Professor Heike Roms

Professor in Theatre and Performance


Extension: 4581

Telephone: 01392724581

I joined the University of Exeter in 2017 after twelve years at Aberystwyth University, where I was a core member of the team that made Aberystwyth an internationally renowned centre for Performance Studies.

I have published on contemporary performance practice, the history of performance art in a British context, performance historiography and archiving, performance and ecology, and performance as a mode of knowledge formation and dissemination.

My current research focusses on the historiography of early performance art. The work was funded by a Large Research Grant from the British Arts and Humanities Research Council AHRC (2009-2011) and won the UK’s Theatre and Performance Research Association TaPRA David Bradby Award for Outstanding Research in International Theatre and Performance 2011. I am currently working on a book arising from the enquiry with the working title When Yoko Ono did not come to Wales - Locating the early history of Performance Art.

I am a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts (FRSA), a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and a National Advisor to the Arts Council of Wales.


During Term 2 and 3 (January 2018 - July 2018) I am on research leave.


Postal address: Professor Heike Roms, Department of Drama, University of Exeter, Thornlea, New North Road, Exeter EX4 4LA, UK