Professor Jonathan Lichtenstein

Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Professor Jonathan Lichtenstein
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    5NW.6.8, Colchester Campus

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My work primarily looks at ways of representing the effects of trauma through theatre work and in prose. My latest book, 'The Berlin Shadow- Living with the Ghosts of the Kindertransport' (pub, Scribner, UK, 2020) investigates this theme in terms of 'the Second Generation' and has been published in the U.K, Italy, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Denmark and the U.S. and was shortlisted for the Slightly Foxed Best First Biography Prize of 2020. My play, 'The Pull of Negative Gravity' looks at the way PTSD in the military then impacts women in the domestic world. It won an Edinburgh Fringe First for, 'innovation and outstanding new stage writing'. It transferred from the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh to Off Broadway- New York (59E59) and has had further productions in Germany, Australia and Florida. My play, 'Memory , by Theatr Clwyd Cymru also transferred to New York, (59E59) with further productions in London , Cardiff, and Chicago. 'Darkness' performed at the Edinburgh Festival in 2011. I have had two attachments at the National Theatre as well as commissions from The Sherman Theatre, the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, and Theatr Clwyd. I was the writer on , 'Confessions of a Cockney Temple Dancer' where I worked with Shane Shambhu. My radio plays, broadcast by BBC Radio 4, are 'Moving the Scrolls' and 'Human Rights'. I welcome students who wish to work on contemporary theatre, writing for theatre, autofiction and memoir.


  • BA Leeds


University of Essex

  • Director of the Centre for Theatre Studies, Literature, Film and Theatre Studies, University of Essex (1996 - 2014)

Other academic

  • Head of Department, University of Essex (2011 - 2014)

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Confessions of a Cockney Temple Dancer

Key words: Immigration.

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Dramatic Structure (LT913)

  • Theatre Making: Autobiography (TH142)

  • Theatre Production and Technology (TH145)

  • Tragedy and Theatre Writing (TH243)

  • Independent Practical Theatre Project (TH831)

  • Theatre and Performance Makers (TH241)

Previous supervision

James Jarrett
James Jarrett
Thesis title: Theatres of the Mind: A Kleinian Analysis of the Plays of Harold Pinter
Degree subject: Theatre Studies
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 20/12/2018
Melody Gunter
Melody Gunter
Thesis title: What the sun and moon saw : writing the body into the dramatic text
Degree subject: Theatre Studies
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 22/4/2010


Books (8)

Lichtenstein, J., (2022). Revinir à Berlin- sur le traces de mon père. JCLattès. 2709668254. 9782709668255

Lichtenstein, J., (2021). L'ombra di Berlino. Vivere con i fantasmi del Kindertransport. Mondadori. 8804737050. 9788804737056

Lichtenstein, J., (2021). De schaduw van Berlijn leven met de erfenis van het Kindertransport. 904504255X. 9789045042558

Lichtenstein, J., (2021). Zurück nach Berlin Wie mein Vater mit mir in seine Vergangenheit reiste. 3458179089. 9783458179085

Lichtenstein, J., (2020). The Berlin Shadow: Living with the Ghosts of the Kindertransport. Scribner. 031654101X. 978-1471167270

Lichtenstein, J., (2020). Skyggen Fra Berlin. Kristeligt Daglads Forlag. 9788774674672

Lichtenstein, J., (2006). The Pull of Negative Gravity. Dramatists Play Service Inc. 0822221314. 9780822221319

Lichtenstein, J., (2006). Memory. Nick Hern Books. 0822222493. 9781854599742

Media (2)

Pretty, J., Dixon, M., Tearne, R., Oliver, S., Shaheed, A. and Lichtenstein, J., Louder than Words Podcast: Migration. Audio

Lichtenstein, J., The Balance of the Mind. Video

Other (7)

Lichtenstein, J., Confessions of a Cockney Temple Dancer' - (previously titled, 'My Inside Playground' )

Lichtenstein, J., (2020).The Balance of the Mind -(script),University of Essex

Shambhu, S. and Lichtenstein, J., (2017).My Inside Playground,Lakeside Theatre, University of Essex

Lichtenstein, J., (2011).Darkness,Edinburgh Festival

Lichtenstein, J., (2011).Yarico and Inkle,New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Lichtenstein, J., (2009).Requiem,Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds

Lichtenstein, J., (2006).The Pull of Negative Gravity,Nick Hern Books

Grants and funding


The Journey in Reverse: A work of prose-fiction with photographs

Leverhulme Trust

+44 (0) 1206 872221


5NW.6.8, Colchester Campus

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