Research@Central concerns itself with the ways in which theatre is made, analysed and documented across a range of contexts and environments.

Professor Maria Delgado, Director of Research, introduces Research@Central:

As a constituent College of University of London, Central supports a dynamic research community of staff and postgraduate research students (PGRS). We have recognised expertise in the areas of acting and actor-training; applied and social theatre; directing, directors, scenography and design; and cultural histories of performance. Crucially, much of this research operates at the intersection with industry and is realised with partners from a range of sectors, including theatres, film bodies, local authorities, NGOs, charities, cultural festivals, and the museum sector. For example, internationally acclaimed, cross art form company, Fevered Sleep are an associate artist at Central - their work combining a commitment to research and innovative artistic practice. REF2014 recognised 39% of our research as 4* and 31% at 3*, highlighting the strengths of a culture that operates at the interface of the university and conservatoire sectors. To find out more about what we’re doing, who we’re working with and how our research makes a difference, look on our projects page.

Some thirty members of teaching staff are research active and there is an MPhil/PhD community numbering almost thirty, in addition to the 230 students undertaking one of a range of taught Masters programmes preparing postgraduates for higher research. Central also hosts Visiting Associate Students who join our active postgraduate community for a period of up to six months, postdoctoral researchers and Visiting Research Fellows.

Central runs two seminar series, Theatre Workings — outward-facing events bringing together renowned practitioners and eminent academics — and the more methodology-driven ‘Practices and Processes’, as well as a range of practice-led events and productions. Central Interviews offer a platform for practitioners and industry professionals to share their own research processes and findings. Recordings of these events are held in the Central archive.

Our research aims give an idea of what we’re hoping to do and how we plan to go about it.


Research at Central