Postgraduate research

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)