The richness of the DTP research culture comes from the strengths of a Department whose breadth and variety of interests combine to offer any prospective student a challenging and dynamic process of exploration of the field. The research concentrations at DTP demonstrates the interdisciplinary nature of performance and theatre studies with specialties in performance ethnography, theatre history, ethics, political interventions in practice, mobility and site studies, live art practice, sound and radio, and more. Within these specialties DPT staff have international reputations as performance makers, writers, installation artists, critics, historiographers and theorists, with over 80% of our research considered as world-leading or internationally significant in the UK 2014 research excellence framework. A culture of exchange and inquiry means that prospective students are greeted with encouragement for their particular interests and every way is made to facilitate a demanding and engaged environment for learning in a variety of methods practical, theoretical and collaborative.

Postgraduate Research

The department has an established international reputation for both teaching and research and has forged a distinctive identity within the field for its investigations through cutting-edge performance practice and critical theory. We have one of the largest concentrations in the UK of staff and PhD researchers working in the area, with international reputations as performance makers, writers, curators, critics and theoreticians, working across both cultural and academic sectors. Our work includes publication, curatorship and public performance, focused through the Centre for Performance and Creative Exchange, and the interdisciplinary research groups in Renaissance and Classical Studies, Human-Animal Studies, and Food Studies. Whether your ambitions are in art practice or academia, you will find yourself in a vibrant, supportive and well-connected research environment with an international reputation for innovation in creative practice and research.

Possible areas of supervision include: live art, experimental theatre and dance performance; transnational identities in the new Europe; practice-as-research; Early Modern performance practice; performance, travel, space and location; performance and activism; critical historiography; Shakespeare in contemporary culture; writing for performance; Feminism and gender studies; race and representation; animal studies and the non-human in performance; food and performance; ethnography and performance.  See individual staff pages for further details of research interests or contact Dr Josh Abrams for additional information. 


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