Dr Miriam Haughton

B.A, M.A, Ph.D

Contact Details

Lecturer Below The Bar
School of Humanities
NUI Galway

E: MIRIAM.HAUGHTON@nuigalway.ie
Lecturer Below The Bar, O'Donoghue Centre For Drama, Theatre and Performance
Theme - Humanities in Context

E: miriam.haughton@nuigalway.ie
 
researcher

Biography

Miriam’s research interests include contemporary theatre and performance, the politics of performance, feminism, and the interdisciplinary field of trauma and memory studies. Miriam's monograph in this field, Staging Trauma: Bodies in Shadow, which queries the political and performative contexts for staging trauma in Ireland, Northern Ireland and Britain, is forthcoming with the 'Contemporary Performance InterActions' Series, Palgrave. Her article in the international peer-reviewed journal Modern Drama "From Laundries to Labour Camps: Staging Ireland's "Rule of Silence" in Anu Productions' Laundry" received the 'Honourable Mention' in their Outstanding Article Awards in 2014. With Maria Kurdi, Miriam co-edited the collection Radical Contemporary Theatre Practices by Women in Ireland (Carysfort, 2015). This collection has received critical praise in leading international peer-reviewed journals, including Theatre Journal, ‘compulsory reading’, Modern Drama ‘a tremendous resource’, Contemporary Theatre Review ‘ground-breaking’, and New Theatre Quarterly ‘timely confirmation of the unassailable contributions by women’. She has an article forthcoming in Contemporary Theatre Review's special issue on feminist theatre and performance, and is co-editing the special issue of international journal Ilha do Desterro on 'Artistic Collaborations' with Drs Maria Rita Drumond Viana and Alinne Balduino Pires Fernandes.

Miriam maintains a strong interest in the business of theatre and the creative arts, drawing from her postdoctoral research project, the Creative Exchange Northern Ireland (CXNI), an AHRC creative knowledge exchange initiative led by the University of Ulster with Queen’s University Belfast (2013-14). Miriam completed her Ph.D. at UCD in 2012, where she has previously lectured. Miriam has been awarded research support from NUI Galway, as well as organisations including the International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR), the Irish Society for Theatre Research (ISTR), The Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies at Notre Dame, and UCD.

Miriam has worked  in theatre, television and film in the United Kingdom and Ireland, and as a television journalist specializing in the Middle East and North Africa. Project Director and co-Chair for the academic and artistic centenary initiative ‘1916: Home: 2016’, this project coordinated and supported critical and creative explorations of the lesser-known histories of twentieth-century Ireland, throughout Ireland, the UK, US, Canada and Brazil. The project website was selected to be included in the National Library of Ireland's 'Remembering 1916, Recording 2016' archive. Miriam is a supporting member of the National Women’s Council of Ireland (NWCI),  elected to the Executive Committee of ISTR, and a member of the Feminist Working Group of IFTR.

Miriam currently supervises two doctoral projects investigating contemporary performance practices funded by the Irish Research Council and the Galway Doctoral Fellowship. She welcomes thesis proposals in any areas relating to theatre and performance studies, particularly regarding its interdisciplinary relationships with identity politics, trauma and memory studies, space and place, feminisms, and the creative industries.

Research Interests

Miriam's primary research field includes:

Contemporary Irish and Northern Irish Theatre and Performance

Contemporary British Theatre and Performance

Trauma and Memory Studies 

Contemporary Theatre Practices

Medical Humanities

Modern Western Drama

Theatre, Culture, and Politics

Theatre and Gender 

Theatre and Feminisms 

The Body in Performance

The Places and Spaces of Theatre and Performance 

Audiences and the Politics of Reception

Practice as Research

Miriams welcomes thesis proposals related to these interests, and related areas of research. 

Research Projects

  Project Start Date End Date
Gaming Audiences into Performance: engagement in theatrical producation through live-action games 01-OCT-15 30-SEP-19

