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Molly Flynn

Lecturer in Theatre and Performance


Molly lectures on the BA Theatre & Drama and BA Theatre Studies & English programmes.

Molly researches the history and significance of documentary theatre in Russia and Eastern Europe. She completed her MA in Theatre and Performance Studies at Brown University in 2008 and her PhD in Slavonic Studies at the University of Cambridge in 2015. Molly’s book Witness Onstage: Documentary theatre in twenty-first century Russia is forthcoming at Manchester University Press. See a full list of Molly's publications here.

From 2015 – 2016, Molly worked as a researcher on the AHRC funded project For Love or Money? Collaboration between amateur and professional theatre. Based in the Department of Drama, Theatre, and Dance at Royal Holloway, Molly’s work on the project explored the impact of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Open Stages initiative. More recently she has begun a new research project on Ukraine’s first dedicated documentary theatre company, the Theatre of Displaced People.

Molly is also a performer and maker of documentary theatre. From 2008 – 2011 she lived and worked in Moscow during which time she performed the role of Gerda in the Joseph Beuys Theatre documentary production, Legacy of Silence at Moscow’s Sakharov Centre. Since relocating to the UK, Molly has continued to work with many of Eastern Europe’s leading documentary theatre artists as a dramaturg, performer, and producer. Molly’s research has appeared in New Theatre Quarterly, Contemporary Theatre Review, RiDE: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance, Problems of Post-Communism, Open Democracy, and Calvert Journal.