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Dr Louise Stephens Alexander

Louise Stephens Alexander

MA (Hons), Dip, PG Dip, PhD

Recent graduate


PhD  Creativity Management; University of St Andrews
Provisional title: (A)live and Kicking? Visibility, Invisibility and Agency in the Theatre Production Process.

Postgraduate Diploma Dramaturgy; University of Glasgow

Diploma History of European Painting; Trinity College, Dublin

MA (Hons) English Literature and Classics; University of Edinburgh

Professional Experience

I worked in theatre in Scotland as a dramaturg and administrator for four years before joining the PhD programme at the University of St Andrews in 2009.

Research Interests

My research involves the use of a methodology based on Actor-Network Theory to explore how a play(text) enrols actors to enable its production in a variety of forms. Based on data gathered during interviews with playwrights, directors and intermediaries in the production and commissioning process, the networks which enabled plays to be produced in Scotland will be examined by following the path of a number of play(text)s through a series of intermediaries and mediators. I am interested in particular in actor-network theory as applied to the creative industries, social construction of value, and the role of performing arts archives.

Conference Papers and Presentations

"Theatre, Product, Community". Presentation given to the board of the Playwrights' Studio, Scotland, Wednesday 24 March 2010.

"Why is a Raven Like a Writing Desk?" - Presentation given to the sixth annual Scottish Doctoral Management Conference, Thursday 27 May 2010.

"E-books, networks and the collation of data – possible benefits for the Scottish playwriting community." Presentation given to the board of the Scottish Society of Playwrights, Saturday 26 June 2010.

"(A)Live and Kicking? Visibility, invisibility, and Agency in the Theatre Production Process" – paper presented at 'Working in the Creative Industries' conference, Durham University, Wednesday 23 February 2011.


I am in receipt of a ESRC CASE Studentship, 2009-2012.

£100 to attend the 28th Annual SIBMAS Conference in Munich, July 2010 from the Society for Theatre Research.


Professor Barbara Townley
Dr Philip Roscoe

Industry Sponsor (ESRC/CASE Studentship)

Playwrights' Studio, Scotland (
The Playwrights' Studio, Scotland is a development organisation whose aim is to directly engage the population of Scotland with playwriting and to support the skills development of writers writing for performance.