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Kevin Egan

Senior Lecturer
Drama and Contemporary Performance

I am a Senior Lecturer on the BA (Hons) Drama and Contemporary Performance degree.  Alongside my lecturing here at MMU, I am also a theatre maker, performer, consultant, and technical director.  I am an associate artist with Reckless Sleepers and perform regularly with the company in Schrödinger, Negative Space and It's Hot It's Not.

Academic and Professional Qualifications

MA Contemporary Arts, Manchester Metropolitan University
BA Contemporary Arts, Manchester Metropolitan University


Research Interests

My research interests are broadly situated within the domain of live art and contemporary theatre, particularly with regard to current trends in theatrical composition and collaborative development. My MA thesis was focused on Goat Island's use of 'gift and counter-gift' throughout the development of their work; exploring how audiences engage with, and feed in to, the company's creative process. My research is also focussed around the notion of scored theatre and the appropriation of musical discourse as a compositional tool within contemporary theatre practice. My writing often draws on my association with the theatre company Reckless Sleepers, articulating the methods, perspectives, and ideas that are generated and refined in the making of performance projects.

Kevin Egan is a member of the Art and Performance Research Hub.


Egan, K., 2015. Constructing Negative Space, Axis Arts Centre, 3/2/2015.


Wetherell, M., 2010. 'Empire by Reckless Sleepers', Warwick Arts Centre, 22/11/2012.

Wetherell, M., 2010. 'It's Hot, It's Not', Unicorn Theatre, London, 5/2/2019.

Wetherell, M., 2010. 'Negative Space by Reckless Sleepers', International Tour, 19/11/2014.

Wetherell, M., 2010. 'Schrödinger by Reckless Sleepers', International Tour, 1/3/2011.

Mackenzie, N., 2010. 'Three Sisters by Plane Performance', National Tour, 8/3/2013.

Book Chapters

Egan, K., 2024. 'A Score of a Score of a Score: examining concerto through Ravel's composition'. In Pinchbeck, M., Smith, O. (eds.) Following the Score: The Ravel Trilogy, pp. 95-122, Intellect, Bristol.

Internet Publications

Pinchbeck, M., Egan, K., 2012. 'Dramaturgy in Dialogue: Kevin Egan (Outside Eye Project)',

Journal Articles

Pinchbeck, M., Egan, K., 2022. 'Staging Scores: Devising Contemporary Performances from Classical Music', Representing Classical Music in the Twenty-First Century, 7 (457).

Egan, K., 2019. 'Schrödinger's notes: a minimalist equation for a Reckless Sleepers project', Studies in Theatre and Performance, 39 (2), pp. 177-197.

Egan, K., 2013. 'Backpages 23.3: An Introduction to the Work of Reckless Sleepers', Contemporary Theatre Review, 23 (3), pp. 454-454.

Conference Papers

Egan, K., 2010. 'The Score as Text: music analysis, (de)composition, and the textual landscape in Plane Performance's Traviata project.', Text and Theatre Symposium, Manchester Metropolitan University, 25/3/2010 - 26/3/2010.

Other Outputs

Egan, K., Wetherell, M., 2020. 'Discussing Negative Space: 10 Questions for Reckless Sleepers'.

Egan, K., 2015. 'Constructing Negative Space'.

Mackenzie, N.K., 2014. 'The Flare Weekender 2014'.

Mackenzie, N.K., 2011. 'The Flare International Festival of New Theatre 2011 (Exhibition)'.

Mackenzie, NK., Egan, K., Fenemore, A., 2010. 'Traviata by Plane Performance, devised theatre composition, presented at the Text and Theatre Symposium MMU Cheshire.'.

Mackenzie, NK., Egan, K., 2008. 'Manchester International Student Theatre Festival, presented at Greenroom, Zion Arts Centre, Capitol Theatre, supported by Arts Council England, MMU and Greenroom.'.