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Professor Mark O'Thomas

Professor Mark O'Thomas is Pro Vice Chancellor at the University of Greenwich. He was formerly Dean of Academic Affairs at Newcastle University, Head of the School of Fine & Performing Arts at the University of Lincoln and the founding Director of the Institute for Performing Arts at the University of East London. Mark also spent ten years at the BBC as a subtitler and channel director. He has worked as a playwright, translator and dramaturg for a number of theatres including Soho Theatre, The Royal Court Theatre and the Royal National Theatre, and has adapted a number of novels for the stage where his credits include Jorge Amado's Dona Flor and her Two Husbands and Fernando Pessoa's Book of Disquiet. He is currently working on a new jazz musical which will workshop at Northern Stage in November 2017.

2017 - ESRC Impact Acceleration Award

2017 - Santander International Travel Award

2016 - Canada/UK Foundation

2012 - AHRC Translating Cultures  (PI)

2011 - STORM (EU Culture Fund)

Mark is Associate Editor of Revista Brasileira de Estudos da Presença - the Brazilian Journal on Presence Studies - and his main research interest lays at the interface between translation, adaptation and dramaturgy. His work in this area has crossed many disciplines including musicology, film, literary and translation studies but his main focus remains on performance writing.

Monographs and translations

Aston, Elaine and Mark O'Thomas (2015) Royal Court: International, London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Yazbeck, Samir (2012) 'The Ritual' in A. Banks (ed.) National Theatre Connections: Plays for Young People, trans. M. O'Thomas: London: Methuen Drama.

Yazbeck, Samir (2012) 'The Ritual' in Conexões, trans. M. O'Thomas, São Paulo: British Council

Almost Nothing/At The Table (2004) by Marcos Barbosa
London: Nick Hern Books [Translator]

Journal articles

O'Thomas, Mark (2017) 'Humanum Ex Machina: Translation in the Post-global, Posthuman World', Target – International Journal of Translation Studies 29:2, pp286-302

O'Thomas, Mark (2014) 'Stages of the Loss: translation as contamination. How The Ritual made it to the Royal National Theatre, London', Theatre Research International, 39:2, pp 121-133

O'Thomas, Mark (2013) 'Translation, Theatre Practice and the Jazz Metaphor', Journal of Adaptation in Film & Performance, 6: 1, 55-64.

O'Thomas, Mark (2012) 'Rewriting the Book of Disquiet', Word and Text: A Journal of Literary Studies and Linguistics, (2: 2, 173-179)

Book chapters

O'Thomas, Mark (2017) Introduction to Methuen Classics edition of Mike Bartlett's Cock, London: Methuen Drama Bloomsbury, pp5-18

O'Thomas, Mark (2016) Translating Austerity in Adiseshiah, Sian and Louise Lepage, 21st Century Drama, London: Palgrave Macmillan, pp129-148

Aston, Elaine and Mark O'Thomas (2013) 'Imagining with Others: The Transformative Process of the Royal Court Theatre's International Department' in K. Amine & G. F. Roberson (eds.) Performing Transformations, Denver, Amherst, Tangier: Collaborative Media International, pp 38-46.

O'Thomas, Mark (2010) 'A Comparative Approach' in Analysing the Screenplay Nelmes, J. (Ed) London: Routledge (2010: 237-250)

O'Thomas, Mark (2010) 'Turning Japanese: Towards an Ethics of Adaptation' in Adaptation Studies: New Approaches Albrecht-Crane, C. & Cutchins, D. Eds. Nebraska: University of Nebraska Press (2010: 50-67)

O'Thomas, Mark (2010) 'Adaptation and Creative Writing: Brokeback Mountain on the London Underground' in Redefining Adaptation Studies Rawl, L. Ed. Scarecrow Press (2010: 45-53)

Public engagement in print and online

O'Thomas, Mark (2017) 'The TEF and Student Success – Why Participation is Key to Learning and Teaching.' Available here.

O'Thomas, Mark (2017) 'The First Play about Brexit tries to break the bubble but disappoints,' The Conversation, 21 March, 2017. Available here.

O'Thomas, Mark (2017) 'Why Hamilton's Arrival in London Should Not Be Written Off As Just Another Megamusical', Huffington Post, 17 January, 2017. Available here

O'Thomas, Mark (2016) 'Light Amid the Darkness,' Times Higher Education (print and online), 22 December, 2016, p26. Available here.

O'Thomas, Mark (2016) 'Ten reasons why parents should value academics,' Huffington Post, 11 November 2016. Available here.

O'Thomas, Mark (2016) 'Minecraft The Movie: How Will Adaptation Respond to the Challenge of Creativity?' Huffington Post, 1 November, 2016. Available here.

O'Thomas, Mark (2016) 'What are you reading?', Times Higher Education (print and online), 20 October, 2016. Available here.

O'Thomas, Mark (2016) 'The Girl on the Train: Why adapting the ultimate commuting novel makes perfect sense in a world of brief encounters', Huffington Post, 4 October, 2016. Available here. (Accessed: 5 October 2016)

The Only Way Is…Basildon – review of David Eldridge's forthcoming play at the Royal Court Theatre (23rd February 2012) – Times Higher Education

Keynote Speaker

Theatre, Migration, Camps, and the Crisis of the 21st Century University of Ottawa, Canada, November 2016

Adapting Almodovar – finding Spain on the London stage. Migrating Texts, University of London, Senate House, October 2015

Don't Worry, They're Here: Riding the Underground with a Community of Clowns – on artists arriving late to the party of austerity – University of Malta, September 2015

Translation Futures – Globalization, Innovation and the New Normal University of São Paulo, Brazil. 9th May, 2014

Translating 'Emerging' Playwrights – Globalisation, Innovation, Praxis 'Ways in, Ways out and "Ways through the Labyrinth" of Drama/Theatre/Performance Translation & Dramaturgy' – symposium University of South Wales. 6th June 2013

Imagining With Others – the Royal Court abroad De Montfort University, Leicester, May 2012

The East End Seen Though Performance Sackler Centre, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, January 2009

Theatre and the Olympics: value for money? Finborough Forum, Finborough Theatre London, July 2007

Selected Work for the Stage 

2014 - Sadness and Joy in the Lives of Giraffes
           Theatre Royal York/Company of Angels

2013 PIIGS – Royal Court Theatre

2013 Feast Young Vic Theatre, London (extended run)

2012 The Ritual Royal National Theatre: Cottesloe Connections

2012 2010 Ank !Ang! Company of Angels/Southwark Playhouse

2009 The Invisible Workers - Royal Court Theatre

2007 Agreste - Lyric Hammersmith Theatre, London Arts Council of England commission

2004 Almost Nothing/At The Table - Royal Court Theatre

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