P.E.P welcome applications for both practice-led and more 'traditional' forms of postgraduate research in live art, dance-theatre, site-specific performance, experimental theatre, interdisciplinary practices, improvisation, intercultural performance, somatic practice, popular performance and physical theatre. We also have expertise in supervising collaborative research projects.
There are a number of postgraduate research routes available for high quality candidates, including ResM (Research Masters) and MPhil/PhD. Learn more about ResM Theatre and Performance.
Competitive studentships are available for MPhil/PhD applicants from the UK or EU who wish to undertake practice-as-research in the fields of digital theatre, dance or performance. For further information please visit the 3D3 Centre for Doctoral Training website.
Recent PhD completions include:
Dr Dani Abulhawa: “Tricks, Myths & Markings: Performative Explorations of Gendered Play in Public Urban Space” (Director of Studies: Dr Lee Miller)
Dr Alan Butler (AHRC-funded): “Performing LGBT Pride in Plymouth 1950-2010” (Director of Studies: Professor Roberta Mock)
Dr Andrew Cope (AHRC-funded): “Challenging Fragmentation: Overcoming the Subject-Object Divide through the Integration of Art-Making and Material Culture Studies” (Director of Studies: Professor Roberta Mock)
Dr Mark Flisher: "Masculinity, the abject and live art practice" (Director of Studies: Dr Lee Miller)
Dr Maggie Irving (AHRC-funded): “Toward a Female Clown Practice: Transgression, Archetype and Myth” (Director of Studies: Professor Roberta Mock)
Dr Tiffany Strawson (School of Humanities and Performing Arts studentship recipient): “Gender, Interculturalism and Balinese Topeng Performance” (Director of Studies: Dr Victor Ladron de Guevara)
Current research student projects include:
Teri and James Harper-Bailie: collaboration, class and the domestic
Helen Billinghurst: walking and the performance of painting
Sarah Chakmakchi: the author/director in collaborative political theatre-making
Gemma Chatwin: creating a digital alter ego
Mo Cohen: solo autobiographical theatre practice
Jonathan Cripps: Ariane Mnouchkine and the Theatre de Soleil
Leah Dungay: FEMEN and the politics of topless protest
Katheryn Owens and Chris Green: intersubjectivity, performance and precarity
Steven Paige: digital archives and re-enactment practice (AHRC funded)
Natalie Raven: body and cloth in live art practice (School of Humanities and Performing Arts studentship)
Beth Emily Richards: artistic re-enactment practice (Faculty of Arts and Humanities studentship)
Nathaniel Turner: performing black masculinity (AHRC funded)