Our research, which encompasses both traditional and practice-based forms, addresses performance in history and contemporary culture. It ranges from performance philosophy to global Shakespeare, and includes work in transnationalism and dance; immersive, interactive and durational theatres; trauma and crisis in performance; disability arts; performance and the nonhuman, and costume and scenography. As a university conservatoire, we benefit from a close relationship between scholarship, performer training and professional practice.

Guildford School of Acting is home to three research centres: the Centre for Performance Philosophy, the Centre for Performance and Urban Living, the Surrey Shakespeare Centre, and the Institute of Performance.

We offer postgraduate research supervision in all of these areas. For more information visit our Postgraduate research page.

Professor Robert Shaughnessy Director of Research, GSA


Centre For Performance Philosophy


Surrey Shakespeare Centre


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