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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 second year, was the recipient of the Gold Award for most innovative Arts and Humanities project at the 2016 Reimagine Education Awards.

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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Seamus Heaney Arts & Humanities
Rehearsal Arts & Humanities
Peers Arts & Humanities
Conscious Arts & Humanities
Articulation Arts & Humanities
High speed Arts & Humanities
Performer Arts & Humanities
Mother tongue Arts & Humanities

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Research Output 2011 2016

The coriolanus online project

Kanninen, M., Syrjä, T. & Gorman, T. Oct 2016 AcademicMindtrek '16 Proceedings of the 20th International Academic Mindtrek Conference. New York, USA: Association for Computing Machinery, p. 457-459 3 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Rehearsal
Peers
High speed
Adobe
Materiality

Critical Decor: What Works (The Messingkauf Dialogues)

Gorman, T., Chafer, J., Coletta, R. & Hunter, M. J. 25 Jan 2014

Research output: Non-textual formPerformance

Stations to Station: An analysis of the Stations Project

Gorman, T. 29 Sep 2011 Stages to Performance: In the Rehearsal Room. Paterson, R. (ed.). McNidder & Grace

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Seamus Heaney

Activities 2016 2017

  • 7 Participation in conference

JISC Networkshop 45

Gorman, T. (Invited Speaker)
11 Apr 201715 Apr 2017

Activity: Participation in conference

Network Performing Arts Production Workshop 2017

Gorman, T. (Keynote Speaker)
3 Apr 20175 Apr 2017

Activity: Participation in conference

Telepresence in Performing Arts Symposium

Gorman, T. (Co-convenor)
28 Nov 201629 Nov 2016

Activity: Participation in conference

Reimagine Education

Gorman, T. (Invited Speaker)
5 Dec 20166 Dec 2016

Activity: Participation in conference

Shakespeare – The Next 400 Years

Gorman, T. (Invited Speaker)
22 Apr 201624 Apr 2016

Activity: Participation in conference

Prizes

Coriolanus Online Project

Tom Gorman (Recipient), 2015

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Coventry University Excellence Award for Internationalisation of the Curriculum

Tom Gorman (Recipient), 29 Jun 2016

Prize: National/international honour

Gold Award for best Arts and Humanities Project

Tom Gorman (Recipient), 4 Dec 2016

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

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

Tom Gorman (Recipient), 6 Dec 2016

Prize: National/international honour

Press / Media

Face to Face: Using Videoconferencing to Create a Shared Virtual Space for Students

Tom Gorman

20/02/17

1 item of media coverage

Press / Media: Public Engagement Activities

Näyttelijä tekee digitaalisesta maailmasta ihmisen kokoisen

Tom Gorman

31/01/17

1 item of media coverage

Press / Media: Public Engagement Activities

Theatre work at the University of Tampere received international recognition

Tom Gorman

12/12/16

1 item of media coverage

Press / Media: Public Engagement Activities

Maaginen ikkuna Shakespeareen

Tom Gorman

29/03/16

1 item of media coverage

Press / Media: Public Engagement Activities