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Dr Adrian Curtin

Senior Lecturer


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I joined the department in 2012. I did my doctoral training at Northwestern University, where I was a Presidential Fellow, and completed the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Theatre and Drama programme in 2011. I have also studied at Boston College and University College Cork.

My research interests include avant-garde theatre, 'modern' Western theatre, theatre sound and aurality, theatrical exploration of mortality, and thematic investigation of music in drama. I have written several book chapters and journal articles on these topics. I welcome enquiries from potential Ph.D. students about any of these areas or related topics.

My first book, Avant-Garde Theatre Sound: Staging Sonic Modernity, supported by a British Academy/Leverhulme Research Grant, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2014. I am under contract with Manchester University Press for a book entitled Death in Modern Theatre: Stages of Mortality.

In 2015, I won the Early Career Research Prize for my first book, awarded by the Theatre and Performance Research Association (TaPRA). In 2010 I won the New Scholar's Prize, awarded by the International Federation of Theatre Research.

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Research interests

  • modern Western drama & theatre
  • theatre & aurality
  • theatre & mortality
  • theatre & music

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

External impact and engagement


In 2017, I won a University of Exeter Students' Guild award for research-inspired teaching. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

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