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
(2017) ''Them the Breaks': #WakingTheFeminists and Staging the Easter/Estrogen Rising'
Haughton, M (2017) ''Them the Breaks': #WakingTheFeminists and Staging the Easter/Estrogen Rising'. Contemporary Theatre Review, [Details]
(2014) 'Flirting with the Postmodern: Moments of Change in Contemporary Irish Theatre, Performance, and Culture'
Haughton, M (2014) 'Flirting with the Postmodern: Moments of Change in Contemporary Irish Theatre, Performance, and Culture'. Irish Studies Review, 22 (3):374-392 [Details]
(2014) 'From Laundries to Labour Camps: Staging Ireland's Rule of Silence in Anu Productions' Laundry'
Haughton, M (2014) 'From Laundries to Labour Camps: Staging Ireland's Rule of Silence in Anu Productions' Laundry'. Modern Drama, 57 (1):65-93 [DOI] [Details]
(2014) ''Perform, or Else!' Editorial'
Haughton, M; Kurdi, M (2014) ''Perform, or Else!' Editorial'. Irish Theatre International, 3 (1) [Details]
(2013) 'Woman's Final Confession: Too Much Hoovering and Not Enough Sex in Marina Carr's 'Woman and Scarecrow''
Haughton, M (2013) 'Woman's Final Confession: Too Much Hoovering and Not Enough Sex in Marina Carr's 'Woman and Scarecrow''. Mortality, 18 (1):72-93 [Details]
(2012) 'Merging Worlds: Place, Politics and Play in Martin McDonagh's The Pillowman'
Haughton, M (2012) 'Merging Worlds: Place, Politics and Play in Martin McDonagh's The Pillowman'. Focus: Papers in English Literary and Cultural Studies, special edition 'Interfaces Between Irish and European Theatre' :77-92 [Details]
(2011) 'Performing Power: Violence as Fantasy and Spectacle in Mark O'Rowe's Made in China and Terminus'
Haughton, M (2011) 'Performing Power: Violence as Fantasy and Spectacle in Mark O'Rowe's Made in China and Terminus'. New Theatre Quarterly, 27 (2):153-166 [Details]

Books

  Year Publication
(2017) Staging Trauma: Bodies in Shadow.
Haughton, M (2017) Staging Trauma: Bodies in Shadow. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan. [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
(2015) 'A Theatre of Truth? Negotiating Place, Politics and Policy in the Dublin Fringe Festival'
Haughton, Miriam (2015) 'A Theatre of Truth? Negotiating Place, Politics and Policy in the Dublin Fringe Festival' In: Devised Performance in Irish Theatre: Histories and Contemporary Practices. Dublin: Carysfort Press. [Details]
(2014) 'Mirror Mirror on the Wall: Unwanted Reflections in The Boys of Foley Street'
Haughton, Miriam (2014) 'Mirror Mirror on the Wall: Unwanted Reflections in The Boys of Foley Street' In: Masculinity and Irish Popular Culture: Tiger's Tales. Basingstoke: Palgrave. [Details]

