Dr. Joel Anderson, BA, DEA, PhD | The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

Dr Joel Anderson, BA, DEA, PhD

Job title

Senior Lecturer, Course Leader MA Theatre Criticism and Dramaturgy


I studied at Queen Mary University of London and Université Paris VIII, and trained at the École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq. I worked with Augusto Boal and later in numerous French theatre companies, including multiple projects with Théâtre de l’Opprimé in Paris, which also led to further ventures across Europe, Africa, and South America. In addition to theatre, I have worked in the fields of film, television, and photography. I have previously taught at Kingston University, Queen Mary University of London, HM Prison Pentonville, Brunel University London, and at several schools in France. I have in recent years given doctoral seminars in Germany, and lectures in China, and have served as Visiting Professor at the University of London Institute Paris. 

I have presented research at international academic conferences, and have been an invited speaker, most recently in Korea and France. In addition to sharing research at conferences and symposia, I have given public talks, most recently at Asia House, London.

I was a member of the executive committee of TaPRA from 2005-2010. I have served as external examiner at Goldsmiths and LASALLE College of the Arts, and as an PhD examiner for Lincoln University. I have previously received funding from the AHRC, the University of London Central Research Fund, and from the European Cultural Foundation, for a project with UN RWA in Jordan.

Teaching Areas

  • Cities and civil spaces
  • Critical theory
  • Contemporary theatre and performance
  • Cultural industry and political economy
  • Dramaturgy
  • Devising
  • Directing
  • European Theatre
  • Theatre criticism and analysis
  • Performance archiving and documentation
  • Performance Art
  • Political theatre
  • Psychoanalysis and performance
  • Psychogeography
  • Shakespeare
  • Theatre
  • Theatre history
  • Theatre of the Oppressed and applied theatre

Research areas

  • Contemporary theatre and performance
  • Cultural industry and political economy
  • Dramaturgy
  • European theatre
  • Intermediality
  • Performance
  • Performance documentation
  • Photography
  • Physical theatre
  • Political theatre
  • Psychogeography
  • Public space and regeneration
  • Theatre history
  • Theatre and performance photography
  • Translation

PhD supervision

I have previously supervised several research projects to completion. I am happy to receive expressions of interest for projects with a link to my research interests and teaching.

Funding awards

  • University of London Central Research Fund - support for research trip to Performance Studies department, University of Sydney, 2007
  • AHRC Postgraduate Conference award as co-organiser of 'Sighting the Document: the Building of the Archive', 2006


Advanced Theatre Practice, MA/MFA

Creative Producing, MA/MFA

Performance Practice as Research, MA/MFA

Theatre Criticism and Dramaturgy, MA

Writing for Stage and Broadcast Media, MA/MFA

Research Degrees (MPhil/PhD)


2015. ‘Answer the Question: “How do power dynamics in the studio affect training?’, Theatre, Dance and Performance Training 6, 99-104.

2014. Theatre & Photography (Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan)

2012. (with Dr Tony Fisher) ‘Rehearsing Boal’, in Theater und Subjektkonstitution/Theatre and the Making of Subjects, (Bielefeld, Germany: Transcript), 627-42.

2011. ‘Dramaturgy in the UK (It’s coming some time, maybe)’, in Roeder, A. (Ed.), Die Kunst der Dramaturgie (Leipzig, Germany: Henschel Verlag). 


2016. Lectures for theatre professionals, Central Academy of Drama, Beijing.

2015. Lecture and workshop, SENA Bogotá.

2014, 2015. one-week workshops, Centre du Théâtre de l’Opprimé, Paris.

2013. Physical theatre masterclass, Singapore Polytechnic.

2012. Workshop and performances, UNRWA Zarqa, Jordan.