Professor Roberta Mock

Professor Roberta Mock

Director of Doctoral College

Doctoral College


Director of the Doctoral College 

Postgraduate Research Supervision: currently 8 MPhil/PhD candidates (including 5 as Director of Studies)

Research Unit Coordinator for Performing Arts


PhD in Drama (University of Exeter)

MA in Theatre Studies (University of Leeds)

BA (Hons) in French Drama by Independent Study (East London Polytechnic)

Certificate of Teaching & Learning in Higher Education (University of Plymouth)

Professional membership

Higher Education Academy (Fellow)
TaPRA (Theatre & Performance Research Association)
IFTR (International Federation of Theatre Research)

Roles on external bodies

Chair of Theatre & Performance Research Association [TaPRA] (2018- ); Member of UKRI Future Leaders Peer Review College (2018- ); Member of AHRC Peer Review College (2006-2014); Member of AHRC Fellowship Committee (2008 & 2009); Member of AHRC Research Grant Panel (2010 & 2014); Chair of AHRC Research Grant Panel (2010/11); Chair of AHRC Fellowship Panel (2011); Member of AHRC CDA Panel (2012); Advisory Board Member of Part Exchange Co. (2009-11); Working Group Coordinator, TaPRA Executive (2007-2012) 

Staff serving as external examiners

Taught programmes: BA (Hons) Theatre & Performance, University of Surrey (2017-2018); Doctorate of Creative Arts (Performing Arts), University of Winchester (2017); BA(Hons) Circus Arts (2012-2017) and PGCert Circus Arts (2016), National Centre for Circus Arts; BA Drama, Loughborough University (2013-2016); BA Drama, University of Exeter (2010-2014); MA Performance Practice, University of Chester (2009-2013); BA Performance Studies, University of Northampton (2005-2008). 

Research candidates: PhD, Edinburgh College of Art (2008); PhD, Central School of Speech and Drama (2011); PhD, University of Lancaster (2012); PhD, University of Westminster (2014); PhD, University of Wolverhampton (2015); PhD (2016) and MPhil (2007), University of Glasgow; PhD, University of Warwick (2017); PhD, University of Roehampton (2017); PhD, University of Portsmouth (2017); PhD, Royal Holloway University of London (2017); MA by Research, Canterbury Christ Church University (2018); PhD, University of Leeds (2018); PhD, Victoria University, Australia (2018).

Research interests

Cultural identities in performance, with a specific interest in performances by Jewish women;

Representations of gender and sexuality in performance;

Radical and avant-garde performance practice;

Practice-based research focusing on feminist performance practices; the role of the director in the collaborative construction of visual & interdisciplinary theatre; and live art.

Research degrees awarded to supervised students

13 PhDs, 5 MPhils and 3 ResMs, including as Director of Studies: 'FEMEN and the performance of topless protest' (Leah Dungay, 2018); 'Exploring Privilege through the Creation and Live/Digital Performance of an Alter Ego' (Gemma Chatwin, 2018); 'Performing LGBT Pride in Plymouth, 1950-2012' (Dr Alan Butler, 2016); 'Challenging Fragmentation: Overcoming the Subject-Object Divide through the Integration of Art-making and Material Culture Studies' (Dr Andrew Cope, 2014); 'Toward a Female Clown Practice: Myth, Archetype & Transgression' (Dr Maggie Irving, 2013); 'Mythogeographic Performance and Performance Interventions in Spaces of Heritage-Tourism' (Dr Phil Smith, 2013); 'Memory & Site Responsive Installation Art' (James Barber, 2011); 'The Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Needs of Mid-Career Artists in South West England' (Dr Karen Smith, 2010); 'Information Art' (David Topping, 2010); 'Nostalgia and Contemporary Chanson Cabaret in Berlin' (Julia Harris, 2008); 'Articulations of Equity: Practice, Complexity and Power in Facilitated Art Projects' (Dr Gill Melling, 2006); ‘Creating Emotionally Aware Performance Spaces’ (Dr Richard Povall, 2003). 

