School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics

Staff Profile

Dr Rosalind Haslett

Lecturer in Dramatic Literature

Background

 

Background

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 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, 9.15-11am

Wednesday, 9.15-10am  

 

Membership

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).  

Research

 

Overview

I am strongly interested in theatre’s ability to create communities, and in the way that these communities are sustained by storytelling forms such as anecdote, reminiscence and the telling of jokes. I have studied regional and community theatre as it emerges in a variety of different contexts, and looked at processes of production and creation, risk and failure. 

My research is always informed by my creative work as 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 two exciting projects of co-creation with external partners, both of whom have generously donated their archives to Special Collections at Robinson Library.

  1. I have been working with Live Theatre since 2012 on the preservation of this organisation’s rich cultural heritage. We are currently mapping the theatre’s extensive archive and using oral history to access the tacit knowledge associated with this. I am in the process of writing a monograph on the theatre’s history as a working-class theatre. https://www.live.org.uk/blogs-resources/story-yet-no-end
  2. As part of a small team drawn from Open Clasp theatre and the University, including my colleague Kate Chedgzoy and Catrina McHugh MBE, I have been working to find ways of engaging with Open Clasp theatre’s archive which reflect this organisation’s democratic and ethos-driven processes. http://www.openclasp.org.uk/open-clasp-open-archive/

These projects are distinct but overlapping. Both engage with archive theory and require interdisciplinary and creative collaboration and both seek new ways of working, and engaging with creative practitioners and their audiences. 


Teaching

 

Undergraduate teaching 


SEL1031 Drama, Theatre & Performance (Module convenor)

SEL2218 Research Project in English and History (Module convenor)

SEL3377 Dissertation in English and History (Module convenor)

SEL1023 Transformations (Lecturer)

SEL2210 Independent Research Project (Supervisor and workshop leader)

SEL3365 Independent Essay (Supervisor)

SEL3362 English Literature Dissertation (Supervisor)


This semester I am involved in an ULTSEC-funded, research-led teaching project in collaboration with Jamie Harper (PGR) 'Using games and role-play to encourage participation in group learning environments'.

https://www.ncl.ac.uk/ltds/assets/documents/Summary_Funded_Projects_17-18.pdf

https://blogs.ncl.ac.uk/rosalindhaslett/



 

 

 

Publications