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Dr Sharon Smith

Senior Lecturer

School of Arts & Humanities

01752 636700

ssmith@marjon.ac.uk


Dr Sharon Smith

Qualifications

  • PhD Performing Arts, University of Nottingham
  • MA in Choreography, School for New Dance Development, Amsterdam
  • BA(Hons) Contemporary Arts, Nottingham Polytechnic


Teaching


Research

I am a member of the Berlin based performance collective Gob Squad. We devise collective, collaborative performance work for a range of contexts and sites. The work mixes autobiography with grand-fictions, moves through performance, video, dance and storytelling, often connects spaces via screen and live links and often involves the audience.

My own research interests are ‘performance presence’ and the practice of improvisation both as a tool for practising presence and improvisation as performance.


Publications

Sharon Smith for Gob Squad. ‘21st Century Performance Reader’ Routledge 2019

Sharon Smith for Gob Squad,. ‘Everything: And Other Performance Texts from Germany’ Editor: Matt Cornish, University of Chicago Press 2019

Sharon Smith, Phil Collins, Daniela Kinateder ‘and so we are a triangle here...’ OFF TOPIC #4 - ZEITSCHRIFT FUER MEDIALE KÜNSTE, http://www.offtopic-magazin.de/ 2016

Sharon Smith for Gob Squad, ‘Theatre of the Unimpressed’ Editor: Jordan Tannahill, Coach House Books 2015

Sharon Smith for Gob Squad. ‘D.I.Y. (Do It Yourself) Too’ Editor: Robert Daniels, University of Chichester 2015

Sharon Smith for Gob Squad,. ‘D.I.Y. (Do It Yourself)’ Editor: Robert Daniels, University of Chichester 2014

 

PRACTICE AS RESEARCH

GOB SQUAD COLLECTIVE (COLLECTIVE DIRECTORSHIP, DEVISING, PERFORMING, PRODUCING).

CREATION (SINCE 2018) Creation (Pictures for Dorian) is a production by Gob Squad and HAU Hebbel am Ufer Berlin. Developed with support from Center Theatre Group, Los Angeles, CA. In co-production with Münchner Kammerspiele, Schauspiel Leipzig, Wiesbaden Biennale, Schlachthaus Theater Bern. A LIFT, Brighton Festival and Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts commission. An Imagine 2020 (2.0) project, supported by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. Supported using public funding by Arts Council of England. Creation (Pictures for Dorian) is funded by the state of Berlin, Chancellery of the Berlin Senate for Culture and Europe.

TOURED: BERLIN, BRIGHTON, LONDON, LEIPZIG, WIESBADEN, ROTTERDAM, LA, MUNICH, BERN

 

WAR AND PEACE (SINCE 2016)

TOURED: MUNICH, BERLIN, NOTTINGHAM, ZURICH, WIESBADEN, LUBLIN, MELBOURNE, GHENT, LEIPZIG, BRIGHTON, TORINO, EINDHOVEN, MOSCOW, LANCASTER, NYC, HANOVER

 

WESTERN SOCIETY (SINCE 2013)  Originally Commissioned by and Developed with support from Center Theatre Group, Michael Ritchie, Artistic Director, Los Angeles, CA. The World Premiere Production of Western Society was Originally Produced by HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin, Spielart Festival Munich and brut Vienna. A House on Fire co-production with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union. With financial support from Berliner Kulturverwaltung.

TOURED: BERLIN, MUNICH, VIENNA, POZNAN, LANCASTER, CAMBRIDGE, NOTTINGHAM, BOGOTA, VIENNA, LA, GHENT CREIEIL, ZURICH, NYC, ODENSE, ROTTERDAM, GLASGOW, WIESBADEN, MULHEIM, TURIN, HAMBURG, LONDON, BETHUNE, BERN, MONTPELLIER, TIMISOARA, WUZHEN, SHANGHAI

 

THE CONVERSATIONALIST (SINCE 2014) A site specific production by Gob Squad in coproduction with Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin as part of the project "Infinite fun by David Foster Wallace, A journey through the Utopian West". Funded by the Federal Cultural Foundation, the Federal Agency for Civic Education and the Governing Mayor of Berlin - Senate Chancellery Cultural Affairs.

