About Me

Dr. Emily Garside  


An academic and writer of many kinds including but not limited to playwright, journalist and academic. After training in Montreal and at RADA, before undertaking a PhD which researched theatrical responses to the AIDS crisis, and the evolution of LGBTQ+ theatre. 

I currently teach at The University of Wolverhampton, Bishopsgate Institute and run courses for London Playwrights. 

As a theatre critic and journalist I write a mixture of review pieces, opinion pieces and researched academic rooted pieces. I regularly write for The Queer Review, American Theatre, Wales Arts Reivew and many others. 

My book on Angels in America is being published by McFarland, and  I am also working on a second book on Jonathan Larson’s musical Rent.  

As a playwright, I have produced work with Clock Tower Theatre, Dirty Protest Theatre and The Other Room and The Arena Theatre Wolverhampton and is a writer for the 14/48 theatre festival there. I am also a dramaturg and script reader for a number of theatre companies. 

I am Chair of the Board of Trustees for Taking Flight Theatre company. 

Academic Work

My Ph.D. looked at the role of theatre as a response to the AIDS epidemic. This work focused on Tony Kushner’s Angels in America and Jonathan Larson’s Rent as case studies.

In 2017 I was able to work on the National Theatre’s production of Angels in various ways- from advising director Marianne Elliott, to education events and writing an essay for the programme. My book on the production, and the play’s history with The National Theatre, will be published by McFarland in 2021.

I continue to write on primarily on LGBQ+ culture, and representation through theatre, tv and film. My academic interests also include activism and performance, audience research and Fan Studies. I’ve published across a range of interests/disciplines including Iain Banks, Sherlock Holmes, Location and TV and Punchdrunk.

I am available for writing and research projects within the creative industries. I write regularly for various publications on theatre, the arts, and academia. With a research background in performance as a social tool, cultural engagement, and history.

For work or research queries:

Email: EmilyMGarside@gmail.com

Twitter: @EmiGarside

Phone: 07757 121775

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