Staff Profiles

Name and Contact Details Summary
Dr Joel Anderson
Role: Lecturer in Theatre

Phone: 01895 267790
Office: Gaskell Building 103
Joel trained at the Ecole Jacques Lecoq and was awarded degrees by the University of London and Université Paris VIII.
Professor Thomas Betteridge
Role: Acting Head of School

Phone: 01895 267089
Office: Gaskell Building 146

Professor Betteridge worked for ten years as a professional stage and production manager before entering academia. During this time he worked at a number of theatres including the Royal Court and the Old Vic. Since becoming an academic Professor Betteridge has worked at UEA, Kingston University and Oxford Brookes University. He has been awarded a number of research grants including one from the Wellcome Trust to work with Goat and Monkey Theatre company to stage an immersive drama at Hampton Court Palace entitled A Little Neck (2009). Professor Betteridge has also been awarded funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council to stage a number of early modern plays including the first modern production of Sir David Lyndsay’s A Satire of Three Estates at Linlithgow Palace (2013). He has published numerous articles and books including Writing Faith and Telling Tales: Literature, Politics and Religion in the work of Thomas More (2013).

Professor Johannes Birringer
Role: Chair in Drama & Performance Technologies. Research Co-ordinator

Phone: +44 (0)1895 267343
Office: Gaskell Building 105

Johannes Birringer joined Brunel University's School of Arts in early 2006. He is director of the DAP-Lab and Acting Director of the newly created Centre for Contemporary and Digital Performance. He is a choreographer and media artist, and artistic director of AlienNation Co., a Houston-based multimedia ensemble that has collaborated on numerous site-specific and cross-cultural performance and installation projects since 1993. After directing international workshops on dance and technology in England, Germany, and the U.S., he was appointed head of the new dance and technology program at The Ohio State University (1999-2003) where he developed the new MFA curriculum in dance technologies and conducted research programs in his "Environments Lab." In 2003 he was appointed Principal Research Fellow in Live Art and Performance at Nottingham Trent University. In late 2005 he convened the Digital Cultures Lab, a cross-cultural dance and technology workshop-festiva, and in 2003 he founded the Interaktionslabor Goettelborn in a former Coal Mine in the Saarland, Germany. The Interaktionslabor is an annual international workshop dedicated to research, performance and software application development in interactive and networked media technologies.

His exhibition-performances and digital films have been staged in Europe, the U.S., Latin America, China and Japan. He has received numerous arts grants, awards, and fellowships for his work including a NEA/Rockefeller artists project grant in 1993. More recently, his directing projects included multi-media play Sueno, the interactive dance work Suna no Onna (London 2007-08), the digital oratorio Corpo, Carne e Espirito (Brasil 2008), and UKIYO [Moveable Worlds] (2009-2010), a choreographic installation created with artists from DAP-Lab and Tokyo/Japan.

Birringer received his M.A. and Ph.D. from Trier University (Germany) after graduate research fellowships at Cambridge and Yale Universities. He has taught performance studies at Yale University, UT-Dallas, Rice University, Northwestern University, and at the Giessen Institute of Applied Theatre Science.

Professor Sue Broadhurst
Role: Professor of Performance and Technology

Phone: 01895 266588
Office: Gaskell Building 104

Sue is a writer and performance practitioner in the School of Arts, Brunel University, London. She has been at Brunel since 1999 and gained a Chair in 2008. Her original degree (for which she gained First Class Honours) and Doctorate were both in English and Comparative Literature. However, for many years her research has focussed on Experimental Drama. She was a founder of the Body, Space & Technology Research group at Brunel, which has now evolved into the Centre for Contemporary and Digital Performance.

She has published two monographs, three edited collections and several papers on Performance, chiefly in relation to experimental performance, live art, dance, music, film and technology and is co-editor of Body, Space & Technology Journal now in its 12th year of publication.  Sue has also created performances which have been realised in art spaces in London.

