Research

My work is concerned with the relationships and intersections between performance, politics and popular cultures. In my book Modern Popular Theatre (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016) I explore the evolution of the concept of 'the popular' in the theatre since the Industrial Revolution, drawing on a range of international theatres, artists and performance-makers, including Meyerhold, Schlemmer, the San Francisco Mime Troupe, 7:84, Split Britches and Forced Entertainment. My goal in approaching the field with such a wide lense is to get readers to look beyond the popular theatre as a simple form of entertainment and to consider its potential as a form of political activism, as a community-builder, and as a valuable tool for artistic experimentation. My current work is on a monograph that is taking a closer look at the popular's aesthetic and political influence on high art practices since the late ninteeteenth century. 

Modern Popular Theatre

As well as my academic research, I am a trained performer, director and dramaturge. I remain a committed practitioner and use my practical background to inform my teaching at Sussex, where I regularly lead practical workshops and direct performances. In recent years, I have worked with students to develop a number of exciting productions, including Zimmerman's Metamorphoses, Chekhov's Three Sisters, and several devised performances, including [Insert Text Here], a performance based on a number of postmodern fictional texts performed in abandoned gallery space, You Have Been Here Before, an adaptation of JB Priestley's time plays, and Species of Space, based on the work of Georges Perec.

 

Education 

  • BA magna cum laude in Theatre Studies, Marymount Manhattan College
  • MA in Drama Research, University of Exeter
  • PhD in Performance Practice (Drama), University of Exeter
  • PG Certificate in Higher Education Teaching, University of Sussex

 

PhD Proposals

I would welcome proposals from PhD researchers interested in performance and popular culture, political activism, comic performance, contemporary theatre making or modern theatre history.