Find out more about the research interests and work of the Centre for Contemporary Theatre’s members here:
- Daragh Carville
- Lewis Church
- David Eldridge
- Molly Flynn
- Seda Ilter
- Louise Owen (Co-Director)
- Rob Swain
- Fintan Walsh (Co-Director)
- Gillian Woods
Steering group members:
- Rosie Cox (Professor of Geography, Department of Geography)
- Nadine El-Enany (Reader in Law, Department of Law)
The Centre for Contemporary Theatre offers a space for people working in the fields of theatre and performance as practitioners to develop and reflect upon their work. The work of our Fellows encompasses writing, directing, performing and producing in various different capacities.
- Dickie Beau is an artist and performer, who makes work that draws on diverse traditions including drag, theatre, cabaret, dance and mime – without being exclusive to one school’s rules. He merges contemporary culture with queer twists and informed echoes of the past.
- Olga Danylyuk is a theatre director, curator and researcher. Her PhD was entitled ‘Virtually True’: Intermedial Strategies in the Staging of War Conflict (RCSSD, University of London). She is a founder of Upper Floor in Mystetskyi Arsenal and I-DO Lab company, Kyiv.
- Luke Lewin Davies is a theatre and film director, and an academic researcher. Plays he has directed include The Chemsex Monologues and The HIV Monologues. His first book The Tramp in British Literature, 1850-1950 is published by Palgrave in November 2021.
- Alan Fielden is an Anglo-Korean writer, director, and poet, and winner of the Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award 2018, co-produced by the Barbican Centre for Marathon with JAMS. Currently working on Container with ACE DYCP funding: polyphonic narrative, migration, hysteria and tenderness. Associate lecturer at RCSSD and Worcester University.
- Liam Francis is a dancer, choreographer, researcher and facilitator with experiences spanning hip-hop theatre, commercial dance, and most recently a seven year tenure with Rambert Dance Company. Liam has shared his choreographic work in London, Oxford and New York. His current personal practice and interests are in the study of place and flow.
- Darren Hill is an actor, writer and theatre-maker. Founder of The Story Pilgrim, Darren has married his love for walking pilgrimages and storytelling, collecting sacred stories along the journey of life, presenting them in an open, intimate and inspiring manner.
- Lily Hunter Green is an installation artist with extensive experience making immersive works based on the science of the hive. Her work BEE COMPOSED is an interdisciplinary more-than-human ‘hive’ project that uses digital-media, coding, and performance to communicate changing ecologies, and humans’ role in that process. Lily is Artist-in-Residence at Maori Lab, Cambridge University.
- Robert Hylton is a movement based artist, researcher, director and teacher, who works in multiple forms from film to stage and site specific spaces. Currently researching otherness, migration and hip hop through African diaspora performance history and speculative future.
- Charlotte Keatley is a writer for theatre, radio, film and television, best known for her George Devine Award-winning play My Mother Said I Never Should (1987), translated into 33 languages, and named one of National Theatre Significant Plays of the 20th Century. Her work on the documentary Kids Behind Bars (C4, 2003) won an Emmy.
- Amanda Kelleher is an award winning theatre artist who has performed her solo work across festivals in the UK. She is a workshop facilitator, specialising in well-being with diverse groups from young people, trauma survivors to CEOs. She’s currently researching the benefits of the performing arts on the brain.
- Susan Kempster is a choreographer, performer, teacher, theatre maker and movement coach/director. Her current research interests centre around performer and audience presence and are the fruit of working with and studying the body in performance for more than three decades.
- Brian Logan has been artistic director of Camden People’s Theatre since 2011. Brian is also co-director of the touring company Cartoon de Salvo, with whom he has devised and performed in 11 major shows; and also works as a playwright and journalist.
- Emily Louizou is a theatre and opera director. She holds a BA in English from UCL, and an MFA in Theatre Directing from Birkbeck. She is the Artistic Director of Collide Theatre, specialising in movement-based and visually-led retellings of classic plays, stories and myths.
- Elizabeth Lynch works with artists, organisations and communities as a strategic advisor and researcher. She is interested in arts and science collaborations, creative ageing practices and in making cultural democracy happen.
- Ingrid MacKinnon is a dancer, movement director, choreographer and teacher. She creates work in collaboration with creative teams in theatre productions and dance spaces. Her practice and research interest lies in embodied knowledge, kinesthetic empathy, the Black moving body and how movement and dance can be used to access joy.
- Phillip McMahon is a playwright, director and theatre maker based in Dublin. He is co-founder and co-director of THISISPOPBABY, wherein he was co-creator and co-curator of THISISPOPBABY performance venue at Electric Picnic Music and Arts Festival, Queer Notions cross arts festival, WERK Performance/Art/Club, and Where We Live festival of performance and ideas.
- Deborah Pearson‘s work spans playwrighting, directing, live art and visual art. She is founder and a co-director of UK-based curation collective Forest Fringe and the winner of several distinctions for her practice and for Forest Fringe, including twice being named on the Stage 100 List.
- Katharina Reinthaller is an Austrian director/dramaturg, working across multiple artforms. She creates bold, inquisitive pieces with unusual narratives, often focused on sound & musical elements. Her work evolves around the stories of outsiders, is multilingual and political and wants to inspire and connect audiences.
- Bruno Roubicek is a performer, including a decade as guest artist with Forced Entertainment, and a researcher gaining a PhD at Birkbeck. Interests centre on ways performers can act with comedy and scenography to stage the ecological thought.
- Sarah Sigal is a freelance writer, dramaturg, director and researcher working across new writing, devising, site-specific theatre, cabaret, opera and fiction. Author of the monograph Writing in Collaborative Theatre-Making (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017), she has recently finished her first novel Agent of Influence and is a Dramaturgs’ Network Advisory Board Member.
- Shabnam Shabazi is a multi-disciplinary ‘artivist’, a maker and enabler of creative projects, working with object, video/digital media, text, performance, collage and installation. Participation and creating platforms to give voice to important issues are at the heart of Shabnam’s practice.
- Amelie Taylor is a producer, musician and dancer. She founded Expressions Of Love and Loss to celebrate the therapeutic role that creativity can play as we grieve, working with artists and bereaved individuals to create unique, meaningful and original pieces in memory of those we have loved and lost.
- Alda Terracciano is an installation artist inspired by the intrinsically poetic quality of everyday life. As a researcher and activist she has explored the intersection between bodies, memories, urban space, and digital environments with culturally diverse communities nationally and internationally.
- Chris White is a theatre director who specialises in developing and directing new writing, international collaborations and original projects involving Shakespeare. Recent work includes Trouf (co-created in Tunisia), Gutted (Marlowe, Canterbury, then touring), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (NCPA, Beijing). He is also an Associate Learning Practitioner for the RSC.
- Lucy Yates is an actor, writer and musician. Her work experiments with the interplay between text and percussion in story-telling. She is a co-founder of award-winning RUNT Theatre and her work has been selected to be part of Pleasance’s Fringe Futures Festival and Tramshed’s Digitally Charged festival.