Research and Teaching

I am an interdisciplinary scholar engaged in questions of theatricality, performance, and the sporting body. Currently, I am Reader in Theatre, Performance and Sport at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London.

From 2016-2018 I was Principal Investigator on the AHRC-funded research project Dynamic Tensions: New Masculinities in the Performance of Fitness, a cultural history of men’s fitness and its intersection with the theatre in Britain and the United States, from the late nineteenth century to the present day. As part of this work I was a visiting scholar at the H.J. Lutcher Stark Center for Physical Culture and Sports, University of Texas at Austin (February 2017) and a visiting scholar at University at Buffalo, SUNY (October 2017).

My publications include a monograph (forthcoming) entitled Muscle Works: Physical Culture and the Performance of Masculinities. I am also coeditor of Performance and Professional Wrestling (Routledge, 2016) with Eero Laine and Claire Warden. Eero and I are also co-editing a new collection entitled Sports Plays. I have also published numerous articles in journals including Theatre Journal, TDR: The Drama Review, and Performance Research. See my current publications on my university profile or Google Scholar.

I am Chair of the Theatre and Performance Research Association (with Rachel Hann and Royona Mitra) and an editor of Contemporary Theatre Review with responsibility for its online magazine, Interventions.


I pick things up and put them down.

I am an amateur Olympic Weightlifter – a late starter at 32. I train with Brunel Weightlifting Club. I occasionally post videos of shaky PBs on my Instagram.

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