Dr Rachel Clements

Lecturer in Drama, Theatre & Performance

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I am a lecturer in drama, theatre and performance and specialise in Postwar British theatre, with a particular focus on playwriting and contemporary performance. My interests span a broad spectrum of arts practice and creative writing, from the mainstream to the experimental. My work often focuses on questions concerning spectrality, absence, and relationships between form and content which have developed from my PhD titled 'Hauntology and Contemporary British Political Theatre (1995-2010)', from Royal Holloway. I hold a BA in English Literature from the University of Oxford and an MA in English (‘Issues in Modern Cultrure’) from UCL.

I have had a long involvement with TaPRA (Theatre and Performance Research Association), as a Postgraduate Representative (2007-10), as a co-convenor of the Performance, Identity, Community working group (2012-15), and as a member of the organization. Since its inception in 2013, I have been a member of the 'Inside/Outside Europe' research network, co-ordinated by Marilena Zaroulia and Philip Hager. During my PhD I was on the editorial board of Platform, a postgraduate eJournal of theatre and performance, and since summer 2016 I’ve been New Theatre Quarterly’s Book Reviews Editor.

A significant strand of my teaching focuses on supporting students in their creative writing. I work with playwrights and theatres – particularly the Royal Exchange – in my role convening the MA Playwriting and the third year practical options, ‘Writing for Performance’. My teaching on our practice, study and core courses builds on my experiences at other universities: prior to arriving at Manchester in 2012 I was a visiting lecturer at Kingston University and the University of Reading, a distance learning and study support tutor for Rose Bruford College, and both a visiting lecturer and then a full time Teaching Fellow (2011-12) at Royal Holloway.

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