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Jodie Hawkes

Senior Lecturer

Jodie is currently undertaking PhD research, her title is ‘Mother-trouble-makers: maternal performance and live art-activism in the rented family home.’


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)