Dr Meg   Mumford
Senior Lecturer

Dr Meg Mumford

BA Hons (First Class, U.N.E.); PhD (Bristol, UK)

Arts,Design & Architecture
School of the Arts and Media

I am Senior Lecturer in Theatre and Performance Studies in the School of the Arts and Media at UNSW Sydney.

I specialise in modern and contemporary German theatre as well as socially engaged performance.  Currently I am researching Bertolt Brecht's approach to comedy and ageing as well as engagements with elderly bodies in Theatre of Real People.  My research focuses on the way in which theatre responds to socio-historical contexts,  ideologies and habitual modes of perception.  This focus underpins my work on the following topics: the theory and practice of German playwright-director Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956); sex-gender ideology and intercultural encounter in German drama, performance and dance theatre since the early twentieth century; and the engagement with cultural diversity and ageing bodies within innovative Theatre of Real People from both German- and English-language countries. My research advances disciplinary understanding of theatre’s capacities and strategies for engaging with social inequity, complex cultural identities and vulnerability.

My key publications include the award-winning book Bertolt Brecht in the Routledge Performance Practitioners series.  I am co-author (with Ulrike Garde) of the monograph Theatre of Real People: Diverse Encounters from Berlin's Hebbel am Ufer and Beyond (Bloomsbury, 2016) and co-editor (with Garde and Johannes Birgfeld) of Rimini Protokoll Close-Up: Lektüren (Wehrhahn, 2015).  These two books address a current fascination with people presenting aspects of their own lives on stage, and explore how innovative documentary theatre seeks to offer fresh ways of perceiving diverse and unfamiliar people.

My contributions to research include my research training work as School Postgraduate Research Convener, and as supervisor for over 17 and examiner for over 9 Higher Degree Research students. I have also acted as Asia-Pacific Book Reviews Editor for Theatre Research International, and am currently a member of the editorial board for The Brecht Yearbook / Das Brecht Jahrbuch.  

 

