Research Staff

The Department has internationally acknowledged expertise in the following research areas:

Theatre and Performance Research

Prof Adrian Kear , BA (Manchester), MSocSc (Birmingham), PhD (Surrey)

  • Performance ethics; critical theory; philosophy and psychoanalysis; avant-garde European theatre.

Prof Mike Pearson, (EMERITUS), MA PhD (Wales)

  • Performance theory and practice; dramaturgy; interdisciplinary research in archaeology, geography and folklore.

Prof David Ian Rabey , MA (Calif), PhD (Birm)

  • Contemporary British and Irish drama, theatre and society

Professor Heike Roms , MA (Hamburg), PhD (Wales)

  • Contemporary performance practice; postdramatic theatre; archiving performance; theatre and performance in Wales

Simon Banham , BA (Newcastle)

  • Contemporary scenography; opera design; devised performance.
  • Contemporary design in performance; computer aided scenography; directing practice.

Dr Andrew Filmer , BA Hons. I, PhD (Sydney)

  • Place and performance; theatre architecture; backstage space; improvisation.

Dr Karoline Gritzner , MagPhil (Graz), MA PhD (Wales)

  • Contemporary British drama; critical theory, aesthetics, psychoanalysis and theatre.

Prof David Ian Rabey , MA (Calif), PhD (Birm)

  • Contemporary British and Irish drama, theatre in society, theatre and time, creative writing for the stage.

Film and Television Research

Prof Martin Barker, (EMERITUS) BA (UWE); DPhil (Bristol)

  • Media audience research; censorship and public controversies over film and other media; media adaptations and transformations; contemporary Hollywood

Dr Glen Creeber , BA MA (Lancaster), PhD (East Anglia),

  • Television drama and dramaturgy and new media

Dr Kate Egan , MA PhD (Nottingham)

  • British cinema; the horror film; genre study; film censorship; film history; audience and reception studies; memory and nostalgia; fan culture

Dr Merris Griffiths  BA PhD (Wales)

  • Children and the media; media literacy; media representations of children and childhood; creative research methods

Dr Jamie Medhurst , FRHistS, BA MLib PhD (Wales)

  • Broadcasting history and policy, especially between 1920 and 1960; documentary film history; broadcasting in Wales and the Welsh language; television and national identity

Dr Paul Newland , BA (Hons) English (Exeter), MA English and Film (Exeter), PhD (Exeter)

  • British cinema (especially the 1970s); British experimental/avant-garde filmmaking; cinema, architecture and the city; space, place, landscape and location; film and music; interdisciplinary approaches to modernism and postmodernism.

Dafydd Sills-Jones , BA (Hons), PgDip, PhD,(Wales) PGCTHE, FHEA

  • History Documentary, Documentary Practice, Political Economy of the Media, Television Production

Dr Sarah Thomas , BA (Hons), MA, PhD (Warwick)

  • Film History; Classical Hollywood Cinema; Screen Actors: performance, labour and stardom; American radio history and style - 1930-1950

Dr Kim Knowles , BA Hons (Stirling), MSc PhD (Edinburgh)

  • Experimental film (historical and contemporary); early French avant-garde film (1920s); Dada and Surrealist film; avant-garde and modernism in film, theatre, poetry and photography; technological transition and obsolescence; analogue film cultures.

Dr Birgit Beumers , BA (Hons) CNAA 1986; DPhil (Oxon) 1991

  • Russian, European and Central Asian cinema; history of animation; transnational cinema;

Welsh Theatre and Media

Prof Elan Closs Stephens,(EMERITUS) MA (Oxon), CBE

  • Broadcasting and arts policy in Wales; film and television analysis; theatre in Wales

Margaret Ames , BH (London), MA (Wales), Grad Dip (Surrey)

  • Community dance; dance therapy; devised performance

Elin Haf Jones , BA (Wales)

  • Minority language media in Europe; regulation and broadcasting policy in regard to stateless nations and linguistic minorities in the EU.

Anwen Jones , BA (Bristol), MPhil (Wales)

  • European theatre; theatre in Ireland

Dr Roger Owen , BA, PhD (Wales)

  • Contemporary Welsh theatre and performance; Welsh theatre history

Dr Kate Woodward , BA, MA, PhD (Aberystwyth)

  • The Welsh Film Board (1971-1986), Early Films of S4C, Welsh cinema during the 1990s.