Staff Profiles: Dr. George Home-Cook

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Staff Profile: Dr. George Home-Cook
Lecturer in Drama

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Dr. George Home-Cook

Lecturer in Drama

Performing Arts and Play

Theatre and theatricality is in my blood. Aged 3, I can remember disrupting a family dinner party by pretending to be a sheep (wearing a bath mat, and not much else!). My late grandmother, Theffania, was also an early source of inspiration.

Biography

Theatre has always been close to my heart. Whilst at the University of St. Andrews, where I was a choral scholar, I founded my own theatre company, Larger Than Fife. Having completed my training at East 15 Acting School, I continued my studies (in drama and performance) at QMUL. It was there that I first became interested in sound and aurality, the subject of my first book, Theatre and Aural Attention.

Qualifications

Award Title Institution Date
PhD Drama Queen Mary, University of London 2013
MA Performance Queen Mary, University of London 2006
PGDip Acting East 15 Acting School, University of Essex 2001
MTheol Hons. Theology and Biblical Criticism University of St Andrews 1997

Accreditation

PGCE in Philosophy and Religious Studies (University of Cambridge)

Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

Diploma in New Testament Criticism (University of St Andrews)

Awards

Shortlisted, TaPRA New Career Research in Theatre/Performance Prize 2016

Nominated, Joe A. Callaway Prize for Best Book in Drama and Theatre 2014-2015

Runner-up, TaPRA Postgraduate Essay Competition 2012

Membership of professional bodies

TaPRA (Theatre and Performance Research Association)

Performance Philosophy

International Ambiances Network

School of Sound

ARIAS/CNRS – Le son du Théâtre

Equity

Teaching and research

Teaching

Module Tutor for Individual Showcase

Tutor for Dissertation

Tutor for Theatre Making in a Cultural Context

Level

Undergraduate

Research

My research, which is grounded in phenomenology, focuses on: theatre sound and aurality; the aesthetics of atmosphere; and the interconnection between performance and philosophy. Put simply, my research explores the interconnections between theatre’s 5As - architecture, audience(s), attention/attending, actor(s), and atmosphere.

External responsibilities

Peer Reviewer for Springer, Routledge, Taylor & Francis, Intellect, CNRS Editions.

External Reviewer, European Research Commission.

Subjects for media interviews

Sound

Listening

Attention

Atmospheres

Performance philosophy

Acting

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Professional positions

Board Member, 'Atmospheric Spaces'