Job: Lecturer in Drama
School/department: School of Humanities and Performing Arts
Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH.
T: 0116 250 6125
I joined DMU in 2018. Prior to this, I worked as a researcher in the Storytelling Academy at Loughborough University working on UK, EU and international projects and delivering teaching on the Drama course. I completed my doctoral studies in 2016, graduating from Loughborough University. My PhD re-examined spectacle and theatrical practice in the Restoration, 1660-1714, drawing on alternative sources to better inform our understanding of the stage and society during that period. My current research follows two strands; the first is interdisciplinary applied theatre and storytelling where I have worked internationally on topics such as mental health, environment, migration, social justice and education. I have also published in this area, most notably a chapter in the edited collection 'Water, Creativity and Meaning' (Routledge, 2019). In this area I have extensive experience of applying for and contributing to funding applications to both UK and EU funding sources. My second area of study builds on my doctoral work on theatre history, specialising in the Early Modern period and the Restoration stage. I have presented and published widely in this area and at present I am co-authoring a book on humour in the seventeenth century that will be published in 2021. I am currently supervising two PhD projects. The first is an investigation of true-life storytelling in England, and the second looks at the use of film to address mental ill-health. I welcome applications from PhD candidates in areas of applied theatre and storytelling, theatre for social change, digital storytelling, true-life storytelling, and Early Modern theatre and social history.
Institute of Drama, Dance and Performance Studies
Applied theatre and storytelling Theatre for social change/justiceTheatre/storytelling for mental healthVerbatim/digital theatre and storytelling Restoration stage practiceComedy and humour in the Early Modern period
Theatre for social change Theatre historyVerbatim TheatreCommunity theatre Acting and performance practice
Fellow of the Higher Education AcademyPhD in Drama, Loughborough UniversityMA in Early Modern Writing, Loughborough University BA (Hons) Theatre and Professional Practice, Coventry University
Drama BA (Hons):
DRAM1010: Acting and Performing
DRAM1013: Theatre for Social Change
Jane Hearst, PhD in Narrative Psychology (awarded DMU High Flyers Scholarship), Building and Measuring Value in Film-for-Wellbeing Services: A Systematic Review of Existing Research, Creation of An Evaluative Framework & Development of An Exemplar Method of Delivery, 1st Supervisor.
Iyobosa Olaye, PhD in Drama, Thematic Concerns of Post-Colonial Playwrights in Nigeria: A Study of the Last Two Decades in Nigerian Drama (1995-2015), 2nd Supervisor.
Satkirti Sinha, PhD in Performance, Bidesiya: A crossdress dance of untouchables from Bihar, India, 2nd Supervisor.
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