- Professor of Contemporary Performance (Theatre, Film and Television Studies)
- Dean of Graduate Studies (Arts College Senior Management)
Office hours: Tuesday 12-1pm
Following my doctoral study on Feminism and Live Art, I have continued to focus on contemporary performance practices, broadly conceived (Devising Performance: A Critical History, Palgrave Macmillan 2005). For a number of years, my primary interest was on the use of autobiography in performance (Autobiography and Performance, Palgrave Macmillan 2008). Through exploring performances which brought together site and autobiography, I have increasingly turned my attention to relationships between performance and site, and have more recently written about the use of walking in performance practice, specifically in women’s art. However, my interest in live art as a form continues (with the recent publication of a co-edited collection, Histories and Practices of Live Art, Palgrave Macmillan 2012).
My research emerges through a variety of media, from monograph publications, to journal articles, to exhibition catalogues (The National Review of Live Art 1979 - 2010: A Personal History - essays, anecdotes, drawings and images, 2010) and practice (Nature Walks and Talks) and 40 Walks.
I am currently engaged in two areas of research: Walking and Performance, and Performance and Forests.
The first extends from my research into women artists and walking, as well as 40 Walks and The Walking Library. I am a co-investigator on an AHRC project, Walking interconnections: Performing conversations of sustainability, part of the AHRC’s Connected Communities scheme. I am also on the Steering Group of the AHRC network, Footwork - The Walking Artists Network as Mobile Community.
The second – Performance and Forests – links back in some ways to autobiography (my father was a forester), but also to my membership of an AHRC network, Reflecting on Environmental Change through Site-Based Performance and work undertaken for a special themed edition on ‘Environmentalism’ in applied drama, for Research in Drama Education (17.2, 2012). I am a research participant in the AHRC project, In conversation with...:co-designing with more-than-human communities, one strand of which will focus on trees. My own project explores what sort of site the forest is for performance and what performance does in and to the forest, working towards completing a monograph (Performing the Forest). Many walks take place in forests, of course, which brings me (too neatly perhaps) full circle.
I welcome PhD and Masters by Research applications from students in the areas of contemporary performance practice, including practice-based or practice-led research. I have particular interests in site-responsive work, environmental performance/performance and ecology, perambulatory forms, feminist and queer performance, live art, and collaborative practice.
- Cara Berger: 'Exploring Post-Lacanian Feminist Theory in Relation to Postdramatic Performance Practice'
- Sarah Hopfinger, 'Sustaining the imagination: theatre and learning for sustainability'
- Leila Riszko, ‘How do body politics and notions of liveness and embodiment affect the production and reception of ‘abject’ performance practice?’
- Lee Mingyu, ‘Diary Film: the Past, Present, and the Future/Narration in Diary Film’
- Lucy Amsden, ‘The Teacher and the Clown – the Pedagogy of Philippe Gaulier’
Graduated PhD students:
- Clare Louise Duffy: 'Practice as Research: Writing a Queer Aesthetic'
- David Overend: 'Underneath the Arches: Developing a relational performance aesthetic in response to a specific cultural site'
- Laura Bissell: 'The Posthuman Body in Performance’
Graduated Masters by Research students:
- Minna Ella Aaltonen: 'Touch, Taste and Devour. Phenomenology of film and the film experiencer in 'cinema of sensations'.'
- Victoria Payton: 'The rules and structures of participation'
- Laura Cameron-Lewis: 'The Sublimation of Space -What methodologies might be created for exploration of the (socially-networked) identity in performance, examining the discourse between 'virtual-site' and 'real-site'.'
- Harry Wilson: 'The role of the Director in contemporary collaborative and devised theatre'
- Maria Gill: ‘Intimacy and Autobiography in Performance’
- Ella Finer: ‘Shadow, Light, and Gender in Performance’