Article exploring ‘the other’ in War Horse classed outstanding

Professor Jennifer Parker-Starbuck received an Outstanding Article Award for "Animal Ontologies and Media Representations: Robotics, Puppets, and the Real of War Horse," which appeared in Theatre Journal.

Posted: 1 December 2014

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Dani Snyder-Young, head of the ATHE Awards committee and Henry Bial, ATHE President, presenting the award.
The award was presented by the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE). The largest organisation of its kind in North America; its aim is to raise the bar of theatre and performance in higher education. The Outstanding Article Award is one of nine prestigious annual awards which it presents to recognise excellence in educational and professional theatre.

Professor Parker-Starbuck’s paper explored the relationship between humans, animals and technologies on stage and in the media. She examined the move from the literary representation of the horse to its depiction by puppets to the cinematic “real” bodies on screen in the production development of War Horse.

She said: “I’m deeply honoured my essay was selected out of so many excellent other articles in the past year. Animal studies is an exciting new field that has captured the imagination of a lot of people.

This research has informed my teachings on the Non-Human in Performance module that I teach at Roehampton. It has helped my students think differently about the ethical side of using animals in performance as well as raising questions around how humans can collaborate more with animals.”

Professor Parker-Starbuck teaches in the Department of Drama, Theatre and Performance across both practical and theoretical areas including Multimedia Performance, Approaches to Directing and the Non-Human in Performance.

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