Ms Alison Jeffers

Lecturer in Applied Theatre

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Alison Jeffers is a Lecturer in Applied Theatre and Contemporary Performance at the University of Manchester where she has worked since 2009. She teaches on BA (Hons) Drama courses and supervises a number of PhD students. She is on the Executive Committee of SCUDD, the national body for teaching and learning in Drama and has played a strong role in developing The Association for Research in Performance and Theatre (TaPRA) though membership of that Executive. Alison taught for many years in further education and in a conservatoire setting before moving into teaching and research at Manchester. The move into a research career was enabled by the award of an AHRC studentship through the In Place of War project where Alison researched and wrote a PhD on refugee theatre and performance in the UK. This was subsequently published as a monograph by Palgrave Macmillan under the title Refugees, Theatre and Crisis: performing global identities in 2010 and was awarded the TaPRA prize for promising research by an early career researcher in 2012.



External positions

External Examiner, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

1 Sep 2018 → …

Vice-Chair, Standing Conference of University Drama Departments

Jun 2016 → …

External Examiner, Goldsmiths College (University of London)


Executive member, Theatre and Performance Research Association

Sep 2011Sep 2016

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Education / academic qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, PhD Drama, The University of Manchester (2008)
  • Master of Arts University of Leeds (1992)
  • Bachelor of Arts, English Literature and Language, The University of Manchester (1984)
  • Bachelor of Arts, Drama, The University of Manchester (1983)

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