The research considers theatre and utopia as mutually dependent quests to model better alternatives to the present.
Via collaborative devising and touring practice, Tessa is investigating a dramaturgical model that could be considered ‘a search for utopia’; a practice that seeks to discover better ways of being in the world, and is in turn influenced by the principles underpinning such a better way.
- 2015, Yuletide Paradise: A Guidebook, The Suitcase Ensemble
- 2017, SGSAH Student Development Fund, for ‘Touring Experiment’ fieldwork and training
- 2017, School of Cultural and Creative Arts Research Committee Student Award, for attendance at annual IFTR conference
- 2017, College of Arts Research Training Support Grant, for attendance at annual IFTR conference
- 2016-2019, SGSAH Doctoral Training Partnership AHRC Studentship
- 2017, ‘Touring Theatre as Mobile Utopia’, Mobile Utopia: Pasts, Presents, Futures, Lancaster: Lancaster University, November 2017
- 2017, ‘Contingency and Utopia in Collaboratively Devised Performance’, International Federation of Theatre Research, Sao Paulo: Universidade de Sao Paulo, July 2017
- 2016, ‘Reclaiming Utopia’, Rediscovering the Radical, Liverpool: Collective Encounters/ Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, September 2016
- 2016, ‘Curating Utopia, or How to Resolve Disputes over Fossil Fuels and Fences’, Expanded Practice and Curation as Creative Process, Crewe: Axis Arts/ Manchester Metropolitan University, March 2016
- 2018, ‘Travelling Show’, touring venues in UK
- 2015-2016, ‘How to Resolve Disputes over Fossil Fuels and Fences’, collaboration with Tim Anderson, touring venues in North West England
- 2014, ‘Yuletide Paradise’, The Suitcase Ensemble (company), touring venues in North West England