Steve Blandford

Emeritus professor at University of South Wales/Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama

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Steve’s first job was as a lecturer in Drama at Amersham College from 1980-1990 from where he moved to the University of Glamorgan. At Glamorgan he became Head of Theatre and Media Drama, Associate Head of the School of Humanities, Head of the Department of Arts and Media and Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Media. He was made a Professor of Theatre, Film and Television in 2003. In 2013 he left the University and now works freelance across both a number of Universities and Colleges including Cardiff University and The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama as well as arts companies.
He was a founding trustee of National Theatre Wales, becoming part of the first board in 2008. He is a trustee of Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff and was a board member of Zoom, the International Festival of Young People’s Film.
Steve has been external examiner and/or reviewer at: Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts (2012,) University of Lincoln, School of Media. (2011-14), University of Staffordshire, Department of Drama (2015), Royal Holloway, University of London, Department of Drama, (2011), University of Aberdeen, School of Languages and Literature (2006-10), University of Salford, School of Music, Media and Performance (1998-2003), University of Central England (1999-2004). He is currently external examiner at the Department of Drama at the University of Roehampton.
Steve has published widely on British Theatre Film and Televison. A selection of his most recent work includes Jimmy McGovern (2013), Manchester, Manchester University Press, Theatre and Performance in Small Nations (2013), Bristol, Intellect, (vol.3, 2013), 'Memory, television and the making of the BBC’s The Story of Wales', special issue, European Television Memories, of Journal of European Television History and Culture (with McElroy R., 2013) ‘Wales and the question of the ‘creative industries’’, North American Journal for the Study of Welsh Culture and History, Spring, 2012, (with McElroy R). ‘Screening Wales: Portrayal, Representation and Identity’, Contemporary Studies in Television, November, 2011, (with Lacey, S.).
Steve is published playwright and has had work commissioned by the BBC and the Welsh Film Council.
He has successfully supervised a number of doctoral candidates and continues to provide PhD supervision.
Steve is currently writing both stage fiction and several pieces of new academic work in theatre, film and television as well as continuing to teach.

Company Name: 
University of South Wales/Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
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Emeritus Professor