Brian is a Reader in Theatre at University of Chichester, which he teaches courses such as Solo Performance, The Body in Performance, Production, Gender, Sexuality & Theatre, and Professional Development. Brian also runs all the professional development activities of the Department, facilitating mentorship schemes and internship/work placement opportunities for both undergraduates and MA students. Previous to Chichester, Brian taught at Queen Mary, University of London, King’s College School of Medicine and Central School of Speech and Drama, as a Course Convenor and Teaching Associate. Classes include Making Theatre Work, Theatre and Its Others, Group Practice, Individual Practical Project, Performing Medicine and as a Mentor for MA students doing practice-based research. At QMUL, Brian was nominated for the Draper’s Teaching Award for Excellence in Teaching.
In addition to performing, Brian leads a number of workshops for students, emerging artists and interested community groups. CAMP LIVE ART explores interactive performance and was developed as part of DIY 6, an initiative by the Live Art Development Agency. It was piloted at Colchester Arts Centre and also facilitated at Contact, Manchester for their Flying Solo Festival. LET ME HEAR YOUR BODY TALK is a workshop on autobiography & performance which was developed for DaDa Festival at Bluecoat, Liverpool and also facilitated for HOME (Manchester), Performing Medicine at Shoreditch Town Hall (London), Limmud (Warwick) and National University of Singapore. A third workshop, CARPE THE MINUTA, on performance intervention and ethics of performance, was created for Ptarmigan and DCCC and facilitated in Tromso, Stockholm, Helsinki and Tallin.
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Since 2003, Brian has toured his show BALL & Other Funny Stories About Cancer to medical schools and universities extensively, first through support of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation for Humanism in Medicine and the Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology, and then through lots of other organisations. Performances of BALL and follow-up workshops were brought as special events or keynote speeches at over 50 universities and organisations. Although BALL went into semi-retirement in 2007, upon moving to the UK, Brian began producing the show for new audiences, and crafting medical school lessons around autobiography and medical/performance ethics. Since 2009, Brian has worked as an Associate Artist for Performing Medicine, a project by the Clod Ensemble. During this time he’s convened courses, given workshops and performances at King’s College School of Medicine, Imperial University, Southampton University and Barts & The London Hospital, Sydney University Medical School and Harvard Medical School.
Brian has published extensively in academic journals and popular publications on topics related to illness, performance, disability, and community. A collection of his plays (BALL & Other Funny Stories About Cancer) was published by Oberon in 2012 and reprinted in 2015. Also published in 2012 was a DVD compilation of his cancer/illness-related performance work, entitled CANCER CANCER CANCER CANCER CANCER: complete cancer works by Brian Lobel (Live Art Development Agency). Other research has appeared in Contemporary Theatre Review, Performance Research, PAJ, Beyond Masculinity, Access All Areas and many other places. Current research interests, beyond illness and disability, include intimate performance, interactive performance, performance & ethics, and performance & the economy. Brian is currently under contract for Theatre & Cancer, due out in 2018.