Dr Aneta Mancewicz BA, MA, PhD

Aneta Mancewicz

Department of Drama and Theatre Arts

Contact details

The Old Library (SOVAC)
998 Bristol Road
Selly Oak
B29 6LG

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.


  • PhD Literature and Drama, Jagiellonian University, 2008
  • BA Italian, Nicholas Copernicus University, 2006
  • MA Polish, Nicholas Copernicus University, 2005
  • MA English, Nicholas Copernicus University, 2003
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, 2015


Before joining Birmingham, I taught at the University of Kingston, University of Bedfordshire, and Kazimierz Wielki University. In 2011-2013, I was a Marie Curie Research Fellow at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London and in 2010-11, a Kosciuszko Foundation Fellow at Theatre Department, Graduate Center, City University of New York.

My teaching portfolio includes modules on Shakespeare, Renaissance theatre, dramaturgy in digital age, performance studies, and adaptation studies.


  • Dramatic Medium (Year 1)
  • Elizabethan and Jacobean Drama (Year2)
  • Adaptation (Year 3)

Postgraduate supervision

I welcome research proposals in the following areas:

  •  Staging Shakespeare
  • Intermediality and digital media in performance
  • Contemporary European theatre
  • Theory and practice of adaptation
  • Theatre and public sphere
  • Theatre and globalization

I am interested in traditional research proposals as well as proposals based on practice as research.


I am currently working on a monograph which proposes a deconstructive approach to study postwar adaptations of Hamlet in Europe. The provisional title is “Hamlet” After Deconstruction (under contract with Palgrave Macmillan).

I am also collaborating with the Brussels-based collective CREW, Prof. Robin Nelson (RCSSD), and Prof. Chiel Kattenbelt (Utrecht University) on a performance of Hamlet that uses virtual reality technologies and motion capture. The first installation, Hands on Hamlet, was performed in July 2017 in Gdansk.  

Other activities

Administrative roles

  • I am the RSC liaison officer.

Professional activities

I am the book reviews editor for International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media and a member of the editorial team for Contemporary Theatre Review’s online Interventions.

As a Regional Editor (Europe) for Global Shakespeares Video & Performance Archive, MIT, I curate video performance material.



  • “Hamlet” After Deconstruction, under contract with Palgrave Macmillan, Adaptation in Theatre and Performance series.
  •  Intermedial Shakespeares on European Stages. In Palgrave Studies in Performance and Technology series. Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.
  • Biedny Hamlet! Dekonstrukcje “Hamleta” i Hamleta w dramacie współczesnym [Poor Hamlet! Deconstructions of “Hamlet” and Hamlet in Contemporary Drama]. Księgarnia Akademicka, 2010. (In Polish)

Co-edited essay collections

  • Intermedial Performance and Politics in the Public Sphere, co-edited with Katia Arfara and Ralf Remshardt, under contract at Palgrave Macmillan, Avant-Gardes in Performance series.
  • Local and Global Myths in Shakespearean Performance, co-edited with Alexa Alice Joubin, under contract at Palgrave Macmillan, Reproducing Shakespeare series.


  • “From Global London to Global Shakespeare.” Forthcoming in Contemporary Theatre Review.
  • “Performing Shakespeare in Europe.” Literature Compass, 13.11 (2016): 711-723. 3.
  • Looking Back at the Audience: The RSC & The Wooster Group Troilus and Cressida (2012).” Multicultural Shakespeare: Translation, Appropriation and Performance. Special Issue: Global Shakespeare Performance Festivals. 11.26 (2014): 65-79.
  •  4“The Stage as a Page and the Stage as a Screen: Intermediality in Stefan Pucher’ The Tempest (Munich 2007).” Forum Modernes Theater. 26.1-2 (2011): 7-19.
  • “To what base uses we may return”: Deconstruction of Hamlet in Contemporary Drama.” The Shakespearean International Yearbook. 12 (2012): 133-152.
  •  “Shakespeare in Europe: An Introduction.” Global Shakespeares Video & Performance Archive, MIT, 2012. 
  • “The Truth of the Trash: Video Aesthetics in the Performance of The Screech (2010) by Videotheatre.” Slavic and East European Performance. 31.1 (2011): 29-39.
  • Remember thee?: Post-war Memory and Guilt in Peter Piotr Lachmann’s Theatre Production Hamlet from Gliwice,” Wissenschaftliches Seminar Online 7 (2009). 
  • “Sacred and Pure Like First Love: Nüganen’s Adaptation of Gombrowicz’s Marriage in Toruń, Poland.” Slavic and East European Performance. 26.1 (2006): 75-83.

Book chapters (selection)

  • “Hamlet in Italy.” in Hamlet Handbuch. Ed. Peter W. Marx, Stuttgart / Weimar: J. B. Metzler, 2014. 296-300.
  • “Adaptacja jako synergia” (Adaptation as Synergy). Córki Leara i inne parafrazy (Lear’s Daughters and Other Paraphrases). Ed. Mateusz Borowski. Kraków: Panga Pang, 2011. 8-33. (In Polish)
  • “The Mask of Electronics”: Videotheatre of Piotr Lachmann and Jolanta Lothe.” Theatrical Blends: Art in the Theatre / Theatre in the Arts. Eds. Jerzy Limon, and Agnieszka Żukowska. Gdańsk: Słowo/obraz terytoria, 2010. 195-208.

Play translation

  • Gliwice Hamlet by Piotr Lachmann, trans. with Bryce Lease, Cue Press 2016.

Book reviews

  • “Claudia Georgi. Liveness on Stage: Intermedial Challenges in Contemporary British Theatre and Performance.” Journal of Contemporary Drama in English. 4:2 (2016). 409-412.
  • OuterSpeares: Shakespeare, Intermedia, and the Limits of Adaptation ed. by Daniel Fischlin.” ESC: English Studies in Canada. Vol. 41, Issue 2-3 (2015). 226-228.
  • “The State of the Bard: A Review of Books and Digital Databases on Shakespeare 2010-2011.” The Shakespearean International Yearbook, 2013. 133-151.

Performance and rehearsal reviews (selection)

  • 2008: Macbeth Directed by Grzegorz Jarzyna (TR Warszawa) for the Edinburgh International Festival.” A Year of Shakespeare: Re-Living the World Shakespeare Festival. Eds. Erin Sullivan, Paul Edmondson, and Paul Prescott, Arden 2013. 118-121.
  •  “Rehearsal Review: Mercuzio non vuole morire [Mercutio does not want to die].” Shakespeare Bulletin, Vol. 30, Number 4, Winter Issue 2012: 548-554.
  • Reviews published on Blogging Shakespeare website, curated by Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and University of Warwick, and in Polish theatre journals, Didaskalia and Teatr.