Scholars 2004

2004 Present - Leadership, Changing Our World

Reynolds Ryan

Personal Details: 
Theatre and Film Studies Department University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand

Title of Research: 
"Moving Targets: Political Theatre in a Post-Political Age"


My research continues into new methods of political theatre, both on the Left and the Right, with emphasis on interrogating the relationship between aesthetics and politics. My research comprises both theoretical and practical components, with all theoretical ideas being "field tested" through my work with Free Theatre Christchurch (www.freetheatre.org.nz) and all fieldwork being subjected to theory. I of course scrutinize the work and theory of "political theatre" practitioners such as Brecht, Meyerhold, Artaud, and Boal, but also incorporate poststructuralism (especially Baudrillard and Deleuze), legal and political theory (recently Agamben), and psychoanalytic approaches to politics (the Frankfurt School, Lacan, Zizek). 
Update - July 6, 2011
I live in Christchurch, New Zealand, and after the recent earthquakes I helped start up a new charitable trust that aims to create temporary creative projects on earthquake demolition sites. Our website is at www.gapfiller.org.nz . We have just last week been given substantial funding from the city council, and it looks like things are really taking off.