Platform is a refereed journal that has been devoted to publishing the work of postgraduates, postdoctoral researchers, and entry-level academics in the fields of theatre and the performing arts for more than a decade.
Platform, as the name suggests, works to provide a space for postgraduate researchers and entry-level academics to have their work circulated through online publication. Each edition also has a limited print run in full colour.
The journal is run by postgraduate researchers and operates a peer and academic review system, which ensures that contributors not only have the opportunity to publicise their research, but also receive valuable feedback.
Platform is published twice a year, with each edition following a broad theme, making it possible for diverse research interests to be covered in each volume. Platform explicitly welcomes interdisciplinary work and submissions not only from scholars of theatre, performance, and dance, but also from those working in related disciplines whose work speaks to our calls for submissions.
Clio Unger is a PhD candidate at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London, where she works on lecture performances, the performance of knowledge and forms of embodied criticism. She holds an MA in theatre and performance from The Graduate Center (CUNY) and an MA in dramaturgy from the University of Munich. She was the recipient of IFTR's New Scholars Prize (2015), and her essay was published in the International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media. Clio is the co-editor for Platform: Journal of Theatre and Performing Arts and the editorial assistant for Contemporary Theatre Review. She also works as a freelance dramaturg and translator.
Josephine Leask is a dance critic, editor, lecturer and part-time PhD researcher at Central School of Speech and Drama. Her PhD research explores the contribution of New Dance Magazine (1977-1988) to the creation of alternative and feminist intersectional dance writing practices. She has written about dance for a range of mainstream press and dance publications but currently writes for DanceTabs and her commitment as a critic is to cover dance that sits outside of mainstream visibility. She lectures on the BA dance degree programme at London Studio Centre and the MA programme at Rambert. She edits Resolution Review each year at The Place Theatre which profiles emerging writers writing alongside critics.
Lisa Moravec is a PhD researcher at Royal Holloway. Her PhD project develops a theory of human/animal 'dressage' and examines tensions between political, ethical issues and established aesthetics through experimental 'performances' (including dance, theatre, new media works) mainly after 1968. Besides co-editing Platform, she works towards a special issue of the journal Photography & Culture, currently entitled 'Humanism without Humans’. She holds an MA in History of Art from UCL and has complete the Bavarian MA programme Aisthesis, and works as a freelance critic and visiting lecturer at Kingston School of Art.
Co-editor and Cover Designer
Meg Cunningham is a doctoral researcher at the University of Surrey and funded by a Faculty of Arts and Social Science studentship. Her practice-based PhD explores the intersections between architectural environments, story and immersive scenography. Holding a Bachelors of Architecture and an MFA in Scenic Design, she has worked in Los Angeles as a designer and art director for the themed entertainment industry where she developed several unrealized theme parks in the middle east and China as well as built several attractions and rides in the US. Meg has also designed in a variety of theatres in London, Pittsburgh and Los Angeles.
Alex Watson is a visiting lecturer and department-funded PhD researcher at Royal Holloway. His thesis explores violence and performativity in 2010s British theatre, with attendant interests of representations of protest, climate crisis, neoliberalism, European identity, and gender and race based violence. He is published in the edited collection from Methuen Engage, Harold Pinter: Stages, Networks, Collaborations (2021), and has given multiple papers at national and international conferences. He has directed several productions for the Lincoln Company and KCL, and performed in two site-specific performances supported by the BBC. His research at RHUL follows Masters and Bachelor degrees from Kings College London and the University of Lincoln respectively.
Performance Review Editor
Gwyneth Donlon is a MPhil/PhD researcher working at the intersections of performance, visual and material cultures. Her department-funded project explores the function of objects and bodies rendered object-like in contemporary feminist performance. It aims to extend thinking on practices and theories of representation by interrogating the contribution of material culture discourse. Prior to joining the Department of Drama, Theatre and Dance at Royal Holloway, Gwyneth obtained an MA in Theatre and Performance from Queen Mary, London, and an MA in Arts Management from RMIT University, Melbourne.
Book Reviews Editor
After a DAAD-funded visiting fellowship at the Freie Universität in Berlin, Lianna Mark is nearing the end of her LAHP-funded PhD project at King’s College London. Her thesis explores the stories and storytelling – thematic, formal and institutional – of recent British new writing, at the Royal Court and at the Almeida theatres in particular. She completed her postgraduate studies in comparative and postcolonial literatures at the University of Bologna and Paris-Sorbonne and holds a BA in European literature from the University of Bologna and the University of Upper Alsace. She collaborated as associate researcher on the Fabulamundi Workbook project and her work has been published in the Journal of Contemporary Drama in English. She also works as a freelance translator.
Editorial Board Members
|David Bullen||Royal Holloway|
|Meg Cunningham||University of Surrey|
|Emma Meade Chapman||Royal Holloway|
|Julia Peetz||University of Warwick|
|Angeliki Kitrini Tsanikidou||Royal Holloway|
|Raz Weiner||Royal Holloway|
Editorial Advisory Board
Members of the Editorial Advisory Board are internationally renowned and you can view their profiles and contact information by clicking on the name of the person(s) you are interested in.
|Mojisola Adebayo||Queen Mary, University of London|
|Elaine Aston||Lancaster University|
|Peter Boenisch||Central School of Speech and Drama|
|John Bull||University of Reading|
|Matthew Cohen||Royal Holloway|
|Helen Gilbert||Royal Holloway|
|Helena Hammond||University of Roehampton|
|Patrick Lonergan||National University of Ireland, Galway|
|Helen Nicholson||Royal Holloway|
|Sophie Nield||Royal Holloway|
|Dan Rebellato||Royal Holloway|
|Janelle Reinelt||University of Warwick|
|Joseph Roach||Yale University|
|Brian Singleton||Trinity College, Dublin|
Past Board Members
Past members of the editorial board include:
|Tamara Aberle||Catherine Love|
|Adam Alston||Joe Mcloughlin|
|Vicky Angelaki||Siobhan O'Neill|
|Chloe Arros||Emer O’Toole|
|Rachel Clements||Eugénie Pastor|
|Poppy Corbett||Julia Peetz|
|Diana Damian||Grant Tyler Peterson|
|Sylwia Dobkowska||Brahma Prakash|
|James Ellison||James Rowson|
|Marissia Fragou||Adam Rush|
|Philip Hager||Will Shüler|
|Kene Igweonu||Raz Weiner|
|Mara Lockowandt||Marilena Zaroulia|
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