Dr Bryan Brown



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I joined the staff at Exeter from Los Angeles where I was deeply engaged with the contemporary performance scene. With Olya Petrakova, I created ARTEL (American Russian Theatre Ensemble Laboratory), a company committed to the creation of our own training and devising processes, and a performance incubation house called Schkapf, a name we created from Russian words meaning essentially a ‘cabinet of curious performances’.  Clearly Russia is central to my research concerns.  Besides the rich artistic and intellectual history of the culture, I am interested in the use of distance to create perceptual shifts.  Thus performer training, ensemble creation and historical reassessment are all areas of current research.  As are conceptions and histories of laboratory theatre and laboratory discourse itself. 

I received my PhD from the University of Leeds. My thesis, and its reiteration in the forthcoming monograph A History of the Theatre Laboratory (Routledge  2018) has been called “the first honest effort in clearly defining the phenomenon of the laboratory, creating the history of the theatre laboratory, and relating it to other arts, and to science”. 

I have been a collaborator with the Laboratory Theatre Network organised by the Centre for Performance Research, and funded by the Leverhulme Trust. I have also worked as dramaturge and organisational consultant for the international physical theatre laboratory Studio Matejka and on the production of O Réjane with UNESCO-recognized Awake Projects.

I serve on the Editorial Board for Theatre, Dance and Performance Training and am co-editor of the journal's blog.