Lecturer in Drama
In addition to his responsibilities in Drama Studies at Queen's, Paul is Secretary General (Communications) for the International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR) and former President of the Irish Society for Theatre Research.
Paul is particularly interested in how issues of materiality, stratification and socio-economic hierarchies are conceptualized in relation to theatre and performance in the wake of post-structuralism.
Paul is the recipient of the 2012 Queen's University Teaching Award in the Student-Nominated Category. At undergraduate level Paul teaches the following courses: Modernist Theatre; Theatre and Social Justice; Shakespeare in Performance; 20th Century Irish Theatre.
(with Melissa Sihra) The Dreaming Body: Contemporary Irish Theatre (Gerrards Cross: Colin Smythe; New York: Oxford University Press, 2009)
Irish Theatre International, vol. 1, no. 1, April 2008, 115pp. ISSN 2009-0870
Irish Theatre International, vol. 2, no. 1, August 2009, 68pp. ISSN 2009-0870
‘”Pauvres enfants d’Eve en exil”: Tom Murphy et la syntaxe de l’histoire’, in L'Annuaire Théâtral, No. 40, ‘Le théâtre irlandais: au carrefour des traditions’, Sarah Migneron (trans.), Autumn 2006, pp. 72-84
'The Myth of Benightedness After the Irish Renaissance: the Drama of George Shiels', Moving Worlds, vol. 3, no. 1, Winter 2003, pp. 45-58
'"inside the immigrant mind": Nostalgic vs Nomadic Subjectivities in Late 20th Century Irish Drama’, Australasian Drama Studies, October 2003, pp. 128-147
Chapters in Books
‘O’Casey, Class and Performance’, in The Theatre of Sean O’Casey (London: Methuen, 2013)
'Tom Murphy and the Syntax of Irish History' in Christopher Murray (ed) 'Alive in Time': The Enduring Drama of Tom Murphy: New Essays (Dublin: Carysfort Press, 2010)
'Brian Friel's Wonderful Tennessee, or what was lost in Translations' in Paul Murphy and Melissa Sihra (eds.)
The Dreaming Body: Contemporary Irish Theatre (Gerrards Cross: Colin Smythe; New York: Oxford University Press, 2009), pp. 137-150
'Woman as Fantasy Object in Lady Gregory's Historical Tragedies' in Melissa Sihra (ed.) Women in Irish Drama: A Century of Authorship and Representation (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007), pp. 28-41
'The Stage Irish are Dead, Long Live the Stage Irish: The Lonesome West and The Beauty Queen of Leenane', in Eamonn Jordan (ed.) The Theatre of Martin McDonagh: A World of Savage Stories (Dublin: Carysfort Press, 2006), pp. 60-78
'Yeats, Pearse and the Sublime Subaltern', in Neil Sammells (ed.) Beyond Borders: IASIL Essays on Modern Irish Writing (Bath: Sulis Press, 2004), pp. 36-52