Fraser Stevens

Role: 
Teaching Assistant
Address: 
1801 Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

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.

During his time in the United Kingdom Fraser 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 continues to produce work internationally and has been nominated for multiple awards. 

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 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.

Education/Training

  • M.A., Theatre and Performance, Aberystwyth University, Aberystwyth, Wales, 2012

  • B.A. Hons., Theatre, York University, Toronto, Canada, 2010

Areas of Specialization/Interest

Espionage and Surveillance Studies, Performance Studies, Experimental Theatre and Performance, Devised Theatre, Modern and Contemporary Theatre and Performance, Theatre and Performance Scenography and Design, Acting and Performance Theory

Professional Affiliations

  • International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR
  • Canadian Association for Theatre Research (CATR)
  • Performance Studies International (PSi)

Publications

  • “Cultural Camouflage: Acting Identities in World War 2 Espionage.” War and Theatrical Innovation. Ed. Victor Emeljanow. Palgrave Macmillan. 2017

Conference Presentations/Workshops/Guest Talks

  • “The Libraries and Babel: Site-Specific Theatre for Institutions of Knowledge.” International Federation for Theatre Research, Belgrade, Serbia, 2018
  • “Landscapes of Covert Performance.” Canadian Association for Theatre Research, Queens University, Kingston, Canada, 2018
  • “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: Acting Identities in World War 2 Espionage” New Scholars Forum, International Federation of Theatre Research World Congress, Stockholm, 2016
  • “Creating Identities in World War II 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

Representative Productions

  • Babel, Almost Human, 2018
  • 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

Honors/Awards/Funding/Nominations

  • International Program for Creative Collaboration and Research, Travel and Research Grant, 2018
  • School of Theatre Dance and Performance Studies, Travel Grant, 2017
  • University of Maryland, College of Arts and Humanities Fellowship, 2017
  • School of Theatre Dance and Performance Studies, Travel Grant, 2016
  • Heritage Lottery Fund, Community Heritage and Project Development Funding, 2016
  • Prague Fringe, Creative Award – Nomination, 2016
  • University of Amsterdam, Travel and Research Grant, 2015
  • Flare Festival Weekender, Project Development Funding and Residency, 2014
  • Prague Fringe, Creative Award - Nomination, 2014
  • Welsh Theatre Critics Awards – Nomination, 2014
  • Aberystwyth University, Project Development Residency, 2013
  • Aberystwyth University, International Excellence Scholarship, 2010
  • York University, Master of Winters College Book Prize, 2010