Consciousness, Literature and the Arts
Michael Mangan is an academic and playwright, He has taught at a wide range of British and American Universities, and have also worked professionally as a theatre director, dramaturg, literary manager, reviewer and playwright . He moved from Exeter University to join the Loughborough School of Arts English and Drama as Professor of Drama in 2012. His work focuses on the creation and the analysis of theatrical performance, and on the relationships between theatre and social issues. His own plays include The Earth Divided (Riverside Studios, 1985), Settling with the Indians (BBC Radio 4, 1991), The Inner Child’s Compendium of Magic (Exeter, 2007), Phantasmaglossia (Aberystwyth, 2007) and Father-but-for-the-Grace-of-God (Fowey, 2011). As a researcher he started off as an Early Modern specialist, writing about Shakespeare and Marlowe. Since then, his research and teaching have taken him into a variety of areas relating to theatre and society, theatre and social justice, theatre and gender, contemporary British drama and popular performance. His book about stage conjuring, Performing Dark Arts (Intellect, 2007), concerns the nature of the relationship between performance and belief. he has been PI and lead academic on two major RCUK projects. The first involved the work of Howard Barker and led to the production and performance of two new Barker plays and the publication of a special journal issue of Studies in Theatre and Performance. His most recent AHRC-funded project led to the publication of Staging Ageing (Intellect: 2013), which explores the ways in which theatre has represented and engaged with the theme and the social reality of old age. Current research includes: a collaborative project on theatre and healing; further work on conjuring and magic; articles on Howard Barker and on Shakespeare and the public sphere; and a longer-term project on theatre and authenticity.