Phone
+61 2 9385 4865
Location
112, Level 1 Robert Webster

Publications

  • Book Chapters | 2021
    Dr Meg Mumford
    Mumford M, 2021, '"Models for Epic Theater from the Munich Years: Wedekind and Valentin"', in Brockmanm S (ed.), Bertolt Brecht in Context, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 26 - 33
    Book Chapters | 2018
    Dr Meg Mumford
    Mumford M, 2018, '"Brecht's Perspectives, Then and Now: Class, Gender and the Social Stakes of Performance"', in Barnett D; Shepherd S (ed.), "The Great European Stage Directors", vol. 2 on Meyerhold, Piscator, Brecht, Methuen Drama, Bloomsbury Publishing, London and New York, pp. 157 - 181
    Books | 2018
    Dr Meg Mumford
    Mumford M, 2018, Bertolt Brecht (2nd Edition), Routledge, London and New York
    Books | 2016
    Dr Meg Mumford
    Garde U; Mumford M, 2016, 'Theatre of Real People: Diverse Encounters at Berlin’s Hebbel Am Ufer and Beyond', Methuen Drama Engage, Bloomsbury Publishing, London
    Books | 2015
    Dr Meg Mumford
    Mumford M, 2015, 'Rimini Protokoll Close-Up: Lektüren', Wehrhahn Verlag, Hannover
    Book Chapters | 2015
    Dr Meg Mumford
    Bowen J; Garde U; Griffith A; Guglielmo V; Haug H; Kaegi S; Mumford ; Watts R, 2015, '‘Panel Discussion "100% Melbourne": Contemporary Documentary Performance that Puts “Real Melbournians” on the Stage’', in Mumford M (ed.), 'Rimini Protokoll Close-Up: Lektüren', edn. Forum für deutschsprachiges Drama und Theater in Geschichte, Wehrhahn Verlag, Hannover, pp. 302 - 317
    Book Chapters | 2015
    Dr Meg Mumford
    Mumford M, 2015, ''Introduction: Diverse and Close-Up Navigations of Rimini Protokoll's Theatre'', in 'Rimini Protokoll Close-Up: Lektüren', edn. Forum für deutschsprachiges Drama und Theater in Geschichte, Wehrhahn Verlag, Hannover, pp. ix - xxv
    Book Chapters | 2015
    Dr Meg Mumford
    Mumford M, 2015, ''"100% City" and Popular Factual Television: A New Game Plan for Managing Proximity to People?'', in Birgfeld J; Garde U; Mumford M (ed.), 'Rimini Protokoll Close-Up: Lektüren', edn. Forum für deutschsprachiges Drama und Theater in Geschichte, Wehrhahn Verlag, Hannover, pp. 278 - 301
    Book Chapters | 2014
    Dr Meg Mumford
    Mumford M, 2014, ''Towards Transculturality in Reality Theatre from Berlin and Sydney: A Study of the Nomad in Rimini Protokoll's "Cargo Sofia-X" and the 'Spiritual Medium' in "Fast Cars and Tractor Engines" by Urban Theatre Projects'', in Corkhill A; Lewis A (ed.), Intercultural Encounters in German Studies, Röhrig, St. Ingbert, pp. 181 - 196, http://www.roehrig-verlag.de/print_product_info.php?products_id=55652
    Book Chapters | 2013
    Dr Meg Mumford
    Mumford M, 2013, 'Film review: 'The Threepenny Opera'', in Langford M (ed.), 'Directory of World Cinema: Germany 2', Intellect, Bristol, pp. 210 - 212
    Book Chapters | 2013
    Dr Meg Mumford
    Mumford M; Garde U, 2013, ''Postdramatic Reality Theatre and Productive Insecurity: Destabilising Encounters with the Unfamiliar in Theatre from Sydney and Berlin'', in Carroll J; Professor SG; Jürs-Munby K (ed.), Postdramatic Theatre and the Political: International Perspectives on Contemporary Performance, edn. Methuen Drama Engage, A&C Black, London, pp. 147 - 164
    Book Chapters | 2011
    Dr Meg Mumford
    Mumford M, 2011, 'Fluid Collectives of Friendly Strangers: The Creative Politics of Difference in the Reality Theatre of Rimini Protokoll and Urban Theatre Projects', in Fischer G; Vassen F (ed.), Collective creativity : collaborative work in the sciences, literature and the arts, edn. Internationale Forschungen zur Allgemeinen und Vergleichende, Rodopi, Amsterdam, pp. 329 - 343, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000293600000024&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a
    Book Chapters | 2010
    Dr Meg Mumford
    Mumford M; Wake C, 2010, 'A Short History of Verbatim Theatre', in Brown P (ed.), Verbatim: Staging Memory and Community, edn. Original, Currency Press, Strawberry Hills, NSW, pp. 9 - 17
    Book Chapters | 2010
    Dr Meg Mumford
    Mumford M, 2010, ''"Aftershocks": Voices from a Shaken Community'', in Brown P (ed.), Verbatim: Staging Memory and Community, edn. Original, Currency Press, Strawberry Hills, Sydney, pp. 37 - 48
    Books | 2009
    Dr Meg Mumford
    Mumford M, 2009, Bertolt Brecht, Routledge, London and New York, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781351180801
    Book Chapters | 2003
    Dr Meg Mumford
    Mumford M, 2003, 'Encylopedia entry: 'Verfremdung'', in Kennedy D (ed.), The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre & Performance, edn. Original, Oxford University Press, Oxford New York, pp. 1404 - 1405
    Book Chapters | 2003
    Dr Meg Mumford
    Mumford M, 2003, 'Encyclopedia entry: 'Illusion'', in Kennedy D (ed.), The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre & Performance, edn. Original, Oxford University Press, Oxford New York, pp. 617
    Book Chapters | 2003
    Dr Meg Mumford
    Mumford M, 2003, 'Enyclopedia entry: 'Bourgeois Theatre'', in Kennedy D (ed.), The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre & Performance, edn. Original, Oxford University Press, Oxford New York, pp. 176 - 177
    Book Chapters | 2003
    Dr Meg Mumford
    Mumford M, 2003, 'Encyclopedia entry: Agitprop', in Kennedy D (ed.), The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre & Performance, edn. Original, Oxford University Press, Oxford New York, pp. 38
    Book Chapters | 2002
    Dr Meg Mumford
    Mumford M, 2002, '‘Encountering Stories from Contemporary German Theatre’', in Contemporary German Cultural Studies, Arnold, London, pp. 219 - 240
    Book Chapters | 1998
