Studies in Theatre and Performance is an academic, refereed journal for scholars, teachers and practitioners. It explores theatre practice in articles where methodology, philosophy, history and contemporaneity meet. Contributions are international and wide-ranging in content. The processes of making contemporary theatre and performance are at the centre of enquiry.
STP has recently appointed two associate editors, Anna Harpin (University of Warwick) and Jacqueline Bolton (University of Lincoln), together with a new book reviews editor, Adrian Curtin (University of Exeter). In addition to these recent appointments, we are launching a new Practice as Research section to be edited by Rachel Hann (University of Surrey) and Victor Ladron de Guevara (Plymouth University).
To celebrate this expansion of the editorial board and its field of interests, STP is revisiting its aims and scope and is pleased to issue the following General Call for Papers.
General Call for Papers
An international, peer-reviewed journal, we publish work that explores theatre and performance practice across histories, cultures and disciplinary boundaries. Our articles reflect a broad spectrum of methodological enquiry, and encompass research informed by personal practice, direct observation of/engagement with practitioners, and critical engagement with play-texts and performances. STP is also interested in reports and opinion pieces addressing current issues facing the teaching of drama, theatre and performance across the Higher Education sector.
Contributions to the journal may take the form of full-length research articles (6-8,000 words); edited interviews with leading practitioners; edited reflections upon rehearsal room practices; practice-as-research portfolios; or, for our Notes and Queries section, shorter provocations and reflections (1,000-2,000 words) from emerging scholars, established academics, and practitioners alike. We are keen to support post-graduate and early-career researchers and will consider contributions from PhD students.
STP looks forward to working with new contributors and scholars and we invite academics and practitioners to submit proposals for ‘special issue’ editions. Topics of interest include but are not limited to:
- Choreography and physical theatre
- Intermedial & digital performance
- Live art
- Playwriting and playwrights
- Social and Applied Theatre Practice
- Medical Humanities
- Science and Performance
- Acting and Actor Training
- Music Theatre
- Intercultural Practices
- Cultural policy
- Performance and philosophy
Practice as Research
This section is dedicated to the dissemination of peer-reviewed Practice-as-Research projects. Projects included here will provide examples of leading models in the field and be situated at the forefront of new developments in PaR methodological approaches.
Aiming to further the emergence of multi-model and non-traditional research methods, this section will embrace both textual and non-text-based submissions. STP’s extended online provision will allow contributors to submit a wide range of outputs such as sample images, illustrative materials, video/audio documentation, scores, and/or a project’s database. Any output submitted for consideration should be presented as part of a portfolio containing clearly articulated research imperatives, contextual information framing the practice, and a curatorial statement supporting the reader’s navigation of the portfolio’s material.
To submit a Practice as Research portfolio for consideration, please email Rachel Hann at [email protected] and Victor Ladron de Guevara at [email protected]. You are also advised to consult the extended Call for PaR Contributions on Taylor & Francis’ website.
To submit an article for consideration, please visit the Editorial Manager for Studies in Theatre and Performance and register for an Author Login.
Special Issue Proposals
To submit a proposal for a special issue of Studies in Theatre and Performance, please email the editors, Kate Dorney at [email protected], Anna Harpin at [email protected] and Jacqueline Bolton at [email protected]. You should outline the proposed subject, its relevance to the journal, potential contributors and anticipated timescale in no more than 1,000 words.
Notes for Contributors
If you’re considering submitting a paper to Studies in Theatre and Performance Instructions for Authors, please consult the on Taylor & Francis’ website
About the Journal
Studies in Theatre and Performance is the official publication of the Standing Conference of University Drama Departments in the UK, published three times per year by Taylor & Francis. It incorporates Studies in Theatre Production, which has been a leading forum for the analysis of theatrical practice, processes and performance for a decade.
