Joseph Dunne-Howrie is a lecturer based in the postgraduate school. His primary research interests are performance practices that respond to and emerge from technological accelerationism, the climate crisis, and political extremism. He is currently investigating extreme right-wing politics, culture wars and performance.
His pedagogy takes a great deal of inspiration from artists working in the context of live art who treat performance as a research engine to engage with questions of artistic and professional identity, concepts of authorship and radically engaged politics.
More information about Joseph’s work can be found on his website:
Joseph’s area of expertise centres around political, digital and participatory performance and is available for PhD supervision across these topics in addition to: performative writing, practice research paradigms, archives and performance documentation; performance art and live art, immersive theatre, intermediality, and interactive media; and postdramatic plays and site-based practice.
Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance. Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, 2020-2022
University of Lincoln. PhD ‘Regenerating the Live: The Archive as the Genesis of a Performance Practice’, 2011-2015
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, 2012
University of Exeter. MA in Theatre Practice Distinction, 2008-2009
University of Exeter. BA (Hons) Drama 1st Class Hons. 2003-2006
Joseph’s professional practice has seen him convene numerous conferences and events, in particular, the DocPerform event series. As an artist, he has worked extensively with Tracing the Pathway at festivals and symposiums. Joseph has also served in curating several events with ZU-UK.
Joseph is a member of the steering committee for Hydrocracker, advising them on interactive and political theatre, and has a long-term collaboration with ZU-UK Theatre and Digital Arts company on projects including Audience as Document and the ACE-funded Elevate Labs – Body Brain Bingo. He has run practice research projects in Brazil, Greenland, and Finland.
He is currently the principal investigator on the interdisciplinary research project Gaming Democracy: Participatory Performance Strategies for Counteracting Far Right Politics. This project explores the infiltration of extreme right-wing politics amidst the culture wars within the video game sector. You can follow @gaming.democracy on X (formerly known as Twitter) for more information.
Joseph also maintains a blog on his website detailing his research work which you can read up on here – http://www.josephdunnehowrie.com/
Joseph has previously taught at the University of East London, Mountview Academy and City, University of London.
He has directed the DocPerform project with Dr Lyn Robinson at City since 2017 https://documentingperformance.com/.
Joseph is also a reviewer for Palgrave Macmillan.
Dreams of a Fourth World: Performance After Capitalism in the Work of Javaad Alipoor and Tim Crouch. TaPRA Annual Conference. University of Leeds, 30 August-1 September 2023
The Gaming Democracy Project: Virtual Democracy in the Age of Fascism IRL (In Real Life). From the Holodeck to the Metaverse: Interactive Speculative Narratives. Online, mixed reality, performing arts projects representing complex issues, addressing personal health and speculating about the future. Innovation Center of Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design, Budapest, 10-12 November 2022
From Corporeal Flesh to Bio-Techno Hybrids: Internet Theatre and the Historical Consciousness of the Covid-19 Crisis. Changing Perspectives on Live Performance. Anglia Ruskin University (online), 8-9 October 2021
Internet Theatre: A Postmedia Analysis of To Be A Machine and Rich Kids: A History of Shopping Malls in Tehran. IFTR Galway: Theatre Ecologies: Environment, Sustainability and Politics. University of Galway (online), 12-16 July 2021
Documenting Internet Theatre. Staging Viral Theatres. Viral Theatres Project, Free University, and the Humboldt University Berlin (online), 1 July 2021
Immersive Perspectivalism: Theatre in the Information Age. Zip-Scene. Analogue and Digital Immersive Spaces: Interactive Narratives – the Future of Storytelling and Immersion in Mixed Reality Mediums and Performing Arts. Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design, Budapest, 10-12 November 2019
Immersive Perspectivalism: Theatre in the Information Age. Digital Performance and Documentation: Archives of Liveness and Absence. University of Galway, 24 October 2019
Communities of Crisis: Digital Spaces, Crisis Acting and Media Wreckage in The Destroyed Room. DRHA: Radical Immersions. Navigating between Virtual/Physical Environments and Information Bubbles. Watermans Arts Centre, 8-10 September 2019
Trans-Participation in the Infosphere. DocPerform 3: Postdigital. City, University of London, 16 May 2019
Towards a Post Immersive Manifesto. TaPRA: Immersive and Interactive Technologies and Live Performance VR/MR/AR Practices. University of South Wales, 6 April 2019
Invisible Spectacles. Critical Care: Audience in Immersive, Interactive and One-on-One Performance. London South Bank University, 31 March 2018
The DocPerform Project. Performance and Culture: Cities, Embodiments, Technologies. University of Malta, 7-9 March 2018
Secret Cinema and Hybridised Dystopias. TaPRA Annual Conference. University of Bristol, 5-7 September 2016
What is a Real Document, Anyway? 21 Century Research and Performance. University of Malta, 9-11 March 2016
Keeping Research Live. Intersections: Performance (…) Research. Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, 14-15 January 2016
The Live Has a Legacy. TaPRA: People and Processes: Behind the Scenes of Theatre and Performance. University of Manchester, 7 February 2015
Reimagining the Future Cityscape: How the Archive can Shatter the Olympic Dream. TaPRA Annual Conference. Royal Holloway, University of London, 3-5 September 2014
