Audience Experience and Engagement

Audience exp and eng research group

The Audience Experience and Engagement research group takes an interdisciplinary approach to investigating how audiences engage with and are engaged by a range of theatre forms, performance and the arts.

We are interested in how active modes of engagement, such as co-production and co-creation, herald a departure from traditional forms of spectatorship and signal a new dialogic relationship between artists, arts organisations and audiences.

In order to study these emerging forms of engagement, we draw on and develop a wide variety of creative and anthropological research methods that can reveal audience embodiment, experience and agency, and provide insights into how artists and arts organisations design meaningful and memorable experiences for their audiences and communities.

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Academic members

Dr Anna Fenemore Dr Joslin McKinney
Dr Leila Jancovich Dr Scott Palmer
Dr Kara McKechnie Dr Ben Walmsley

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PhD researchers

Alison Andrews Sarah Little Sarah Reynolds
Yun Cheng Clare Martynski Anahi Ravagnani
Emma Gee Duncan Marwick Jaroslava Tomanova
Kathryn Graham Emma McDowell Agnieszka Wlazel
Gillian Knox Xristina Penna Fan Wu

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For further information about the Audience Experience and Engagement research group, please email Ben Walmsley