Kate Dorney is Senior Curator of Modern & Contemporary Performance at the Victoria & Albert Museum. Her research interests range across many areas of theatre and performance practice including documentation, biography and autobiography, costume and scenography, and history and historiography. She is author of The Changing Language of Modern English Drama (Palgrave, 2009), the iPad app and book Played in Britain: Modern Theatre in 100 Plays (co-author with Frances Gray, Bloomsbury 2012) and a number of articles and chapters on arts funding, archives and curation and theatre practice. As well as editing Studies in Theatre and Performance, Kate is a founding co-editor of the forthcoming journal Studies in Costume and Performance. Email: [email protected]
Andrew Wyllie is Senior Lecturer in Drama at the University of the West of England. He has published on the playwrights Philip Ridley and Harold Pinter and is the author of Sex on Stage: Gender and Sexuality in Post-War British Drama (2009).
Anna Harpin is Associate Professor of Theatre and Performance at the University of Warwick. Her research focusses on post-1945 British and North American theatre and film. Her work is concerned with the politics of cultural representation, in particular in relation to madness, trauma, and pain. She has recently completed an AHRC project on the history of performance in psychiatric asylums and hospitals with Juliet Foster (Cambridge). She is now writing her monograph, Disordered: Madness and Cultural Representation. Alongside this Anna is a theatre director and maker and has a theatre company, Idiot Child. Email: [email protected]
Jacqueline Bolton is Lecturer in Drama and Theatre at the University of Lincoln. Her research publications include ‘Simon Stephens’ in Modern British Playwriting: 2000-2009 (Methuen Drama, 2014); ‘Joint Stock’ in British Theatre Companies 1980-1994 (Methuen Drama, 2015); and ‘Anthony Neilson and the Limits of Realism’ in The Theatre of Anthony Neilson (Methuen, forthcoming). She is editor of the Methuen Student Edition of Pornography (2013) and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (forthcoming) by Simon Stephens. She is currently preparing The Theatre of Simon Stephens for the Methuen Critical Companions series. Email: [email protected]
Rachel Hann is Lecturer in Scenography at the University of Surrey. Her research is focused on the intersections between design, performance, and architecture. In 2013, Rachel co-founded Critical Costume and in the following year co-edited a double issue of Scene (Intellect) on costume practices. Rachel is currently in the process of writing a monograph entitled Beyond Scenography: Cultures of Performance Design for Routledge (due 2017). Since 2013, Rachel has been an Executive Officer for the Theatre and Performance Research Association (TaPRA), having previously co-convened the Scenography Working Group (2010-2013). Email: [email protected]
Victor Ladron de Guevara is Lecturer in Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Plymouth. His scholarly work is centred on the study of intercultural and physical theatre. He also has sixteen years of experience as a performer and director working in Mexico and England and has trained in a range of diverse disciplines embracing aspects of Eastern as well as Western theatre praxis. Email: [email protected]
Adrian Curtin is Lecturer in Drama at the University of Exeter. He is the author of Avant-Garde Theatre Sound: Staging Sonic Modernity (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014). He has written journal articles and book chapters on theatre sound, musical performance, and modernism.
- Christopher Baugh, University of Hull, UK
- Christie Carson, Royal Holloway College, University of London, UK
- Kennedy Chinyowa, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
- Jim Davis, University of Warwick, UK
- Steve Dixon, La Salle College of the Arts, Singapore
- Francis Gray, University of Sheffield, UK
- Gerry Harris, University of Lancaster, UK
- Dee Heddon, University of Glasgow, UK
- David J. Levin, University of Chicago, USA
- Derek Paget, University of Reading, UK
- Glendyr Sacks, University of Haifa, Israel
- Elizabeth Sakellaridou, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
- Denis Salter, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
- Sabine Sörgel, Aberystwyth University, UK
- Christopher Balme, University of Munich, Germany
- Martin Banham, University of Leeds, UK
- Anuradha Kapur, National School of Drama, Delhi, India
- Adrian Kiernander, University of New England
- Patrice Pavis, University of Kent, UK
- Janelle Reinelt, University of Warwick, UK
- Freddie Rokem, Tel Aviv University, Israel
- William Huizhu Sun, Shanghai Theatre Academy, China
- Julia Varley, Odin Theatre, Denmark
- Phillip Zarrilli, University of Exeter, UK