Dr Louise Peacock

Job: Associate Professor of Drama

Faculty: Arts, Design and Humanities

School/department: School of Humanities and Performing Arts

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

T: 0116 207 8383

E: louise.peacock@dmu.ac.uk

W: https://www.dmu.ac.uk


Personal profile

I joined DMU as Associate Professor in Drama in July 2019. My teaching and research focus on Popular Performance and the various ways in which comedy functions in both society and performance, especially in clown theatre, commedia dell'arte, slapstick, comedy on the post war British stage and farce.

I am Head of Drama and teach modules in Popular Performance and Performance Production. I also supervise traditional and practice as research projects.

I am currently working on a number of research projects including editing A Cultural History of Comedy in The Modern Age for Bloomsbury Methuen. I am also beginning a new research projects which explores the history, development and impact of British Radio Comedy.

I am also an experienced theatre director, specialising in directing comedies. Previously I was Full Professor in Theatre Practice (Comedic Acting) at USC where I was Head of Critical Studies and Head of Comedy and where I taught modules in Comedy and Performance, Clown and Commedia dell 'Arte and textual analysis. Prior to moving to California in December 2015 I was a Senior Lecturer in the School of Drama, Music and Screen at the University of Hull where I was Programme Leader for the BA Drama and Theatre Practice degree (and before that, Director of Undergraduate Studies).

Research group affiliations

Institute of Drama, Dance and Performance Studies

Research interests/expertise

  • Clown
  • Commedia Dell'Arte
  • Stand-up Comedy
  • Popular Performance
  • Radio Comedy

Areas of teaching

  • Clown
  • Commedia Dell'Arte
  • Directing
  • Textual Analysis
  • British Stage Comedy


PhD in Drama, University of Hull

MSc in Counselling Studies, University of Hull

MA in Theatre Production, University of Hull

PGCE (secondary Drama and English), University of Hull

BA (Hons) English Literature, Queen Mary University of London

Courses taught

Popular Performance Drama Performance Project (Production) Curve Company 1 and 2 Drama Research Project Practice as Research

Current research students

Satkirti Sinha, PhD in Performance, Bidesiya: A Crossdress Dance of Untouchables from Bihar, India, 1st Supervisor.

Amy DaCosta, PhD in Drama, An investigation of how existing and emergent acting methodologies may be used to create new knowledge and practice, informed by and in response to Dissociative Identity Disorder, 2nd Supervisor.

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