Research in the Department of Drama and Theatre Arts covers a wide range of cutting edge explorations and theorisations of drama, theatre and performance.
While the research undertaken in the department is multifaceted, the following research groupings highlight points of intersection and speak to the research strengths of the department. The groupings allow for collaboration and support between researchers, as well as offering a thriving environment for postgraduate students.
Teaching Fellow in Theatre Practice
I am a Teaching Fellow in Theatre Practice, joining the department in 2016 from the University of Glasgow. My research and practice is focussed on clown performance and training at the École Philippe Gaulier.
I joined the Department of Drama and Theatre Arts in September 2015, after having taught at the University of Leeds, Manchester Metropolitan University and Aberystwyth University. My current research is concerned with the political and ethical issues raised by contemporary British theatre. I am particularly interested in the relationship between theatre aesthetics and neoliberalism, globalisation ...
I joined the department as a Teaching Fellow in September 2016 after teaching at Queen Mary University of London. In both my teaching and research, I specialise in contemporary British and European playwriting, theatre history and historiography, and contemporary Shakespearean performance.
I am a Teaching Fellow in Drama and Theatre Arts, joining the department in September 2014. I completed my PhD at the University of Bristol in 2014 with a project exploring food, sensuality and performance.
Emeritus Professor of Drama
My work focuses on the relationships between text and performance - particularly but not exclusively of Shakespeare’s plays - in their social and intellectual context and in a wide range of media. I am currently engaged in studies of the representation of the theatre in the other arts.
My research is informed by (and informs) my work in professional theatre and film.
I joined the department in 2015. Alongside my work in Academia I have an ongoing professional practice as a Theatre Director and this informs my teaching and research.
Following a period of freelance work as a director and tutor in and around London, I was appointed as the first Lecturer in Drama and Theatre Studies at University College Cork, Ireland, in 2001. I moved to the University of Hull in January 2005 and to the University of Birmingham in 2011.
My theatre practice and research centres on directing, performance practice and the creation of ...
Lecturer in Theatre
Director of Postgraduate Studies
I joined the department in September 2016 after having taught at Queen’s University Belfast and worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Reading. My teaching and research specialism lies the drama of Samuel Beckett, with particular focus on haptics and the body in performance, performance histories of Beckett’s work, and its place within the cultural economies of the ...
I have had a long freelance career in music and drama and am still an active performer in both fields. My specialist academic areas are nineteenth-century theatre, popular theatre studies, technology and performance and any area of music and drama.
Allardyce Nicoll Chair in Drama
I joined the department in January 2016, after teaching at the University of Reading since 2005 in the department of Film, Theatre and Television. I have also taught at the universities of Coventry, Lancaster and the University of the West of England (UWE). I also studied at the University of Birmingham as an undergraduate (joint honours English & Drama,1991-4) and completed my PhD here ...
Head of Drama and Theatre Arts
I joined the department in 2006 after holding a research fellowship in performing arts at Manchester Metropolitan University and working as a playwright and director with Point Blank Theatre. My areas of specialism include practice-based research, political theory and performance, contemporary theatre and new writing.
I have lectured here in the Department of Drama and Theatre Arts since 2003 and my main teaching and research interests are in actor-training and Russian Theatre.
Production Manager / Stage Technologies Tutor
Telephone: +44 (0)121 414 8511
Stage Manager / Stage Management Tutor
Telephone: +44 (0)121 414 5677
Scenic and Costume Designer / Tutor
Telephone: +44 (0)121 414 6395
Telephone: +44 (0)121 414 6000
Lighting Designer/Technical Tutor
Telephone: +44 (0)121 414 7018
Telephone: +44 (0)121 414 5998
Telephone: +44 (0)121 414 5975