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Dr Harry Derbyshire is Principal Lecturer in English Literature and Drama at the University of Greenwich, where he has taught since 2003.


He has worked on the Reminiscence Theatre Archive with Pam Schweitzer and Heather Lilley, and is co-author with Heather of the article 'Reperforming Memories'.


He has published on Roy Williams and Harold Pinter, and is working on an article about human rights and debbie tucker green with Dr Loveday Hodson of the University of Leicester.


His directing credits include Hurt Me (Ideally by Punching Me in the Face) and Not Stalking David Tennant.

Dr James McLaughlin trained at the University of Auckland in English, Philosophy and Drama before embarking on a career as a comedian, writer and theatre director. He was the founding Theatre Manager of New Zealand’s only improvised comedy theatre, the Covert Theatre. He has fifteen years of professional improv experience, including numerous tours throughout New Zealand, North America and Europe. He trained for two years in The Meisner Technique of Acting under Michael Saccente, one of Sanford Meisner’s students and worked as a freelance actor for various screen projects. In 2005 he relocated to the UK for the MA in Theatre Practice under Phillip Zarrilli where he studied psychophysical acting through the disciplines of yoga, tai chi chuan and kalaripayattu. He completed his PhD on the resonances between the Meisner Technique and contemporary performance in 2013. From 2013 to 2017 he lectured in Drama at the University of Northampton before joining the team at the University of Greenwich.


At Greenwich, James is a lecturer in Drama. He teaches several courses including Other Stages; a Level Six course examining performance traditions from around the world and the theory, ethics and practice of intercultural performance.  


James’ three main research interests are comedy, Method Acting, and Intercultural Performance. James is a specialist in the field of comedic performance, especially the improvisation of Keith Johnstone and Del Close. In 2013, he published a journal article entitled ‘Why is Improv Funny?’ in Comedy Studies, edited by Chris Ritchie. He has also given several presentations, the most recent being ‘Stepping off the Cliff: The Sharp Divide between Training and Performance in Improvised Comedy’ at the annual Theatre and Performance Research Association conference.


Since 2016, James has co-edited the Theatre Dance and Performance Training Blog, associated with the scholarly journal of the same name a link to which can be found here.


Please click here for James' research profile.


Dr Simon Bowes is a Lecturer in Drama and a creative arts practitioner. He works across a broad range of disciplines from film to sound art, from video to contemporary theatre. His work is defined by modesty of means and intricacy of thought - distinct within the ecology of British theatre, performance and live art.


Between 2009 and 2014 he led the acclaimed performance company Kings of England, which was commissioned by arts organisations such as Battersea Arts Centre, Greenroom, Leeds Met Studio Theatre, SPILL Festival at The Barbican, Hull Truck Theatre and Atelier Real in Lisbon. His work has been funded by Arts Council England on several occassions.


In June 2015 Simon received a commission from The Yard Theatre in Hackney Wick, supported by the Jerwood Foundation.


Simon recently founded a second company, Ding & sich with the artist and sculptor Annie Lord.

Jillian Wallis

Simon Bowes

Harry Derbyshire

David Hockham

Ed Currie

Ed Currie is a theatre technician at Bathway Theatre, the University of Greenwich and a creative arts practitioner.


Together with Sarah Ruff he set up the multimedia, artist-led theatre company Patternfight in 2011 and has performed across the UK and received Arts Council England funding amongst other support opportunities.


Ed also works as a freelance technician for companies such as Living structures, Battersea Arts Centre, John Gordillo, The Waterman’s Arts Centre, The Young Vic Theatre, The Old Vic Tunnels, Oily Cart and Theatre 503.

David is produces for and is Production Manager of the Bathway Theatre Network.  He is interested in creating sustainable partnerships with community, academic and international partners to create, support and manage work.


David has worked as a production and technical manager for over 10 years, has transferred multiple productions from Hong Kong & Canada to the UK and has notably worked with Red Shift Productions, Chung Ying, Blind Summit and Dead Rabbits.  Alongside his professional profile David teaches technical theatre for non-technical people, having written a pathway of five production, technical and design modules for the Guildford School of Acting / University of Surrey.  He now runs workshops with emerging companies and artists of the Bathway Theatre Network (  Workshops include – how to write touring riders, how to communicate your ideas to a venue and the logistics of touring in the UK (From Health and Safety legislation, transportation, accommodation, methods of sourcing equipment, marketing, fundraising and making networks).  He teaches on the Ba (Hons) Drama programme and is currently undertaking PhD research in “How to become a professional” in production and technical theatre.

Jillian Wallis is a Senior Lecturer in Drama & Programme Leader at the University of Greenwich as well as a theatre director who specializes in physical theatre.


Jillian recently worked with Hoax theatre on their performance Stuck and presented a paper From the Pretty Orifice of a Morphing Creature: Pleasure and Pain in Hoax Theatre’s Absurdist Eco Comedy, at Central’s Intersections 2018 conference.

She created a combined performance and film piece The Pub Under The Stairs, part of an ACE funded project inspired by the curious objects dug up when the new Stockwell Street site was built.

Jillian was director and co-creator of Reverie, a contemporary mime show performed at the Cos Reus Festival in Spain, 2015 and toured Greater London in 2016.  She was director and co-creator of So Pleased To Meet You, a performance about fantasy and virtual interconnectivity for the DRHA Conference, 2014.


Jillian has published articles in journals such as Body, Space and Technology, and Scene.  She holds an MA in Media Arts Performance and Practice and originally trained in Theatre at Dartington College of Arts before becoming a freelance performer and director. She toured with physical and visual companies such as Brith Gof and her own Twisted Stocking Theatre, which received funding from the Arts Council of England and London Borough Grants.

Dr Natasha Oxley holds a DPhil in contemporary Polish drama from the University of Oxford, an MA in Actor Training and Coaching from RCSSD, a PGDip Acting from LAMDA and an undergraduate degree in Theatre Studies and Polish from the University of Glasgow.


Natasha is the founder and director of Chiffchaff Children’s Theatre which since 2012 has been performing stage adaptations of children’s books for young children and their families in East London, including in educational settings and libraries. Natasha recently set up Theatre Zurybida to stage contemporary European plays in translation.


Natasha has worked as an actor, director, lecturer, teacher, acting coach, translator, drama worker and workshop leader in several contexts. At Greenwich she leads the course in Applied Drama and teaches on other drama courses.

Please click here for Natasha Oxley's research profile.

Dr Nicholas Holden is a Lecturer in Drama at the University of Greenwich. He holds an MA in Theatre and Performance Studies from King’s College London and a PhD in Contemporary British Theatre from the University of Lincoln, where he also completed his undergraduate degree. He is the co-convenor, with Dr Jacqueline Bolton (University of Lincoln), of the International Playwrights’ Symposium, which is a biennial event that brings academics, practitioners and students together to discuss the work of a single playwright.


Nicholas has worked as an actor and dancer in film for production companies such as Pathé and Warner Brothers, and on stage in shows across the UK.


Since beginning his academic career, Nicholas has taught at the University of Lincoln and the University of Nottingham and published in the areas of modern theatre, playwriting and Contemporary British Theatre. His current research is focussed on the work of London’s Royal Court Theatre and specifically its historical and current engagement with young people. At Greenwich, Nicholas leads on the City Stages: Theatre and Theory in Contemporary London module and contributes to a number of other courses on the BA (Hons) Drama programme.

Please click here for Dr N Holden's research profile.