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Theatre Research

Research is at the heart of all activities within Theatre at Chichester

According to REF2014, the department is increasingly defined by the international repute enjoyed by the world-leading research and practices of our team. The range of contemporary professional practices within the staff profiles evidences a wealth of recognition that the department has received for award-winning performance work matched by generative critical paradigms.

Our culture of creative exchange celebrates diversity in the processes of research inquiry. The vitality of challenging practices in theatre, drama and live arts is driven by individual accomplishments contributing to collective successes in a warmly close-knit, arts-active research community. 

Researchers within the Theatre department:

  • Communicate research findings effectively through a variety of outcomes, employing both innovative performance and contemporary platforms, alongside established forms of presentation and publication.  
  • Contribute to change through work with professional bodies, organisations and networks in local, national and international community contexts.
  • Coordinate and convene events with our national and international associates, partners, colleagues and collaborators.

Postgraduate Theatre Research

In achieving both artistic ambition and academic astuteness, prospective postgraduate research students will join a thriving research environment.

Postgraduate Arts Researchers at the University Of Chichester enjoy creative encouragement and the critical support of supervision within an inspiring community.

As a department committed to innovative new performance within contemporary contexts, current theoretic frameworks and practice-based knowledge inform the excellence of teaching led by our research expertise.

Areas of specialist supervision that may be of particular appeal to prospective postgraduate researchers in Theatre include:

  • Theatre, health and wellbeing
  • Trauma and transformation
  • Performance intimacies and performative efficacies
  • Arts and intervention within public place/space and site
  • Post-colonialism(s) and dramaturgy
  • Autobiological Performance
  • Biopolitical performance in terrorism and tourism

Through a programme of partnered research training, development events, exhibitions and performance, Postgraduate Researchers in Theatre further benefit from the opportunities for sharing and exchange of practices with research from Visual/Fine Art and Dance.

See individual staff profiles for further details on research interests.