Dr Jonathan Heron, Warwick University – visiting speaker to Performance Studies


Visiting speaker to Performance Studies
Tuesday April 25th, 12 noon, Wright Hall 220
Dr Jonathan Heron, Warwick University, UK


Performance-as-Research as an ‘entangled’ methodology

Dr Jonathan Heron (University of Warwick)

Jonathan’s presentation will concern performance-as-research as an ‘entanglement’ of methodologies, drawing upon his work in critical interdisciplinary studies and transdisciplinary pedagogy. He will make reference to both ‘theatre laboratories’ and ‘science playgrounds’ in a participatory seminar that will explore different models of PAR/PaR in order to address questions concerning how practitioner knowledge is valued within academic research.

Dr Jonathan Heron is IATL Deputy Director and a Principal Teaching Fellow at the University of Warwick, where he specialises in interdisciplinary practice. He was previously Research Associate at the CAPITAL Centre (a collaboration with the Royal Shakespeare Company) and Youth Arts Leader at Pegasus Oxford, during their 50th anniversary. He co-founded Fail Better Productions in 2001, the Student Ensemble in 2009 and the Samuel Beckett Laboratory (at Trinity College Dublin) in 2013. He co-convened the International Federation for Theatre Research ‘Performance-as-Research’ working group (2013–16) and co-established the ‘Modernism, Medicine and Embodied Mind’ AHRC-funded network (with Bristol University). His academic research has been published in the Journal of Beckett Studies (Edinburgh UP, 2014), Shakespeare on the University Stage (Cambridge UP, 2015), Medical Humanities (British Medical Journals, 2016) and Research in Drama Education: the Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance (Taylor and Francis, 2017). He completed a practice-as-research PhD under the supervision of Baz Kershaw and Nadine Holdsworth in the School of Theatre, Performance and Cultural Policy Studies at the University of Warwick, UK.