Photograph of Professor Heike Roms.Professor Heike Roms

Professor in Performance Studies
PhD (Wales), MA (Hamburg), PGCTHE (Aberystwyth)FHEA, FRSA


Office: FF3, Parry-Williams Building
Phone: 01970 621911
Fax: 01970 622831
Personal Web Site:

Teaching Areas

TP32720 Performance Writing

TP33320 Documenting Performance

TPM0130 Theoretical Practices (MA)

TPM0430 Research Practices (MA)

TPM0660 Research Project (MA)


I am currently completing a monograph entitled When Yoko Ono did not come to Wales: Locating the History of Performance Art. The book emerges from my AHRC-funded research project, “‘It was forty years ago today…’ - Locating the early history of performance art in Wales 1965-1979” [http://]

My research interests include:

  • Histories of performance art (especially in Wales and the UK generally)
  • Performance, archiving, documentation and historiography
  • Disciplinary histories and genealogies of performance studies
  • Teaching the avant-garde – Performance’s pedagogical histories
  • Performance and ecology; performance, landscape and environment


I joined the Department in 2005, after three years as Lecturer in Theatre and Media Drama at Glamorgan University. I received my PhD in 2001 from the University of Wales Aberystwyth, following a Masters (Magister Artium M.A.) in Literature, German philology and Musicology from Hamburg University. Between 1985 and 1995 I worked for various theatre organisations in Germany, as dramaturg, production manager and head of press and publicity for organisations such as the Kampnagelfabrik Hamburg, the Internationales Sommertheater Festival Hamburg and the Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen.

Staff Links

Additional Interests


Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA); Fellow of the Higher Education Academy; Fellow of the Daimler-Benz-Foundation.


External Examinerships (UG and Taught PG)

External Examiner BA (Hons) Art, Event, Performance, Leeds Metropolitan University (2009-2013)

External Examiner BA (Hons) Drama, Brunel University (2009-2012)

External Examiner BA (Hons) Theatre, MA Devised Theatre, MA Performance and Cultural Location in Contemporary Europe (PCLCE); BA (Hons) Choreography (2003-4), Dartington College of Arts (2003-2008)

Research Degree Examinations

PhD External Examinerships:

Queen Mary University of London: ‘Livegraphy: Performance Art, Language, and the Multiplicity of Sense’ (2009); University of West of England: ‘A Practical and Theoretical Exploration of Process-based Participatory and Interdisciplinary Artistic Practice Informed by Ethno-methodology and Live Art’ (2011-12); Royal Holloway University of London: ‘Space and Non-Visual ‘Spectatorship’: Experience, Presentation and Representation in the Cycle of Cultural Consumption’ (2012); University of Warwick: ‘Bodies in/of Crisis’ - Remembered experiences of former East German women in the context of the ‘Wende’ (post-1989) (2012); University of Roehampton (2012).

MPhil External Examinership:

University of Glasgow: ‘Performance in a Can: Considering Recorded Theatrical Performance’ (2007).

PhD Internal Examinerships:

Misfires that Matter: Invisible Disabilities and Performances of Everyday Life’ (2012); ‘Vicious Performance as Entertainment: A critical study of Fulani Soro’ (2009)


PhD Supervision

Successful Completions:

“Family, Kinship and Personal Narrative as Thematic in Contemporary Performance” – practice-based (2008)

“Live = Role + Play – Performance and Liveness in Digital Arts and Computer Media Communication” (2010)

“The Journey as aesthetic practice in contemporary performance” (AHRC / APRS funded) (2011).


Current supervision:

“Notation of physical theatre in live and mediated environments” - practice-based (AHRC funded) – (completion scheduled for 2012).

“The Role of the Lecture Performance in Contemporary Performance Practice and Research” (APRS funded) (completion scheduled for 2013)

“Toward a Queer Archive of Performance” (AU-funded; completion scheduled for 2014)

“Listening in the land of song (place, voice and listening in bi-lingual countries)” - practice-based (AHRC funded) (completion scheduled for 2015)

I welcome PhD applications in all areas of my research interests: performance art; performance historiography; performance, archiving and documentation; disciplinary histories and genealogies of performance studies; performance, landscape and environment.



