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 with numerous French theatre companies, including multiple projects with Théâtre de l’Opprimé in Paris, and across Europe, Africa, and South America. In addition to work in the professional theatre sector, I have been active in film, television and photography. I previously taught at Kingston University, Brunel University London, Queen Mary University of London, HM Prison Pentonville, and at several schools in France and Britain.

I have in recent years given doctoral seminars in Germany and Chile, lectures in China, and have served as Visiting Professor at the University of London Institute Paris. I am currently an advisory committee member at the Centre de Estudos Teatros in Lisbon. 

I have been an invited speaker and  presented research at international academic conferences, including, in recent years, in Australia, Canada, Chile, China, Czech Republic, France, Korea, and the USA. I have recently given public talks at Asia House, London, and at Santiago a Mil International Festival in Chile. I advised the Tapei Representative Office in preparation for their selection for the Edinburgh Fringe, and gave specialist seminars for Chinese artistic directors in Beijing. 

My publications include numerous articles and chapters, and my book Theatre & Photography was published in 2014.  I have translated from French various academic books and articles, including two recent books by Professor Patrice Pavis, as well as novels, graphic novels, and plays.

I have been a reviewer for Fudan Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Theatre Journal, Theatre Survey, Aix-Marseille Université foundation, Palgrave Macmillan, and Routledge, and served on the peer review college of the Romanian National Research Council.  I was a member of the executive committee of TaPRA from 2005-2010. I was previously external examiner at Goldsmiths and at LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore and PhD examiner in a number of  institutions.

Teaching Areas

  • Cities and public space
  • Contemporary theatre and performance
  • Cultural industry and political economy
  • Dramaturgy
  • Devising
  • European theatre
  • Theatre criticism
  • Performance archiving and documentation
  • Performance art
  • Politics and theatre
  • Psychoanalysis and theatre
  • Psychogeography
  • Shakespeare
  • Theatre history
  • Theatre of the Oppressed

Research areas

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

PhD supervision

I have previously supervised several research projects to completion. I am happy to be approached for projects related to my research interests and teaching.

Funding awards

  • European Cultural Foundation, 2013
  • University of London Central Research Fund, 2007
  • AHRC Postgraduate Conference award, 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)


2018. (co-editor) Photography and Culture, journal special edition: The Theatre of Photography, 11/2.

2018. (with Wiebke Leister) ‘The Theatre of Photography: Dialogues’, Photography and Culture, 11/2, 121–38.

2018. (with Maria de la Luz Hurtado) ‘The Theatre Photography of Luis Poirot: A Legacy of Memory and Sacrifice’, Photography and Culture, 11/2, 211–14.

2018. (with Wiebke Leister) ‘Pro-photographic Gestures’, Photography and Culture, 11/2, 237–43.

2016.  ‘연극/퍼포먼스와 사진 사이’, The Journal of Drama/드라마 연구, 49, 5-35.

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/ Red Globe Press)

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), 258-268.


2018. (interview on Shakespeare) 特别呈现 人文历史 Encounter, CCTV9 China.

2018. Culture, Territory and Community Seminar, Santiago a Mil International Festival.

2017. I’ll Never Stop Loving, Festival Migractions, Paris.

2016. Seminar for Chinese artistic directors, Central Academy of Drama, Beijing.

2016. Chair, panel: ‘Being European: Before the Referendum’, Camden People’s Theatre, London.

2016. The Secret History, East 15, London.

2015 (interview by Greg Goodale) ‘Treliński. Więcej niż życie’, Teatr.

2015. Masterclass and lecture, SENA, Bogotá.

2015, 2016, 2017. one-week workshops, Centre du Théâtre de l’Opprimé, Paris.

2014. Season panellist for Edinburgh Fringe, Taipei Representative Office, London.

2013. Physical theatre guest masterclass workshop, Singapore Polytechnic.