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Dr Grant Peterson

Dr Grant Peterson
Senior Lecturer in Theatre

Gaskell Building 112

Research area(s)

  • British Alternative Theatre and Outdoor Performance Histories, Politics, and Practices
  • Theatre Historiography
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Musical Theatre

Research Interests

I maintain multiple research interests including alternative theatre histories, musical theatre studies, gender and sexuality studies, and approaches to theatre historiography.

My postgraduate work initiated at UCLA involved ethnographic fieldwork as a go-go dancer and used qualitative methods to examine changing modes of gender and choreography in dance clubs from 1970-2010.  This work is featured in two subsequent journal articles and two book chapters.

My doctoral research offered a historiographical revision of British alternative theatre.  Portions of this work appear in an article for Research in Drama Education: Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance.  Additional writing on alternative theatre histories features in book chapters in British Theatre Companies: 1968-1979 and Flower/Power: British Literature in Transition. 

My work on pedagogy in higher education appear in co-authored book chapters.  With Professor Jacky Bratton, I wrote ‘The Internet: History 2.0?’ which performatively explores issues students and scholars face in digital landscapes and appears in  The Cambridge Companion to Theatre History.  With Dr. Broderick Chow, I wrote ‘Democratising Singing: Teaching Musical Theatre to a Mixed-Ability Higher Education Cohort’ in the Theatre, Dance and Performance Training journal.

I am currently working on a Fapesp-funded joint research project with Professor Larissa de Oliveriera Neves at the University of Campinas in Brazil on historiographical approaches of marginalised performance practices and subjects.