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Dr Mary Richards

Dr Mary Richards
Associate Dean/Reader - Theatre


I came to Brunel University London in September 2001 and completed my PhD Resisting the Limits of the Performing Body (University of Warwick) the following year. I set up and used to run a Peer Assisted Learning Scheme (PALS) which also provided ongoing support for the student team of PALS facilitators. There is now a centrally run university scheme.

I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and am the former Vice Dean (Education) for the College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences of Brunel University London (August 2014 – July 2017) It was during my time as Vice Dean (Education) that I led on the development of a new UG degree programme on Global Challenges. The degree includes strand pathways on planetary health, social cohesion, security, and global innovation: providing an opportunity for students to study in a more holistic manner through engagement with a range of natural and social sciences, as well as humanities disciplines. This is done in recognition that the complexities of the contemporary world do not necessarily respect disciplinary boundaries and graduates need the skills to met the demands of a rapidly changing global context.

In terms of my research, I was recently funded by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (2015-2017) to work with the particle physicist Dr Jo Cole from the College of Engineering Design and Physical Sciences. Together we developed a project entitled The Elusive Ms Higgs: a detective fiction of elementary truths which sought to investigate the use of immersive theatre practice as a tool to engage school pupils with the particle physics associated with the discovery of the Higgs boson. I have published papers and articles on live art and performance. Most recently, a article which considers, Tino Sehgal's approach to producing without producing objects:

A fully revised and updated second edition of my monograph on Marina Abramović (Routledge) will be published later this year.

Newest selected publications

Richards, ME. (2017) 'The orchestrated crowd: choreography, chorus, conceit in Tino Sehgal’s These Associations.'. Choreographic Practices, 8 (2). pp. 181 - 198. ISSN: 2040-5669 Open Access Link

Journal article

Richards, ME. (2015) 'Marina Abramovic: The Kitchen - Homage to Saint Therese'.Conference Santa Teresa: Her Writings and Writings about Her. Freie Universitat, Berlin, Germany. [unpublished]

Conference paper

Richards, ME. (2015) 'Evaluating The Elusive Ms Higgs'.Theatre and Performance Research Association 8-10 September 2015. University of Worcester. [unpublished]

Conference paper

Richards, ME. (2014) '“Bring and Do Nothing”: Abramović’s 512 Hours (2014) in the context of Rhythm 0 (1974)"'.Theatre and Performance Research Association (TaPRA). Royal Holloway University, London. 3 - 5 September.Open Access Link

Conference paper

Richards, ME. (2013) '"Productivity as a discourse: Tino Sehgal's These Associations"'.Theatre and Performance Research Association (TaPRA). Glasgow, Scotland.

Conference paper
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