Department of Theatre

  • BS8 1UP

    United Kingdom

Organization profile

Organisation profile

Academics in the Department of Theatre have expertise in theatre history, dance, contemporary performance, and adaptation and translation.

We disseminate our research through publications, performances, and papers delivered at national and international conferences, and we also engage the general public in many of our activities.


Individual strengths are enhanced by specialist knowledge shared between members of the department in areas such as:

Performance practice

As artistic directors of their own theatre companies, Simon Jones of Bodies in Flight and Paul Clarke of Uninvited Guests bring practical, industry-based knowledge to bear on their scholarship. Other members of the department use their experience as dancers, dramaturgs, and directors to conduct their research.


Performance historians Kate Elswit, Catherine Hindson, Katja Krebs, and Eleanor Rycroft research the field from the medieval period through to the twentieth century, investigating the politics of dance and musicals, the social histories of theatre, intercultural and cross-cultural theatrical exchanges, and practice-based research into the early English drama.


All members of the department trace the remains of the drama through archival research, work that is enriched by the University of Bristol Theatre Collection and its extensive archive of letters, photographs, designs and artworks, alongside multimedia and digital material, and costumes and objects.

Adaptation and Translation

Katja Krebs is the co-founder of the first academic journal, the Journal of Adaptation in Film and Performance, to investigate the phenomena of adaptation and translation in performance and film. We work across the university in this area and collaborations have included, for example, Modern Languages and the Department of Religion and Theology.

Clusters and collaborations

We collaborate on projects with practitioners, venues, heritage organisations and film-makers, as well as other academics, and have relationships with organisations such as Battersea Arts Centre, Bristol Old Vic, Arnolfini, InBetween Time Festival, and Mayfest.

We also actively participate in research clusters and centres across the University including Renaissance and Early Modern Studies, Transnational Modernisms, Political Cultures, and BIRTHA.

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    Research Output

    Routledge Companion to Twentieth Century British Theatre

    Hindson, C. (ed.), Cochrane, C. (ed.), Reid, T. (ed.) & Goddard, L. (ed.), 2021, (In preparation) Routledge.

    Research output: Book/ReportEdited book

    Transnational, Migrant, Radical. Political Migrant Theatre and Activist Aesthetics in the UK

    Musca, S., 2021, (Accepted/In press) Refugee Forms: Essays on the Culture of Flight and Refuge. Classon-Frangos, M. & Ghose, S. (eds.). Palgrave Macmillan

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter in a book

    “A Way not to See”: Visual and Immersive Dramaturgies of Migration and Displacement

    Musca, S., 2021, (Accepted/In press) In : Coup de Théâtre.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)


    Student theses

    Collector- Object-Researcher: An Historiographical Study of the Performativity of Archival Research

    Author: Johns, S., 6 Nov 2018

    Supervisor: Hindson, C. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Master's ThesisMaster of Philosophy (MPhil)


    Reconstructing the East German Extravaganza: Acquisition and appropriation of revue practice at the Friedrichstadt-Palast since 1945

    Author: MacHals, A., 23 Jan 2019

    Supervisor: Elswit, K. (Supervisor) & Hindson, C. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)



    AHRC funding through a full SWW consortium studentship

    Osborne, Gareth (Recipient), 23 Sep 2019

    Prize: Prizes, Medals, Awards and Grants

  • Arthur Lindsay Fernie Research Fellowship

    Stowell-Kaplan, Isabel (Recipient), 2016

    Prize: Prizes, Medals, Awards and Grants

    Arthur Lindsay Fernie Research Fellowship

    Stowell-Kaplan, Isabel (Recipient), 2013

    Prize: Prizes, Medals, Awards and Grants


    The London Stage and the Nineteenth Century World Conference III

    Isabel Stowell-Kaplan (Participant)

    16 Apr 2021

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    Shakespeare Quarterly (Journal)

    Eleanor K Rycroft (Peer reviewer)


    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

    London Journal (Journal)

    Eleanor K Rycroft (Peer reviewer)


    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review