Music Building 1105
- Sonic arts and environmental sensitivities: birds, plants and ecologies
- This project engages with soundscape ecologies (specifically birds but extending to all acoustic elements) and sonic arts to examine issues of environmental and more-than-human activities.
- (Courses: Sonic arts and environmental creativity (MUS 168) Spring 2021; Environmental Arts + Sciences: Performing Balance (INT 94UR) Spring 2018; Aqua Rising: exploring sonic, visual and movement arts for ecological sensitivity (INT 94VY) Spring 2020).
- Performance Studies
- Experimental performance, postdramatic theater, and postmemory
- Politics and cultural histories of performance (musics, theater, and dance) in Mexico
- Nationalism, tourism, and twentieth-century Mexican history
- Voice, singing, choirs, music and biography
- Community arts and education
- Music and Sport
- Eco-justice, activism and performance (music, theatre, dance)
Ruth Hellier, PhD, is a scholar, creative artist and performer, whose work engages in interdisciplinary ways with the areas of performance studies, critical and interdisciplinary music, dance and theatre studies; community arts; cultural history; critical memory/heritage studies; and Mexican and Latin American studies. Her research and creative projects explore issues of identity, memory and history; power relations; tourism; embodiment; experimentalisms; vocality; ecologies and environmental issues; and the ethics in/of performance and research.
Publications include Embodying Mexico: Tourism, Nationalism, and Performance (OUP); chapters in Performance, Embodiment and Cultural Memory, and Music, Power and Politics; articles in Performance Research and Research in Drama Education; an edited collection, Women Singers in Global Contexts (University of Illinois Press) and Performing Palimpsest Bodies: Postmemory Theatre Experiments in Mexico (Intellect & University of Chicago Press).
She holds BA Hons in Music, Drama and Dance, PGCE in Drama in Education; and PhD in Performance Studies and Critical Dance Studies. Ruth had a successful career as a professional stage and TV actor, and also worked as a community arts facilitator, and Head of Music in secondary education. In the field of arts and disability, she directed the InterAct Theatre Workshop.
Current Faculty Positions
Professor: University of California, Santa Barbara. Department of Music
Affiliated Faculty: Theater and Dance; Feminist Studies: Latin American and Iberian Studies
Current Leadership Roles
Former Editor-in-Chief: Journal of Mexican Studies/Estudios Mexicanos (UC Press), 2014–2019, Volumes 31– 35. (msem.ucpress.edu)
1997-1998: P'urhépecha language: Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo, Morelia, Michoacán, México.
1994: Teaching English as a Foreign Language: International House, London. Certificate Royal Society of Arts/UCLES TEFLA.
1993: Tanzanian arts: Bagamoyo College of Arts, Bagamoyo, Tanzania, Africa.
1985-1987: Puppetry: Cannon Hill Puppet Theatre, Birmingham, Puppetry, teacher: John Blundell.
1985-1992: Acting & Directing: The Actors Centre, London, Manchester and Birmingham.
1980-1983: Opera: Birmingham School of Music. Teacher: Janet Edmunds.
1973-1983: Alexander Technique: Chelmsford (Essex Schools String Orchestra) and Birmingham University.
1973-1979: Piano and Violin: Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London, Junior Music School scholarship, Piano and Violin. Grade VIII, Piano and Grade VIII, Violin, Royal Schools of Music, 1979.
1969-1978: Dance (ballet, tap, modern) Brenda Goddard School of Dancing, Essex.
Three strands: 1. Performer, creative artist; 2. Head of Music; 3. Professor
- July 2019: Professor, University of California, Santa Barbara.
- July 2013: Associate Professor, University of California, Santa Barbara.
- July 2011: Assistant Professor, University of California, Santa Barbara.
- 2002-2011: Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor, USA equivalent). University of Winchester, UK [full-time, tenured.]
- Performing Arts, Contemporary Experimental Performance & Theatre; Applied Theatre; Music Theatre.
- Visiting Associate Professor: University of California, Santa Barbara (Sep-Dec: on leave from the University of Winchester), 2010.
- Visiting Lecturer, Departments of Music and Theater & Dance: University of California, Santa Barbara (Sep-June on leave from the University of Winchester), 2008-09.
- Research Fellow, Arts and Humanities Research Centre for Cross-Cultural Music and Dance, SOAS, University of London, 2005.
[2000–2001: writing doctoral dissertation]
- 2000-01: Lecturer in Performing Arts, Dance and Performance Studies: South Birmingham College, Birmingham [part-time].
- 2000-01: Lecturer in Latin American and Caribbean History: Department of Comparative American Studies, University of Warwick [part-time].
- 2000-01: Studio Teacher, voice and singing: Birmingham Theatre School, Birmingham [part-time].
- 2000-01: Teacher, classroom music, drama/dance, and Choir Director: Camp Hill School (ages 11–18), Birmingham [part-time].
[1994-1999: undertaking fieldwork for doctoral research in Mexico. Extended periods.]
- 1995-1996: Head of Music, classroom teaching, Choir director, Orchestra conductor, Dance director, Piano accompanist for Mass: Bishop Challoner School (11–18), Birmingham.
- 1994-1995: Head of Music, classroom teaching, Choir director, Orchestra conductor, Wind band director, Dance director, piano accompanist for Mass: St Thomas Aquinas School (11-18), Birmingham.
- 1994: Teacher, drama and performing arts: Countersthorpe Community College (14–16), Leicestershire.
[1990-1991: Postgraduate Certificate in Education: Drama in Education – full-time student.]
- 1983-1993: Actor, musician, puppeteer, musical director, composer, dancer:
- UK (Repertory, touring, community, children’s, educational, TV)
- [see section Creative Works Prior to 2003 for details].
- 1983-1993: Workshop leader: theatre arts, dance and music (including, Community arts facilitator and workshop leader, Artlink, West Midlands Arts, 1985-1991).
- 1979-1980: Choir director and piano accompanist: The College Singers, Writtle College, University of Essex.
- Birmingham City University, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, 2002.
- Performance Studies and Critical Dance Studies
- Title: “Removing the Mask: The Viejitos Dance as Ideological and Political Tool in Post-Revolution Mexico 1920-1940.”
- University of Central England. Drama in Education, 1991. Postgraduate Certificate of Education.
- B.A. Hons
- University of Birmingham. Music, Drama & Dance, 1983.
Intellect and University of Chicago Press, 2019
University of Illinois Press, 2013
Oxford University Press, 2011