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Biography

Tom Gorman is an academic and theatre director currently based at Coventry University. Tom studied English Literature and Language at Queen's University Belfast before going on to complete a PhD in Theatre at the University of Ulster researching the history of non-naturalistic dramaturgy especially the concept of the 'play within a play'. In 1990, after working for some time as a freelance actor, Tom co-founded Sightlines Theatre Company, Belfast and worked with them as Artistic Director for six years. During this period he also worked as a freelance actor, writer and director with numerous theatre companies throughout Northern Ireland and as a writer for Radio Ulster. From 1997 onwards he worked as Strand Leader in Drama at the University Of Birmingham, moving on to become Course Director of the BA Drama Studies degree at Bath Spa University. From 2007 onwards he has been working as Senior Lecturer on the BA Theatre and Professional Practice Degree at Coventry University.

Tom co-founded Sightlines Theatre Company in 1990. Sightlines were a small-scale independent touring company, based in Belfast, offering an alternative to the rather insular theatre scene at the time. Focusing on international work and performances that involved the audience on a physical and intellectual level, the company were a regular feature at Belfast international festival. Described by the Ulster Newsletter as 'the most exciting company in Ireland' in 1995, the company eventually disbanded in 1996.

He is currently engaged in a research project in conjunction with the University of Tampere, Finland, using videoconferencing technology, projections and sound design to create immersive virtual rehearsal spaces. This project, now in its fourth year, was the recipient of the Gold Award for most innovative Arts and Humanities project at the 2016 Reimagine Education Awards. In December 2018 it recieved the Gold Award for best Arts and Humanities project and the Gold for Hybrid Learning at the 2018 Reimagine Education awards and was one of the 10 highest scoring projects out of 1,184 entries,

In 2019 he collaborated with Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan and Purdue University, Indiana on new iterations of the telepresence project.

He is a member of the organising committe of Network Performing Arts Production workshop and sits on the board of the Nordic Centre for Digital Presence.

Research Interests

Directing ; Robert Wilson ; Actor-Training ; Bertolt Brecht ; Thornton Wilder ; American Theatre ; Renaissance Theatre ; Theatre History and Theory ; Contemporary Irish Theatre ; Early 20th Century German Theatre, Telepresence, Distance Learning, Virtual Mobility

Education/Academic qualification

Postgraduate Certificate, University of Wales

19961997

Doctorate, Ulster University

19901996

Degree, Queen's University Belfast

19861989

External positions

External Examiner, Newcastle College

20162019

External Examiner, Lancaster University

20142018

Keywords

  • PR English literature
  • Theatre
  • Telepresence
  • Shakespeare
  • Brecht
  • Wilder
  • Distance Learning
  • Rehearsal
  • Directing

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Research Output 2011 2019

  • 2 Citations
  • 1 h-Index
  • 5 Performance
  • 2 Chapter
  • 1 Conference proceeding
  • 1 Article

Caesar Online

Gorman, T. & Gizlo, D., Mar 2019

Research output: Practice-Based and Non-textual ResearchPerformance

Theaters
Students
Poznan
Rehearsal
Coventry

Immersive Telepresence: A framework for training and rehearsal in a postdigital age

Gorman, T., Syrja, T. & Kanninen, M., Oct 2019, "Blended and online education within European university networks": Overview of papers on Higher Education for the Future as presented during the Online, Open and Flexible Higher Education Conference in Madrid, October 2019. Ubachs, G. & Joosten-Adriaanse, F. (eds.). European Association of Distance Teaching Universities (EADTU), p. 237-252 16 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference proceeding

Open Access
File
Theaters
Students
Projection screens
Social aspects
Teaching

There is a world elsewhere: rehearsing and training through immersive telepresence

Gorman, T., Kanninen, M. & Syrja, T., 2019, In : Theatre, Dance and Performance Training. 10, 2, p. 208-226 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

visual material
group dynamics
social space
facebook
theater

12th Night Online

Gorman, T., Kanninen, M. & Syrja, T., Mar 2018

Research output: Practice-Based and Non-textual ResearchPerformance

Theaters
Students
Night
Coventry
Helsinki

King Lear Online

Gorman, T., Kanninen, M. & Syrja, T., 17 Mar 2017

Research output: Practice-Based and Non-textual ResearchPerformance

Teaching
Cameras
Students
Rehearsal
King Lear

Activities 2016 2019

  • 16 Participation in conference
  • 3 Invited talk
  • 2 Oral presentation
  • 1 Public Engagement Event

Whose Screen is it Anyway? Shakespeare in digital Interactive media

Tom Gorman (Speaker), Mikko Kanninen (Speaker), Tiina Syrja (Speaker)
28 Sep 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

Caesar Online – an Immersive Telepresence Exploration of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar

Tom Gorman (Speaker), Dagmara Gizlo (Speaker)
24 Oct 201926 Oct 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

The International Platform for Performer Training, Academy of Music and Drama, University of Gothenburg, 17 – 20 January, 2019

Tom Gorman (Speaker), Mikko Kanninen (Speaker), Tiina Syrja (Speaker)
17 Jan 201920 Jan 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Co-Creation Lab

Tom Gorman (Speaker)
28 May 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Network Performing Arts Production Workshop

Tom Gorman (Speaker), Matias Palo (Speaker)
2 Apr 20194 Apr 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Prizes

Coventry University Excellence Award

Tom Gorman (Recipient), Mikko Kanninen (Recipient) & Tiina Syrja (Recipient), 14 Jun 2018

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

learning

Coventry University Excellence Award for Internationalisation of the Curriculum

Tom Gorman (Recipient), Mikko Kanninen (Recipient) & Tiina Syrja (Recipient), 29 Jun 2016

Prize: National/international honour

QS Reimagine Education Gold Award Arts and Humanities

Tom Gorman (Recipient), Mikko Kanninen (Recipient) & Tiina Syrja (Recipient), 30 Nov 2018

Prize: National/international honour

QS Reimagine Education Gold Award for best Arts and Humanities Project 2016

Tom Gorman (Recipient), Mikko Kanninen (Recipient) & Tiina Syrja (Recipient), 6 Dec 2016

Prize: National/international honour

gold
art
learning
education
theater

QS Reimagine Education Gold Award Hybrid Learning

Tom Gorman (Recipient), Mikko Kanninen (Recipient) & Tiina Syrja (Recipient), 30 Nov 2018

Prize: National/international honour

gold
learning
education

Press / Media

Immersive Telepresence wins two Global Awards

Tom Gorman, Mikko Kanninen & Tiina Syrja

3/12/18

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Research

Article on Collaboration between Coventry and Finland

Tom Gorman

30/04/18

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Research

Motion Capture live performance between Finland and Miami

Tom Gorman

26/04/18

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

Kuningas Learia esitetään etäläsnäolon avulla

Tom Gorman

9/10/17

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Research