Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Performance and Cultural Industries

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Dr Fiona Bannon

Dr Fiona Bannon

Senior Lecturer in Dance

/ (0113 34) 38729
stage@leeds building, Room 1.06.

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Dr Anna Fenemore

Dr Anna Fenemore

Director of Research, Associate Professor in Contemporary Theatre and Performance

Anna is Director of Research, and Associate Professor in Contemporary Theatre and Performance with teaching expertise in physical and devised performance and research interests in spectating embodiment, performance and cognition, theories of performance space/place, performance and food, and performance and death.

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PCI 1.13

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Dr Tony Gardner

Dr Tony Gardner

Lecturer in Performance Processes & Techniques

School Examinations Officer

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1.05

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Dr Leila Jancovich

Dr Leila Jancovich

Programme leader for masters in Culture, Creativity, Entrepeneurship

Leila worked for many years as in the arts and festivals sector as a producer, researcher and policy maker before entering academia in 2007 where her research focus is on participation, power and decision making in the arts.  She has a strong commitment to knowledge exchange between academia, policy and practice demonstrated by her activities managing an international network on participation and engagement in the arts (www.participationandengagement-arts.co.uk) which has over 500 members.  She is currently programme leader for the masters in Culture, Creativity, Entrepreneurship.

/ 0113 343 1671
1.10 Stage@Leeds

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Dr Maria Kapsali

Dr Maria Kapsali

Lecturer in Physical Performance

Lecturer in Physical Performance, Office Hours Wednesday 2-3 I am currently working on a contracted monograph on technology and performer training (Routledge. 2018), exploring both practices of performer training through a post-phenomenological lens as well as more recent applications of digital technologies as performer training tools. I also co-edit with Dr Rebecca Loukes, from the University of Exeter, the Routledge Book Series Perspectives on Performer Training. I have recently published in the International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media an article on Sonolope, a mobile phone application on movement sonification: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14794713.2017.1300446 http://www.academia.edu/32117706/Making_the_Body_all_Ears_Sonolope_and_a_somatic_practice_of_really_listening  

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PCI Building, Room 1.09

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Dr Philip Kiszely

Dr Philip Kiszely

Lecturer in Performance and Cultural Histories, Director of Student Education

I am Director of Student Education and Lecturer in Performance and Cultural Histories. I co-edit Punk & Post-Punk. Research interests include cultural heritage, performance & popular culture and popular music.

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stage@leeds Room G.06

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Dr Jenny Lawson

Dr Jenny Lawson

Lecturer in Contemporary Performance

My expertise is in contemporary performance practice and live art. My research interests include food, femininity, domesticity, autobiography, place and popular culture.

/ 0113 3438737
1.14 PCI Building

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Mr Garry Lyons

Mr Garry Lyons

Programme Director, MA Writing for Performance and Publication; Director of Impact and Innovation; Lecturer in Writing for Performance & Performance Production

Award-winning playwright, screenwriter and producer, who has written for the National Theatre and extensively for television and radio.  Programme Director for the MA in Writing for Performance & Publication, which he designed and has led since 2006.

/ 0113 343 8735
stage@leeds, Room 1.08
Office hours: Monday 1-5.30 p.m.

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Dr Kara McKechnie

Dr Kara McKechnie

Lecturer in Dramaturgy and Literary Management

Anglo-German academic with a strong research focus in opera studies; teaches across a wide range, including adaptation studies, new writing, theatre and music education (primary), theatre history and critical contexts. Also involved in many public engagement activities with Leeds cultural organisations.

/ 0113 347 87
stage@leeds, 1.04

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Dr Joslin McKinney

Dr Joslin McKinney

Associate Professor in Scenography and Deputy Head of School. Acting Director of Research and Innovation for 2016-17.

Building on 10 years experience as a set and costume designer and practice-led research into scenography, I have been actively contributing to the development of scenography as an area of academic study internationally. I am the lead author of the Cambridge Introduction to Scenography. In June 2015 I was appointed to chair the international jury for the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space. I am a member of the AHRC peer-review college.

/ 0113 343 8717
stage@leeds G.07

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Professor Alice O'Grady

Professor Alice O'Grady

Head of School, Professor in Applied Performance

Alice is a Professor in Applied Performance and is Head of the School of Performance and Cultural Industries. Within the broad field of Applied Performance her expertise lies in using performance as a means of promoting social agency and engagement. Her research interests are concerned with open forms of participation, play and performance especially within the contexts of popular music festivals and underground club culture.

/ 0113 343 8715
stage@Leeds G.04

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Dr Scott Palmer

Dr Scott Palmer

Lecturer in Scenography/ Excellence & Innovation Fellow

Scott has over 20 years of teaching and management experience in Higher Education in performance, design and technical theatre and is currently a University Excellence & Innovation Fellow.  Through a combination of research, teaching and engagement with external professional partners, Scott continues to contribute to the international emergence of scenography as an intellectual discipline within the  academy. His most recent monograph  Light: Readings in Theatre Practice  (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) explores how light has influenced staging practices throughout history and provides a range of new perspectives on the use of light as a creative performance practice. Scott is an associate editor of the Routledge Theatre & Performance Design journal and co-editor of the new Methuen/Bloomsbury Performance and Design series. He is co-editor of the new volume Scenography Expanded (Bloomsbury 2017).

