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Dr Harriet Curtis

Job: Lecturer in Drama

Faculty: Arts, Design and Humanities

School/department: School of Humanities and Performing Arts

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 257 7504




Personal profile

I joined DMU in January 2019. Prior to joining DMU I researched and taught in the areas of Performance Studies, Drama, English, and Liberal Arts.

My interdisciplinary research engages with the history, politics, and aesthetics of performance and visual culture from the 1960s on. I have published and presented in these areas, including articles on performance documentation and archives (Platform, 2014), feminist performance practices (n.paradoxa, 2014), and the body in performance (Performance Research, 2015, 2017), and research papers at TaPRA (Theatre and Performance Research Association), PSi (Performance Studies International), the Feminist and Women’s Studies Association, and symposia at the Nottingham Contemporary Art Gallery and the Arnolfini in Bristol. I have also written reviews for Contemporary Theatre Review, Art History, Feminist Review, Studies in Theatre and Performance, and the Times Literary Supplement. I am currently co-convenor of the TaPRA Documenting Performance working group.

In 2017 I co-edited the first book on the work of interdisciplinary artist Kira O’Reilly (published by Intellect and Live Art Development Agency), and I am currently developing a monograph on performance art in Los Angeles since the 1970s. My PhD, which I completed at Queen Mary University of London, focused on the performances of US artist Paul McCarthy.

I welcome applications from PhD candidates in areas of performance art, live art, feminist and activist performance practices, and connections between visual art, theatre, and performance.

Research group affiliations

Institute of Drama, Dance and Performance Studies

Research interests/expertise

Performance art, live art, and visual culture (primarily US and UK post-1960)

Interdisciplinary art and performance practices

Performance documentation and archives

Feminist and activist performance practices

The body in performance

Areas of teaching

Theatre and performance theory

Performance studies and interdisciplinary performance and research


Performance art and live art

Modern and contemporary performance


Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice in Higher Education, King's College London

PhD in Drama, Queen Mary University of London

MA in Art History: Modern Art, Criticism and Display, University of Nottingham

BA (Joint Hons) Art History and English Studies, University of Nottingham

Courses taught

Drama BA (Hons): DRAM1010 Acting and Performing; DRAM2011 Performance in Context: Culture and Theory (module leader); DRAM3000 Drama Research Project (module leader); DRAM3010 Performance as Research

Membership of external committees

Live Art Development Agency Research and Publishing Committee, 2017-ongoing

Membership of professional associations and societies

TaPRA (Theatre and Performance Research Association), Documenting Performance Working Group co-convenor, 2019-2021.

Current research students

James Chantry, PhD in Fine Art (awarded DMU Graduate Full Bursary), Ghosts from the past: New Queer Realms through Art and Technology. 2nd Supervisor.

Rosie Garton, PhD in Performance Studies, The Political Performance of Cycling: The Female, the Bicycle and the Gendered Urban Space. 2nd Supervisor.

Ben Hunt, PhD in Performance Practice (awarded DMU Graduate Full Bursary), Performing Trauma in the Vegan and Animal Rights Movement. 2nd Supervisor.

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