Glen McGillivray

Glen McGillivray is an Associate Investigator (AI 2014, 2015) of the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (CHE) at The University of Sydney and a graduate from the Flinders’ University Drama Centre with honours in theatre direction. He was the inaugural directing associate with the State Theatre Company of South Australia and worked subsequently as a director and dramaturg for fifteen years. Glen was artistic director of Australian Theatre for Young People and Theatre of Desire, worked as a script assessor for the Australian National Playwrights’ Centre and was the Australia Council-funded dramaturg at the Banff PlayRites colony in Alberta, Canada. He was a Chief Investigator with the ARC-funded Ausstage Database of Live Performance in Australia (2007‒2012), has published on archiving performance and on discourses of theatricality.

Contact

glen.mcgillivray@sydney.edu.au

Research

Forms Forced to Their Conceit: Semiosis and Affect in Eighteenth-Century English Acting

Selected Papers and Presentations

'Propriety and Grace: Reconsidering Eighteenth-Century Acting Conventions', Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington DC, UWA, 10 September 2015.

'Listening for the Voice of Sarah: Sarah Siddons’ Lady Macbeth and the Eighteenth-Century Audience', 'The Player’s Passion Revisited: Studies in the Science(s) of Acting in 2015', Annual Conference of the Australasian Association of Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies (ADSA) in association with CHE, The University of Sydney, 23‒26 June 2015.

‘Exploring the Material and Social Context of School for Scandal in Eighteenth Century London’, English Teachers’ Association Comedy Day, The University of Sydney, 24 May 2014 (invited speaker).

‘Passion and Infection: Towards a Community of Sentiment in the Eighteenth-Century Theatre’, Sourcing Emotions in the Medieval and Early Modern World Conference, The University of Western Australia, 27‒29 June 2013.

‘Motions of the Mind: Communicating the Passions on the Early Modern Stage’, Emotions in the Medieval and Early Modern World Conference, The University of Western Australia, 8‒11 June 2011.

Selected Publications

McGillivray, G. 'Suiting Forms to Their Conceit': Emotion and Convention in Eighteenth-Century Tragic Acting'. Theatre Survey 59.2 (2018): 169‒89.

McGillivray, G. ‘Rant, Cant and Tone: The Voice of the Eighteenth-Century Actor and Sarah Siddons’. Theatre Notebook: A Journal of the History and Technique of the British Theatre 71.1 (2017): 2‒20.

McGillivray, G. 'Arcadian Scenes: Bougainville, Banks and Theatrical Perception in the South Pacific'. In Embodying Transformation: Transcultural Performance, edited by M. Casey, pp. 1‒16. Melbourne: Monash University Publishing, 2015.

McGillivray, G. ‘Motions of the Mind: Transacting Emotions on the Eighteenth-Century Stage’. Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Theatre Research 28.2 (2013 [published 2014]: 5‒24.

Awards and Research Grants

Shortlisted, Highly Commended: ADSA 2018 Marlis Thiersch Prize for 'research excellence in English-language articles anywhere in the world in the broad field of drama, theatre and performance studies', for article McGillivray, G. (2017), 'Rant, Cant and Tone: The Voice of the Eighteenth-Century Actor and Sarah Siddons', Theatre Notebook 71.1 (2017): 2‒20.

Folger Institute Short-Term Fellowship to support research in the Folger Shakespeare Libary, July‒September 2015, for project 'Communities of Sentiment: Actors, Audiences and Emotions in the English Theatre 1710‒1812'. USD5,000.