Staff in Drama and Theatre Arts 

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.

Academic staff

Dr Lucy Amsden

Dr Lucy Amsden

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.

Dr Gianna Bouchard

Dr Gianna Bouchard

Senior Lecturer

I joined the Department in September 2017, having taught at Anglia Ruskin University since 2004, prior to which I worked as a research assistant and doctoral student at the University of Roehampton. My research focuses on the interface between medicine and performance.

Dr Joanna Bucknall

Dr Joanna Bucknall

Lecturer

I am a theatre practitioner- scholar whose research interests include immersive performance practices, live art, practice-as-research, performance documentation and cognitive approaches to reception theory. I am the artistic director of Vertical Exchange Performance Collective (VEX), co-artistic director of KeepHouse Performance and an Associate Artist at the New Theatre Royal in Portsmouth.

Dr Cristina Delgado-García

Dr Cristina Delgado-García

Lecturer

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 main research interest is contemporary British theatre and its relationship to political and ethical theory.

Dr Catriona Fallow

Dr Catriona Fallow

Research Fellow

I joined the department as a Teaching Fellow in September 2016 after teaching at Queen Mary University of London. From July 2017, I will be working as a Research Fellow on the Harold Pinter: Histories and Legacies project, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. As part of this project, my research will focus on Pinter’s relationship with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Dr Paul Geary

Dr Paul Geary

Teaching Fellow

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.

Professor Russell Jackson

Professor Russell Jackson

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.

Dr Adam J. Ledger

Dr Adam J. Ledger

Senior Lecturer

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 ...

Dr Aneta Mancewicz

Dr Aneta Mancewicz

Lecturer

My research focuses on Shakespearean staging, digital technologies in performance, and contemporary European theatre. I am currently working on a practice as research project on a virtual performance of Hamlet.

Dr Trish McTighe

Dr Trish McTighe

Lecturer
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 ...

Dr David Pattie

Dr David Pattie

Senior Lecturer

I've been teaching and researching in drama and theatre studies since 1992. I’m an internationally recognised expert on the work of Samuel Beckett, and I’ve published ground breaking work on live music as a performance. I’ve also written extensively about contemporary British theatre, Scottish theatre, and popular culture.

Dr Caroline Radcliffe

Dr Caroline Radcliffe

Lecturer

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.

Dr Ellen Redling

Dr Ellen Redling

Lecturer

I joined the department in September 2016, after teaching English Literature and Drama at the University of Heidelberg since 2007. From April 2015 to April 2016 I conducted research at the Drama department of the University of Royal Holloway, London. I studied at the University of Heidelberg as an undergraduate and as the equivalent of a Master’s student (joint honours English & German, ...

Professor Graham Saunders

Professor Graham Saunders

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 ...

Dr Rose Whyman

Dr Rose Whyman

Senior Lecturer

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 Staff

Danny Warboys
Production Manager / Stage Technologies Tutor
Email: D.K.Warboys@bham.ac.uk  
Telephone: +44 (0)121 414 8511

Linda Muirhead
Stage Manager / Stage Management Tutor
Email: L.Muirhead@bham.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)121 414 5677

David Crisp
Scenic and Costume Designer / Tutor
Email: D.L.Crisp@bham.ac.uk  
Telephone: +44 (0)121 414 6395

Morag Pirrie
Costume Supervisor
Email: M.E.Pirrie@bham.ac.uk  
Telephone: +44 (0)121 414 6000

Phil Speck
Lighting Designer/Technical Tutor
Email: P.A.Speck@bham.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)121 414 7018

Administration Staff

Jayne Smith
Administrator
Email: J.A.Smith@bham.ac.uk  
Telephone: +44 (0)121 414 5998

Lizzie Compton
Administrator
Email: E.Compton@bham.ac.uk  
Telephone: +44 (0)121 414 5975

Honorary Professor

  • Professor David Edgar