Rebecca McCutcheon

Director theatre & site specific performance

Research and publications

Image copyright Jamie Smith

Image copyright Jamie Smith

My research experiments with models of site-specific practice and rarely performed texts, exploring the possibilities of divergent sites for marginalised texts and voices. My practice connects text-based contemporary theatre practice with forms and techniques relating to immersive theatre practice, installation and devised work.

My research interests sit at the intersection of feminist performance histories, contemporary performance practice and cultural geography. My research has explored affective contagion in audience participation and the generative site. Outputs include articles for Dance and Theatre Performance Training Journal, Early Theatre, a chapter in Theatres of Contagion, and site-based performances at Dilston Grove in Southwark (A Testimony and a Silence), and The Hannah Barry Gallery, Peckham (Cary: The Mariam Cycles).

I completed my practice-based PhD at Royal Holloway funded by the AHRC.


Papers and publications:

2019    ‘Towards and ever more worldly interface: participation and affect in performance training’ (article) Theatre, Dance and Performance Training Journal.

2019    ‘Catching a Feeling: positive and negative affective contagion in site-specific performance’ (chapter) Theatres of Contagion, ed Fintan Walsh

2017    ‘Positive and negative affective contagion in site-specific performance’; paper – Theatre of Contagion conference, Birkbeck

2017    ‘Affective Bodies in Dynamic Space’; Between Space Symposium, Chichester University

2016   ‘Finding Myself, Lost’,  Audience, Experience, Desire conference Exeter University.

2015    ‘A Rehearsal Studies Approach to The Tragedy of Mariam‘ (article) Early Theatre 17.2 (2014) 187-201, DOI: http//

2011   Co-authored chapter on site-specific practice, ‘Site-Specific Marlowe’ in Performing Early Modern Drama Today, ed P. Aebischer & K.Prince, Cambridge University Press.

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