School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics

Staff Profile

Dr Rosalind Haslett

Lecturer in Dramatic Literature




Having gained a BA in Drama and English at Trinity College Dublin, I went on to complete an MA in Creative Writing at Queens University Belfast. Following this, I wrote my doctoral thesis on the history of the dramaturgy profession in Anglo-American theatre at the School of English and History, University of Ulster. I held the position of Lecturer in Drama at the University of Sunderland from 2010 to 2011, and joined the School of English at Newcastle University in September 2011.


Consultation & feedback hours

Tuesday, 10 am-12 noon

Wednesday, 11 am-12 noon  



I am a member of the Theatre History Working Group, the Theatre and Performing Arts Research Association (TaPRA), the Theatre History and Historiography Working Group, International Federation of Theatre Research (IFTR), and the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA).  




My research interests include dramaturgy and literary management, twentieth-century British and American theatre, new writing for the theatre, and theatre architectures. 

I am also a playwright & librettist. My work has been performed in Dublin, London and New York; and translated into Romanian and Italian.


Current work

I am currently working on a monograph on the history of the dramaturgy profession in American theatre. This work considers the development of the role of dramaturg through a number of case studies and microhistories, with particular emphasis upon the dramaturg's role in the process of selecting, developing and programming new writing for the stage. Periods of particular interest include the work of the New Theatre, New York (1909-1911);  the work of the American National Theatre and Academy in the early years of the cold war (1946-51); the influence of the Yale School of Drama (1967-present day); and the current 'dynamic position' of the dramaturg in American theatre.  




Undergraduate teaching 

Semester One:

SEL1030 Approaches to Reading (Lecturer & Seminar Leader)

SEL1003 Introduction to Literary Studies 1 (Lecturer)

SEL3374 Twentieth-Century American Theatre: Critics, Conflict, Collaborators (Module Leader)


Semester Two:

SEL1031 Drama, Theatre & Performance (Module Leader)

SEL2217 Popular Performance (Module Leader)

SEL2204 Victorian Passions (Lecturer)

Postgraduate teaching 


MA in Modern and Contemporary Studies, 'Recording and Revising the Past in Performance'