Prior to the University of Birmingham, I taught at the University of Warwick (UK) and Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (UK). I have completed two postdoctoral fellowships: The Arts Research Africa and Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Award at the University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa) and the Institute of Advanced Studies Early Career Researcher Postdoctoral Award at the University of Warwick (UK). I currently hold Associate Fellowships at these two universities to maintain reciprocity and sustainability in my practice research collaborations. Additionally, I have research projects ongoing at The University of Sydney (Australia) and Aarhus University (Denmark).
I am also a practitioner, having worked as a dramaturg and producer across professional stages in London (UK), Berlin (Germany) and Perth (Aus) and as a facilitator of community practices in London, Birmingham (UK) and Johannesburg (SA), while developing projects challenging the intersections of these Euro/Anglo arts industry binaries. My documentary theatre carves out processes of making performance that privilege the storyteller in their unique social, epistemological and interactional context – to unearth new truths, new connections and new cultural literacies. I have experience across many articulations of diversity, facilitating intergenerational community groups (The Old Vic, London), elders (Visible Theatre, London), asylum seekers and refugees (Evelyn Oldfield Foundation, London) and leading open intercultural workshops (Creative Multilingualism, University of Oxford). Borrowing from my research, I seek to situate linguistic hegemonies in these multilingual, applied and autobiographical performance contexts.
More about my work can be found at clairefrench.com