Mr Paul Brownbill

Senior Lecturer in Drama

Paul Brownbill
Email address: P.Brownbill@wlv.ac.uk Phone number: 01902 322239 Location: WH Building Faculty: Faculty of Arts School/Institute: School of Performing Arts Areas of expertise: Drama

About

Paul has been teaching in the subject area for over twenty years, initially at an FE college and then in Higher Education since 2003. Before entering the world of Education he spent some time in a small-scale touring company as an actor and designer. He then worked as an Assistant Stage Manager for large scale touring venues and, in opera.

His area of specialism is scenography, particularly associated with physical theatre/dance-theatre practices and intercultural performance practices.

As well as working as an academic, Paul maintains his role as a practitioner. His work as a scenographer has taken him to India, America and Portugal where his inter-cultural scenographic work developed in practice. He has recently worked with Foursight Theatre as a scenographer for their site-specific piece Corner Shop. 

At Wolverhampton Paul teaches across a range of modules from production and performance modules, intercultural theatre, and theory.

Paul has been an external examiner in the subject for a number of years. In the role of external examiner he works regularly in universities and other institutions in Hong Kong and China.

Paul has presented regularly at conferences; he is member of TaPRA (Theatre and Performance Research Association), the HEA (Higher Education Academy), SBTD (Society of British Theatre Designers) and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors.

Research interests

  • Construction of theoretical models for scenographic practice,
  • The scenography of Samuel Beckett,
  • The Body as Scenography.

Qualifications

  • MA Education by thesis – The Assessment of Drama: Product or Process? University of Keele,
  • BA (Hons) Theatre Studies. University of Manchester,
  • PGCE Drama. Didsbury School of Education (Now MMU).

Publications

  • September 2012 TaPRA Annual Conference, University of Kent, UK. Scenography Working Group Conference paper entitled “Pole to Pole: Communicating Scenography”,
  • September 2012 TaPRA Scenography Working Group Interim Conference, Rose Bruford College, UK Conference paper entitled “Scenographers Should dance”,
  • September 2010 TaPRA Annual Conference, University of Glamorgan, UK. Scenography Working Group Conference paper entitled “Scenographers Don’t Dance”,
  • January 2006 University of Exeter The Changing Body Symposium Presented a ‘practical essay’ Between Two Worlds, investigating in practice the point of collision between negation of the self in classical practices and the engagement of the self in physical theatre,
  • 2006 University of Wolverhampton Podogogy: iPod technology conference. Presented a performance/paper. The iPod as an intervention in scenography,
  • March 2005 Brown University, Rhode Island, USA. Performance Studies International 11: Becoming Uncomfortable Presented a series of workshops, a performance and a paper entitled “Remembering, Reminding & Recalling The Silk Route; Memory of a Memory of a Journey”.

Experience in industry

  • Senior Lecturer in Drama - University of Wolverhampton,
  • Head of Performing Arts - South Cheshire College.

Further information

  • Scenography (Practical Approaches: Production Skills),
  • Physical Theatre (Performance: The Creative Performer),
  • Intercultural Theatre (Theatre Movements: Global Perspectives),
  • Critical Theory (Academic Skills, Research Interpretation and Analysis),
  • Supervision of final year independent study projects and dissertations.

Non-Teaching Responsibilities

  • Drama representative on the School Learning and Teaching Committee,
  • Drama representative on the Accreditation of Prior Achievement Board.