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Dr Michael Pearce

Senior Lecturer


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

Research interests

Research Interests:

  • Black British theatre
  • Contemporary British theatre
  • Southern African theatre
  • African American theatre
  • Caribbean theatre
  • Theatre and diaspora
  • Theatre and globalisation
  • Transnational theatre
  • Intercultural theatre
  • Postcolonial theatre
  • Theatre historiography

I welcome enquiries from research students on any of these topics or related fields of interest.

Research collaborations

Past projects:

Consultant for the National Theatre’s Black Plays Archive website, an online catalogue of the first professional production of every African, Caribbean and Black British play produced in the U.K. I have contributed to the project’s development of contextual resources, including an essay and video interviews with leading practitioners in the field. Please visit the site at:

Consultant on a ten-part documentary about the history of black performance on the British stage and screen which will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in late 2015.