Phoebe Patey-Ferguson

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Position Associate Lecturer
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Phoebe Patey-Ferguson

Phoebe Patey-Ferguson is an Associate Lecturer in the Department of Theatre and Performance, where she teaches students at undergraduate level. Phoebe’s research expertise is on international theatre festivals, rooted in the Sociology of Theatre and Performance. This work frequently intersects with her further research interests in live art, contemporary British theatre, queer theory and gender studies.

Academic Qualifications

Phoebe was awarded a First Class BA in Drama and Theatre Studies (Honours) at Aberystwyth University in 2012. She completed an MA in Performance and Culture: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, with Distinction, and her Doctorate at Goldsmiths, both under the supervision of Professor Maria Shevtsova.

Phoebe’s Doctoral thesis examined the history and practice of international theatre festivals in Britain, with particular focus on the London International Festival of Theatre (LIFT) and its social, political and economic context.


Phoebe has taught on several modules at Goldsmiths, including the Postmodern Gender, Identity and Queer Theory module for which she won the Student-Led Teaching Award 2019 for ‘Most Compelling and Diverse Curriculum Content.’

In addition, Phoebe has taught on a range of courses on live art, contemporary British theatre and queer performance at other Universities and Higher Education Institutions, including at Chichester, Winchester, Rose Bruford College and Queen Mary, University of London.

Professional Experience

Phoebe is a practicing live artist and frequently works as a dramaturg for contemporary performance makers. She has worked as a producer with LIFT, VFD and In Between Time (IBT), delivering international festivals of theatre and performance. Phoebe frequently collaborates with organisations to create talks programmes and symposiums, this has recently included the Live Art Development Agency (LADA).