2011 Winner of the David Bradby TaPRA Award for Research in International Theatre and Performance, awarded for outstanding research in any area of Theatre and Performance Studies by TaPRA Theatre and Performance Research Association.


Membership of Scholarly Organisations and Learned Societies

Since 2008 Oral History Society

Since 2006 TAPRA (Theatre and Performance Research Association UK)

Since 2002 FIRT International Federation of Theatre Research

Since 1998 PSi Performance Studies international (2001-04 Board of Directors)


Since 2011 Associated Scholar, Graduiertenkolleg (PhD programme): Versammlung und Teilhabe: Urbane öffentlichkeiten und performative Künste, HafenCity Universität Hamburg (Germany)

Since 2008 International Advisory Board, MA Degree Programme Live Art and Performance Studies, Theatre Academy Helsinki (Finland)

Since 2006 Associated Scholar, Master-Studiengang Dramaturgie (Master-Programme in Dramaturgy), Institut für Theater, Film und Medienwissenschaft, Frankfurt University/ Hessische Theaterakademie (Germany)

Since 2007 Board of Honour, International Centre for Performance Studies, Abdelmalek Essaadi University, Tangier, Morocco


Membership of Editorial Boards:

Since 1995 Editorial Board (Contributing/ Consulting Editor)

Performance Research -A Journal of Performing Arts, London: Routledge

Since 2005 International Editorial Board Inter Magazine for Action Art (Canada)

Since 2005 International Editorial Board Frakcija Magazine (Croatia)

2002-2006 Editorial and Management Board (Theatre Editor) New Welsh Review (2005/6 Vice-Chair)

I have peer-reviewed book proposals and journal submissions for: Routledge; Taylor & Francis; Palgrave Macmillan; Contemporary Theatre Review; Journal of Adaptation in Film and Performance.


Member of Management Boards (Non-Academic):

Since 2008 Board, Blaengar Artist-led organisation for contemporary inter-disciplinary art in Mid Wales

Since 2008 Board, Culture Colony / Y Wladfa Newydd

2005-2009 Board of Directors, Mes:a Performance Collective (Marc Rees, Eddie Ladd, Sean Tuan John) (Wales)

Since 2004 Initiator and Chair, Traws: Inter-University Research Group for Performance in Wales

2003-2004 Chair English Jury Welsh Book of the Year Award 2004

Since 2002 Board of Directors (Secretary) trace Installaction Artspace Gallery Cardiff

Since 2001 Founding Member and Chair, Second Wednesday Group


Guest Teaching

I have taught guest sessions at, among others, Royal Holloway University of London, Frankfurt University and Theatre Academy Helsinki.


Research Grants (since 2008)

AHRC Research Grant (Standard)

Project: “’It was forty years ago today…’: Locating the Early History of Performance Art in Wales 1965-1979”

Value: £165,779; Start Date: 01/04/2009 – End Date: 31/03/2011 [Principal Investigator (PI)]

Sir David Hughes Parry Award

Project: “Aberystwyth 1968: Recovering and Reconstructing the Avant-garde in Wales” Value: £745; Start Date: 01/08/2008 – End Date: 31/12/2008 [Principal Investigator (PI)]

University of Wales Aberystwyth Research Fund (Value: £850; 2007–2008; Principal Investigator (PI)]

Sir David Hughes Parry Award (Value: £800; 2006–2007; Principal Investigator (PI)]

Arts Council of Wales/ National Lottery grant (Value: £14,000; 2006-2008; Principal Investigator (PI)]


Contribution to Collaborative Research Projects

Member of Steering Group: AHRC-funded Network and Workshop: Living in a Material Word: A cross-disciplinary enquiry into the performativity of emptiness – A series of site-based workshops and symposia in collaboration with Bristol University and University of West of England – funded by AHRC Landscape & Environment Programme – Research Networks and Workshops grant

Member of the ‘Performance and Politics’ Research group, a joint research collaboration between TFTS and International Politics, Aberystwyth University (2007ff)

Member of the Centre for Theatre, Performance and Philosophy, TFTS

Associate Member of the SHIFTwork Time-Based Art Research Group (Chair: Professor André Stitt, UWIC) – part of WIRAD Welsh Institute for Research into Art and Design

Initiator/ Founding Member of TRAWS: Inter-University Research Group into Performance in Wales


Conference Organisation (since 2008)

Annual Conference of the Association for Welsh Writing in English (UK): “Performing Wales: Theatre, Art, Identities”, Co-organiser and Programme Co-chair, Gregynog 30 March - 1 April 2012.

