Göze Saner

Staff details

Göze Saner


Senior Lecturer, Co-Director of Research


Theatre and Performance


g.saner (@gold.ac.uk)

Göze is a performer, researcher and clown whose research focuses on the philosophy and politics of performer training.

I came to Theatre and Performance from a background in philosophy and theatre practice. Upon graduating from university in the United States, I returned to my hometown and joined experimental theatre company Bilsak Tiyatro Atölyesi (Istanbul, Turkey) where I trained and performed until coming to the UK to pursue a practice-based PhD on acting and archetypes.

I continued my training and performance practice with The Quick and the Dead led by Alison Hodge and The New Winds led by Iben Nagel Rasmussen while developing a solo and socially engaged theatre practice.

My research continues to focus on the work of the actor, interrogating the political potential of solo performance and how solo performer training tools can be conceived as an accessible, independent, ‘at home’ ‘critical pedagogy’ for actors and citizens alike.

Academic qualifications

  • BA, Philosophy, Bryn Mawr College, PA, USA 1999
  • PhD, Theatre and Performance, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK 2009

Teaching and supervision

Göze currently supervises students undertaking practice-based PhDs on theories and practices of acting and actor training. She welcomes projects on: performer training, solo devising/actor-led performance (including clown), socially engaged performance and pedagogy, performance and its intersections with philosophy and psychology.

  • BA Drama and Theatre Arts
  • BA Drama: Performance, Politics and Society
  • MPhil/PhD Drama

Research interests

My research addresses practices, politics and philosophies of solo performance and (solo) performer training.

I am fascinated by how a solo can become an invitation to a community. In my practice and writing, I interrogate if and how performance pedagogy can embrace this potential further. In 2014, I led Göçmen Adımlar / Migrant Steps, a community theatre project, funded by Arts Council UK Grants for the Arts and Goldsmiths University Enterprise Fund, in collaboration with DayMer and the North London Community House.

Building on a previous solo traveling performance, ev-de-yol-da / at-home-on-the-road (2010-2011), the project engaged Turkish-speaking migrant women living in the UK (and later in Europe) as participants and facilitated a collaborative devising process that drew on practices ranging from psychogeography to embodied autobiographical training and performance.

Göçmen Adımlar won an interdisciplinary award (Walk21 Jury Prize in Walking and the Arts) and led to an exciting international commission with Laqup and Alma Teatro (Spazio Teatro, Turin, Italy). Currently, I am working on a monograph for the Routledge Perspectives on Performer Training series on solo performer training as a socially engaged, critical pedagogic practice.

Publications and research outputs


Saner, Göze. 2014. Göçmen Adımlar / Migrant Steps. In: "Göçmen Adımlar / Migrant Steps", North London Community House, United Kingdom.

Saner, Göze; Hodge, Alison and Dineen, Molly. 2014. You Looking at Me. In: "You Looking at Me", Shoreditch Town Hall, United Kingdom.

Saner, Göze. 2010. what happened to the tyrant. In: "what happened to the tyrant", Camden People's Theatre, London, United Kingdom.


Saner, Göze. 2018. Echoes.

Saner, Göze and Robinson, Scott. 2016. Sharing Training.

Saner, Göze. 2014. Migrant Steps / Göçmen Adımlar.


Saner, Göze. 2020. Exercising Freedom: An Arendtian clown training utopia. Performance Research: A Journal of the Performing Arts, 25(8), pp. 146-154.

Saner, Göze and Robinson, Scott. 2019. Designing Performer Training: Digital Encounters with Things and People. Theatre, Dance and Performance Training, 10(2), pp. 250-269. ISSN 1944-3927

Saner, Göze and Yeni, Naz. 2018. Migrant Steps: Interview with Göze Saner. Book 2.0, 8(1-2), pp. 125-135. ISSN 2042-8022

Book Section

Saner, Göze. 2018. An Actor’s Attempt at Sisyphus’ Stone: Memory, Performance, and Archetype. In: Katja Hilevaara and Emily Orley, eds. Creative Critic: Writing as/about Practice. Oxon: Routledge. ISBN 9781138674837

Saner, Göze. 2017. Containers of Practice: Would you step into my shell? In: Bruce Barton; Annette Aarlander; Melanie Dreyer-Lude and Ben Spatz, eds. Performance as Research: Knowledge, Methods, Impact. Oxon: Routledge. ISBN 9781138068711

Saner, Göze and Dedeoğlu, Saniye. 2017. Turkish/Kurdish Women’s Migrant Steps in London: Public Walks/Personal Returns. In: Gülçin Erdi Lelandais and Yıldırım Şentürk, eds. Identity, Justice and Resistance in the Neoliberal City. London: Palgrave, pp. 171-196. ISBN 9781349843602

Art Object

Saner, Göze and Robinson, Scott. 2016. Becoming Tortoise: A Participatory Installation.

Conference or Workshop Item

Saner, Göze. 2011. '‘Memory, Performance and Archetype: Sisyphus’ Stone’'. In: Camilllo 2.0 PSi-17 Conference. Utrecht, Netherlands.

Saner, Göze. 2009. '‘Attuning the Eyes to the Dark: In Search of an Archetypal Mode of Agency in Performance’'. In: Research Seminars on the Theory, Practice and History of Performance, Goldsmiths, University of London. London, United Kingdom.

Saner, Göze. 2009. '‘Remembering the Archetype: Mask and the Subtle Body in Ancient Pantomime and Commedia dell’Arte’'. In: 33rd Comparative Drama Conference, Loyola Marymount University. California, United States.


Saner, Göze. 2018. Attempts.

Saner, Göze and Erdogan, Alev. 2014. Göçmen Adımlar / Migrant Steps: Walking and Socially Engaged Performance.

Saner, Göze and Robinson, Scott. 2014. Jacques et Jerzy.