Sue has been part of various collaborations, internal and external to Brunel, with different interdisciplinary combinations, including: Engineering, Design, Psychology, Biology and Bioengineering; many of these have led to funding submissions. Her most recent collaboration is with the London Knowledge Lab, University of London, the Royal College of Arts and the London College of Fashion for a project titled: 'Border-Crossing Digital Arts and Social Science: New Methodological Approaches to Embodiment' which has received funding from the ESRC of £190K and began in August 2013.

As well as presenting key notes and conference papers at various international events, she has been invited to present keynotes at various conferences and media festivals. Again, she is the Chair of the Digital Research in the Arts Organization which presents annual international conferences centring on this area of research. She has also been Programme Chair for several of these events, organising conferences at Cambridge (2008), Queen’s University Belfast (2009), University of Winchester (2013) and she helped organise DRHA (2011) at Ningbo, the Shanghai affiliate of Nottingham University. Sue convened the conference at Brunel (2010). She will again help organise the conference in 2014 which will be held at the University of Greenwich in September.

Dr Broderick Chow
Role: Lecturer in Theatre and Theatre Admissions Tutor

Phone: 01895 265493
Office: Gaskell Building 111

Dr Broderick Chow is an artist-scholar with experience in numerous fields of the performing arts. He has been an actor, stand-up comedian, performer, writer, director and song-and-dance man. This wide-ranging approach has influenced both his research and teaching.

His work intersects with performance practice, political philosophy, and social theory. In 2010, Broderick became the first doctoral graduate of the Central School of Speech & Drama, University of London. His thesis, How to do things with jokes: relocating the political dimension of performance comedy examined his practice as a stand-up comedian in relation to larger questions of the validity of satire in the age of global capitalism.

Recent work includes an auto-ethnographic study of professional wrestling training. Broderick is currently at work on a monograph on performance, physical cultures, and precarious labour (see Research and Teaching).

Broderick is one half of Dangerologists, a male dance and physical theatre duo. Their piece Work Songs was developed with support in kind of the School of Arts (see More about Broderick).

Ms Meretta Elliott

Phone: 01895 266567
Office: Gaskell Building 102

Meretta trained as an actress at the School of Theatre, Manchester Polytechnic (now Manchester Metropolitan University). She went on to complete an MA in Drama Studies at the University of North London. Meretta has also undertaken training with Geese Theatre Company on Applied Drama Practice with offenders (Behind the Wall programme) and is a trained Mediator.

As an actress, Meretta worked in provincial theatre, community theatre, Theatre-in-Education, radio and TV for seven years before focusing on directing and teaching. She has directed, devised or performed in over 25 professional productions.

Dr Royona Mitra
Role: Lecturer in Theatre

Phone: 01895 266821
Office: Gaskell Building 112

Royona has a PhD from Royal Holloway, University of London (2011) on the British-Bangladeshi artist Akram Khan, an MA in Physical Theatre from Royal Holloway, University of London (2001) and a BA (Hons) in Theatre & Performance from the University of Plymouth (2000). She trained in classical and contemporary South Asian dance in India and specialised in physical theatre in the UK. Royona was the founding member and performer with Kinaetma Theatre, an intercultural physical theatre company that made work between India, UK and Portugal from 2002 to 2007.

Prior to joining the Theatre Department at Brunel, Royona was a full-time and permanent academic member of staff in the Drama Department at University of Wolverhampton where she was also the MA Drama Course Leader. She has also taught in the Theatre and Performance Department at the University of Plymouth.

Royona was elected as Secretary to join the Executive Committee for SCUDD (Standing Conference for University Drama Department). She is also a member of SDHS (Society of Dance History Scholars) and TaPRA (Theatre and Performance Research Association).

