Jodie Hawkes

Senior Lecturer


Jodie has been a Senior Lecturer in the Theatre Department since 2014. Jodie’s research focuses on maternal performance and the politics of the family. Jodie teaches on a range of modules in the department including Cultural Identity, Site Specific, Gender, Sexuality and Theatre, time-based live art and collaborative devising strategies.

Jodie’s artistic practice is undertaken as part of collaborative live art duo, Search Party. Since 2005, Search Party have created performances for studio, gallery and public space throughout the UK and Internationally, including ANTIfestival, Kuopio (2008), The National Review of Live Art, Glasgow (2008), Nuit Blanche, Amiens (2009), Plateux, Frankfurt (2009), Junction Arts Festival, Tasmania (2011) and Culturgest, Lisbon (2012). Search Party are committed to making performances that engage broad and diverse audiences. Search Party’s recent work has playfully explored ideas of ageing, sport and the politics of the family.

Jodie has recently given conference presentations/performances at the ‘Maternal Meets the Performance’ conference at Edge Hill University (2016), the ‘Application of Performance and the Maternal’ conference at the University of South Wales (2016), ‘Performing Place 2’ symposium at the University of Chichester (2016) and has attended the Live Art Development Agency’s discussion group ‘Performance and Caring’.

Jodie is a member of FAN (Family Activist Network) – a group of artists and academics and their families who explore the relationship between families and climate change through protest, residencies and artistic activity. Jodie has been a key member of Residence, an artist led organisation based in Bristol, who host discussion events, work in progress nights and reading groups. Jodie has worked as an outside eye for live art duo Action Hero on their performances A Western (2008), Watch Me Fall (2009) and Frontman (2010).


Hawkes, J (2014) Contributions to The Egg, the Womb, the Head and the Moon (Online project)

Hawkes, J & Phillips, P. (2014) My Son & Heir (Performance)

Hawkes, J, Francombe, B & Phillips, P (2011) Save Me: A Conversation across the City Arnolfini, Bristol, UK (Book)

Hawkes, J & Phillips, P. (2011) Save Me (Performance)

Hawkes, J & Phillips, P (2010) In Time: a Collection of Live Art Case Studies (Article)

Hawkes, J & Phillips, P. (2010) Growing Old With You (Performance)

Hawkes, J & Phillips, P. (2008) Search Party vs… (Performance)

Hawkes, J & Phillips, P (2008) The Corridor (Performance)

Hawkes, J & Phillips, P. (2007) Keep Going the Rhino (Performance)

Hawkes, J & Phillips, P. (2006) The Long Walk to the Performance (Performance)

Other department members

Vince Field
Theatre Manager

Vince Field has had creative blood flowing through his body since he was a child, and so at the age of sixteen “ran away to join the theatre” where expanding his knowledge in all aspects of the technical    (dark) side and his passion grew. Developing his skills working in theatres and an A/V company throughout the UK, Europe and America.

Robert Daniels
Senior Lecturer

Robert’s research interests include: “DIY” Theatre and Performance, UK-centric Performance Studies, Live Art, Interdisciplinary Devised Performance, Dance Theatre, Street Theatre and Site Specific A

Julia Thurston

Julie joined the Programme as Administrator in 2004

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