Kate Chapman

Job: Senior Lecturer

Faculty: Arts, Design and Humanities

School/department: School of Humanities and Performing Arts

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

T: +44 (0)116 207 8738

E: kate.chapman@dmu.ac.uk

W: http://dmu.ac.uk/arts


Personal profile

Kate joined DMU in 2015 with a career background which includes directing and producing drama and performance as well as applied performance practice working in schools, prisons and with many different groups of people. Kate has worked for the BBC producing and directing radio plays for BBC Radio 4. She was also artistic director of Theatre in the Mill at Bradford University and has specialised in working with writers and theatre artists on the development of new performances and plays. She was director of Theatre Writing Partnership at Nottingham Playhouse from 2009 to 2012 and her 2013 project Making Tracks saw her develop seven new works for theatre by leading artists in the East Midlands including playwrights Mufaro Makubika, Jane Upton and Amanda Whittington . Kate has taught acting students at RADA, Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and Central School of Speech and Drama. She has taught play writing and writing for radio to undergraduate and masters students at Lincoln and Derby Universities. Kate's most recent production for BBC Radio 4 was 'The Thrill of Love' by Amanda Whittington starring Maxine Peake which was broadcast in 2018. Kate is currently developing a number of podcast series with theatre writers and performers across the country to bring their work to a wider audience.

Research group affiliations

Institute of Drama, Dance and Performance Studies

Research interests/expertise

Kate's practice as a specialist in audio drama has led to a number of practice-based research projects creating spite-specific audio performances in a number of locations including Walk with Me in Birmingham's Cannon Hill Park in 2005, Walk Through Walls in Worcester City Centre in 2007 and Light from the Shadows which took place in Moseley Bog commissioned by Birmingham Repertory Theatre in 2014. Kate's is currently working on research in the field of audio drama and dramatised fiction podcasts drawing on current projects with artists and theatres exploring the creative potential of the podcast platform.

Areas of teaching

Applied theatre and performance, Writing for Performance, Production projects and Theatre for Social Change


BA Hone Drama and English University of Kent, MA Playwriting University of Birmingham, PGCert Higher Education

Courses taught

Drama and the Community, Theatre for Social Change, Engaging with Creative Industries

Current research students

Alexander Millington, PhD in Drama, An Examination of the Representation of Physical Acts of Intimacy and Sexual Behaviour in Contemporary British Theatre from 2001 to 2019. 2nd Supervisor.

Lucy Ovenall, PhD in Drama (awarded DMU High Flyers Scholarship), Can we play now?: Reapplying historical feminist discourse to the hierarchical and patriarchal structures of contemporary British theatre practices. 2ndSupervisor.

Francesco Sani, PhD in Theatre Practice (awarded DMU Graduate Full Bursary), Staging the Neoliberal Condition: Historicising Neoliberalism through Theatrical Performance to Reimagine 21st Century Citizenship, 2nd Supervisor.