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Warwick's Theatre and Performance Studies Department believes that research into theatre history and contemporary theatre and performance practice contributes important social and cultural insights for society. We conduct research in partnership with a very wide range of individuals, organizations and communities including playwrights, theatre companies and performance makers, national associations and with theatre audiences and members of the public in various contexts, settings and spaces. Our research has a track record of enhancing understanding of theatre as a vibrant part of cultural heritage, contributing to the development of cultural policy, facilitating the development of grassroots and community initiatives and brings fresh critical insight to a wide range of theatre and performance practices. We are committed to engaging diverse audiences and communicating our research in innovative ways to organizations and individuals nationally and internationally. All of our case studies submitted for REF 2014 were judged to have 'outstanding' or 'very considerable' impacts, in terms of their public reach and significance.

Our Impact:

Enriching Cultural Life
By enhancing public appreciation for and understanding of a wide range of historical and contemporary theatre and performance practices.

Developing civil society
By redefining the relationships between creative practice and social life, especially in cities and public spaces.

Supporting community art projects
Encouraging the development of grassroots initiatives and working with local, national and international arts organisations.

Improving cultural policies
By improving the effectiveness of cultural policies through critical engagement with policy makers, industry bodies and cultural practitioners and educators in the UK and abroad.

Indicative Partners:

Dash Arts
Flatpack Festival
Institute of Theatre Consultants
Kampala International Theatre Festival
Royal Navy Theatre Association
Teatr Biuro Podróży
Voluntary Arts
Coventry 2021 UK City of Culture Bid
Warwick Creative Exchange
Centre for Dance Research at Coventry University