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Professor Janelle Reinelt

Professor Janelle Reinelt

Emeritus Professor of Theatre and Performance

Tel: +44 (0)24 765 23020
Email: j dot reinelt at warwick dot ac dot uk

Millburn House
University of Warwick
Coventry, CV4 7HS


Professor Reinelt is one of the most internationally respected academics in the discipline, receiving the Distinguished Scholar Award for lifetime achievement from the American Society for Theatre Research (2010) and the Excellence in Editing Award from the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) in 2012. She has served a four-year term as the President of the International Federation for Theatre Research, the leading international academic organisation for theatre and performance studies. She is co-editor of the series Studies in International Performance for Palgrave Macmillan and an ex-editor of Theatre Journal. Her major area of interest is contemporary performance with an emphasis on contemporary British theatre, and international performance research and pedagogy. In May 2014 she was given an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Helsinki.

Research interests

  • Politics and Performance
  • International Performance and Culture
  • Contemporary British Theatre
  • Public Events as Performance
  • Performance Theory, especially Feminist and materialist performance
  • Documentary Performances

Selected publications

  • 'Performance, Experience, Transformation: What do Spectators Value in Theatre?' (with Chris Megson), Journal of Contemporary Drama in English 4.1 (2016): 1-16.
  • The Grammar of Politics and Performance (with Shirin Rai) London and New York: Routledge, 2014.
  • 'What UK Spectators Know: Understanding How We Come to Value Theatre', Theatre Journal 66.3 (2014): 337-361.
  • 'Derrida and the Politics of Hope', Contemporary Theatre Review 24.4 (2014): 539-542.
  • 'Zeitgeist', Contemporary Theatre Review, special issue on Alphabet: A Lexicon of Theatre and Performance 23.1 (2013): 90-92.
  • 'Conversations with David Edgar’ (with Chris Megson) Contemporary Theatre Review 22.3 (2012): 372-391
  • ‘David Greig’, The Methuen Drama Guide to Contemporary British Playwrights, (eds.) M. Middeke, P. Schnierer and A. Sierz 2011, London: Methuen Drama, pp. 203-222.
  • 'In Defense of Political Correctness', Theatre Research International, 36.2 (2011): 134-147.
  • 'Rethinking the Public Sphere for a Global Age', Performance Research, 16.2 (2011), 16-27.
  • 'The Epistemology of First-Person Narrative', Contemporary Drama in English 18, (Proceedings of The German Society for Contemporary Theatre and Drama in English), eds.Merle Tönnies and Christina Flotmann, (Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2011): 107-120

Professional associations

  • Principal Investigator, AHRC funded grant on Theatre Spectatorship and Value Attribution.
  • Oversight Leader in the collaboration between the School and the School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi India.
  • Co-Director, with Professor Shirin Rai (Politics, Warwick) of the Politics and Performance Network.
  • Board of Directors, British Theatre Consortium, a not-for-profit cooperative dedicated to fostering dialogue between the profession and the academy.


  • PhD (Stanford)
  • BA, MA (University of the Pacific)

Office hours

Not in residence--contact by email


With spouse Jerry Hewitt, receiving the honorary doctorate symbols of hat and sword at University of Helsinki, May 2014.

Presentation of Distinguished Scholar Award 

Prof Sue-Ellen Case presents Janelle with the Distinguished Scholar Award at the American Society for Theatre Research Annual Conference in November 2010