/ 0113 343 8734
1.03 PCI stage@leeds building
Office hours: Thursdays 11 a.m. - 12

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Professor Jonathan Pitches

Professor Jonathan Pitches

Professor of Theatre and Performance

As Professor of Theatre and Performance I have research interests in all aspects of performer training and directing, in environmental performance and in blended learning.  I co-edit the Journal of Theatre, Dance and Performance Training and am currently working on three contracted book projects: Stanislavsky in the World (Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2017) Great Theatre Directors - Copeau, Komisarjevsky and Guthrie (Bloomsbury Methuen Drama 2017) and Performing Landscapes: Mountains (Palgrave 2018).

/ 0113 343 8718
PCI Building, Room G.08
Office hours: By arrangement

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Professor Sita Popat

Professor Sita Popat

Chair in Performance and Technology, Deputy Director of the Leeds Humanities Research Institute

As Professor of Performance and Technology, Sita's research is concerned with embodied experiences of new media and digital technologies. She is currently leading two projects: the Error Network (AHRC-funded) and Identity and Governance of Bodily Extensions: The Case of Prosthetics and Avatars (Wellcome Trust-funded). She is co-editor of Digital Movement: Essays in Motion Technology and Performance with Nicolas Salazar Sutil (Palgrave 2015) and Associate Editor of the International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media (Taylor & Francis).

/ 0113 343 8716
Clothworkers South Building, Room 2.02

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Dr George Rodosthenous

Dr George Rodosthenous

Associate Professor in Theatre Directing, Admissions Lead

Dr George Rodosthenous is Associate Professor in Theatre Directing with research interests in Directing, Spectatorship, Contemporary Musical Theatre, Improvisation and Updating Greek Tragedy.

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Room G.09
Office hours: Tuesday 3.00pm.-4.00pm.

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Dr Nicolas Salazar Sutil

Dr Nicolas Salazar Sutil

Academic Fellow in Digital Performance


Stage@leeds Room 1.01

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Dr Tim Stephenson

Dr Tim Stephenson

Senior Lecturer

Dr Tim Stephenson is Senior Lecturer in Creative and Cultural Industries with research and teaching interests in the Socio-political Analysis of the Performing Arts, Cultural Analysis of Musical Theatre and the Management of Performance.

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PCI 1:06

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Dr Adam Strickson

Dr Adam Strickson

Teaching Fellow in Theatre and Writing

Director, poet, script writer and librettist with an extensive professional portfolio. I specialise in intercultural, visual and applied theatre. Currently working on contemporary adaptations for music-theatre of Chinese classical drama and large scale puppetry with 6 million + Charitable Trust.

/ 0113 343 6921
stage@leeds, Room 1.07
Office hours: Tuesday 4.30 - 5.30 pm

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Dr Ben Walmsley

Dr Ben Walmsley

Associate Professor in Audience Engagement; Postgraduate Research Tutor

With a professional background in theatre management and producing, I now lecture and research in areas of audience engagement, arts management, arts marketing and cultural policy. Between 2010–2017, I was engaged an Artistic Assessor for Arts Council England. Since 2014 I have directed the National Summer School for Arts Fundraising and Leadership and recently led the evaluation of the national Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy Programme. I am the Co-Editor of Arts and the Market and have published widely in a number of leading peer-reviewed journals on arts marketing, arts management, cultural policy and cultural value. I am currently running an Arts and Humanities Research Council funded international network for audience research in the performing arts and writing a research monograph on audience engagement, which will be published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2018.

/ 0113 343 8722
PCI Building, Room G.09
Office hours: Tuesdays 4-5pm

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Dr Aylwyn Walsh

Dr Aylwyn Walsh

Lecturer in Applied Theatre and Intervention

Aylwyn works on performance and social change as researcher and applied theatre practitioner. She is predominantly interested in a feminist approach using critical ethnographic methods and her research spans social, political and activist performance; radical pedagogies and intercultural performance. Aylwyn is programme leader of the MA in Applied Theatre & Intervention. Prior to this she was senior lecturer at the University of Lincoln’s School of Fine and Performing Arts where she headed up the Practice as Research cross-disciplinary group. She has recently worked on projects including the Arts of Logistics about the politics and poetics of infrastructures, counter-logistics and mobility. Her current project relates to Prison Cultures, mapping performance, resistance and desire in women’s prisons.


Stage@Leeds 1.10
Office hours: Thurs 11 - 1

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Dr Jacki Willson

Dr Jacki Willson

Academic Fellow in Performance and Culture

Her research includes the themes of gender, sexuality, woman as spectacle, dressing up, humour, spectatorship, cultural activism, and reflecting on the intersections between the categories of the artiste, artist, and the activist.


Performance and Cultural Industries, Room 1.01

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