Centre for Theatre Research

Part of Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies

In the Centre for Theatre Research we are all professional theatre practitioners.

We work in the theatre world as writers, directors, actors and theatre-makers. We have specialisms in playwriting, immersive theatre, documentary theatre, applied theatre, global theatre, and in the analysis and performance of classic texts.

Our members also collaborate on research and contribute to The Screen and Performance Research Network, based at East 15 Acting School. This research network is home to three research clusters; Lived Experience and Creative Process, Embodiment and Perception, and Global Perspectives and Intercultural Practice. For more information, please visit East 15 Acting School. 

Our news

Telling the human story behind immigration

Priority Seating by drama lecturer Dr Mary Mazzilli explores the themes of migration, travel and lost and found identity, asking questions about modern society’s attitudes to migrants, whether they’re moving for economic, political or personal reasons.

'The sun never sets on the British arms trade.' Bringing protest theatre to London.

Annecy Lax is helping to take satire to the streets of London to demonstrate the impact of the arms trade on global human rights.

'Orford Ness is full of stories' Elizabeth Kuti on playwriting

With her play Fishskin Trousers being revived for a four-week run at the Park Theatre in London, Dr Elizabeth Kuti talks about her inspirations, the process of bringing a play to the stage and how her experience as a professional actor helps the writing process.

Celebrating women theatre makers inspiring change

Six incredible directors from around the world came to at the Mercury Theatre in Colchester in June as part of a special one-day international festival dedicated to inspirational women theatre makers.

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Professor Katharine Cockin Research Director
Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies