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Current Research Students & Recent Graduates

These students are currently undertaking research within the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies.
Follow the links to view their profiles.
Maggie Leung - PhD
Title: For social dance to dancesport: The Disappearance of everyday spaces for Aesthetic Practices in Hong Kong
Supervisor: Susan Haedicke & Margaret Shewring

Aida Bahrami - PhD
Title: "Spectacles of woe": Sadean Readings of Contemporary European Drama
Supervisor: Silvija Jestrovic
Title: Shakespeare, Medieval Drama and Contemporary Historically-Responsive Theatre Practice
Supervisor: Margaret Shewring
Mentor: Susan Haedicke
Title: The Development of Amateur Theatre in Britain, 1789-1914.
Supervisor: Jim Davis
Mentor: Margaret Shewring

Lisa Skwirblies- PhD
Title:Theatres of Colonialism - Theatricality, Coloniality, and Performance in the German Empire, 1884-1914.
Supervisor: Milija Gluhovic
Mentor: Silvija Jestrovic

Title: Entertainment at Sea: From Concert Parties to the SODS Opera
Supervisor: Nadine Holdsworth
Mentor: Yvette Hutchison
Title: Influence of French Theatre in Britain During the Napoleonic Era
Supervisors: Jim Davis and Kate Astbury

Michael Holden - PhD
Title: The Business of Playing 1560-1660: the management structure, business plans and financing of the early modern professional theatres in London
Supervisor: Margaret Shewring
Mentor: Yvette Hutchison

Shahnaz Mohd Baldev Shah - PhD (with Education Studies)
Title: Creative campus movement in Malaysia's Public Universities: Makum Theatre Project as site for Interdisciplinary Exchange and Lifelong Learning
Supervisors: Nicolas Whybrow and Joe Winston
Mentor: Margaret Shewring

Luana Tavano Garcia - PhD
Title: Brazil performing itself: popular music, performativity and national identity at the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games
Supervisor: Yvette Hutchison
Mentor: Tim White

Elizabeth Turner - PhD
Title: Investigating the Performances of Television Magicians
Supervisor: Tim White
Mentor: Yvette Hutchison

Title: Shifting language through performance: towards multilingual methodologies
Supervisors: Yvette Hutchison and Jo Angouri (CAL)
Mentor: Anna Harpin

Title: Hybridity, Cross-cultural Transfer, and Performance of National Identity – Saints’ Plays in Croatian Theatre and Culture from the Sixteenth to the Twenty First Century
Supervisors: Milija Gluhovic and Margaret Shewring
Mentor: Silvija Jestrovic
Fazlinda Md Fadzil - PhD (with Cultural Policy Studies)
Title: On crowdfunding
Supervisors: Tim White and Chris Bilton
Mentor: Susan Haedicke

Jessica Parrott - PhD
Title: Disability casting
Supervisors: Wallace McDowell & Deborah Dean (WBS)
Mentor: Yvette Hutchison

Title: Performing Happiness: The Everyday Performance of Thai Urban Middle Class Employees
Supervisor: Nadine Holdsworth & Andy Lavender
Mentor: Nicolas Whybrow
Title: Eating into Elsewhere: Performing Food & Belonging
Supervisors: Susan Haedicke & Nicolas Whybrow
Mentor: Anna Harpin

Anthony Ruck - PhD, with Sociology
Title: A New Cultural capital? Social and political potentials for arts and cultural eductaion in the Second City.
Supervisors: Nicolas Whybrow & K. Lambert
Mentor: in sociology

Yacine Grireh
Supervisor: Milija Gluhovic
Mentor: Silvija Jestrovic

John Riddell - PhD
Title: Theatre Space in Northern Ireland Since Partition
Supervisor: Margaret Shewring
Mentor: Nadine Holdsworth

Hannah Phillips - PhD
Title: Heterophobia: Subverting Heterosexual Hegemony through Intermedial Applied Performance for Young People
Supervisor: Susan Haedicke
Mentor: Wallace McDowell

Carolyn Deby - PhD
Title: urban–wild intersections: performing networks of flow
Supervisor: Nicolas Whybrow
Mentor: Anna Harpin

Eva McIntyre
Title: Oral storytelling of Bible stories in the Church of England
Supervisor: Susan Haedicke
Mentor: Wallace McDowell

MA by research
Ian Farnell
Title: An exploration of the relationship of contemporary theatre with science fiction and fantasy, analysing whether recent productions support, dispute or surpass our current understanding of these genres as a theatrical style.
Supervisor: Nadine Holdsworth
Mentor: Yvette Hutchison

Sebastian Hulkkov
Title: Exploring the intersections Noh & Butoh methodology and physical/ dance theatre in exploring spirituality
Supervisor: Milija Gluhovic
Mentor: Anna Harpin


Recent Graduates:

Nese Ceren Tosun- PhD (Complete 2017, IAS/IATL Fellow 2018-2019)
Title: Performing Home: A La Turca Foodscapes in London
Supervisor: Tim White
Mentor: Milija Gluhovic

Maria Estrada Fuentes - PhD (with History) (Complete 2016, IAS Fellow 2017)
Title: Stages of Conflict: Performance in Social-reintegration of Former Child Soldiers in Colombia
Supervisor: Silvija Jestrovic and Rebecca Earle

Annouchka Bayley - PhD (with WBS), complete 2017
Title: Deterritorialisations in Pedagogy: Encounters between Practice as Research and Management Learning
Supervisors: Nicolas Whybrow and Davide Nicolini

Alexi Marchel - PhD (Complete 2017)
Title: Staging the Nation: Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the War of 1812 Bicentennial
Supervisors: Milija Gluhovic and Yvette Hutchison

Natasha Davis - PhD
Title: Performing Migratory Identity - Practice as Research on Displacement and (Be)Longing
Supervisors: Nicolas Whybrow and Silvija Jestrovic

Maria Hetzer - PhD (with German Studies)
Title: Bodies in/of Crisis: staging the 'Wende'
Supervisors: Nicolas Whybrow and Sean Allan

Leila Zammar - PhD (with Renaissance Studies)
Title: Seventeenth century performances at the Barberini Palace and in the lost Barberini Theatre, Rome
Supervisors: Margaret Shewring and David Lines

Maria Barrett - PhD (with Cultural Policy Studies)
Title: Fish out of Water: Habitus, Cultural Capital and the Working Class Exeperience of Theatre
Supervisors: David Wright and Susan Haedicke

Title: The Development of Professional Stage Management in the United Kingdom
Supervisor: Jim Davis
Mentor: Nicolas Whybrow

Awelani Moyo (March 2010–2013):
Title: Re-tracing invisible maps – landscape in and as performance in contemporary South Africa
Supervisor: Yvette Hutchison
Mentor: Nicholas Whybrow
Title: Intercultural Shakespeare Performance: a case-study of South Korea
Supervisor: Margaret Shewring
Mentor: Nicolas Whybrow
Peter Groves - PhD
Title: Howard Barker and Greek Tragedy
Supervisors: Nadine Holdsworth and Janelle Reinelt
Mentor: Silvija Jestrovic
Title: A different kind of failure
Supervisors: Baz Kershaw and Nadine Holdsworth
Title: Social Authorship and Performance Text
Supervisor: Susan Haedicke
Mentor: Nicolas Whybrow

Melanie Zeffarino - PhD (with History of Art)
Title: Late Medieval, Renaissance and Early Modern European puppetry (mainly Italy)
Supervisors: Louise Bourdua and Margaret Shewring