Creative practice & artistic projects

Heaven is a Place (digital video). Producer and screenplay of short dance film for Sundog Media with Kayla Parker (dir.) and Ruth Way (choreographer). Funded by EU Culture programme as part of Heaven on Earth? project, 2014.

Let's Talk Cadavers
(digital video). Performer and co-creator with Tamsin Buckley-Bell. Film dir. Siobhan McKeown. Screened: The Phoenix, Exeter (with live performance), 2004; The 5 Second Theatre, Hull, 2004; The Lamp, Hull, 2005; The Packhorse, Leeds, 2005.

Runner Up, Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award for experimental theatre-makers, 2003.

The Maternal Cloister by Christine Roberts. Performer in rehearsed reading at ‘Politics and Performance in Latin America Conference’, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2000.

The Dolphin Opera. Associate Director of large-scale community project for English National Opera’s Baylis Programme, Plymouth, 1994.


Most Recent:

'Preface: Being T/here' in Luisa Greenfield, Myna Trustram & Eduardo Abrantes (eds), Artistic Research: Being There. Explorations into the Local. Copenhagen: NSU Press, 2018.

with Kayla Parker and Ruth Way. 'Heaven is a Place: The politics and poetics of LGBT location in a community dance film,' in Sarita Malik, Caroline Chapain and Roberta Comunian (eds), Community Filmmaking: Diversity, Practice and Places. Routledge, 2017.

Other Publications:

• Books:

(as editor) Walking, Writing and Performance: Autobiographical Texts by Deirdre Heddon, Carl Lavery & Phil Smith. Intellect, 2009.

(as co-editor with Colin Counsell) Performance, Embodiment & Cultural Memory. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009. 

Jewish Women on Stage, Film, and Television. Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.

(as editor) Performing Processes: Creating Live Performance. Intellect, 2000.

Book Chapters:

‘When the Future Was Now: Archaos Within a Theatre Tradition’ in Peta Tait and Katie Lavers (eds), The Routledge Circus Studies Reader. Routledge, 2016.

‘Experiencing Michael Mayhew’s Away in a Manger: spectatorial immersion in durational performance’ in James Frieze (ed.), Reframing Immersive Theatre: The Politics and Pragmatics of Participatory Performance. Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.

‘It Turns Out: Jess Dobkin's Puppet Body’ in Tanya Mars and Johanna Householder (eds), Caught in the Act II: an anthology of performance art by Canadian women. YYZ Press, 2016.

'Lynn Hershman and the Creation of Multiple Robertas' in Susan Broadhurst & Jo Machon (eds.) Identity, Performance and Technology: Practices of Empowerment, Embodiment and Technicity. Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.

with Jennifer Parker-Starbuck. 'Researching the Body in/as Performance' in Helen Nicholson & Baz Kershaw (eds.) Research Methods in Theatre Studies. Edinburgh University Press, 2011.

'Visions of Xs: Experiencing La Fura dels Baus's XXX and Ron Athey’s Solar Anus (May 2003)' in Karoline Gritzner (ed.) Eroticism and Death in Theatre and Performance. University of Hertfordshire Press, 2010.

'La Fura dels Baus's XXX: Deviant Textualities & The Formless' in Susan Broadhurst & Josephine Machon (eds.)Sensualities/Textualities & Technologies: Writings of the Body in 21st Century Performance. Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.

'Tohu-bohu: Rachel Rosenthal’s Performances of Diasporic Cultural Memory' in Colin Counsell & Roberta Mock (eds.) Performance, Embodiment and Cultural Memory. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009.

'Memories, Hauntings & Exorcisms in Brad Fraser's Snake in Fridge' in Marc Maufort & Caroline de Wagter (eds.) Signatures of the Past: Cultural Memory in Contemporary Anglophone North American Drama. Peter Lang Publishing, 2008.

'Vaginal Voyages: Performances of Sexuality and the Female Jewish Body' in Nathan Abrams (ed.) Jews and Sex. Five Leaves Press, 2008.

