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Dr Michael Pearce



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Telephone: 01392 726479

Before completing my PhD in 2013 I trained at the Jacques Lecoq School in Paris and worked as an actor / deviser, director and facilitator in southern Africa, Europe and the UK.

My current research examines black British theatre in relation to the cultural and political spaces of Africa, the Caribbean and the USA. See my monograph, Black British Drama: A Transnational Story (2017). I have published essays about a number of contemporary black British playwrights and conducted numerous 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 late 2015.

I welcome enquiries from potential PhD students interested in exploring areas relating to race and performance, how experiences of diaspora find theatrical representation, the impact globalisation has on theatre production and the development of suitable theoretical frameworks for discussing intercultural and transnational interactions within contemporary and historical contexts.

I am a member of the AHRC Peer Review College.

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy - FHEA