Ph.D (Trinity College Dublin)
I teach drama, theatre, and performance (text, history, theory and practice) across all three undergraduate year groups. As you'll see from my research expertise below, I have particular expertise in twentieth-and-twenty-first-century Irish theatre and performance. I am the convener of a fantastic final year undergraduate module, "Modern Irish Drama and Literature".
My research expertise is in twentieth-and-twenty-first-century Irish theatre and performance, with a specific focus on memory, history, forgetting and nostalgia. I have published extensively on the work of Irish playwright J.M. Synge in relation to these critical concepts. You can follow updates on my current research on Twitter here
Professional Affiliations; Outreach and Public Engagement
I am a member of the International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR). From 2016 to 2020 I served as the Secretary-General (Communications) for IFTR, and sat on the Executive Committee from 2016-2021. I am also a member of the Irish Society for Theatre Research, and sat on the Executive Committee from 2014-2019.
From 2022-2025, I am a member of the AHRC's Peer-Review College.
I have worked as a community-based workshop facilitator, leading workshops in category 'A' prisons, and with children and young adults with chronic illnesses and handicaps. I am currently the Principal Investigator on an internally funded AHRC Impact Accelerator award at the University of Nottingham, "Performing Cerebral Palsy: Healthcare, Ageing and Access".
I have given many public workshops/lectures and post-show discussions on twentieth-and-twenty-first-century British and Irish playwrights. I've also been invited to speak about Synge's work at Ireland's National Theatre (the Abbey Theatre) on more than one occasion, as well as at the Embassy of Ireland in Ankara, Turkey. I'd be very happy to give more!
I teach across all three undergraduate years including the core first-year module, Drama, Theatre and Performance. For final-year undergraduates I teach a module called Modern Irish Drama and… read more
I am currently dividing my time between four research projects, all of which I am very excited about.
The first is a new book called Synge's Emotions. A central concern of the book will be Synge's reflections on the emotions associated with solitude and loneliness, and how this shaped the development of his modernist aesthetic. My latest research on this topic, an essay called "Synge on Vagrancy: Labour, Workhouses and the Feeble-Minded" was published in Irish Studies Review in November 2020.
The second project is a collection of essays entitled Synge and Transnational Modernisms. This collection considers how Synge's Irish modernism contributed to the development of global modernisms. The collection will offer interdisciplinary perspectives on how Synge's work influenced different writers, theatre-makers and artists across the globe. With a sustained emphasis on theories of transnationalism throughout, the collection places an emphasis on how Synge's modernism challenges institutionalised knowledge about centres, borders, and multiculturalism. The collection is currently under contract with Liverpool University Press and will be published in 2026.
The third project considers how nostalgia is produced and to what effect in contemporary performance. My most recent work on this project has been published in New Theatre Quarterly in 2019 and in The Edinburgh Companion to Modernism in Contemporary Performance.
The fourth project is called "Performing Cerebral Palsy: Healthcare, Ageing and Access". This multidisciplinary project investigates the potential of theatre to communicate new knowledge and understanding on ageing and experiences of healthcare in people with cerebral palsy.
CHRISTOPHER COLLINS, 2023. "Modernist Nostalgia in Contemporary Irish Dance". In: ADRIAN CURTIN, NICHOLAS JOHNSON, NAOMI PAXTON AND CLAIRE WARDEN, ed., The Edinburgh Companion to Modernism in Contemporary Theatre Edinburgh University Press. 45-61
CHRISTOPHER COLLINS, 2020. "Synge on vagrancy: labour, workhouses and the feeble-minded" Irish Studies Review. 28(4),
CHRISTOPHER COLLINS, 2019. Performing the Rural in Contemporary Irish Theatre New Theatre Quarterly. 35(4),