'Globalization's Marginalia: Anglo-Canadian Identity and the Plays of Brad Fraser' in Anne Nothof (ed.) Theatre in Alberta. Playwrights Canada Press, 2008. This is an extended version of the article that appeared in CTR (2006), listed below.

'HeteroQueer Ladies: Some Performative Transactions Between Gay Men & Heterosexual Women' in Birgit Haas (ed.) Der postfeministische Diskurs. Königshausen & Neumann, 2006; Previously published in Feminist Review, 75, 21-37, 2003.

with Christine Roberts. 'Shading the Crime: Acting Hopelessness as an Act of Hope' in Christine Roberts, Tormented Minds: Three Plays. Intellect, 2003; Previously published in Studies in Theatre Production; no 19, 22-35, June 1999. 

Journal Articles:

‘“This ain’t no love-in, this ain’t no happenin”: Misfits, Detroit hardcore and the performance of zombie scenarios,’ Studies in Theatre & Performance, Vol 34, Issue 3, 2014.

'Stand-up Comedy and the Legacy of the Mature Vagina,' Women & Performance, Vol 22, No 1, 9-28; 2012.

'Really Jewish? Joan Rivers Live at the Apollo,' Comedy Studies, Vol 2, No. 2, 101-111; 2011.

with Erica Stevens Abbitt, Johanna Frank & Geraldine (Gerry) Harris. 'Aging Provocateurs and Spect(er)acular Pub(l)ic Performances,' Performance Research, Vol 16, No. 2, 50-56; 2011.

'Anywhere (No, Devon),' Western European Stages, Vol 19, No. 1, 15-20; 2007.

with Christine Roberts & Ruth Way. 'The M(other) Project,' Body Space & Technology, Vol 06; 2006.

'Globalisation's Marginalia: Anglo-Canadian Identity and the Plays of Brad Fraser,' Contemporary Theatre Review, Vol 16, No. 01, 86-96; 2006.

with Ruth Way. 'Pedagogies of Theatre (Arts) & Performance (Studies),' Studies in Theatre & Performance, 25.3, 201-213; 2005.

with Franc Chamberlain, Simon Ellis, Nicholas Till & John C. Whelan.'Reflections on practice as research following the PARIP conference 2003,' Studies in Theatre & Performance, 24:2, 57-70; 2004.

'Without You I’m Nothing: Sandra Bernhard’s Self-Referential Postmodernism,' Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Vol. 30, 543-562; 2001.

'Female Jewish Comedians: Grotesque Mimesis and Transgressing Stereotypes,' New Theatre Quarterly; vol XV (2); NTQ 58, 99-108; 1999.

'Ionesco in Transylvania,' Studies in Theatre Production; no 8, 76-79; Dec 1993.


'Walking, Writing & Performance: Phil Smith's Parallel Cities' in Changing Metropolis III. Kobenhavns Internationale Teater, 2016. pp. 96-101. Available:

'Live Lab Symposium (January 2010)' in Lois Keidan and Aaron Wright (eds),The Live Art Almanac: Volume 3. Oberon Books, 2013. 

'Imagining the Hams of Tomorrow' in Paula Orrell (ed.), Marina Abramovic and the Future of Performance Art. Prestel, 2010.

'Oreet Ashery's Site-Specific Corporeal Turns' in Oreet Ashery, Dancing with Men. Live Art Development Agency, 2009.

5 articles on Hanoverian actors: 'Dennis Delane'; 'John Evans'; 'Elizabeth Furnival'; 'John Moody'; 'John Lennergan Owens'. New Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press, 2004.

Practice as Research:

A Trip Around the World is Not a Cruise (stand up comedy 'reenactment'). Performer & creator. Duke of Cornwall Hotel, Plymouth, January 2016.

