter
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