Symposium: “Culture, Change and Continuity in the 1970s” (UK), Co-organiser, Aberystwyth University, 14+15 September 2011.

Conference: “Living Landscapes – An international conference on performance, landscape and environment” (AHRC Programme Conference), Co-director, Aberystwyth University in collaboration with the ARHC ‘Landscape and Environment’ Programme, Aberystwyth 18-21 June 2009.

Symposium: “Holy Hiatus – Ritual and Community in Public Art” (UK), Conference Advisor and Chair, funded by Arts Council of Wales, curated by Ruth Jones, Cardigan 24.5.08

I also co-organised the 5th Performance Studies International Conference, “Here Be Dragons- Mapping the undiscovered realms of Performance Studies”, Aberystwyth 1999, and "here we come - dyma ni'n diwad"- Traditional and contemporary folk performances in Britain, Aberystwyth 2006.



Pearson, M., Roms, H.P. 2014. Performing Cardiff: Six Approaches to a City and its Performance Past. In N. Whybrow (ed), Performing Cities . Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke pp. 120-140.


Roms, H. 2013. "It was forty years ago today...": Locating the Early History of Performance Art in Wales 1965-1979. In D. Johnson (ed), Critical Live Art: Contemporary Histories of Performance in the UK. Taylor & Francis

Roms, H. 2013. Archiving legacies: Who cares for performance remains? In G. Borggreen, R. Gade (eds), Performing Archives/ Archives of Performance. PSi Books University of Chicago Press Other

Roms, H.P. 2013. Künstlerisch-wissenschaftliche Forschung in den Ruinen der Universität: Performance als wissenschaftliche Veröffentlichungsform. In S. Peters (ed), Das Forschen aller. Artistic Research als Wissensproduktion zwischen Kunst, Wissenschaft und Gesellschaft. transcript, Bielefeld


McKenzie, J., Roms, H., Wee, C.J.W.-. (eds) 2012. Contesting Performance: Global Sites of Research. Performance Interventions Palgrave Macmillan Other

Roms, H.P. 2012. Great Britain; Festival of Misfits; Fluxconcert by and for Fluxus. In P. Stegmann (ed), The Lunatics are on the loose: European Fluxus Festivals 1962-1977. The lunatics are on the loose... European Fluxus Festivals 1962-1977, , 12/07/2012 - 10/01/2013. Down With Art!, Berlin pp. 10; 107-122; 427-439.

Roms, H., Stegman, P., Delin Hansen, E., Van der Meijden, P., Riviere, H., Ugelstad, C. 2012. The lunatics are on the loose... European Fluxus Festivals 1962-1977 (Exhibitions, Conferences, Actions, Publications). The lunatics are on the loose... European Fluxus Festivals 1962-1977, , 12/07/2012 - 10/01/2013. Other

Roms, H., Edwards, R. 2012. Towards a Prehistory of Live Art in the UK. Contemporary Theatre Review 22 (1) pp. 17-31. 10.1080/10486801.2011.645283


Roms, H., Edwards, R.J. 2011. Oral History as Site-Specific Practice: Locating the Early History of Performance Art in Wales 1965-1979. In S. Trower (ed), Place, Writing, and Voice in Oral History . Palgrave Studies in Oral History Palgrave Macmillan pp. 171-192.

