Mr Josh Slater

Mr Josh Slater

Lecturer in Dance and Theatre & Performance

School of Humanities and Performing Arts (Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business)



Associate Head of School - Marketing and Recruitment, School of Humanities and Performing Arts

Lecturer in Dance, Theatre and Performance


Head of Movement


Fellow of The Higher Education Academy.

Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP), University of Plymouth.

MRes Arts and Media (Dance Theatre), University of Chester.

BA (Hons) Dance with Drama and Theatre Studies, University of Chester.

Professional membership

Theatre and Performance Research Association (TaPRA)

International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR)

Roles on external bodies

Board Trustee - Exim Dance Company CIC 

Board Trustee - Cheshire Dance



Teaching interests

Interests include:

Contemporary Dance Technique
Site-Specific Performance
Improvisation/Instant Composition
Community Dance Practice
Workshop & Facilitation - Youth Dance
Physical Theatre
Performer training
Movement for actors

Modules Taught:

DATH411 Training for Dancers 1
PLYCO400 Performance Praxis
PLYCO430 Site Specific Practices

DATH505 Training for Dancers 2
PLYCO500 Performance Making
ACT510  Training for Actors 2
ACT505 Embodying the Text
DRAMA526 Performer Training 

DATH600 Advanced Dance Training
ACT603  Training for Actors 4
PLYCO616 Professional Strategies: Creative Enterprises 

MACH703 Choreographic Lab 
MACT704 Actor's Digital Profile



Research interests

Research interests are focused around the role of the Choreographer within the choreographic process. Recent research has been in collaboration with Shelley Owen and supported by the University of Plymouth and The Lowry Salford.

I am currently undertaking a part-time PhD in Contemporary Choreographic practices as part of the Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE) at Coventry University. I am also editorial assistant for the Intellect Choreographic Practices Journal.

Other research

Previous research has been around the political landscape in the UK post the EU referendum, with the creation and development of the show Thatcher May Trump Farage with Lord & Slater Collective. This political theatre performance has been toured to evaluate different communities thoughts and feelings about Brexit since the 2017 referendum.

Grants & contracts

May 2019 - Arts Council England National Lottery Grant - Thatcher May Trump Farage Tour Lord & Slater

March 2019 - Arts Council England National Lottery Grant - Thatcher May Trump Farage R&D Lord & Slater

August 2018 - Arts Council England National Lottery Grant - Rituals enCompass Collective dance collaboration with musician and composer.

January 2017 - Arts Council England National Lottery Grant - TRY/TRYING/TRIED duet with Shelley Owen.

Creative practice & artistic projects

Co-Artistic Director of enCompass Collective Dance Theatre

Co-Artistic Director pf Lord & Slater Performance Collective

Movement Director for Piasecki & Piasecka Theatre Company

Collaborator with Shelley Owen, Matthew Harrison-Lord, Laverack, Jamie-Glyn Bale, Richard Wiseman, Deborah Deakin and Paige Lyon on a variety of Arts Council England (ACE) funded performance projects.



Reports & invited lectures

In my role as outreach lead at Plymouth Conservatoire (Unviersity of Plymouth), I have been responsible for delivering a series of workshops to local, regional, and national schools. I have been invited to deliver contemporary dance workshops to the Traverse Youth Dance platform 2019 & 2018 which involved a number of youth dance schools across the South West Region. I was also responsible for the organisation and delivery of the first Performer Training Summer School at the University of Plymouth 2019.

Conferences organised

Josh co-organises the Performance.Experience.Presence (P.E.P) Research seminar series at The University of Plymouth.

Other academic activities

Josh is currently editorial assistant of the Choreographic Practices Intellect Journal, edited by Simon Ellis and Lee Miller.

Josh has presented the following papers at conferences:

‘Viewing, responding, and (re)claiming: conversations on sited interdisciplinary performance’ (2018) Situating the Groundwork, Milton Keynes, September.

‘Observation as Dissemination’ (2018) Slowing and Stilling Conference, International Dance Festival Birmingham & Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, co-authored paper with Shelley Owen, June.

‘Why Disseminate?’ (2015) Performance, making and sharing, University of Chester, co-authored paper Eleanor Russell, November.

‘Why Disseminate?’ (2014) Performing Process: Sharing Practice Symposium, Centre for Dance Academic Research (C-Dare), co-authored paper Eleanor Russell, May.



 enCompass Collective Dance Theatre

Lord & Slater Performance Collective

Shelley Owen Dance