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Dr Susan Haedicke

Dr Susan Haedicke

Emeritus Reader

School of Creative Arts, Performance and Visual Cultures

Tel: +44 (0)24 761 50611

Email: s dot haedicke at warwick dot ac dot uk

Room F04b, Millburn House

University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7HS


I completed my PhD at University of Michigan/Ann Arbor (USA). Before coming to University of Warwick, I taught in the United States at University of Maryland/College Park, The George Washington University, Mount Holyoke College, and University of Massachusetts/Amherst. I joined the department at Warwick in 2007 where I have continued to develop my research and teaching interests in dramaturgy and contemporary performance, most recently focusing primarily on performance and agriculture, performances in public spaces, applied theatre, and socially-engaged performance. I have designed numerous modules both on the undergraduate and post-graduate level. I also supervise undergraduate students in third-year practical projects and research topics and graduate students in contemporary performance, applied theatre, and performance in public spaces.


  • PhD (Michigan: Ann Arbor)
  • MA (Michigan: Ann Arbor)
  • BA (Wheaton, Massachusetts)

National roles and professional associations

  • Member of the Executive Committee for IFTR (International Federation for Theatre Research) (2007-10, 2013-18).
  • Treasurer for IFTR (2010-13).

Administrative Roles

  • Director, MA in Playwriting and Adaptation
  • Director of Research Ethics for the School of Creative Arts, Performance and Visual Cultures

Research interests

  • Performance and agriculture
  • Street arts and other performance in public spaces
  • Dramaturgy
  • Applied theatre (community-based theatre)
  • Contemporary experimental performance
  • Collaborative performance and democracy

My current research, including practice-as-research, focuses on performance and agriculture. My forthcoming book on this topic, Performing Farmscapes, as part of Palgrave Macmillan's Performing Landscapes series, looks at plays, site-specific performances and a range of other experimental performance projects that 'perform' farmscapes and food production. In 2018, I completed a performance-as-research project entitled Who's Driving the Tractor? Conversations with Women in UK Agriculture, discussed in the book. I have also published several articles on performance and food production. My next project will take this research further in a co-edited collection of essays on performance and food production from around the world.

This current research focus grew out of my interest in performance in public spaces and various aspects of European street arts and site-specific performance. The research on street arts resulted in several conference papers, book chapters, journal articles, and a book entitled Contemporary Street Arts in Europe: Aesthetics and Politics. As a result of that research, I was invited to participate in the Nomadic University 2008 (a three-day practice-based colloquium in Aurillac, France that looked at street arts activities across the EU with invited artists, programmers, or scholars from each EU country) and its annual follow-up colloquiums, Street Arts Winter Academy since 2011 that explore street arts and pedagogy with educators and artists. And, in 2009 and 2013, I was asked to evaluate the final projects of students at FAI AR (Formation Avancée et Itinérante des Arts de la Rue), a professional street arts training programme, and in 2009 and 2010, I judged performances for the prize of “Best Street Performance” at MiramirO Street Theatre Festival, Ghent, Belgium. In May 2011, I was interviewed for “Doing It in the Street,” a BBC4 radio program on street theatre in the UK.

I have also worked as a professional dramaturg in England, Poland, and the United States. My primary responsibilities are devising performance pieces and adapting non-theatrical texts. Most recently I was dramaturg/playwright for Who's Driving the Tractor?. In 2017, I adapted The Winter’s Tale for the street, a co-production between Teatr Biuro Podróży and Imagineer Productions, performed in the ruins of Coventry Cathedral. In 2016, I acted as dramaturg for The PerFarmance Project in the West Midlands, performed at Five Acre Farm in Ryton on Dunsmore. Also in 2016, I co-created Prairie Meanders with Baz Keshaw, conceived and constructed as a performance installation on the prairie in Iowa. In 2014, I was dramaturg for Hope is a Wooded Time, an applied theatre project on a protected wooded wasteland and its neighbouring communities (travellers, migrants, working class families) in Montreuil, France. In 2013, I created Grow Warwick, a performance installation on the Warwick campus that imagined its transformation into an edible campus. Prior to these projects, I acted as dramaturg in France and the US in around twenty productions.

Office hours

By appointment.


Undergraduate modules


Adaptation for Performance

American Theatre and Performance

Socially-Engaged Performance

Independent Research Option

Contemporary Performance Practices

European Street Theatre

Dramaturgical Thinking for Script Development (MA)

Adaptation (MA)

Theoretical Thematics for Theatre and Performance (MA)

Research in Theatre and Performance Making (MA)


Performing Democracy

Political Performances