I came to the University of Manchester in 2005 as the Chair in Drama. I was Head of Drama from 2010-2014. From 2014-2017 I worked on a project funded by a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship, the end result of which was a monograph for Routledge, A Social History of British Performance Cultures 1900-1939: citizenship, surveillance and the body. Making use of popular magazines, trade journals, autobiographies, organisational records and archive holdings as well as plays, sketches and performances, the book explores the relationship between experience, social change and the transformation of the performance industries during this period of political upheaval. Other recent publications also make use of archival materials to re-read the professional lives of mid-twntieth century actresses and playwrights largely working for the commercial theatre. I am a series co-editor of three major research series with UK publishers - Theatre: Theory – Practice – Performance (Manchester University Press); Routledge Modern and Contemporary Dramatists (Routledge), and Women, Theatre and Performance (Manchester University Press). I am also a co-editor of of the journal Contemporary Theatre Review (Routledge). I was the Chair and a founder member of TaPRA (Theatre and Performance Research Association), the inaugural conference of which was held at the University of Manchester in 2005, and I have served on three RAE/REF panels in 2001/2008 and 2014. I am currently the Director of Research for the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures here at the University of Manchester.