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Professor Kerrie Schaefer

Professor in Community Performance


01392 722507

I am in the process of updating my staff profile over the Summer of 2023. 

For a more up to date list of grants and publications please see:

Research supervision

I am interested in supervising students in the area of community performance (see research students to get an idea of the broad range of subjects and students I have supervised since 2000s).

I am not currently accepting PGR students until January 2024.



Research students


I am currently supervising:


Chloe Bradwell (South West Wales Doctoral Training Studenship), Performing Dementia - Embodied Citizenship (with Margaret Ames, Aberystwyth University).


Bojana Daw Srdanovic (Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health Studenship), Co-producing theatre with people with learning disabilities: Producing professional theatre makers (with  Professor Martin Levinson (Bath Spa) and Professor Manula Barreto)


Helen Keen (Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health Studenship) On Autistic Actors and Lonliness (with Professor Manuela Barreto)


Roger Farrell, Rules, roles, relationships: exploring creative pathways between imaginary play and structured drama in late childhood and the implications for creativity in education and society.


Meghan Johnston, Changing the Script: Performance-based play interventions in domestic violence contexts (writing up corrections post-viva examination).


Tianyu Xiao on theatre interventions in the field of post-partum depression 


Viola (Fangming) Cheng on applying theatre with University students to embody healthy relationships



I have supervised to completion the following PhDs:


Dr Clare Irvine (Australian Postgraduate Research Award) Making it New:  Innovation in Australia's Youth Specific Theatre Field, awarded 2006, University of Newcastle, NSW. []


Dr Richard Feltham (AHRC studentship) Theatre at work : the characteristics, efficacy and impact of participatory actor-based applied theatre in the workplace, awarded 2012, University of Exeter, UK.



Dr Erin Walcon (University of Exeter studentship) Vital Spaces, Vital Signs: An exploration of performance-based methods of engagement to facilitate dialogue between localized power structures and youth participants, awarded 2012, University of Exeter, UK.

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Dr Sarah Evans, Performance-based interventions in sexual health and wellbeing in post-16s education, awarded 2013, University of Exeter, UK.



Dr Faustina Brew, An exploration of creative play and secondary school learning: critical praxis in Ghana and the UK”, awarded 2015, University of Exeter, UK.



Dr Keneth Bamuturaki, PhD, The Poetics of Conscientisation, Empowerment and Social Change: Exploring Community Theatre as a Development Communication Science in post war northern Uganda, awarded 2016, University of Exeter, UK.

[Lecturer in Performing Arts, Kyambogo University, Uganda]


Dr Clark Baim, Stories Yet Untold: The Place of Personal Narrative in Applied Drama,  awarded 2018, University of Exeter, UK.


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