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Cormac O'Brien

Lecturer/Assistant Professor
School of English, Drama and Film
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University College Dublin, School of English Drama and Film, Newman Building Belfield Dublin 4

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Cormac O'Brien lectures in Anglo-Irish Drama, Irish Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and Medical Humanities. He joined the School of English, Drama and Film in the spring of 2016. Prior to this he was a part-time lecturer in Drama at Trinity College Dublin and at UCD. Cormac is a founding member of the International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR) Queer Futures working group. Cormac is active in the area of HIV/AIDS advocacy and community empowerment and is co-founder of the International working group for HIV in Performance, aka HIP. He is also on the organising committee for Queer at Queens, an annual two-day event in Belfast that, as part of the larger OutBurst Queer Arts Festival, brings together scholars, queer artists, and the public. He is also an active member of the Irish Society for Theatre Research (ISTR) and the International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures (IASIL). Before coming to academia as a mature student in 2005, Cormac worked as a drama workshop facilitator and theatre director. He continues to be involved in workshop facilitation and has recently developed and delivered a series of drama workshops that explore HIV-related stigma. He is also involved in developing projects that bring performing artists and academics together and has recently worked with Dublin playwright and musician Neil Watkins.


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