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Centre for Theatre Studies

In the Centre for Theatre Studies we are all professional theatre practitioners. We work in the theatre world as writers, directors, actors and theatre-makers. We have specialisms in playwriting, immersive theatre, documentary theatre, applied theatre, global theatre, and in the analysis and performance of classic texts.


Telling the human story behind immigration

Priority Seating by drama lecturer Dr Mary Mazzilli explores the themes of migration, travel and lost and found identity, asking questions about modern society’s attitudes to migrants, whether they’re moving for economic, political or personal reasons.

'The sun never sets on the British arms trade.' Bringing protest theatre to London.

Annecy Lax is helping to take satire to the streets of London to demonstrate the impact of the arms trade on global human rights.

'Orford Ness is full of stories' Elizabeth Kuti on playwriting

With her play Fishskin Trousers being revived for a four-week run at the Park Theatre in London, Dr Elizabeth Kuti talks about her inspirations, the process of bringing a play to the stage and how her experience as a professional actor helps the writing process.

Celebrating women theatre makers inspiring change

Six incredible directors from around the world came to at the Mercury Theatre in Colchester in June as part of a special one-day international festival dedicated to inspirational women theatre makers.

Centre members

See our individual academic staff profiles for information about our members' research interests and publications:

Our academic staff

Our academic staff

Our academic staff are internationally recognised for their expertise across literature, film, creative writing and drama. Find out more by reading their staff profiles.

Research excellence

Research excellence

Three-quarters of our research is rated 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent' (REF 2014). We do both creative and critical work across genres and media forms using a distinctly comparative approach.

AHRC funding

PhD student in library

Apply for a PhD studentship for your doctoral study funded by the Consortium for Humanities and the Arts South-East England (CHASE) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

Doctoral training


Proficio is our innovative doctoral training scheme. Our University gives you funding to spend on a variety of courses, from research skills to personal development and career management.