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Research Themes

Whether engaged in practice or text-based research, we focus on the complex ways performance(s) interact in the public sphere, producing as well as representing myriad modes of social practice, aesthetic expression, and political intervention. Above all, we aim to enhance understanding of the role and function of theatre and performance in social and cultural life. Our research is transnational, collaborative and interdisciplinary, and adopts many approaches including cultural histories of theatre and performance, community-based projects, ethnographic research, performance analysis, archival research, practice-as-research, performance pedagogies and technology enabled networks. Information about our research themes can be accessed here.

Research Seminar Series

The department has a vibrant research community with a number of different events happening throughout the term. Information about our Theatre and Performance Studies Seminar Series can be accessed here.


awpnresearchAfrican Women Playwrights Network

This innovative project facilitates research, debate and encourages the dissemination of creative practice produced by female creative practitioners living in Africa.