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Sola Adeyemi

Associate Lecturer
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Sola teaches on African theatre history, postcolonial theatre, culture and performance, and convenes MA World Theatres.

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Simonetta Alessandri

Visiting Tutor
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Simonetta Alessandri is a dancer, teacher and choreographer, who uses improvisation as a teaching and research method.

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Julia Bardsley

Associate Lecturer

Julia is a theatre artist working with video, photography, extreme garments, sculptural objects and audience.

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Danny Braverman

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Danny is an award-winning playwright and storyteller, specialising in disability, community and young people’s theatre.

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Philippa Burt

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Philippa’s interests are the sociology of the theatre, ensemble companies, and twentieth-century British theatre.

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Ysabel Clare

Associate Lecturer
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Ysabel’s subject area is performance, specialising in acting, voice, presentation and communication skills.

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Sara Clifford

Associate Lecturer
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Writer of over thirty plays, Sara writes site-specific plays located in local communities and teaches dramaturgy.

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Clare Finburgh

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Inspired by Duras, Genet and Brecht, Clare is a researcher of modern and contemporary European theatre and performance.

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Steven Dykes

Associate lecturer, actor, director and playwright
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A lecturer, actor, director and playwright, Steven has worked extensively in the UK and USA bringing scripts to life.

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Cass Fleming

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Cass’s specialism is the use of play in actor training and theatre making, exploring the work of Suzanne Bing and Michael Chekhov.

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Anna Furse

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From 40 years of feminist performance research, theatre directing and writing, she now focuses on the body performing in social, cultural and medical contexts.

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Robert Gordon

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Gordon’s research has used his own experiences to focus on the relationship between practice and critical reflection.

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Fiona Graham

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Fiona’s research is informed by thirty years working as a dramaturge and performance writer in Britain and New Zealand.

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Katja Hilevaara

Associate Lecturer
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Katja is a practitioner-researcher, whose work includes performance, installation and writing, and engages with memory and contemporary performance.

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Ben Levitas

Reader in Theatre and Performance
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Ben’s research connects modern Irish literature and theatre with its cultural and political history, specialising in W. B. Yeats.

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Dafne Louzioti

Associate Lecturer
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Dafne works and teaches across performance, theatre, dance and martial arts, focusing on the body and power relationships.

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Sue Mayo

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Sue has worked extensively in community theatre, focussing on intergenerational and cross-cultural settings.

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Graeme Miller

Associate Convenor, MA in Performance Making
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Graeme Miller is an artist whose work has taken various forms, from performance, installation, video and sound.

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Rachael Newberry

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Rachael's research interests are in the intersections between Post-War British Drama, Feminism and Eco- Criticism.

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Osita Okagbue

Head of Department, Professor
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Osita’s research interests are in African theatre and performance, Caribbean theatre and postcolonial theatre.

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Deirdre Osborne

Reader in English Literature and Drama
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Deirdre's research ranges from late-Victorian to contemporary periods focusing upon feminism, race and poetics.

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Nick Parkin

Associate Lecturer
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An award-winning composer, Nick specialises in environmental and site based sound and performance.

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Alexa Reid

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Alexa is a cross-disciplinary artist who makes work in the margins between theatre, live art and installation.

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Catherine Rosario

Associate Lecturer
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Catherine’s research focusses on the meeting points between popular art forms, canonical works and the avant-garde.

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Marie-Gabrielle Rotie

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Marie is an interdisciplinary artist exploring feminist concerns through the meeting of visual art and performance.

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Göze Saner

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Göze's research approaches performance and performer training from psychological, philosophical, political and social perspectives.

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Maria Shevtsova

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Author of over 140 articles, Maria has worked on the sociology of the theatre, specialising in Russian theatre.

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Miles Thompson

Associate Lecturer
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Miles’ specialism is gay camp practice with interests in queerness, gay theatre, historical and drag performance.

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Mischa Twitchin

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Mischa’s main research interests are European theatres of the avant-garde and Afro-European cultural politics.