The Future of the Ruin. TaPRA Annual Conference. Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, 4-6 September 2013
Encounters with Site, Memory and Performance: A Structured Discussion of Tracing the Pathway’s Methodology. Performing Documents. University of Bristol, 12-14 April 2013
Creating a Continuity of Performance Presence in the Archive. On Performativity. University of Wolverhampton, 14-15 June 2012
Navigating Kane’s City: Speakers in Crave as Fragments of Memory. Sarah Kane Symposium. University of Lincoln, 24 March 2012
Remembering the Past to Create the Future: The Audience as Document. Creative Exchanges: Performing Research. Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, 19-20 January 2012
Hacking the Archives: The 2012 Olympic Legacy, Fun Palaces and Game Theatre. In Fryer, P. and Jones, N. (eds). Clive Barker and his Legacy: Theatre Workshop, Theatre Games. London: Methuen, 2022. www.doi.org/10.5040/9781350128507
Performing Left Populism: Performance, Politics and the People. Theatre Journal. Submitted October 2023
Theater in a Post-Truth World: Texts, Politics, and Performance. Contemporary Theatre Review. Accepted 8 September 2023
Theater of Lockdown: Digital and Distanced Performance in a Time of Pandemic. International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media, 19 (1), 2023. www.doi.org/10.1080/14794713.2023.2170625
Documenting Performance: The Contexts & Processes of Digital Curation and Archiving. International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media. Affiliated Issue TaPRA Performance and New Technologies Working Group: Inclusive Intermedialities, 16 (2), 2020. https://doi.org/10.1080/14794713.2020.1778840
Imagined Theatres: Writings for a Theoretical Stage. Drama Research 8 (1), 2018. https://www.nationaldrama.org.uk/drama-research-volume-09/imagined-theatres-writing-for-a-theoretical-stage/
Encounters with the Russian Avant-Garde (book review). Stanislavski Studies. 5 (2), 2017. www.doi.org/10.1080/20567790.2017.1377933
Dramaturging Personal Narratives: Who Am I and Where is Here? (book review). Stanislavski Studies 4 (1), 2016. https://doi.org/10.1080/20567790.2016.1155367
Internet Theatre and the Historical Consciousness of the Covid-19 Era. International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media, 18 (1), 2021 https://doi.org/10.1080/14794713.2021.2005331
Networked Audience Participation: The Futurity of Post-Brexit Democracy in One Day, Maybe and Operation Black Antler (journal article). Studies in Theatre and Performance. Performance and The Right: Strategies and Subterfuges, 41 (1), 2021 www.doi.org/10.1080/14682761.2021.1964849
The Post-Immersive Manifesto (journal article co-authored with Jorge Lopes Ramos, Persis Jadé Maravala and Bart Simon). International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media. Affiliated Issue TaPRA Performance and New Technologies Working Group: Inclusive Intermedialities, 16 (2), 2020. https://doi.org/10.1080/14794713.2020.1766282
Crisis Acting in The Destroyed Room. Performance Research. Staging the Wreckage, 24 (5), 2019. https://doi.org/10.1080/13528165.2019.1671720
Good Night, Sleep Tight (Remix) (journal article co-authored with Jorge Lopes Ramos and Persis Jadé Maravala). International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media. Performance and VR Practice; New Work for New Environments, 14 (2), 2018. https://doi.org/10.1080/14794713.2018.1505385
Poor Traces of the Room: The Live Archive at the Library (journal article co-authored with Anna Makrzanowska). Performance Research. On Libraries, 22 (2), 2017. www.doi.org/10.1080/13528165.2017.1285574
The Beckett Collection at the University of Reading. Stanislavski Studies, 4 (3), 2016. www.doi.org/10.1080/20567790.2016.1234019
Stanislavski on Stage: The Benedetti Legacy (journal article). Stanislavski Studies, 3 (2), 2015. https://doi.org/10.1080/20567790.2015.1079046
The Archive is Present. Desearch, 3, 2013 https://www.researchgate.net/publication/262179322_The_Archive_is_Present
Body Brain Bingo Evaluation: A Practice as Research Project Investigating Interdisciplinary Collaborations Between Academics, Artists and Activists Towards Projects Addressing Mental Health and Well-Being (research report co-authored with Jorge Lopes Ramos, Clare Qualmann and Persis Jadé Maravala). Available from: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/culture/sites/culture/files/brain_body_bingo_evaluation.pdf, 2018
Mad Blud: A London Story (research report co-authored with Dominic Hingorani). Submitted to Theatre Royal Stratford East and the University of East London, 2011
Performing the Archive: Considering the Performing Arts Archive as a Tool and Provocation for Theatre Practice (research report). Submitted to JISC, 2011
Is the World After All Just a Dream? (editorial co-authored with Lyn Robinson). Proceedings from the Document Academy, 5 (1), 2018 www.doi.org/10.35492/docam/5/1/1
Turning Political Violence into Entertainment in Hate Radio. HowlRound Theatre Commons.
Hate Speech Allowed at the Battle of Ideas. Yorkshire Bylines. https://yorkshirebylines.co.uk/society/hate-speech-allowed-at-the-battle-of-ideas/, 2023
How Javaad Alipoor’s Fourth World Trilogy Disrupts What We Think We Understand About History, Politics, and the Internet. HowlRound Theater Commons. https://howlround.com/how-javaad-alipoors-fourth-world-trilogy-disrupts-what-we-think-we-understand-about-history, 2023
Reality Theatre. International Arts Manager, 13 (8). 2017 https://internationalartsmanager.com/reality-theatre/
ZU-UK’s Directors on Artistic Leadership Post-Brexit. Theatre Bubble. 2017
Joseph takes an interest in a wide manner of research that includes but is not limited to: performance and gender; British socialism; class-based performance and working-class culture; inter-disciplinary and inter-textual performance; multimedia; and experimental dramatic narratives.