Heaven is a Place (digital video). Producer and screenplay of short dance film for Sundog Media with Kayla Parker (dir.) and Ruth Way (choreographer), 2014. Screenings: Plymouth and Warwick Arts Centres, on the Big Screen during Plymouth Pride 2014, as an Official Selection of the Cornwall Film Festival 2014, and within the International Competition of Kino der Kunst 2015 (Munich and Nürnberg, Germany) and the Dances with Camera competition at the Short Waves Festival 2016 (Poznań, Poland).

Down/town (interactive solo performance). Performer & creator. Plymouth University, January 2011.

Tree (digital video)Performer & co-creator. Dir. Siobhan McKeown. Text by Dee Heddon. First screened: TaPRA conference (Body & Performance Working Group), University of Birmingham, September 2007.

M(other)3 (digital video). Performer and co-creator with Ruth Way and Christine Roberts. Film dir. Russell Frampton. Screening: INPORT - International Video-Performance Art Festival, Tallinn, Estonia, 2005. Also included in the following book (with DVD): L. Allegue Fuschini, S. Jones, B. Kershaw, and A. Piccini (eds.) Practice-as-Research: in Performance and Screen. Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.

M(other)2: Research as Practice. A performative presentation with Christine Roberts and Ruth Way. PARIP conference, Bretton Hall, June 2005. A previous version was presented to the Performance as Research Working Party, FIRT conference, St. Petersburg, May 2004.

. Director and performer for Lusty Juventus theatre company; performed in Athens at the Argo Theatre as part of Transformation of Movements Programme (co-organized with Alter-Art, Greece; 2.tants.promotions, Estonia; Giardini Pensili, Italy), October 2002.

Us by Karen Malpede. Director of production for Lusty Juventus theatre company; European premiere, Exeter Phoenix, October 1999.

The Duchess. Writer/director of production for radio; broadcast on Resonance FM, 4 July 1998 as part of South Bank Festival; Commissioned by London Musicians Collective.

Shading the Crime. Co-director of production for Lusty Juventus theatre company; 16 performances in 4 Devon & London venues, January 1998.

Ceremonial Kisses. Co-director of production for Lusty Juventus theatre company; 2 tours between September 1996 - September 1997; approximately 30 performances at 6 venues throughout UK.

• Editorial:

Series Editor: Playtext, a list of plays & theatre writing published by Intellect Books, 2002-2013.

Co-editor: Zombies & Performance Special Issue of Studies in Theatre & Performance (Vol 34, Issue 3, 2014).

Reports & invited lectures

Keynotes: Creative Practice Research in the Age of Neoliberal Hopelessness conference, University of Bedfordshire(2018); Multimodality in the Arts: interdisciplinary practices and hybridforms, Canterbury Christ Church University (2018); Women in the Work of Woody Allen Conference, York St John University (2018); Queering Ritual Symposium, York St John University (2017); Nordic Summer University, Lithuania (2015); Brewing Performance, Leeds Beckett University/The Tetley (2015); The Body in 20th and 21st Century Performance Conference, De Montfort University (2013); Metropolis Laboratory, Copenhagen (2012); Cultural Memory Symposium organized by the Centre for Critical Cultural Research (University of Plymouth, 2008).

Invited Speaker:'Opportunities and challenges in the Development of Doctoral Education in the Arts & Humanities' conference, organized by UKCGE, Glasgow (2016); Distinguished Speaker in the Humanities, University of Windsor, Canada (2015); 'Mirror Mirror: Representations and Reflections on Age & Ageing' Conference, London College of Fashion (2013); Barbican Theatre Plymouth (2013); 'I Confess...' Symposium, University of Glasgow (2009); Windsor Jewish Community Centre, Canada (2007 and 2008); University of Wolverhampton (2007); Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London (2005); Theatrical Aesthetics of Eroticism and Death Symposium, University of Wales Aberystwyth (2004); ‘Cultivating Cultural Co-operation’ conference, organized by EUCLID, London (2003); ‘Alternative Methods on Stage and Use of Multimedia’ conference, Athens, Greece (2002); West Yorkshire Playhouse (1993).


Performance. Experience. Presence (P.E.P) Research Group