Professor Mark  O’Thomas

Professor Mark O’Thomas BA, MA, PGCE, PhD

Pro Vice Chancellor

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 vast array 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.

Awards

Grants awarded

2017       ESRC Impact Acceleration Award

2017       Santander International Travel Award

2016       Canada/UK Foundation

2012       AHRC Translating Cultures  (PI)

2011       STORM (EU Culture Fund)

Recognition

  Fellow of RSA, SFHEA, Area Chair PCA

Research / Scholarly interests

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.

Mark is currently working on editing a new collection of essays on the Netflix anthology series American Horror Story as well as co-editing (along with Greenwich colleagues Dr Harry Derbyshire and Dr Nicholas Holden) a special issue of the journal Comparative Drama.

Media activity

 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

Recent publications

Article

O'Thomas, Mark and , (2018), There’ll always be an England – Butlins, Brexit and the Heterotopic Body, Intellect. In: , , , . Intellect, Journal of European Popular Culture pp. 33-41 ISSN: 2040-6134 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.1386/jepc.9.1.33_1) Published.

O'Thomas, Mark and , (2017), Humanum ex machina: Translation in the post-global, posthuman world, John Benjamins. In: , , , . John Benjamins, Target. International Journal of Translation Studies pp. 284-300 ISSN: 0924-1884 (Print), 1569-9986 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1075/target.29.2.05oth) Published.

O'Thomas, Mark and , (2017), My Country: a play about Brexit that tries to break the bubble but disappoints, The Conversation Trust (UK). In: , , , . The Conversation Trust (UK), The Conversation ISSN: 2201-5639 (Print), (doi: https://bit.ly/2mPLr2i) Published.

O'Thomas, Mark and , (2017), Why Hamilton's arrival In London should not be written off as just another mega-musical, HuffPost Entertainment. In: , , , . HuffPost Entertainment, The Huffington Post (doi: https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/mark-othomas/why-hamiltons-arrival-in-_b_13899954.html?guccounter=1) Published.

O'Thomas, Mark and , (2020), The TEF and student success – Why participation is key to learning and teaching, Higher Education Academy. In: , , , . Higher Education Academy, TEF: Voices from the sector (doi: https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/blog/tef-and-student-success-–-why-participation-key-learning-and-teaching) Published.

O'Thomas, Mark and , (2016), Elf: Christmas cheer amid the darkness, TES Global. In: , , , . TES Global, Times Higher Education ISSN: 0049-3929 (Print), (doi: https://www.timeshighereducation.com/comment/elf-christmas-cheer-amid-the-darkness) Published.

O'Thomas, Mark and , (2016), Ten reasons why parents should value academics, HuffPost Parents. In: , , , . HuffPost Parents, The Huffington Post (doi: https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/mark-othomas/ten-reasons-why-parents-s_1_b_12897584.html) Published.

O'Thomas, Mark and , (2016), Minecraft the Movie: How will the adaptation respond to the challenge of creativity?, HuffPost Entertainment. In: , , , . HuffPost Entertainment, The Huffington Post (doi: https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/mark-othomas/minecraft-movie_b_12703234.html) Published.

O'Thomas, Mark and , (2016), What are you reading?, TES Global. In: , , , . TES Global, Times Higher Education ISSN: 0049-3929 (Print), (doi: https://www.timeshighereducation.com/books/reviews-what-are-you-reading-20-october-2016) Published.

O'Thomas, Mark and , (2016), The Girl On The Train: Why adapting the ultimate commuting novel makes perfect sense in a world of Brief Encounters, HuffPost Entertainment. In: , , , . HuffPost Entertainment, The Huffington Post (doi: https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/mark-othomas/girl-on-the-train_b_12332728.html) Published.

O'Thomas, Mark and , (2014), Stages of the Loss: translation as contamination. How The Ritual made it to the Royal National Theatre, Cambridge University Press. In: , , , . Cambridge University Press, Theatre Research International pp. 120-132 ISSN: 0307-8833 (Print), 1474-0672 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0307883314000042) Published NB Item availability restricted.

O'Thomas, Mark and , (2013), Translation, theatre practice and the jazz metaphor, Intellect. In: , , , . Intellect, Journal of Adaptation in Film & Performance pp. 55-64 ISSN: 1753-6421 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.1386/jafp.6.1.55_1) Published NB Item availability restricted.

O'Thomas, Mark and , (2012), Rewriting The Book of Disquiet, In: , , , . , Word & Text: A Journal of Literary Studies & Linguistics pp. 173-179 ISSN: 2069-9271 (Print), (doi: ) Published.

O'Thomas, Mark and , (2012), The only was is... Basildon, TES Global. In: , , , . TES Global, Times Higher Education ISSN: 0049-3929 (Print), (doi: ) Published.

Book

Aston, Elaine and , O'Thomas, Mark (2015), Royal Court: International, Palgrave Macmillan. In: , , , . Palgrave Macmillan, London (1st) ISBN: 9781137461827 (doi: https://doi.org/10.1057/9781137487728) Published.

Book section

O'Thomas, Mark and , (2017), Introduction, Bloomsbury Academic. In: , , In: Mark O'Thomas (ed.), Mike Barlett's Coc. Bloomsbury Academic, London pp. 5-18 ISBN: 9781474229630 (doi: ) Published.

O'Thomas, Mark and , (2016), Translating austerity: Theatrical responses to the financial crisis, Palgrave Macmillan. In: , , , Twenty-First Century Drama: What Happens No. Palgrave Macmillan, (1st) pp. 129-148 ISBN: 9781137484024 (doi: https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-48403-1_7) Published NB Item availability restricted.

Aston, Elaine Frances and , O'Thomas, Mark (2013), Imagining with others: the transformative process of the Royal Court Theatre's international department, Collaborative Media International. In: , , In: Khalid Amine, George F. Roberson (eds.), Performing Transformation. Collaborative Media International, Denver, Amherst, Tangier pp. 38-46 ISBN: 9780982440964 (doi: ) Published.

O'Thomas, Mark and , (2012), The Ritual/ O Ritual, British Council. In: , , , Conexõe. British Council, São Paulo (doi: ) Published.

O'Thomas, Mark and , (2010), Analysing the screenplay: A comparative approach, Routledge. In: , , In: Jill Nelmes (ed.), Analysing The Screenpla. Routledge, London (1st) pp. 237-251 ISBN: 9780415556347 (doi: ) Published NB Item availability restricted.

O'Thomas, Mark and , (2010), Turning Japanese: translation, adaptation, and the ethics of trans-national exchange, Fairleigh Dickinson University Press. In: , , In: Christa Albrecht-Crane, Dennis Cutchins (eds.), Adaptation Studies: New Approache. Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, (1st) pp. 46-60 ISBN: 9780838642627ISSN: 838642624 (Print), (doi: ) Published.

O'Thomas, Mark and , (2010), Adaptation and creative writing: Brokeback Mountain on the London Underground, Scarecrow Press. In: , , In: Dennis Cutchins, Laurence Raw, James M. Welsh (eds.), Redefining Adaptation Studie. Scarecrow Press, (1st) pp. 45-55 ISBN: 9780810872981 (doi: ) Published.