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Platform: Journal of Theatre and Performing Arts

Platform: Journal of Theatre and Performing Arts

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. 

Editorial Board

Dr. Lianna Mark is a Teaching Fellow in the Department of English Studies at Durham University. She holds a LAHP-funded PhD in English and theatre Studies from King’s College London, which she recently completed on a DAAD visiting fellowship at the Freie Universität in Berlin. Her thesis explores the stories and storytelling— thematic, formal, and institutional—of recent British new writing. 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 Comparative Drama and the JCDE. Lianna served as the book reviews editor for the ‘Balancing Acts’ issue of Platform and, with Alex Watson, is co-editing ‘Within Limits’.

Alex Watson is a department-funded PhD researcher and visiting lecturer at Royal Holloway, University of London, whose thesis explores 2010s British theatre with a focus on violence and performativity. He has performed in two site-based performances for the BBC and is published in the Methuen Engage title Harold Pinter: Stages, Networks, Collaborations (2021), with forthcoming work for Theatre Notebook and CDE. Alex served as performance responses and book reviews editor for the ‘Theatres of Labour’ issue of Platform, the cover and layout designer for ‘Balancing Acts’ and, with Lianna Mark, is co-editing ‘Within Limits’.

Chris Green is an artist currently undertaking a fully collaborative, co-authored practice research PhD at the University of Plymouth. This research is centred on experiences of millennial precarity, drawing on philosophies of hauntology and lost futures (published in Performance Research and Studies in Theatre & Performance). Chris is a part-time lecturer at Leeds Beckett University after teaching at Sheffield Hallam University and the University of Plymouth. He holds a BA from the University of Chester and MA from Wimbledon College of Art. Chris joined Platform as an editorial assistant for the ‘Balancing Acts’ issue of Platform, and is the performance responses editor for ‘Within Limits’.

Grace Joseph is a theatre director and researcher, currently undertaking a practice-based PhD at Goldsmiths University. Her project, shaped by her ongoing collaboration with disabled-led theatre companies, looks at the aesthetics of access in both rehearsal and performance. As a theatre director, she has trained at the Young Vic, worked at Shakespeare’s Globe, and developed new writing with Camden People’s Theatre and Battersea Arts Centre. She has also taught at Central School of Speech and Drama and is currently leading a research project with Extant Theatre Company on access to scripts for visually impaired artists. She holds a BA from the University of Cambridge and is studying for her Level 3 in BSL. Grace joined Platform as an editorial assistant for the ‘Balancing Acts’ issue of Platform, and is the book reviews editor for ‘Within Limits’.

Milo Harries is a PhD candidate at the University of Cambridge, writing on logics of encounter in the climate crisis. He co-convenes the Cambridge Graduate Seminar for Drama and Performance, is co-editor of the Arcadiana blog for EASLCE, and works as an opera singer (see www.miloharries.com). Milo joined Platform as an editorial assistant for the ‘Balancing Acts’ issue of Platform and will be continuing this role for ‘Within Limits’, for which he has also contributed an article

Amy Terry is a theatre-maker and practice-based PhD candidate at Royal Holloway, University of London. They hold an MA in Text and Performance from RADA/ Birkbeck. Their current research focuses on postdramatic playwriting methodologies as an intersectional way of working for queer, trans*, and working-class practitioners. As a writer and performer, they have presented work at Camden People’s Theatre and are in the process of creating a queer touring show in association with Farnham Maltings. They are currently the dramaturgy mentor for Gabriel by Clare Bayley, a collaboration between University College, Oxford and Oxford Playhouse.

Laura Vorwerg is a visiting lecturer and doctoral researcher at Royal Holloway, University of London and has previously worked as a director, assistant director, and staff producer in opera and theatre. Her research explores the relationship between performer training and interdisciplinary performance practice within theatre and opera and seeks to examine the ways in which embodied physical skills are taught, learnt, maintained, and adapted within professional practice. Laura has contributed chapters to Interdisciplinary Arts: Contemporary Perspectives, published by the University of Malta Press, and Time and Performer Training, published by Routledge.

Jon Berry is a playwright and researcher currently based at Royal Holloway, University of London. His academic work centres around contemporary metaphysics of theatre looked at through the work of Deleuze and Guattari, with a particular interest in the ontology of the political in Welsh 21st-century plays. He is currently researching the autonomy of plays in political life outside of the human, as well as a small note on the notion of the ‘real world’ in theatre scholarship. His plays have been performed across the UK, and he has been awarded with a Theatre503 503Five award.

Further information

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.

Board members

Mojisola Adebayo Queen Mary, University of London
Adam Alston Goldsmiths, University of London
John Bull  University of Reading
Diana Damian Martin Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
Maria Delgado Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
Helen Gilbert Royal Holloway
Patrick Lonergan National University of Ireland, Galway
Chris Megson Royal Holloway
Helen Nicholson  Royal Holloway
Sophie Nield  Royal Holloway
Dan Rebellato  Royal Holloway

Past members of the editorial board include:

Tamara Aberle Catherine Love
Adam Alston Joe McLoughlin
Vicky Angelaki Lisa Moravec
Chloe Arros Siobhan O'Neill
Rachel Clements Emer O’Toole
Poppy Corbett Eugénie Pastor
Meg Cunningham Julia Peetz
Diana Damian Grant Tyler Peterson
Sylwia Dobkowska Brahma Prakash
Gwyneth Donlon James Rowson
James Ellison Adam Rush
Marissia Fragkou Will Shüler
Philip Hager Clio Unger
Kene Igweonu Raz Weiner
Josephine Leask Marilena Zaroulia
Mara Lockowandt  

 

For any further information please contact the editors at platform-submissions@rhul.ac.uk.

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Platform 
c/o Department of Drama, Theatre and Dance
Royal Holloway, University of London 
Egham, Surrey TW20 0EX 
United Kingdom

 

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