We are a vibrant and ambitious research community committed to interdisciplinary and partnership working with positive political, social, cultural, and intercultural significance.
We promote a collaborative and inclusive research environment, and our staff work with each other, with industry specialists, and with external partners to generate research with real-world relevance and industry impact.
East 15 research takes many forms including practice as research, practice-based, and text-based enquiry, and we encourage the exploration of new and progressive research methodologies. In addition to individual areas of expertise, our research team shares specialist knowledge in actor-training, theatre-directing, immersive and participatory theatre, embodiment, and intercultural practices.
The Screen and Performance Research Network constitutes a dynamic research community committed to the production of internationally recognised research that has significant cultural, social and industry impact, that is innovative in form and method, that benefits partner-organisations, and that attracts diverse finding.
The network investigates the making, methods and reception of contemporary performance and screen practices, with activity focused around three research clusters which provide a focus for critical discussion and research collaboration. The Network draws on expertise across East 15, and the Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies at the University of Essex, and benefits from a close relationship with The Centre for Theatre Research at the University of Essex.
Our clusters are as follows; Lived Experience and Creative Process, Embodiment and Perception, and Global Perspectives and Intercultural Practice. Please see below for more information.
Research in this cluster investigates professional creative practices and methods for training (theatre and film directing, movement direction, vocal training, actor training), documentation and analysis of artistic work within different cultural contexts, and the treatment of testimony within verbatim screen and performance practice.
Research in the cluster addresses affect and sensory studies as relates to screen and performance, with work addressing: gaming, virtual bodies, and the ethics of participation; immersive experience; touch and intimacy; perception and affect; gender and motherhood; disability and new technologies in artistic practice.
Research in this cluster investigates human rights and social justice; representations of conflict and arts practice within conflict and post-conflict zones, and; intercultural theatre and film practice.
In addition to producing high-quality research projects and attracting large and diverse research funding, the SPRN supports early-career researcher development, provide feedback for colleagues at all career stages, provides a forum for discursive exploration of nascent ideas, instigates new partnerships, responds to industry challenges, and disseminates research through exciting public engagement activities.
Take a closer look at our current Research projects and gain a thorough understanding of our work through our Research Showcase.