Prof Adrian Kear

BA (Hons) [Manchester]; MSocSc [Birmingham]; PhD [Surrey]; FRSA

Prof Adrian Kear

Professor of Theatre and Performance

Contact Details


Adrian joined TFTS as Head of Department in February 2007. He was previously Head of Drama, Theater, Performance and Art at Roehampton University, London.

Additional Information

  • Public engagement with politics and aesthetics
  • Creative entrepreneurship, innovation and experimental thinking
  • Radical approaches to creative pedagogy, and the development of the creative University



Research interests:

  • Cultural performance & theatre as a public intellectual practice
  • Politics & performance
  • Theories of event, mimesis & representation
  • Contemporary European theater & avant-garde performance
  • Theatrical aesthetics & spectatorship
  • Democratic, participative & non-professional performance.

Research supervision interests:

  • Politics, ethics & aesthetics of performance
  • Theories of event; mimesis & representation
  • Contemporary European theatre practice
  • Spectatorship & critical aesthetics
  • Democratic participation&cultural politics.

Research supervision experience:

  • Dr Ernst Fischer, 'Living Room Theatre & Domestic Performance', Practice-based PhD: successfully completed 2003
  • Dr Gianna Bouchard, 'Performing the Anatomised Body', AHRB funded PhD: successfully completed 2006
  • Dr John Matthews, 'Training for Performance', PhD : successfully completed 2008
  • Dr Jazmin Llana, 'Ritual & Event in the Post-colonial Performance of the Philippines', Ford Foundation funded PhD: successfully completed 2009
  • Dr Esther Pilkington, 'The Journey as Performance', AHRC funded PhD: successfully completed 2011
  • Dr Daniel Ladnar, 'The Lecture Performance', APRS funded PhD: successfully completed 2014
  • Dr Richard Allen, 'The Object as Post-dramatic Gesture', part-time practice-based PhD: successfully completed 2014
  • Dr Alison Matthews, 'Dramaturgies of Social Exchange', AIPRS funded PhD: successfully completed, 2014
  • Dr Tom Payne, 'Performance&the Pol

Office Hours (Student Contact Times)

  • Thursday 12.00-13.00
  • Friday 11.00-12.00


Theatre against Itself: Performance, politics and the limits of theatricalityKear, A. 2017
On Donald Trump's Hair: Theatre, politics and theatricalityKear, A. 2017
How does theatre think through theatricality?Kear, A. 2017 Thinking Through Theatre and Performance. Bleeker, M., Kear, A., Kelleher, J. & Roms, H. (eds.). Bloomsbury Publishing, (Thinking Trough Theatre and Performance)
MourningKear, A. C. & Chatziprokopiou, M. 2015 Vocabulary for the Study of Religion. Segal, R. & Stuckrad, K. (eds.). Brill
Restaging the anxiety of the imageKear, A. 2015 In : Performance Research.20, 5, p. 51-6212 p.
Consensus, DissensusKear, A. C. 2014 Performance Studies: Key Words, Concepts, and Theories. Reynolds, B. (ed.). Springer Nature, p. 164-17310 p.
Traces of presenceKear, A. 2013 International Politics and Performance: Critical Aesthetics and Creative Practice. Edkins, J. & Kear, A. (eds.). London: Taylor & Francis, p. 19-39 (Interventions)
Theatre in the Open: Mike Pearson and Mike Brookes’ The Persians and Coriolan/us, National Theatre WalesKear, A. C. 2013 Theatre and Event: Staging the European Century.Springer Nature, p. 150-185
Theatre and Event: Staging the European CenturyKear, A. 2013 Springer Nature. 243 p. (Studies in International Performance)
International Politics and Performance: Critical Aesthetics and Creative PracticeEdkins, J. (ed.) & Kear, A. (ed.) 2013 Abingdon: Taylor & Francis. 296 p. (Interventions)
Thinking Limping: Richard Maxwell's 'Neutral Hero' and the Tragic Impediment of Contemporary TheatreKear, A. 2012 In : Performance Research.17, 2, p. 22-29
Troublesome Amateurs: Theatre, Ethics and the Labour of PerformanceKear, A. C. 2011 A Life of Ethics and Performance. Matthews, J. & Torevell, D. (eds.). 1 ed.Cambridge Scholars Publishing, p. 87-114 (Studies in Ethics)
Intensities of AppearanceKear, A. 2008 In : Performance Research.13, 4, p. 16-24
Editorial: On AppearanceKear, A. 2008 In : Performance Research.13, 4
On AppearanceGough, R. (ed.) & Kear, A. (ed.) 2008 In : Performance Research.13, 4
Desire Amongst the Dodgems: Alain Platel and the Scene of SeductionKear, A. 2006 Contemporary Theatres in Europe: A Critical Companion. Kelleher, J. & Ridout, N. (eds.). Taylor & Francis, p. 106-11914 p.
The Memory of Promise: Theatre and the Ethic of the FutureKear, A. C. 2006 A Performance Cosmology: Testimony from the Future, Evidence from the Past. Gough, R., Christie, J. & Watt, D. (eds.). London: Taylor & Francis, p. 148151 p.
A Handbook of Theatrical DevicesKear, A. C., Forster, E. & Heighes, C. 2006 In : Performance Research.10, 4, p. 83-96
The Anxiety of the ImageKear, A. 2005 In : Parallax.11, 3, p. 107-11610 p.
Troublesome Amateurs: Theatre, ethics and the labour of mimesisKear, A. 2005 In : Performance Research.10, 1, p. 26-4621 p.
Thinking Out of Time: Theatre and the Ethic of InterruptionKear, A. C. 2004 In : Performance Research.9, 4, p. 99-110
Seduction and TranslationKear, A. C. 2002 In : Performance Research.7, 2, p. 35-49
Psychoanalysis and PerformanceCampbell, P. & Kear, A. 2001 Taylor & Francis. 256 p.
Speak Whiteness: Staging ‘Race’, Performing ResponsibilityKear, A. 2001 Psychoanalysis and Performance. Campbell, P. & Kear, A. (eds.). Taylor & Francis, p. 192-20212 p.
ParasitesKear, A. C. 2001 In : Parallax.7, 2, p. 31-45
The Wolf-ManKear, A. & Kelleher, J. 2000 In : Performance Research.5, 2, p. 82-9110 p.
Mourning Diana: Nation, Culture and the Performance of GriefKear, A. C. (ed.) & Steinberg, D. L. (ed.) 1999 London: Taylor & Francis. 232 p.
Diana Between Two Deaths: Spectral Ethics and the Time of MourningKear, A. 1999 Mourning Diana: Nation, Culture and Performance of Grief. Kear, A. & Steinberg, D. L. (eds.). London & New York: Taylor & Francis, p. 169-18618 p.
Cooking Time with Gertrude SteinKear, A. C. 1999 In : Performance Research.4, 1, p. 44-55
Tragic Ideology and the Work of MourningKear, A. C. 1998 In : Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society.3, 1, p. 131-136
Eating the Other: Performance and the Fantasy of IncorporationKear, A. C. 1997 Border Patrols: Policing the Boundaries of Heterosexuality. Johnson, R. & Steinberg, D. L. (eds.). London: Continuum International Publishing Group, p. 253-273