Dr Pieter Verstraete



Pieter Verstraete was a lecturer at the Drama Department at the University of Exeter between January 2010 and January 2012. He was previously on the staff at the Theatre Department of the University of Amsterdam, as well as the Cultural Studies Department of the Radboud University of Nijmegen, in the Netherlands. In 2009, he completed a PhD dissertation on experimental music theatre in Flanders and the Netherlands, entitled "The Frequency of Imagination: Auditory Distress and Aurality in Contemporary Music Theatre".

His research covers an interdisciplinary approach towards sound, modes/cultures of listening and aurality in theatre, embracing audio and music theatre, installation art and other genres of sonic art in performative contexts. More recently, he is concerned with policy making and cultural capital with regard to the history of music theatre in Europe from a transnational point of view. Besides of his expertise in contemporary music theatre, his new research strand includes theatre and opera performances by theatre practitioners with a Turkish migration background in major European capitals (Amsterdam, London, Brussels, Berlin), as well as in Turkey (Istanbul, Ankara). For this research, a Tübitak Fellowship for Foreign Citizens and a prestigious IPC-Mercator Fellowship have been obtained to develop the project at Ankara University and Sabanci University Istanbul (until August 2013). See, for instance, this video on the research in Istanbul: http://vimeo.com/54087987.

Before coming to Exeter, Pieter Verstraete freelanced as a theatre critic for numerous journals in Belgium and the Netherlands such as De Scène, Urbanmag, E-View, EtceteraDe Theatermaker (TM), nY, De Witte Raaf and Public Sound (DE PLAYER). He has published articles on theatre, music theatre, opera, installation art and interactive dance in books, such as Performing the Matrix (Epodium), Sonic Mediations (CSP), Theatre Noise (CSP) and Music/Theatre: Experience, Performance, and Emergences (forthcoming with Rodopi). He edited a book, entitled Inside Knowledge (CSP), on epistemological questions relevant to scholars in a wide variety of disciplines in the humanities, and a book on the legacy of the late singer Cathy Berberian, entitled Cathy Berberian: Pioneer of Contemporary Vocality (forthcoming with Ashgate). He has given various talks and lectures on music theatre, as well as workshops on cultural criticism. Finally, until September 2012, he was an active member of the Advisory Committee of Music Theatre for the Flemish Ministry of Culture in Brussels.