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.


Drama academic wins 2018 TaPRA Early Career Research Prize

Dr Margherita Laera, Senior Lecturer in Drama and Theatre, has been awarded the TaPRA Early Career Research in Theatre/Performance Prize 2018 for her work on 'Translation, Adaptation, Otherness: "Foreignization" in Theatre Practice'. The judges commented that the project ‘represents an important – and deeply timely – investigation of how theatre in translation can be used to address contemporary tensions between varyin...

19 June 2018

Student Success at Employability Points Rewards Evening 2018

Three School of Arts students received awards at The Employability Points Rewards Evening, held on Tuesday 5 June 2018 at the Royal Dockyard Church at the University of Kent's Medway campus. A huge congratulations to: Jose Miguel Santos (BA Drama and English and American Literature), winner of the award for the Highest Scoring Student on the Canterbury Campus. Aleksandar Angelov (BA Drama), winner of the award for High...

8 June 2018

Drama academic shortlisted for TaPRA Early Career Award

Dr Margherita Laera, Senior Lecturer in Drama and Theatre, has been shortlisted for a prestigious TaPRA Early Career Award for her AHRC-funded Fellowship project, ‘Translation, Adaptation, Otherness: "Foreignisation" in Theatre Practice'. The winner will be announced in June. The project raises awareness of the complexities of theatre translation and asks how theatre can communicate linguistic and cultural difference without reducing the...

23 May 2018

Alumni doing their bit for #TimesUp

School of Arts alumni, Daniella Verektenidi and Jake Cunningham, have been involved in creating a range of t-shirts with the names of leading female directors and actors in an effort to fight for greater equality in the industry. Full details can be found on The Guardian website, here.

19 April 2018

Moving Memory Awarded Art Council 'Celebrating Age' Award!

A huge congratulations to Moving Memory who, in partnership with the Gulbenkian Theatre in Canterbury, Kent County Council Arts Unit and Kent County Council Adult Social Care, have been awarded one of the prestigious ‘Celebrating Age’ awards (Arts Council England & Baring Foundation) for ‘Still Stomping’. This project will be carried out over 2 years and promises to extend practice and training in intergenerational perfo...

3 April 2018

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