Simon Shepherd joined Central in 2001. Previously he was Professor of Drama at Goldsmiths, University of London, and before that Professor of Drama at the University of Nottingham, which he left in 1996.
He came to Central in the new role of Director of Programmes, with responsibility for all learning and teaching, research, outreach and technical support. Prior to his retirement in 2014 he was Deputy Principal, with a brief including all areas of academic administration, library and quality assurance.
His current role is a 'non-teaching' one but, once upon a time, in his first academic post, Simon was required not only to teach but to direct shows, of which he did many and various. Now his output is confined to written publications and vegetables.
Current research project is concerned with the craft of directing (for Palgrave). Currently he is writing the Cambridge Introduction to Performance Theory for Cambridge University Press. The interest in bodies and theatre persists, now being extended into an exploration of the relationship between (staged) body and national identity.
Society for Theatre Research
BA (Hons) First Class English Language and Literature, Oxford University
MA, Oxford University
MLitt Amazons and Warrior Women, Oxford University
PhD Marlowe and the Politics of Elizabethan Theatre, University of Nottingham
2013 Direction (Readings in Theatre Practice) Nasingstoke; Palgrave
2010 associate editor with Simon Donger, and ORLAN, ORLAN: A Hybrid Body of Artworks London: Routledge
2010 'The Matter of ORLAN' in ORLAN: A Hybrid Body of Artworks London: Routledge
2010 with Mick Wallis, Studying Plays (third edition) London: Bloomsbury
2010 The Cambridge Introduction to Modern British Theatre Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
2009 co-editor with Richard Gough, Performance Research 14.2: On Training
2009 'The Institution of Training', Performance Research 14.2
2009 and ongoing: general editor, Palgrave Readings in Theatre Practice Basingstoke: Palgrave
2006 Theatre, Body and Pleasure London: Routledge
2004 with Mick Wallis, Drama/ Theatre/ Performance London: Routledge
2014 'Football Hooligans, Hippies and the emergence of Performance Theory' Kingston University
2011 'The Researching Conservatoire', Norwegian Theatre Academy
2009 panellist, Dido Queen of Carthage, National Theatre Platform series, National Theatre, London
2007 guest lecture 'Training the National Body', drama guest lecture series, University of Kent
2007 'Clipped Voices and Class Crisis', London Theatre Seminar
2006 facilitator: AHRC event on practice-based research, London.
2006 with Ross Brown,' The Gesture-Object - and how it works' Quorum seminar series, Queen Mary, University of London
2006 with Andy Lavender, 'Early-modern Mise-en-scene and Postdramatic Process', International Shakespeare Conference, The Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham and Magdalen College, Oxford (inaugural lecture in new theatre series)
2005 respondent: Mapping Performance colloquium, University of Leeds with Centre for Performance Research, Leeds