    Dr Meg Mumford
    Mumford M, 1998, ''"Dragging” Brecht’s Gestus Onwards: A Feminist Challenge’ in Steve Giles and Rodney Livingstone (eds), 'Bertolt Brecht: Centenary Essays'', in 'Bertolt Brecht: Centenary Essays', Rodopi, Amsterdam, pp. 240 - 257
  • Journal articles | 2015
    Dr Meg Mumford
    Mumford M; Severn J, 2015, 'Panel discussion title: 'Putting Real People on Stage: Helgard Haug (Rimini Protokoll) in Conversation with Practitioners and Academics from Australia'', Performance Paradigm, pp. 101 - 115, http://www.performanceparadigm.net/index.php/journal/article/view/165
    Journal articles | 2015
    Dr Meg Mumford
    Mumford M; Garde U, 2015, ''Staging Real People: On the Arts and Effects of Non-Professional Theatre Performers'', Performance Paradigm, pp. 5 - 15, http://www.performanceparadigm.net/index.php/journal/article/view/167/165
    Journal articles | 2013
    Dr Meg Mumford
    Mumford M, 2013, '‘Rimini Protokoll's Reality Theatre and Intercultural Encounter: Towards an Ethical Art of Partial Proximity’', Contemporary Theatre Review, vol. 23, pp. 158 - 170, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10486801.2013.777057
    Journal articles | 2012
    Dr Meg Mumford
    Mumford M, 2012, 'Magazine article: 'Rimini Protokoll Presents Real Experts: "100% Melbourne" and "Radio Muezzin" (Sydney)'', Kultur, vol. 23, pp. 16 - 17
    Journal articles | 2012
    Dr Meg Mumford
    Mumford M, 2012, 'Performance Review: ''Experts of the Everyday: Rimini Protokoll'', RealTime, vol. 108, pp. 26
    Journal articles | 2011
    Dr Meg Mumford
    Mumford M; Aurin A, 2011, 'Performance review of 'Baal'', Communications from the International Brecht Society, vol. 40, pp. 58 - 62
    Journal articles | 2008
    Dr Meg Mumford
    Mumford M, 2008, 'Book Review: Contemporary Theatres in Europe: A Critical Companion', Performance Paradigm
    Journal articles | 2005
    Dr Meg Mumford
    Mumford M, 2005, 'Women and German drama: Playwrights and their texts, 1860-1945.', THEATRE RESEARCH INTERNATIONAL, vol. 30, pp. 194 - 195, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0307883305251416
    Journal articles | 2005
    Dr Meg Mumford
    Mumford M, 2005, 'Book Review: Women and German Drama: Playwrights and their Texts, 1869 - 1945', Theatre Research International, vol. 30, pp. 194 - 195
    Journal articles | 2004
    Dr Meg Mumford
    Mumford M, 2004, 'Pina Bausch Choreographs Blaubart: A Transgressive or Regressive Act?', German Life and Letters, vol. 57, pp. 45 - 57
    Journal articles | 2003
    Dr Meg Mumford
    Mumford M, 2003, 'Barthes on Brecht’s Tableau: Fetish meets Flux', Communications from the International Brecht Society, vol. 32, pp. 42 - 47
    Journal articles | 2002
    Dr Meg Mumford
    Mumford M, 2002, '‘Translating the Strange, Performing the Peculiar: Marieluise Fleißer's "Fegefeuer in Ingolstadt"’', Studies in Theatre and Performance, vol. 22, pp. 69 - 81
    Journal articles | 2001
    Dr Meg Mumford
    Mumford M, 2001, '‘Gestic Masks in Brecht’s Theatre: A Testimony to the Contradictions and Parameters of a Realist Aesthetic’', The Brecht Yearbook, vol. 26, pp. 143 - 171
    Journal articles | 2000
    Dr Meg Mumford
    Mumford M, 2000, 'Book Review of: 'Schauspielerinnen im Europa des 18. Jahrhunderts: Ihr Leben, Ihre Schriften und Ihr Publikum.' By Ruth Emde (Amsterdam-Atlanta: Rodopi, 1997).', Theatre Research International
    Journal articles | 2000
    Dr Meg Mumford
    Mumford M, 2000, 'Book Review: 'Brecht Sourcebook' Edited by Carol Martin & Henry Bial. London & New York: Routledge, 2000', Theatre Research International
    Journal articles | 2000
    Dr Meg Mumford
    Mumford M, 2000, '‘Brecht on Acting for the 21st Century: Interrogating and Re-Inscribing the Fixed’', Communications from the International Brecht Society, vol. 29, pp. 44 - 49
    Journal articles | 1998
    Dr Meg Mumford
    Mumford M, 1998, 'Book Review of: 'German Expressionist Theatre: The Actor and the Stage' By David F. Kuhns (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997).', Theatre Research international
    Journal articles | 1997
    Dr Meg Mumford
    Mumford M, 1997, 'Book Review of: 'The Shocking Ballad Picture Show' By Tom Cheesman (Oxford: Berg Publishers, 1994).', Theatre Research International
    Journal articles | 1997
    Dr Meg Mumford
    Mumford M, 1997, 'Book Review of: 'German Theatre: A Bibliography from the Beginning to 1995' By Michael Patterson (Leicester: Motley Press, 1996).', Theatre Research International
    Journal articles | 1995
    Dr Meg Mumford
    Mumford M, 1995, 'Brecht Studies Stanislavski: Just a Tactical Move?', New Theatre Quarterly, vol. 11, pp. 241 - 258

Awards

Bertolt Brecht (London and New York: Routledge, 2009) was included in Choice magazine's international list of Outstanding Academic Titles for 2009. A revised version was re-issued 2018.

Overseas Research Students Award, Committee of Vice Chancellors and Principals, UK, 1992

Keith and Dorothy Mackay Travelling Scholarship, University of New England, Australia, 1991

University Medal in Theatre, University of New England, Australia, 1991

Grants

ARC LIEF Grant: LE140100024 AusStage, Phase 5: researching Australian live performance – national culture, global markets, aesthetic transmission:  four interviews with Australia-based theatre-makers involved in Rimini Protokoll & the City of Melbourne Arts and Participation Program’s 100% Melbourne and Rimini Protokoll’s 100% Darwin, 2015-16.

Goethe Institut, Sydney, for Ta(l)king Pleasure in German Culture symposium, October 2007

Goethe Institut, Glasgow, for ‘Brecht Fest’ 1998 and Purgatory in Ingolstadt 1999

Media