Roms, H., Edwards, R. 2011. Oral History as Site-Specific Practice: Locating the History of Performance Art in Wales. In S. Trower (ed), Place, Writing, and Voice in Oral History. Palgrave Studies in Oral History Palgrave Macmillan pp. 171-192. Other

2011. What’s Welsh for Performance? Beth yw ‘Performance’ yn Gymraeg? website. Other


Roms, H., Pearson, M., Daniels, S. (eds) 2010. Fieldworks. Taylor & Francis, London

Roms, H. 2010. Remembering Performance - Performing Memory: An Oral History of Performance Art in Wales. In M. Leclercq, L. Rossion, A. Jones (eds), Capter l'essence du spectacle - Capturing the Essence of Performance: Proceedings of the Congres de Glasgow SIBMAS Glasgow Congress 2008. Peter Lang pp. 209-220. Other

Roms, H.P. 2010. The Lure of the Local, the Seduction of the Global: Locating Intermediality in Eddie Ladd's Scarface*. In M. Sihra, P. Koski (eds), The Local Meets The Global in Performance. Cambridge Scholars Publishing pp. 65-80. Other

Roms, H. 2010. The Practice Turn: Performance and the British Academy. In H. Roms, J. McKenzie, C. Wee (eds), Contesting Performance: Global Sites of Research. Performance Interventions Palgrave Macmillan pp. 51-70. Other


McKenzie, J., Wee, C.J.W.-., Roms, H. 2009. Introduction: Contesting Performance in an Age of Globalization. In H. Roms, J. McKenzie, C. Wee (eds), Contesting Performance: Global Sites of Research. Performance Interventions Palgrave Macmillan pp. 1-22. Other

Gritzner, K., Primavesi, P., Roms, H.P. 2009. On Dramaturgy. Performance Research 14 (3) 1 pp. 1-2. 10.1080/13528160903519450


Roms, H. 2008. Eventful Evidence: Historicizing Performance Art. Maska 23 (117-118) pp. 69-77.

Roms, H. 2008. Performance Drawing. WelshArtNow pp. 24-28.

Roms, H., Greenhalgh, B., Hassall, L., Hunter, R., Stitt, A., Babot, P. 2008. Trace Dis:placed. Trace Dis:placed, , 06/02/2008 - 09/02/2008. Other

Roms, H.P. 2008. What's Welsh for Performance? - An Oral History of Performance Art in Wales 1968-2008. Trace: Samizdata Press Other

Roms, H. 2008. What's Welsh for Performance? Constructing an Archive of Performance Art in Wales. Cyfrwng 5 pp. 54-72. Other


Roms, H. 2007. Performance Archives Performance: Flashes from the Archives of Oblivion: Stuart Brisley, Ian Hinchliffe, Alastair MacLennan, Tatsumi Orimoto.

Roms, H. 2007. Performance and Protest. New Welsh Review pp. 16-26.

Roms, H. 2007. Remembering Performance: Heike Roms in conversation with Ivor Davies. In H. McIver (ed), Platform TRI/3: Contemporary Performance Practice in Wales. Wales Arts International pp. 13-17.

Roms, H. 2007. Staging an Urban Nation: Place and Identity in Contemporary Welsh Theatre. In N. Holdsworth, M. Luckhurst (eds), A Concise Companion to Contemporary British and Irish Drama. Wiley pp. 107-124. Cadair Other


2006. An Oral History of Performance in Wales – Hanes Llafar Celfyddyd Perfformio yng Nghymru (2006-2008).

Roms, H. 2006. Encountering Memory: Acco Theatre Center's Arbeit macht frei MiToitland Europa. In J. Kelleher, N. Ridout (eds), Contemporary Theatres in Europe: A Critical Companion. Taylor & Francis pp. 47-60. Cadair Other

Roms, H. 2006. Eye and Ear, Foot and Mouth; Mapping Performance in three journeys and one withdrawal. In J. Christie, R. Gough, D. Watt (eds), A Performance Cosmology: Testimony from the Future, Evidence of the Past. Taylor & Francis, London pp. 10-14.

Roms, H. 2006. Footnotes: Four walks in the company of Simon Whitehead. In S. Whitehead, H. Roms, W. Heim, D. Williams, D. Johnson (eds), Walking to Work. Shoeless Publications, Abercych

Roms, H. 2006. From map to Trace; Situating performance in Wales. In A. Stitt, J. Bacon, H. Roms, J. Durham (eds), Trace: Installation Art Space, Cardiff 00-05. Seren Books, Bridgend pp. 14-36.


Roms, H. 2004. Performing Polis: Theatre, Nationness and Civic Identity in Post-Devolution Wales. Studies in Theatre and Performance 24 (3) pp. 177-192. 10.1386/stap.24.3.177/0 Other Cadair