Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Performance and Cultural Industries


Place and Performance


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Research Mission

The Place and Performance Research Group investigates the dynamic interactions between culture, people and places. It uses notions of performance to examine this complex relationship in both built and natural environments. With expertise in scenography, environmental performance, cultural value, economy and engagement, risk and performative politics the group offers a transdisciplinary approach that speaks to a wide audience. Interrogating environments, ecologies and experiences in relation to performance and culture, the group actively seeks synergies with scholars from other disciplines in order to facilitate cross-institutional collaboration.

For further information contact: Professor Jonathan Pitches J.Pitches@leeds.ac.uk

Images by Dr Joslin McKinney and Professor Jonathan Pitches

Group Members

Academic staff:

Dr Joslin McKinney, Associate Professor in Scenography
Professor Alice O’Grady, Professor in Applied Performance
Dr Leila Jancovich, Programme Leader for Masters in Culture, Creativity, Entrepreneurship.
Dr Scott Palmer, Lecturer in Scenography
Professor Jonathan Pitches, Chair in Theatre and Performance
Dr Aylwyn Walsh, Lecturer in Applied Theatre and Intervention
Dr Jonathan Ward, Lecturer in Cultural and Creative Industries

PhD researchers and Post Docs:

Alison Andrews – Know you place: Interrogations site specific performance as a transformative exchange between artists and audiences
Hayley Alessi
Claire Burnill-Maier
Simone Kenyon – Walking out of the body and into the Mountain’: dancing, mountaineering and embodied ways of knowing
Dr David Shearing


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