Ian Morgan
Role: Teaching Fellow in Theatre

Phone: 01895 266541
Office: GB103

Ian Morgan graduated from Hull University with a BA in Drama and Kent with an MA (PaR) in Theatre. He trained as a performer at Monika Pagneux and Philipe Gaulier’s Studio in Paris; then went on to work with Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards for three years at their Workcenter in Italy. He has performed/devised with Teatro Pirequa at Théâtre du Soleil, ManAct, the Centre of Performance Research (CPR), Meredith Monk, Guillermo Gómez–Peña, Mkultra Performance Collective, Zecora Ura, Phillip Zarrilli and the Llanarth Group and Dan Canham’s Still House project. Since 2004 he has been a principal performer with the award winning Polish ensemble Song of the Goat.

Dr Grant Peterson
Role: Lecturer

Phone: 44 (0) 1895 265543
Office: Gaskell Building 109

Dr. Grant Tyler Peterson joined Brunel in 2013, having previously taught at Royal Holloway, University of London, University of Winchester, and Bath Spa University.  Grant is an emerging scholar and has published work on a diverse range of subjects including British alternative theatre history, dance, gender, sexuality, and digital research methodologies. 

Grant holds experience as a performer in theatre, musical theatre, television and commercials, and worked in numerous venues throughout Los Angeles and Southern California. He was trained at elite programmes including the Orange County School of the Arts and the Ray Bolger Musical Theatre Program at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

In addition to receiving a BA in theatre and musical theatre at UCLA, Grant earned an interdisciplinary Masters degree in experimental theatre and dance under the guidance of Sue-Ellen Case and David Gere.  After moving to Britain, he received Ph.D. funding from the Higher Education Funding Council of England (Overseas Research Students Awards Scheme) to study at Royal Holloway under the supervision of Professor Dan Rebellato and Dr. Chris Megson. This resulted in a project that examined British street theatre traditions and presented the first formal case study of one of England’s longest running – yet overlooked – street theatre troupes, the Natural Theatre Company.

Dr Mary Richards
Role: Senior Lecturer

Phone: 01895 266570
Office: Gaskell Building 110

Mary came to Brunel University in September 2001 and completed her PhD Resisting the Limits of the Performing Body (University of Warwick) the following year. She runs the Peer Assisted Learning Scheme (PALS) for Drama/Theatre students and provides ongoing support for our dedicated student team of PALS facilitators.

She also co-produces arts@artaud; the showcase platform for theatre, film, music, performance poetry, dance and multi-media presentations from across the School of Arts.

Ms Fiona Templeton
Role: Senior Lecturer, Convenor of MA in Contemporary Performance Making

Phone: 01895 266571
Office: Gaskell Building 113

Fiona Templeton is an internationally recognised innovator in writing and directing for theatre and performance. She is currently Artistic Director and founder of The Relationship, a performance group based in both New York and London; and in the 70s was co-founder of the influential Theatre of Mistakes. Her large-scale site-specific work has won numerous international awards.

Her publications include plays, poetry and writing on the theory of performance. Fiona also collaborates with artists in other fields including visual arts, dance and music such as Elliott Sharp, Samita Sinha, Pamelia Kurstin, Molissa Fenley, Siobhan Liddell and Joan Jeanrenaud.

She has directed the work of innovative writers including Elfriede Jelinek (whom she has also translated), Michael Gottlieb, Suzan-Lori Parks and Leslie Scalapino.

Her work is shown at venues as varied as the Tate Britain, the Tramway in Glasgow, the Vortex in Dalston, ODC Theatre in San Francisco, the Puerto Rico International Festival of Theatre, Fort Jay on Governor’s Island in New York Harbor, the abandoned Pennsylvania Eastern State Penitentiary, and as commissions for Chashama Theatre and the Poetry Project in New York, and the Cultural Capital of Europe Festivals of Rotterdam and Lille. Collaborating organisations have included Amnesty International, French Railways, the Slovene Socialist Party headquarters, the offices of the European Union, a commercial accounting firm in the city of London, and a snackbar on Brick Lane.

She has received awards and fellowships including from the Rockefeller Foundation, the US National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and has held a Senior Judith Wilson Fellowship in poetry and writing for performance at Cambridge.

Page last updated: Tuesday 30 October 2012