The major areas of research interest in the Department revolve around modern and contemporary theatre, performance studies, and theatre history and historiography. Within these areas more specific emphases include: national, trans-national and intercultural performance within the context of globalisation; performance and the environment, particularly in relationship to the city and to site-specific performance; theatre and exile; theatre and memory; popular and political theatre and performance; Renaissance theatre; theatre historiography; British theatre 1780 to the present; modern European theatre; theatre in the ‘new’ Europe; African theatre.
Staff Research Interests (see individual staff pages for more detail): http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/theatre_s/staff/
Professor Jim Davis: English 19th century theatre and drama; melodrama; theatre audiences.
Dr Milija Gluhovic: theatre and memory; contemporary North American and European avant-garde performance; contemporary European drama; the new Europe; Polish theatre.
Dr Susan Haedicke: European street theatre; dramaturgy; performance studies; contemporary international performance and live art; community-based theatre.
Dr Anna Harpin: politics, representation, and non-normative psychological experiences; the cultural politics of madness and trauma; research intersects with psychiatry, psychoanalysis, and philosophy.
Professor Nadine Holdsworth: popular theatre practitioners of the 20th/21st centuries; British theatre and performance; theories of identity, particularly in relation to nation, gender, ethnicity and globalisation.
Dr Yvette Hutchison: African and South African drama and performance and their relationship to myth, memory and history; oral and intercultural theatrical forms; aesthetics and agency, gender.
Dr Silvija Jestrovic: critical theory, 20th century theatre and drama, avant-garde and political theatre, exilic drama and theatre, post-modern performance, semiotics of performance, playwriting and dramaturgy.
Professor Baz Kershaw (Emeritus): the politics of performance; the radical in performance; performance and democracy; performance and ecology; community-based/sitespecific/participatory theatre; 20th century theatre and performance history/historiography, especially spectacle/audiences/economics; advanced performance research methods, including practice as research/reflexive performance writing; collaborative creative processes in theatre and performance.
Professor Andy Lavender: contemporary theatre and performance, in particular looking at intermedial and cross-disciplinary work, new production processes and changes to the nature of performance and spectatorship.
Dr Wallace McDowell: theatre of Northern Ireland; national identities; masculinities and performance.
Professor Janelle Reinelt (Emeritus): contemporary performance; trans-national theatre and performance; contemporary British performance.
Dr Margaret Shewring: English late 16th and 17th century drama and theatre; late 19th and 20th century performance traditions; Max Reinhardt; Shakespeare on the modern stage; Shakespeare in an international context.
Dr Tim White: Theatre and art; new media; multimedia performance; performance and food.
Dr Nicolas Whybrow: contemporary performance practices; performing cities; art and the city; performance ‘on foot’; live art and performance; site-specific practices; sustainability and globalisation.