Edited Books

  Year Publication
(2015) Radical Contemporary Theatre Practices by Women in Ireland.
Haughton, Miriam; Kurdi, Maria (Ed.). (2015) Radical Contemporary Theatre Practices by Women in Ireland Radical Contemporary Theatre Practices by Women in Ireland. Dublin: Carysfort Press. [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
(2015) ISTR Tradition, Transition, Transformation,
M.Haughton (2015) '1916: Home: 2016': Performing Histories from the Shadows. [Conference Paper], ISTR Tradition, Transition, Transformation, Tralee Institute of Technology, Co. Kerry , 22-MAY-15 - 23-MAY-15. [Details]
(2015) Performing the Archives,
M. Haughton (2015) Artists' Roundtable. [Chaired Session], Performing the Archives, NUI Galway , 22-JUL-15 - 24-JUL-15. [Details]
(2015) IASIL,
M. Haughton (2015) Reconciliations. [Conference Paper], IASIL, York University, England , 20-JUL-15 - 28-JUL-15. [Details]
(2015) TaPRA,
M.Haughton (2015) Performing Freedom, Freedom Performed. [Conference Paper], TaPRA, University of Worcester, England , 08-SEP-15 - 10-SEP-15. [Details]
(2014) Pushing Form: Innovation and Interconnection in Contemporary European Performance,
M. Haughton; S. O'Gorman; C. McIvor (2014) Contemporary European Performance. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Pushing Form: Innovation and Interconnection in Contemporary European Performance, NUI Galway , 23-MAY-14 - 24-MAY-14. [Details]
(2014) ACID/CAIS,
M. Haughton (2014) Performance as Commemoration and Critique. [Conference Paper], ACID/CAIS, University College Dublin , 11-JUN-14 - 14-JUN-14. [Details]
(2013) European Federation of Associations and Centres of Irish Studies,
M. Haughton (2013) ANU Productions 'Moments of Communion'. [Conference Paper], European Federation of Associations and Centres of Irish Studies, NUI Galway , 17-JUN-13 - 21-JUN-13. [Details]
(2013) IFTR 'Re-Routing Performance',
M. Haughton (2013) Vacant Spaces or Haunted Spaces?. [Conference Paper], IFTR 'Re-Routing Performance', Barcelona, Spain , 22-JUL-13 - 26-JUL-13. [Details]
(2013) Memory and Trauma: The Body in Pain in Irish Culture,
M. Haughton (2013) Performing Absence, Exile and Renewal in Post-Celtic Tiger Ireland. [Conference Paper], Memory and Trauma: The Body in Pain in Irish Culture, UCD and Boston College , 13-SEP-13 - 14-SEP-13. [Details]
(2013) 'Between Bodies/Bodies Between',
M.Haughton (2013) 'Performing Containment'. [Conference Paper], 'Between Bodies/Bodies Between', NUI Maynooth, Centre for Medical Humanities , 12-APR-13 - 13-APR-13. [Details]
(2012) 'The Future State of Ireland?',
M.Haughton (2012) 'From Laundries to Labour Camps: Ireland's 'Rule of Silence''. [Conference Paper], 'The Future State of Ireland?', Goldsmiths, University of London , 25-MAY-12 - 26-MAY-12. [Details]
(2012) ISTR 'Perform, or Else!',
M. Haughton (2012) 'Laundry: Silence, Grief and Loss'. [Conference Paper], ISTR 'Perform, or Else!', NUI Galway , 26-OCT-12 - 26-OCT-13. [Details]
(2011) ISTR 'Interfaces Between Irish and European Theatre',
M. Haughton (2011) 'The Space In-Between in Martin McDonagh's The Pillowman and In Bruges'. [Conference Paper], ISTR 'Interfaces Between Irish and European Theatre', University of Pecs, Hungary , 13-APR-11 - 15-APR-11. [Details]
(2010) Death and Identity,
M. Haughton (2010) 'Performance as Confession in Marina Carr's Woman and Scarecrow'. [Conference Paper], Death and Identity, Humanities Institute, UCD , 24-SEP-10 - 25-SEP-10. [Details]
(2010) ISTR The Theatrical Event,
M.Haughton (2010) 'The Performance of Power in Mark O'Rowe's Terminus'. [Conference Paper], ISTR The Theatrical Event, Trinity College Dublin , 22-APR-10 - 23-APR-10. [Details]

Editorship of Journals

  Year Publication
(2014) 'Perform, or Else!' Irish Theatre International.
Miriam Haughton and Maria Kurdi (2014) 'Perform, or Else!' Irish Theatre International. Editorship of Journals [Details]

Media

  Year Publication
(2015) Waking the Feminists: Here's to the Estrogen Rising.
Haughton, M. (2015) Waking the Feminists: Here's to the Estrogen Rising. Media [Details]

Note

  Year Publication
(2014) Programme Note 'Vardo' ANU Productions, Dublin Theatre Festival 2014.
Haughton, M (2014) Programme Note 'Vardo' ANU Productions, Dublin Theatre Festival 2014. Dublin: Note [Details]

Reviews

  Year Publication
(2013) 'Sanctuary', a Theatre of Witness Production.
Haughton, M (2013) 'Sanctuary', a Theatre of Witness Production. Dublin: Reviews [Details]
(2013) 'Ponies Don't Play Football' by Ponydance.
Haughton, M (2013) 'Ponies Don't Play Football' by Ponydance. Dublin: Reviews [Details]
(2013) 'Eclipsed' by Patricia Burke Brogan.
Haughton, M (2013) 'Eclipsed' by Patricia Burke Brogan. Dublin: Reviews [Details]
(2013) 'The Bridge Below the Town' by Pat McCabe.
Haughton, M (2013) 'The Bridge Below the Town' by Pat McCabe. Dublin: Reviews [Details]
(2013) 'Clear the Air' by Hugh Travers.
Haughton, M (2013) 'Clear the Air' by Hugh Travers. Dublin: Reviews [Details]
(2012) 'Delta Phase' by Radoslaw Paczocha.
Haughton, M (2012) 'Delta Phase' by Radoslaw Paczocha. Dublin: Reviews [Details]
(2012) 'Woman and Scarecrow' by Marina Carr.
Haughton, M (2012) 'Woman and Scarecrow' by Marina Carr. Dublin: Reviews [Details]
(2012) 'Love All' by CheeryWild in association with Ten42 Productions.
Haughton, M (2012) 'Love All' by CheeryWild in association with Ten42 Productions. Dublin: Reviews [Details]
(2011) 'Airswimming' by Charlotte Jones.
Haughton, M (2011) 'Airswimming' by Charlotte Jones. Dublin: Reviews [Details]

