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Fiona MacPherson

Assistant Professor

Department: Arts

Fiona joined the division of Performing Arts in 1994 her background is as a professional performer, singer, deviser and director. Her research and teaching interests lie in the interrogation of

·       Interdisciplinary collaborations in popular theatre forms

·       Performance aesthetics

Collaborations with theatre companies, most notably Open Clasp Newcastle A HEFCE Urban Regeneration Programme of over £30,000 was awarded to support this research in 2007 for the production of Tonic leading to the piece being nominated for Performance of the Year by the Journal Culture awards.

Collaborations with specific popular theatre forms, most recent being production of ‘Cain and Abel’ (May 2010) Exploring Hip Hop and Rap through genre of the miracle play for the Durham Mysteries funded by Durham City Council, Culture 10 and Northern Rock.

Her teaching interests and research are closely related, she has been responsible for the development and delivery of a range of modules across the undergraduate programmes in the following areas:- Improvisation, Directing for the Theatre, Acting for the Camera, the realisation of Music Theatre Product, Interrogation of Applied Theatre Practice, Arts in Development, Platform Performance, the analysis of Professional Practice.

Fiona MacPherson

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Get Up and Tie Your Fingers Eyemouth: Listening for dialogic resonance within a co-produced community performance, Pavey, L., MacPherson, F. 1 Jun 2022, In: Journal of Arts & Communities
  • After The Storm: Inter-disciplinary Dialogic Discourses with a Post-Fishing Community, Stephenson, C., MacPherson, F. 30 Jun 2020, In: Frontiers in Sociology
  • Get Up and Tie Your Fingers Eyemouth: Tradfest, Scottish Storytelling Centre , MacPherson, F., Pavey, L., Coburn, A., Wimhurst, K., Logan, E. 30 Apr 2017
  • Get up and Tie your Fingers: Eyemouth 2016, Reflections on community performance of shared maritime heritage, Stephenson, C., MacPherson, F., Coulthard, S. 6 Jul 2017, MARE Conference: People & the Sea IX: Dealing with Maritime Mobilities
  • The Awkward Squad: Is there a place for the feminist play in contemporary mainstream popular theatre?, MacPherson, F. 4 Sep 2015, Congruence and Contestation: Contemporary Feminism and Performance
  • Get Up and Tie Your Fingers, MacPherson, F., Pavey, L. 13 May 2014
  • Get Up and Tie Your Fingers: Eyemouth, MacPherson, F. 8 May 2014
  • GUTS, Dillon, P., MacPherson, F. 19 Jun 2013
  • The Awkward Squad, MacPherson, F. 2012

Art BA (Hons) September 26 1994

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