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Dr Grant Peterson
Senior Lecturer in Theatre

Gaskell Building 112


I joined Brunel in 2013 and co-founded the musical theatre subject strand and degree pathway courses. I have served as Programme Lead, Admissions Tutor and am currently the Associate Dean (Student Experience) for the College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences. 

I publish work on a range of subjects including British alternative theatre histories, performance and politics, musical theatre, gender and sexuality, pedagogy and student experience, and historical research methodologies. I have reviewed manuscripts for Routledge, Methuen Drama (Bloomsbury), and others.

I hold experience as a performer in theatre, musical theatre, television, and commercials, having worked in venues across Los Angeles and Southern California. For my performance in the West Coast premiere of Johnny Got His Gun in 2003, I received the Backstage Garland Award for Best Actor, and the production was nominated for Best Revival by LA Drama Critics Circle and LA Weekly. I trained at the Orange County School of the Arts and in the inaugural cohort of the Ray Bolger Musical Theatre Program at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). I wrote theatre reviews in New York briefly for a year and following a rare stage IV cancer diagnosis and subsequent treatments from 2006-2009 I transitioned my work primarily towards education. 

I teach across many of the Brunel Theatre undergraduate modules and am a supervisor for PhD postgraduate work. I taught previously as a visiting lecturer at Royal Holloway, University of London, Bath Spa University, and University of Winchester.


PhD in Drama and Theatre (Royal Holloway, University of London)

MA in Critical Studies in Theatre (University of California, Los Angeles)

BA in Theatre with Musical Theatre emphasis (University of California, Los Angeles)


Associate Dean (Student Experience) for the College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences

External examiner for the MA in Drama at the University of South Wales

Newest selected publications

Peterson, GT. (2018) '‘A Revolutionary Proposal’: Alexander Trocchi, Dramaturgies of Disruption and Situationist Genealogies', in McLoughlin, K. (ed.) British Literature in Transition, 1960–1980: Flower Power. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press. , 2. pp. 65 - 80. ISBN 10: 1107129575. ISBN 13: 978-1107129573. Open Access Link

Book chapter

Peterson, GT. (2016) 'The People Show', in Bull, J. (ed.) British Theatre Companies: 1968-1979. London : Bloomsbury. , 1. pp. 147 - 170. ISBN 10: 1408175444. ISBN 13: 9781408175446. Open Access Link

Book chapter

Peterson, GT. and Chow. (2016) 'Essai (French: ‘test’, ‘attempt’, ‘trial’, ‘tryout’): Democratising Singing: Teaching Musical Theatre to a Mixed-Ability Higher Education Student Cohort'. Theatre, Dance and Performance Training, 7 (1). pp. 114 - 116. ISSN: 1944-3927 Open Access Link

Journal article

Blanchard, C., McCormack, M. and Peterson, GT. (2015) 'Inclusive Masculinities in a Working-Class Sixth Form in Northeast England'. Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, 46 (3). pp. 310 - 333. ISSN: 0891-2416 Open Access Link

Journal article

Bratton, J. and Peterson, GT. (2012) 'The Internet: History 2.0?', in Wiles, D. and Dymkowski, C. (eds.) The Cambridge Companion to Theatre History. Cambridge University Press. pp. 299 - 313. ISBN 10: 0521149835. ISBN 13: 9780521149839.

Book chapter
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