Performance Training, Preparation and Pedagogy

Performer training research group

The Performance Training, Preparation and Pedagogy Research Group is  a dedicated group of passionate researchers engaged in interdisciplinary research, including varied forms of creative practice research.  Our research focuses on the way training for different practices can be transmitted with diverse audiences and across different contexts. Our research methods include (auto)ethnography, practice based research, performance as research, collaboration, playful experimentation, interviews and engagement with research participants.

We are interested in a wide range of research areas from within and beyond performance including, directing, creative writing, storytelling, adaptation, dramaturgy, performer training, somatic disciplines, improvisation, voice training, music theatre, design, light, crafts, technology, sports, mountaineering, community theatre and political engagement.  

 Our research links us nationally and internationally with a number of professional and academic bodies including;

We also have links with professional theatre and performance organisations including Proper Job Theatre, Red Ladder, Opera North, Slung Low, Leeds Art Gallery and MonkeyHeads.

Members are involved in a number of projects and initiatives, relevant to the group’s remit, such as the peer reviewed academic journals Theatre, Dance and Performance Training, and the associated blog, and Studies in Musical Theatre.  Explore our projects for more details about our past and present research activity.

Find out more about the annual research seminars and events held by the Performance Training, Preparation and Pedagogy Research Group.

Academic members

Dr Fiona Bannon Professor Jonathan Pitches
Dr Maria Kapsali Dr George Rodosthenous
Dr Kara McKechnie Dr Adam Strickson

Explore our profiles for more information about our academic team.

PhD researchers

Dionysia Bouzioti Simone Kenyon
Clare Danek Lindsay Rodden
Charley Ely Mark Shields
Ben Skinner Yaxin Luo

Get in touch with one of our PhD researchers.


For further information about the Performance Training, Preparation and Pedagodgy please email Fiona Bannon.