Dr Katie Beswick



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Telephone: 01392 724222

I joined the University of Exeter as a Lecturer in Drama in September 2015. My research is concerned with interrogating representations of people and places, and thinking about how they shape our perceptions of the world. My work often focuses on the intersections between theatre and structural inequalities, such as race and class. I have organized numerous conferences and events exploring housing, art and activism, and am currently editing an issue of the journal Studies in Theatre and Performance on the intersections between these subjects. I have also published widely on theatre and council estates in journals including Research in Drama Education, Performance Research and New Theatre Quarterly. My monograph Social Housing in Performance: The English Council Estate on and off Stage, is due to be published by Bloomsbury in 2019.

Other academic publications include a co-edited special issue of the journal Interventions, exploring cultural production in the postcolonial city, and an article for Theatre, Dance and Performance Training exploring notions of industry in outreach actor training programmes. My latest project is a study of street culture in London and New York, for which I spend time mooching around the city and interviewing artists and street performers.

I have also held positions at the University of Leeds and at Queen Mary University of London. Before I was an academic I worked in lots of different professions — as a performer, facilitator of applied theatre, waitress, barmaid, finance administrator and as a social housing officer. I regularly write features, reviews and interviews for a general readership, published both online and in print for outlets including InStyle, Loud and Quiet and E1ife. My comic blog, Reasons to be Single, won a Cosmopolitan blog award in 2013.

I am the book reviews editor for Studies in Theatre and Performance and take up the position of Communications Officer on the Executive Committee of the Theatre and Performance Research Association (TaPRA) in September 2018.