Fraser Stevens is a practitioner and researcher pursuing his PhD at the University of Maryland. Originally from Canada he studied in Toronto, Aberystwyth and Amsterdam before moving to the United States. His research focuses on the relationship between espionage and acting, and his dissertation topic will focus on the similarities between the training and execution of these practices.
During his time in Aberystwyth he co-founded the experimental theatre company Almost Human, which he co-directs. Their work seeks to challenge traditional theatrical styles and explore new ways of creating and devising performances. Almost Human has been produced internationally and been nominated for the Welsh Critics Award for Best Digital/Online Content Production and two Creative Awards for the Prague Fringe Festival.
While in Amsterdam Fraser was a researcher in the Amsterdam School of Cultural Analysis. In addition to this position he was a research assistant on a joint project between digital humanities and religious studies analyzing the use of flowers as literary devices in Dutch literature.
Among his other interests are the performance of everyday life, experimental and avant-garde theatre, and intersections of practice and theory. Fraser joined TDPS in the fall of 2016 and continues to produce work as a practitioner while continuing his research.
- M.A. in Theatre and Performance, Aberystwyth University, Aberystwyth, Wales
- B.A. Hons. In Theatre, York University, Toronto, Canada
- “Cultural Camouflage: Acting Identities in World War 2 Espionage.” War and Theatrical Innovation. Ed. Victor Emeljanow. Palgrave Macmillan. 2017
Conference Presentations/Workshops/Guest Talks
- “New Techniques for Devising for Theatre and Performance Workshop.” University for the Creative Arts, Rochester, UK, 2017
- “New Techniques for Devising for Theatre and Performance Workshop.” University for the Creative Arts, Rochester, UK, 2016
- “Cultural Camouflage/Suspicious Behaviour: Creating Identities in World War 2 Espionage” New Scholars Forum, International Federation of Theatre Research World Congress, Stockholm, 2016
- “Cultural Camouflage/Suspicious Behaviour: Creating Identities in World War 2 Espionage” University of Central Lancashire Theatre and Performance Conference, UCLAN, Preston, UK, 2015
- “The Theatre of World War II” Dramaturgies of Performance: PhD Symposium, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2014
- “The Kruger Project: Performing Data.” Future Climates Dialogue: How can we promote new synergies between art and science?, Aberystwyth University-by Invitation, Aberyswyth, UK, 2013
- “New Techniques on Devising for Theatre and Performance Workshop”, World Stage Design, Cardiff, UK, 2013
Artistic Residencies and Funding
- When We Grow Up We’ll Be Old, Heritage Lottery Fund, Project Development Funding, Barnstaple, UK, 2016
- Dante Undone, Project Development Funding and Residency, Flare Festival Weekender, Manchester, UK, 2014
- Letters from another Island, Project Development Residency, Aberystwyth University, Aberyswyth, UK, 2013
Representative Recent Artistic Work
- Biblio-Tech, Almost Human, 2018 (upcoming)
- When We Grow We’ll Be Old, Almost Human, 2016
- The Fruits of Failure, Almost Human, 2015
- Together, Almost Human, 2015
- Dante Undone, Almost Human, 2014
- Letter from another Island, Almost Human, 2012
- The Assasination of Llwyd ap Iwan by the Outlaws Wilson and Evans, Pearson/Brookes, 2011