European Theatre Research Network

  • Peter M Boenisch holds a British Academy/Leverhulme Research Grant “Thomas Ostermeier and the Berlin Schaubühne: Reinventing Directors’ Theatre for the 21st Century” (2012-2015). The project will produce a book co-authored by Boenisch and Thomas Ostermeier (pictured), the internationally known German theatre director, as well as an edited volume on his work at the Schaubühne theatre. The project further enhanced the close relations between the ETRN research centre and the Schaubühne, one of the internationally leading German theatres.
  • We are pleased to announce that Duška Radosavljević has received an AHRC Fellowship award. The project is called The Role of Ensemble Theatre in Redefining ‘Playwriting’ and ‘Writing for Performance’ in the 21st Century. It aims to re-evaluate the relationship of text and performance with reference to modes of working in contemporary theatre. It will lead to two outcomes: a collection of interviews with ensemble theatre-makers for Routledge and a monograph on theatre-making for Palgrave. More.
  • Margherita Laera has been awarded a two-year Leverhulme Early-Career Fellowship (ending August 2013) for a project investigating processes of creolisation in transnational performance-making. This research will examine the politics of affect and the articulations of collaboration in multilingual, cross-cultural and cosmopolitan theatre productions involving Asian, American and European partners. The project also included funding for a series of talks entitled Leverhulme Olympic Talks on Theatre & Adaptation, which will be published as an edited collection of interviews by Methuen in 2014.
  • Professor Paul Allain has received £76,980 from the Leverhulme Trust over two years for a research grant. The project is titled ‘Physical Actor Training – an Online A-Z and ebook’, and is to make films and companion commentaries for Methuen Drama Bloomsbury. Our former colleague Prof Frank Camilleri is Co-I, who will be visiting for the project, and we will be appointing a research assistant with experience of digital manipulation of film material and online technologies. Peter Hulton of Arts Archives will be the film-maker. The project will begin in January 2016.

Past awards

The AHRC-funded British Grotowski Project and our new Leverhulme International Research Network Training for Performance: Tradition and innovation: Britain/Russia, in conjunction with the Moscow Art Theatre School (MXAT) have been at the heart of our activities.

Hans Lehmann – Leverhulme Visiting Professor 2011