Drama and Theatre PhD project opportunities

Find out more about self-funded PhD projects in areas where we already have supervisors active and engaged in the research topic in Cambridge School of Creative Industries.

Performance, movement, cultures

Supervisory team

Project outline

We encourage applications which explore all aspects of performance, especially those which touch on cultural construction, intercultural performance, movement and the body. These may be based in text based theatre, dance theatre or wider conceptions of performance.

Applications may be for text based, or practice as research.

To discuss your interests, please email eva.aymami-rene@aru.ac.uk, nigel.ward@aru.ac.uk or susan.wilson@aru.ac.uk

We are happy to consider proposals that might cross disciplines, for example in the fields of fashion, film and video production, philosophy and politics.

Where you'll study

Funding

This project is self-funded.

Details of studentships for which funding is available are selected by a competitive process and are advertised on our jobs website as they become available.

Next steps

If you have an enquiry about applying for a research degree, please email ahsspgrrec@aru.ac.uk

For administrative enquiries about our research courses please email ahsspgr@aru.ac.uk

Responsibility for the administration of research degrees is held by the Doctoral School.

Voice, text, body, performance

Research group

Supervisory team

Project outline

We invite proposals that examine, in some way, the possibilities of the voice, text or body in relation to performance in contemporary art practices. These might also address aspects of recitation, musical performance or physical, durational concerns. Additionally, the work may well explore media such as video, photography and the relationships between performance and documentation as well as the various histories of performance practices in general. Specific aspects or thinking across a range of these facets is encouraged.

These concerns grow out of direct staff research projects concerning performance, text, video, documentation and the role of technology, such as the Thames Run from Source to Sea (Chance, 2020) or Recitativo/Clouds and Noise – Fragments After Lucretius and Negri (2015 -). Questions around mediation, technology ‘liveness’, presence, mapping, place, physicality and embodiment, concerns relating to the ‘re-use’ of texts and their performance, as well as the relationship and place of the audience, may well inform potential proposals.

These align to the four current Faculty Research Themes of Performance, Arts, Well-Being & Technology; Communities; Design, Culture & Sustainability and Creative Technologies. The cross-disciplinary nature of the proposed PGR project not only builds on existing research but offers potentially innovative new knowledge and insights to these concerns.

Where you'll study

Funding

This project is self-funded.

Details of studentships for which funding is available are selected by a competitive process and are advertised on our jobs website as they become available.

Next steps

If you have an enquiry about applying for a research degree, please email ahsspgrrec@aru.ac.uk

For administrative enquiries about our research courses please email ahsspgr@aru.ac.uk

Responsibility for the administration of research degrees is held by the Doctoral School.

If you have an idea for a project that does not align with one of the pre-defined projects above, please contact us at ahsspgrrec@aru.ac.uk