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PhD projects

Applied Drama, Irish Theatre, Northern Ireland Theatre, Applied Puppetry, Post-Conflict Drama, Arts Evaluation

1990 …2020

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Personal profile


David Grant is a Senior Lecturer in Drama in the School of Creative Arts at Queen’s University, Belfast, where has worked since 2000. A former Managing Editor of Theatre Ireland magazine, Programme Director of the Dublin Theatre Festival, and Artistic Director of the Lyric Theatre, Belfast, he continues work as a theatre director alongside his academic work, having recently directed revivals of Owen McCafferty’s Mojo Mickybo for Bedlam Theatre Company, Patrick McCabe’s Frank Pig Says Hello! For An Grianan Theatre, and Oscar Wilde at Home, a site-specific event in Florence Court House in Enniskillen for the Wilde Weekend. He has a long association with youth and community-based arts, most recently devising Days in the Bay with the Tiger’s Bay Men’s Group in Belfast. Publications include Playing the Wild Card for the Community Relations Council, and The Stagecraft of Brian Friel for Greenwich Exchange Books. He was director of the 1st Brian Friel Summer School, which took place in August 2015 in Redcastle, Donegal.


He has a special interest in the Image Theatre techniques of Augusto Boal, with whom he was privileged to work in Derry in 1992, and whose ideas have influenced his applied drama practice ever since. In addition to image theatre work in Northern Ireland, he was also invited by the Peres Peace Institute to give drama workshops for Israeli and Palestinian school teachers in Jerusalem in October 2005. He did similar work at the Al Midan Theatre in Haifa in 2007, and at the Sarajevo Acting Academy in 2009.

Research Statement

David Grant's academic career has built on his twenty years experience in professional theatre in which he balanced mainstrem practice with work in youth and community contexts. Since coming to Queen's he has developed a strong reputation in applied drama, through work in the prisons and health sectors. He has also continued to work as a director, with a particular interest in Irish theatre. Recent projects have focussed on  revisiting small cast multi-roling performances of the 1990s such as Frank Pig Says Hello! and Mojo Mickybo.



David has taught both undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Applied Drama, Theory and Practice of Acting and Directing, and Arts Management and Policy. He has also directed a number of theatre productions as part of the undergraduate curriculum, including Gogol's The Government Inspector, The Old Lady Says No! by Denis Johnston, and Catchpenny Twist by Stewart Parker.

He received a Queen's Teaching Award, 2005; was a Queen's nominee for a National Teaching Fellowship in 2006 and 2008; and received a Student Nominated Teaching Award from Queen's in 2013.

He served as Director of Education in the School of Creative Arts from 2011-2015.

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Research Output

'Objects with objectives': Applied puppetry from practice into theory

Grant, D., 01 Jul 2020, In : Applied Theatre Research. 8, 1, p. 13-29 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Branagh in Belfast

    Grant, D., 30 Jan 2018

    Research output: Non-textual formPerformance

  • Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    205 Downloads (Pure)

    Beneath an Irish Sky: A new play by Kieran Kelly

    Grant, D., 22 Mar 2016

    Research output: Non-textual formPerformance

  • Prizes

    Origin 1st Irish Festival New York Award for Best Special Event 2016

    Grant, David (Recipient), 03 Oct 2016

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • QUB Teaching Award

    Grant, David (Recipient), 2004

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


    Objects with Objectives

    David Grant (Organiser)

    17 May 201721 May 2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    Image Theatre Workshops

    David Grant (Lecturer)

    20 Aug 201725 Aug 2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    Forum on Educational Theatre

    David Grant (Speaker)

    23 Apr 2016

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    All the World's a Stage

    David Grant (Organiser)

    07 Jun 201628 Jun 2016

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic lecture/debate/seminar

    Post-Show Discussion for "Northern Star" by Stewart Parker

    David Grant (Host)

    18 May 2016

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic lecture/debate/seminar


    Being Human - a festival of the humanities (Northern Ireland Hub)

    Franziska Schroeder (Participant), David Grant (Participant), Kurt Taroff (Participant), Cahal McLaughlin (Participant), Stefanie Lehner (Participant), Alex Murray (Participant), Sian Barber (Participant) & Paul Murphy (Participant)

    Impact: Cultural Impact, Societial Impact