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Academic Staff

Lis Austin

Lis Austin is Senior Lecturer in Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies. She has taught at Roehampton since 2005. Lis teaches and convenes a range of modules across the undergraduate programme. Her main focus is on twentieth and twenty first century art and performance. Read more...

Dr Simon Bayly
Simon Bayly is a Reader at Roehampton and director of the London-based arts organisation PUR. His research and teaching explores the overlap between the practices of the making of performance and those of other (non)disciplines, including philosophy, psychoanalysis, and the arts of organisation; contemporary curatorial practice engaged with participatory, relational and 'socially-engaged' art; the aesthetic dimensions of political activism; the relationship between artistic practice and informal, DIY or radical education activity; exploring questions raised by 'research' considered as a strategy for artistic production - and vice versa. Read more...

Dr Laure Fernandez
Laure Fernandez has a PhD in Theatre and Performing Arts from University of Paris 3 Sorbonne-Nouvelle (France). She is currently Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Drama, Theatre and Performance at the University of Roehampton (London) and an associate researcher at ARIAS-CNRS (Paris). Her thesis, obtained in 2011 and supervised by Marie-Madeleine Mervant-Roux, focused on theatricality in the visual arts (1960-2010). Interested in contemporary works and the relationship between the theatre and other arts, she has written for several French art reviews such as Ligeia, Théâtre/Public, Registres and Marges. She worked in PR at the Bastille Theatre in Paris and interned at the Research and Archives Department at Performa (New York) under the direction of RoseLee Goldberg. Laure is a member of the international project ECHO (ARIAS-CNRS) in which she works on ventriloquism. As part of this research, she is assisting French artist Gisele Vienne and American writer Dennis Cooper on a forthcoming performance with the puppeteers of the Puppentheater of Halle (Germany). A performer for interdisciplinary group La Presque Company since 2006, she is also, since 2012, a lecturer for the Parc de la Villette (Paris) in the programmes "Aesthetics of Contemporary Dance" and "Introduction to Contemporary Theatre".

Dr Ernst Fischer
Ernst Fischer was born and brought up in Munich, Germany, where he studied chemistry, social work and puppetry and was a member of the Freies Theater München for two years. After relocating to London in 1979 he obtained an Honours degree in Performing Arts at Middlesex University (1986), an MA in Drama and Theatre Studies at University of London, Royal Holloway and Bedford New College (1991), as well as a diploma from the Ivor Spenser International School for Butler Administrators (London, 2001). Read more...

Ewan Forster & Christopher Heighes
In 1993 Ewan Forster and Christopher Heighes formed an artistic partnership with the specific aim of seeking out opportunities for creating innovative and unusual theatre events in and about some of Britain's most intriguing and neglected architectural sites. Using a variety of presentational devices their work allows spectators to fully experience a building and the principles of its construction and use. For more information see: http://www.forster-heighes.org.uk/

Dr Sarah Gorman
Sarah Gorman is a Research Student Coordinator for Department of Drama, Theatre & Performance, and a Chair of Joint Dance/Drama Research Student Review Board. Her research interests are: Feminist theatre and performance, Performing Failure, Live Art, Contemporary Experimental Theatre in the UK and Europe, Post-Humanism, New Media and Performance, Richard Maxwell, Forced Entertainment, Bobby Baker, Rose English, Janet Cardiff, Ursula Martinez, Nic Green, Get in the Back of the Van. Read more...

Susanne Greenhalgh
Susanne Greenhalgh is currently Principal Lecturer in Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies. She took her undergraduate degree in English at Oxford, where she was Bertha Johnson Scholar at St Anne's College and won the University's Charles Oldham Shakespeare Prize. Read more...

Prof. Adrian Heathfield
Adrian is Professor of Performance and Visual Culture at Roehampton, based in the Department of Drama, Theatre and Performance. He is co-director, with Gavin Butt and Lois Keidan, of Performance Matters, an AHRC funded research project on the cultural value of performance. In 2013 Performance Matters will release a series of artist's films and documentaries emerging from this four-year collaborative research process. In 2014 he will begin a three-year research project called Curating the Ephemeral investigating curatorial practice within and without visual art institutions in relation to ephemeral and immaterial art. Read more...

Prof. Joe Kelleher
Joe is Professor of Theatre and Performance. His research interests are largely in contemporary theatre and performance. A central concern of his work has been with structures of theatrical persuasion, both within and beyond the professional theatre. Much of his research over the past years has been on European performance, with a special attachment to work being produced in northern Italy. Read more...

Dr Emily Orley
Emily Orley is a Senior Lecturer in Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies. As a practitioner-researcher, her work involves and reflects on installation and live art, scenography and place-writing. Read more...

Dr Susan Painter
Susan Painter's teaching and research focus on modern British and European (especially political/'state of the nation') drama and theatre. She is Senior Lecturer and Admissions Officer for DTPS. Read more...

Dr Jennifer Parker-Starbuck
Jennifer Parker-Starbuck is a Reader in Performance and Cultural Practices in the Department of Drama, Theatre, and Performance Studies. She is also the Head of Department for Drama, Theatre and Performance. Her work has focused upon the historical and theoretical implications of new media/multimedia and its relationship to the live body in performance. Read more...

Dr P.A. Skantze
P.A. Skantze has been teaching across the disciplines of theatre history, theatre practice, writing and performance since her postgraduate experience at Columbia University. Her method has always been one of engaged translation between practice, practitioners and theorists influenced by her traditional training in an English department that required study from 1600 to contemporary performance, from Dante to Angela Carter. Read more...

Dr Ioana Szeman-Ureche
Ioana Szeman-Ureche is a performance studies scholar and an ethnographer. She is completing a book project based on fieldwork carried out over a ten-year period: "Stages of Erasure: Performing Romani Culture and Gypsiness," where she focuses on Romani/ "Gypsy" cultural performances, and international development and educational projects to examine how neoliberal ideologies reshape definitions of Romani ethnicity, while erasing ongoing inequalities among Romani populations in Romania. Read more...

Prof. Graham White
Graham is a lecturer, researcher and playwright, with interests in writing practices, modern drama and cultural history and performance in the law. He has written a number of plays for BBC Radio, the most recent an adaptation of Thomas Hardy's Far From the Madding Crowd for Radio 4 (forthcoming, 2012). Read more...

Lee White
Lee White is a lecturer at Roehampton specialising in study relating to Northern Ireland. He is currently finishing his PhD. Read more...

Dr Fiona Wilkie
Fiona Wilkie is a senior lecturer in the Drama, Theatre and Performance department. Her teaching and research focus on issues of space and place in contemporary performance. Read more...