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Dr Rachel Turner-King



Assistant Professor


Centre for Education Studies
University of Warwick

Research Interests

Warwick Arts Centre, creative learning, drama pedagogy, devising performance, eco-pedagogy, 'multiculturalism', 'internationalism', 'hospitality', 'conviviality', education and outreach, public engagement, social justice.


Rachel is Assistant Professor in Creativity, Performance and Education at the Centre for Education Studies, University of Warwick. She leads modules on 'Drama and Theatre in Theory and Practice' and 'Drama and Creative Learning'.

From 2011-15, Rachel worked as Senior Teaching Fellow for the MA in Drama and Theatre Education, in the Centre for Education Studies, University of Warwick and, in July 2015, she received a Warwick Award for Teaching Excellence (WATE).

In 2007, she received a Collaborative Doctorate Award (CDA) from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to work in collaboration with Warwick Arts Centre (WAC) and the School of Theatre Studies, University of Warwick under the supervision of Professor Baz Kershaw and Alan Rivett, Director of WAC. Her PhD research developed practice-led methods to investigate the dynamic interactions between notions and perceptions of 'multiculturalism' and 'internationalism' in relation to WAC's programming, commissioning and education activities. Having completed her PhD in 2013, she examines the ways drama and theatre-based pedagogies can be used to create hospitable and convivial spaces for interaction between multi-ethnic communities.

From May 2014 to June 2015, Rachel worked as lead education facilitator for Baz Kershaw's eco-pedagogy project entitled Meadow Meanders funded by the Institute of Advanced Teaching and Leaning (IATL), University of Warwick.

Rachel currently leads the UK research site for Professor Kathleen Gallagher's international, multi-sited and collaborative research project Youth, Theatre, Radical Hope and the Ethical Imaginary: an intercultural investigation of drama pedagogy, performance and civic engagement.

In October 2015, Rachel worked in collaboration with Coventry's Belgrade Theatre to convene the Inspiring Curiosity conference.

Rachel is a member of several theatre groups, including Dumbshow Theatre, National Drama (ND) and Theatre and Performance Research Association (working groups 'Performance, Identity and Community' and 'Applied and Social Theatre').


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Mon 9 July '18

Rachel recently participated in the 9th International Drama in Education Research Institution (IDiERI) conference via video conferencing as part of Professor Kathleen Gallagher’s Radical Hope project:

During this conference, Warwick won the bid to host the 10th IDiERI conference in July 2021 – the year Coventry will be the UK City of Culture.

Our cross-faculty collaborative team is constituted by academics and students from the Centre for Education Studies, the School of Theatre and Performance Studies & Performance Studies and Cultural & Media Policy Studies, Warwick Business School and the Institute of Advanced Teaching and Learning. We are also supported by our external partners, C&T, leading experts in drama education and digital technology.

Exciting times ahead! More news to come!