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 in 1997.
I co-ordinate research in the department in relation to the College of English, Drama and American and Canadian Studies (EDAC) and from next academic year will also take on the role of overseeing postgraduate research in the department.
In terms of my own research I dabble in a number of areas. I am probably best known for my early work on the playwright Sarah Kane, but these days I work more generally in British drama since 1945. This has included work on the history of the Arts Council of Great Britain; fringe and touring companies from 1968-1994, as well as the work of dramatists including Edward Bond, Howard Barker, Patrick Marber and David Eldridge. I have also published on the work of Samuel Beckett and I have a long standing interest in the relationship between contemporary British dramatists and their appropriation of Elizabethan and Jacobean drama.