James Baker

Senior Lecturer


James is a Senior Lecturer in the Theatre Department at the University of Chichester and programme coordinates the BA (hons) in Drama, Theatre & Directing. He is also a Lecturer in Performance at Solent University. Previously he has taught on the undergraduate programme at The University of Portsmouth and guest lectured on the M.A in Advanced Theatre Practice at the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama. He has been published in numerous publications and has won a Total Theatre Award for Innovation in 2010 (as well as receiving nominations in 2009/2015). With Bootworks, James has toured his work to 12 countries worldwide with support from The British Council and has frequently received funding from Arts Council England to make and tour work nationally.


Baker. J, Daniels. R & Roberts. A (2010) Total Theatre: Diary of a Spaceman, The University of Winchester; Winchester.

This text is a short perfomative piece documenting the process of the performance 30 Days to Space.

Baker, J (2012) Total Theatre: A Spaceman, Cowboy & Disco-Dancer, The University of Winchester; Winchester.

This text is an introductory contextual document of the performance 30 Days to Edinburgh.

Baker. J, Daniels. R & Roberts. A in Field. A (ed.) (2012) 30 Days to Edinburgh, Forest Fringe Paper Stages, Jerwood Charitable Foundation.

This text is a task-based document to accompany the performance 30 Days to Edinburgh.

Baker, J in Daniels, R (2014) Doing It Together, D.I.Y Theatre, University of Chichester Press.

This text discusses the virtues of collaborative working in relation to making contemporary theatre.

Baker, J (2018) Lookout – The Future is Here, ASSITEJ Magazine; Bejing World Conference

This text responds to Andy Field’s work Lookout, and the tricky relationship that children have with projections of the future.

Baker, J (2016) Taboo in Children’s Theatre, Exeunt Magazine

This text discusses strategies for introducing children to bereavement in theatre performance. With particular reference to the performance piece, The Many Doors of Frank Feelbad.


Current research interests include intergenerational theatre making and the redistribution of agency in creative collaborations between adults and children.

Conferences attended:

Mapping Borders Symposium at the Parlour Showrooms Bristol. (13th September 2013)

Presenting Walkie Talkie with A. Roberts; a paper on the critical influences of performance work 30 Days to Edinburgh.

PhD Supervision

James started a PhD at The University of Chichester in 2016 exploring these conce

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Robert Daniels
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Julia Thurston

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