Forced Entertainment's work is often concerned with the charge and possible ruptures of the live event and creating different performative forms and contracts with audiences through playful re-inventions of theatrical convention.
I have performed in all but a few of Forced Entertainment’s critically acclaimed works, at major festivals and theatres around the world and have established an independent body of performance work as a performer and theatre maker. Beyond my work with Forced Entertainment, I have collaborated with artists including Jerome Bel (Fr), Richard Maxwell and the New York City Players (USA), Tim Crouch (UK) and Meg Stuart and Damaged Goods (Be). I have worked as a dramaturg and mentor with Priya Mistry, Sarah Sansom, Ruth Ben-Tovim and Encounters, Wendy Houstoun and Laura Murphy amongst others (www.forcedentertainment.com).
From 1986 to the present day, I developed a canon of practice and lecture based interactions with the Academy, drawing on Forced Entertainment’s trajectory of theatre practice in an interrogative pedagogical frame and contributing creative interventions and lectures at the Universities of Kent, Bristol, Brighton, Cambridge, Manchester Metropolitan, Warwick, Leeds, Coventry, Sheffield Hallam, Lancaster, Hope Liverpool, Huddersfield, Wolverhampton, Lincoln, De Montfort, Salford, Hull, Glasgow, Royal Holloway, Roehampton, Middlesex, as well as Dartington College, Bretton Hall and others.
From 2005, I began to work closely with the University of Sheffield and in 2009 I received an AHRC Creative Fellowship Award to pursue research investigating paradigms of collaboration within contemporary performance and their relation to the language and ethics of conversational exchange. This five year creative project, Say the Word, based at Roehampton University led to new pieces with Professor Joe Kelleher and other colleagues from the Department of Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies as well as practitioners from a wide field of arts practice including dancer and choreographer Wendy Houston, artist Becky Shaw and composer John Avery.
In 2011 I was appointed Professor of Contemporary Theatre and Performance Practice at the University of Sheffield and, in 2014, this role was extended as an honorary position.
In 2016 I was awarded the Creative Fellowship at the University of Birmingham where I look forward to making two new pieces with Birmingham Drama students and members of the RSC. (http://uobattop.tumblr.com/tagged/terry-o'connor)