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Dr Lewis Church

  • Overview



    Lewis teaches on the BA Theatre & Drama, BA Theatre Studies & English, MA Text and Performance, and MA Dramaturgy programmes. He has been part of the department since 2018, and has previously taught at Queen Mary University of London, Edinburgh University, and the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. 

    His research is focused on contemporary performance and live art, cultural politics and policy, censorship, subcultures and interdisciplinarity. This research has been published in PAJ, The First Line and Punk & Post-Punk, with other writing appearing in Something Other, The Art Story, Hackney Citizen and Exeunt, and for the Live Art Development Agency, SPILL Festival of Performance, Daily Life Ltd, and The Sick of the Fringe. 

    As an artist, dramaturg, and producer he has worked with Ron Athey, Vaginal Davis, Franko B, Stacy Makishi, Sh!t Theatre and other contemporary performance makers, and as a writer at venues and festivals across the UK, Europe and Australia.


    • BA (Hons) Drama (Performance), University of London, 2009
    • MA Theatre and Performance, University of London, 2010
    • Doctor of Philosophy (Drama), University of London, 2017


  • Research


    Research interests

    • Live art, experimental performance and interdisciplinarity.
    • Devised theatre, festivals and interventions.
    • Cultural identity, cultural formation and subcultures.
    • Cultural politics and policy.
    • Access, representation and public engagement.

    Research overview

    My research interests are wide-ranging, encompassing contemporary performance and live art, cultural policy and cultural politics around access and representation, censorship, subcultures and interdisciplinarity. 

    My research interest in performance outside of major theatrical institutions (independent theatres, festivals, nightclubs, or interventions in public space) corresponds to a broader commitment to diversifying the subjects of academic analysis and engagement, particularly in relation to race, gender, class and sexuality.

  • Supervision and teaching

    Supervision and teaching


    Teaching modules

    • Theatre in London Now: Histories of London: level 4, 30 credits (ENHU001S4)
    • Theatre in London Now: Student Led Project: level 6, 30 credits (ENHU001S6)
    • Theatre in London Now: London Spaces: level 5, 0 credits (ENHU001Z5)