Special Issue Editor

  Year Publication
(2018) Ilha do Desterro special issue 'Artistic Collaborations'.
Forthcoming (2018) Ilha do Desterro special issue 'Artistic Collaborations'. Brazil: Special Issue Editor [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2017 Research Incentivisation Scheme School of Humanities, NUI Galway
2016 Millennium Fund NUI Galway
2015 Humanities Research Incentivisation Scheme Humanities Research
2014 Awarded the 'Honourable Mention' in Modern Drama's Outstanding Article Award 2014 for 'From Laundries to Labour Camps: Staging Ireland's 'Rule of Silence' in Anu Productions' Laundry' Modern Drama
2013 International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR) Conference Award IFTR
2012 Notre Dame Keough-Naughton Irish Seminar Scholarship Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies at Notre Dame University
2011 Irish Society for Theatre Research (ISTR) Conference Award Irish Society for Theatre Research

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
National Women's Council of Ireland Supporting Member /
European Federation of Associations and Centres of Irish Studies Member /
Theatre and Performance Research Association (TaPRA) Member /
The International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures Member /
International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR) Member /
Irish Society for Theatre Research Executive Committee Member 01-SEP-14 /

Employment

  Employer Position From / To
University of Ulster with Queen's University Belfast Postdoctoral Research Assistant on the AHRC creative knowledge exchange initiative 'Creative Exchange Northern Ireland' (CXNI) 05-AUG-13 / 18-JUL-14
English, NUI Galway Adjunct Lecturer in Drama 03-SEP-12 / 30-APR-13
University College Dublin Occasional Lecturer and Tutor in Drama and English 07-SEP-09 / 21-DEC-12
IHA Press Agency, Istanbul Headquarters, Turkey Sub-Editor for the International News Desk 02-JUL-07 / 31-JUL-08
Suzhou University, Jiangsu Province, China Lecturer in English and Media Studies 04-SEP-06 / 29-JUN-07

Education

  Year Institution Qualification Subject
2013 University College Dublin PhD Drama
2006 Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, Scotland MASTERS DEGREE (LEVEL 9) Advanced Stage and Screen Practice (Directing)
2004 Queen's University Belfast Bachelor of Arts Drama, Cultural and Media Studies

Other Activities

  Description

Invited Speaker, ''Them the Breaks': #WakingTheFeminists and Staging the Easter/Estrogen Rising', Irish Theatrical Diaspora Conference, 27-28 April 2017, The Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC), Florianopolis, Brazil.

Sligo IT Invited Speaker, 15 March 2016 'Mna na h Eireann 1916-2016: Gender Representation and Politics On Stage and Off' http://oceanfm.ie/it-sligo-announces-details-of-1916-commemoration-day/

‘Morning Ireland’ RTÉ Radio 1, 29 April 2015, ‘Gate Conference’ segment with RTÉ Arts Correspondent Sinéad Crowley.

Connemara Community Radio, ‘Performance Points at NUI Galway’ segment, 10 February 2015.

Invited Speaker ‘Homelessness at Home: Ghosting the Post-Celtic Tiger Stage in Ireland’ at Performing Space: A Symposium on Theatre Design’ at Trinity College Dublin in collaboration with the Dublin Theatre Festival, 9 October 2014

Invited Speaker ‘Moments of Communion’, ANU ‘Monto Cycle’ Symposium at the Dublin Theatre Festival 2014, 7 October 2014

Teaching Interests



My specialisms include twenty and twenty-first century Irish, Northern Irish and British theatre and performance, modern drama, feminist performance, theatre and politics, theatre and space, trauma and memory studies, and the creative and cultural industries.

My classes are research-led with theory imbricated with practice, and vice versa.

I currently teach across the following lecture courses, seminars, and performance workshops: 

EN388 Modern Irish Literature 

 DT1100 Acting 1

 DT2106 Irish Theatre

DT1106 Staging Text

DT2104 Contemporary Theatre

TP311 Performance in Theory and Practice

Advanced Drama and Theatre

EN585 New Approaches to Performance

Performance Studies

Theatre: Space and Place