TOURED: BERLIN, MANHEIM

 

DANCING ABOUT (SINCE 2012) Supported by Kulturverwaltung Berlin and commissioned by Volksbuhne Berlin

TOURED: BERLIN (80 SHOWS), KRAKOW, KOLN, HELSINKI, EINDHOVEN, DRESDEN, BERN

 

REVOLUTION NOW (SINCE 2010) A Gob Squad production. Co- produced by: Donaufestival Niederösterreich, Schauspiel Köln and Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz. With financial support from: Berliner Kulturverwaltung.

TOURED: BERLIN, KREMS, LONDON, KOLN, DUBLIN, TURIN, UPPSALA, SAO PAULO, UDINE, DRESDEN, HARSTAD, MILAN, N.CAROLINA

 

ARE YOU WITH US (SINCE 2010)

TOURED: BERLIN, KOLN, FRANKFURT, WARWICK, IPSWICH

 

SAVING THE WORLD (SINCE 2008) Funded by: The Regierenden Bürgermeister von Berlin – Senatskanzlei – Kulturelle Angelegenheiten and the Kulturbehörde der Freien und Hansestadt Hamburg.

TOURED: HAMBURG, MANHEIM, BERLIN, VIENNA, LONDON, KOLN, BASEL, OBERHAUSEN, DEN HAAG, BASEL

 

GOB SQUAD’S KITCHEN (SINCE 2007) Funded by: the Senatsverwaltung fuer Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kultur Berlin, Fonds Darstellende Kuenste e.V. Bonn and the Arts Council of England.

 TOURED: BERLIN, KREMS, NOTTINGHAM, GRONINGEN, ZURICH, LANCASTER, GHENT, DUBLIN, BATH, LONDON, GOTEBORG, PRAGUE, DARTINGTON, KOLN, COPENHAGEN, SINGAPORE, MANCHESTER, NORWICH, STOCKHOLM, MUNICH, NYC, TALLIN, BOSTON, TEMPERE, PORTLAND, LA, SEATTLE, QUEBEC, DRESDEN, GLASGOW, LISBON, FRANKFURT, VANCOUVER, CALGARY, LUBLIM, BASEL, OSTEND, BONN, ODENSE.

 

PERFORMANCE PROJECTS (OUTSIDE GOB SQUAD)

ABANDON HUMAN - Sharon Smith and Katie Duck. Dock 11 Berlin 2017/18, TIC TAC Arts Centre Brussels, OT301 Amsterdam 2018 (ongoing project)

CEREMONY - Performer for Phil Collins, Manchester International Festival July 2017 (live into film)

HOW TO BE A WOMAN - Axis Arts Centre, Crewe, 2014 , PARTS, Essen, 2014 (ongoing project)

TOMORROW IS ALWAYS TOO LONG - Performer for Phil Collins (film) 2014

THIS UNFORTUNATE THING BETWEEN US - Performer for Phil Collins, Hebbel Am Ufer Berlin 2011 (live into film)

WE MIGHT AS WELL LIVE - Sharon Smith and Tom Parkinson, Bluecoat Liverpool, BAC, London. Forest Fringe, Edinburgh, Berlin, Hamburg 2011/12

BORED WITH A HOLE - Sharon Smith and Felicity Croydon (Max Factory), Bluecoat Arts Centre, Liverpool, 2010

WOMEN AT WORK - Sharon Smith and Felicity Croydon (Max Factory) Dock 11, Berlin, CCA Glasgow, Bluecoat Liverpool 2010

LURED - Battersea Arts Centre, RULES AND REGS residency, 2009

BEAT YOUR BLOCK - Sharon Smith and Felicity Croydon (Max Factory) CCA, Glasgow 2009

THE BLUE STOCKING SOCIAL CLUB - Bluecoat Arts Centre, Liverpool. 2009

 

AWARDS

The Offies, London 2018 (nomination) for CREATION, Gob Squad

Goethe Institue prize 2009 for Saving The World, Gob Squad

New York Drama Desk award 2012 for Gob Squad’s Kitchen

 

DRAMATURGE

Damian Rebgetz on ELEGY FOR TELEVISION and SOMETHING FOR THE FANS www.damianrebgetz.net

Melanie Jame Wolf on MIRA FUCHS and HIGHNESS - www.savage- amusement.com

Sheena McGrandles on TRUE BALLS www.sheenamcgrandles.com


Expert Membership of professional bodies

Member of PAP, Berlin.


Roles on external bodies

Member of the Gob Squad UK Board.


Other Interests

Raising a daughter.

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