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James Wilson

Title: Social Authorship and Performance Text
Supervisor: Susan Haedicke
Mentor: Nicolas Whybrow
Research Summary

My PhD research project examines how social and collaborative practice in performance-making is reflecting evolving notions of authorship. Theatre artists and performers in all arenas are increasingly opening their creative processes to others in new and more varied ways than ever before. Where collaboration was once used within rehearsal processes as a radical rejection of authorship, contemporary practitioners, mainstream and fringe, incorporate wide varieties of social inputs without dispensing with authorial voices.

I use case studies, practice-as-research workshops and theoretical analysis to look at 'Social Authorship and Performance Text'.

Professional and Academic Background

As well as a researcher, I am a playwright with a particular background in physical and devised theatre. I completed training at the École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq in Paris in 2005 and earned an MFA in Creative Writing (Playwriting) from San Francisco State University in 2010. My plays have been performed in San Francisco, Montréal, France and the Czech Republic. I also co-directed a theatre festival in rural France for two years and received the Jim Highsmith Award for my play misc romance, the Warwick Postgraduate Research Scholarship at Warwick, a Cal Grant for study at San Francisco State, and the Sir William MacDonald Scholarship and Macall English Award for undergraduate study at McGill University.