European theatre Research Network


Our premise is that European theatre is not a coherent formula of aesthetic and artistic practices but in fact a widespread landscape of many local contexts and discourses.

ETRN aims to:

  • investigate the way that experimentation and innovation happens across broad European contexts ranging from repertory theatres to avant-garde laboratory groups.
  • build on our combined research expertise in European theatre, which includes aspects of contemporary British practice.
  • explore theoretical and practical connections across performance and geospatial borders.
  • function as a link between non-English European theatre discourses and practices and the Anglophone world.

Areas of specialism include: performer training in Eastern and Western European contexts: Grotowski’s legacy ; mime; ensemble practice ; directing, dramaturgy, and theatre systems ; European performances of Shakespeare and other classics; dance theatre; European philosophy and performance studies.

ETRN staff span the European continent in our research interests: from France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Spain through Germany, to Greece, Poland and Russia.


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Congratulations to all our graduates

All at the School of Arts are proud to congratulate our students who are graduating today, 18 July 2019, in a ceremony at Canterbury Cathedral. The ceremony will be followed by a party for our new graduates, and their families and friends, held at Westgate Hall in the city centre. This will include a prize giving for our graduates. The prize winners for each subject include: Art History prize winners Bann Prize for History and Philosophy of for the best ove...

18 July 2019

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Call for proposals: 'Words In, Of and For Performer Training'

Paul Allain, Professor of Theatre and Performance and Dean of the Graduate School,  Stacie Lee Bennett-Worth, PhD candidate at De Monfort University and Honorary Research Associate at Kent, Alicja Bral, PhD candidate at Kent, and Dr Roanna Mitchell, Lecturer in Drama and Theatre are organising a practice-based symposium titled ‘Words In, Of and For Performer Training’. This is with the support of Profe...

17 July 2019

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Inside Out symposium and performance of The Duck

This week, the School of Arts will host a two day symposium as part of the Playing A/Part research project, led by Nicola Shaughnessy, Professor of Performance in the Department of Drama and Theatre, and funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. The symposium is entitled 'Inside Out: Autistic Identities, Participatory Research and Gender', and it will be held in the Grimond Building at Kent on Thursday 4 and Friday 5 July 2019. The aim of...

1 July 2019

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PhD student Daniel Bendelman publishes in Disability and Society

Congratulations to Daniel Bendelman, currently studying for a PhD in Drama by Practice as Research, who has just contributed to a co-authored paper in the journal Disability & Society (Vol 34, 2019), entitled 'Doing it Differently: Emancipatory Autism Studies Within a Neurodiverse Academic Space'. Disability & Society is an international journal exploring issues such as human rights, discrimination, defini...

20 June 2019

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Shaun May's research appears in The New York Times

Dr Shaun May, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Drama and Theatre, has featured in The New York Times site this week as part of an article on comedy and autism. The New York Times is an American newspaper with a digit reach of 2.9 million. The piece, titled 'What's So Funny About Autism?' by Michele C. Hollow, was published on 18 June 2019 and explores how those with autism experience – and write – comedy. The article cit...

19 June 2019

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