The Department of Drama at Exeter is a centre of excellence for teaching and research across a broad and diverse range of interests within our disciplines. We are a dynamic and friendly team who offer intellectually challenging and wide-ranging teaching, and a flourishing research culture.
I am Associate Professor in Live Art and Spatial Practices, and an active member of the Centre for Contemporary Performance Practices. I generate Practice-as-Research across a range of contexts. For example, a recent Practice-as-Research project called 'Where to build the walls that protect us' developed new methods to imagine our future cities, through the use of disrupted walking and playful sited encounters with 'experts' from the fields of climate change, city planning, etc.
My research and teaching focus on a range of diverse areas, which explore issues of the body, culture and identity in training and performance. She has trained and taught for many years in martial arts, yoga, Buddhism, Indian dance, movement, physical theatre, body awareness and improvisation, and utilises principles from these in her work with actors and dancers.
My practical and theoretical research areas take an intercultural and interdisciplinary approach to examining actor and dancer training and performance, with particular reference to the British South Asian communities.
I am an historian of nineteenth century British literature and culture, specialising in teaching and research in theatre history and women's writing. I have published on Frankenstein, Jane Austen, Victorian women playwrights, Fanny Kemble, Australian theatre, Victorian theatre and popular culture, and John Ruskin. I'm currently leading an AHRC-funded project on Victorian Pantomime: ‘A Cultural History of English Pantomime, 1837 – 1901.
Puppetry as cultural identity
Latin American women’s performance
Latin American religious performance and religion in performance
Latin American popular performance
Applied theatre in health
My current research examines black British theatre in relation to the cultural and political spaces of Africa, the Caribbean and the USA. My monograph, provisionally entitled Black British Theatre: A Transnational Perspective, will be published by Routledge in 2016. I have written about contemporary black British playwrights and conducted a number of filmed interviews with leading theatre practitioners for the National Theatre’s Black Plays Archive website. I also wrote a ten-part documentary about the history of black performance on the British stage and screen which was presented by Lenny Henry and broadcast on BBC Radio 4.
In March 2016 I was a guest speaker at a cross Whitehall event arranged by the Civil Service Race Forum for the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and in June I was invited to adjudicate a three week national speech and drama festival in Zimbabwe, seeing presentations from over 7,000 school students.
Our current PhD students
We're proud of the research carried out by our PhD students. Follow the links below to find out more about our PhD students and their research projects.
|Student||Research title||First supervisor||Second supervisor|
|Clark Baim||Applied theatre.||Dr Kerrie Schaefer||Dr Sarah Goldingay|
|Rebecca Benzie||An investigation of contemporary playwrights using feminist and gender critiques||Professor Katherine Newey||Professor Jane Milling|
|Rosie Bristowe||Mapping Living Indian Displays in London's Exhibitions, 1851-1914||Professor Katherine Newey||Carol Upadhya|
|Sinibaldo De Rosa||The Alevi Semah as Intangible Cultural Heritage and Transnational Transcendence.||Professor Jerri Daboo||John O'Connell|
|Nazlihan Eda Ercin||Performing Virginity: A Practice-Led Research about the Perceptions and Practices of Virginity in Turkey||Dr Natasha Lushetich||Professor Jerri Daboo|
|Catherine Holmes||Aerial Stars: Femininity, Celebrity and Glamour in the Representations of Female Aerialists in the UK and US in the 1920s and early 1930s||Professor Katherine Newey||Dr Adrian Curtin|
|Anthony Lidington||The Itinerant British Showman - the exploration and evolution of 'Seer Performance'.||Professor Jane Milling||Dr Joe Kember|
|Alexandra MacKenzie||When you're here, we are here also. An examination of how contemporary sacred re-enactments reveal Mormon faith and strengthen Mormon Identity in the 21st century.||Dr Sarah Goldingay||Dr Rebecca Loukes|
|Aparna Mahiyaria||Understanding Politics, Aesthetics and Performance: A Study of the Development of Street Theatre in Delhi, India||Professor Cathy Turner||Shivali Tukdeo|
|Effrosyni Mastrokalou||Bright to dark consciousness in pyschophysical actor training.||Dr Rebecca Loukes||Professor Phillip Zarrilli|
|Elizabeth Philps||Parents Performing Walking: how can understandings of walking performance be enhanced through participatory live art works which include children?||Professor Cathy Turner||Dr Rebecca Loukes|
|William Platt||Subverting the Spectacle: A Critical Study of Culture Jamming as Activist Performance||Professor Stephen Hodge||Dr Patrick Duggan|
|Alison Rockbrand||Rite of Performance: Identity Construction in Contemporary Esoteric Performances.||Dr Sarah Goldingay||Professor David Wiles|
|Rebecca Savory||Performing identities in a "hybrid space": flash mobs in contemporary urban India||Professor Jerri Daboo||Shivali Tukdeo|
|Jonathan Venn||Notions of agency in depiction of mental health in contemporary theatre||Professor Jane Milling||Dr Adrian Curtin|