Professor Paul CarrMMD Group Leader

Paul Carr is Professor of Popular Music Analysis at the ATRiuM, University of South Wales, in Cardiff. His research interests focus on the areas of musicology, widening access, the music industry and pedagogical frameworks for music related education – publishing extensively in all of these areas. He is also an experienced performing musician, having toured and recorded with artists as diverse as The James Taylor Quartet and ex Miles Davis saxophonist Bob Berg.

Dr Jodie Allinson

Jodie Allinson is a lecturer in Drama in the Faculty of Creative Industries, University of South Wales, where she teaches both practical and theoretical classes in twentieth and twenty-first century performance at undergraduate and masters level.



Inga Burrows

Inga Burrows is a Senior Lecturer in Arts and Media at Cardiff School of Creative and Cultural Industries. She is a practicing artist and filmmaker, she specializes in teaching fiction film and experimental film. Her research interests include: artist cinema, participatory art, experimental documentary, performance for screen.



Dr Robert Campbell

Rob Campbell is Academic Subject Manager for Broadcasting & Journalism at University of South Wales. He maintains his practice as a columnist for a daily newspaper, and as a feature writer. He was highly commended in the British regional press awards, in the columnist of the year category, in 2017.



Michael Carklin

Michael Carklin is Reader in Applied and Interdisciplinary Teaching and Learning, Academic Subject Manager for Drama, Dance and Performance, and is Course Leader for the MA Drama. His major areas of research are Applied Drama (including Drama & Theatre in Education), Theatre & Science, Theatre and Film in Africa, and Creative Industries in Higher Education. Michael is also Co-Convenor of the Applied & Social Theatre working group of the national Theatre and Performance Research Association (TaPRA).


Dr Philip Cowan

Philip Cowan is Academic Subject Leader for Film at University of South Wales. He has worked freelance on over 80 film productions, including; Drama, Documentary, Performance, and Animation projects, working for BBC, ITV, C4, S4C, and numerous independent companies. As a Director of Photography he has collected twenty ‘Best Short Film’ awards, including two BAFTA Cymrus. His work has been screened on network television, at festivals world-wide, and even at the Tate Gallery, London.


Dr Sarah Crews

Sarah Crews is Senior Lecturer in Performance and Course leader for the BA Performance and Media degree at Atrium campus, University of South Wales. Sarah’s PhD explores the role of the director, and issues of gender and sexuality in the plays and production practices of Howard Barker. Aside from Barker, political theatre and theatre making practices more broadly, Sarah’s key research interests are in gender and sexualities studies, multimedia performance and practice as research.


Emeritus Prof. Hamish Fyfe

Professor Hamish Fyfe is the a Co-Founder of the George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling, CEWN Project Director, and Director, Digital Economy Projects at the University of South Wales. He has worked as a teacher, actor, and researcher in a variety of contexts and worked for twenty years in Belfast, Northern Ireland before taking up his post as Chair of Arts in the Community in September 2004. Hamish has a long track record in collaborative, applied research and knowledge exchange activities.


Dr Geraint D’Arcy

Geraint D’Arcy is a Lecturer in Drama at the Faculty of Creative Industries, University of South Wales. His main research interests include: Philosophy of Technology, Performance technologies, Theatre History, Multimedia Performance, Theatre Architecture, transmedial narratives; Television and film set design theory and criticism. Other interests include: Theatre special effects and blood effects, science fiction writing and performance poetry


Jeanette D’Arcy

Jeanette D’Arcy is a Post Graduate Researcher and postgraduate student representative with the Faculty of Creative Industries, University of South Wales. Her research interests include: theatre, performance, adaptation, gender, canonicity and popular performance.

Professor Richard Gough

Richard Gough is Professor in Music and Performance at University of South Wales and Artistic Director of the Centre for Performance Research (CPR) – a multi-faceted theatre organisation based in Wales that works internationally. He is General Editor of Performance Research (published bi-monthly by Routledge), Performance Books and Black Mountain Press (imprints of CPR).


Dr Rachel Grainger

Rachel Grainger is a Senior Lecturer in Design History at the University of South Wales. She currently teaches on the BA (Hons.) Advertising Design and BA (Hons.) Graphic Communication programmes. At postgraduate level, she leads the MA module GC4S05: Research and Practice in the Creative Industries and she is a PhD supervisor. Her research interests include advertising, political advertising, pedagogy and visual culture.




Dr Lesley Harbidge

Lesley Harbidge is Course Leader in Film Studies at the University of South Wales. She came to the then University of Glamorgan in 2006 after gaining an Undergraduate Degree and PhD in the English Department at the University of Aberdeen where she was Teaching Fellow and, latterly, Undergraduate Co-ordinator in Film Studies. She has also worked as a Cinema Education Officer.


Heledd Hardy

Heledd Wyn Hardy is a lecturer in TV and Film at the Faculty of Creative Industries, School of Production and Performance, University of South Wales, where she specialises in teaching both practical and theoretical classes in the Television Studio (multi camera) and on Location (single camera directing) at undergraduate and masters level. She is a creative practitioner and practicing filmmaker. Her research interests include: visual storytelling; television broadcast and export; performance for screen. Vision to Viewer film-making workbook

Dr Peter Jachimiak

Employing an auto-ethnographic approach, Peter Jachimiak’s interests are to do with children’s cultures of the 1970s and 1980s and the way in which cultural artefacts of childhood, from those two decades, manifested themselves within the wider cultural geographies of the time. As such, his current work explores, on one hand, ‘children, spectralities and ghost cultures’, and, on the other, ‘utopia, dystopia, and science fiction aimed at children and young adults.


Steve Johnson

Steve Johnson began working at the University of South Wales (formerly, University of Glamorgan) as the Community Radio Tutor in January 2002. He has played an active role in supporting the development of community radio in Wales, including his role in the launch of Gtfm Radio, the first community radio station in Wales, part of the pilot project for Access Radio across the UK. Johnson has worked for nearly twenty years in professional radio, working for the BBC, commercial and community radio sectors.

Professor Lisa Lewis

Lisa is Professor of Theatre and Performance. Her research explores: performance and culture, specifically notions of place and heritage in relation to performance; postcolonial theatre and drama; performative writing; and the performance traditions of minority cultures and communities, especially those that reside 'outside’ mainstream theatre structures. She is Co-Director, with Professor Ruth McElroy, of the Centre for Media and Culture in Small Nations. Current research: Lisa is lead investigator for Welsh and Khasi Cultural Dialogues: An Interdisciplinary Arts and Performance Project which explores the cultural and historical relationship of the people of Wales and the Khasi people of northeast India. This is a four-year project October 2015-19, and is funded by the Leverhulme Trust.

Wyn Mason

Wyn Mason is L/SL in Video Production at the University of South Wales. Wyn has just completed a poetry-film project he’s been developing with poet and colleague Professor Philip Gross. Flow & Frame comprises of a series of 2 mins x 13 short films, filmed on the banks of the River Taff, each one contemplating the ancient Greek philosopher, Heraclitus’s famous saying about how no-one steps into the same river twice. A shorter version of the film is being entered into the Zebra Poetry Film Festival, Berlin, 2014.

Professor Ruth McElroy

Ruth McElroy is Faculty Head of Research and Professor of Creative Industries. Ruth lectures in TV Studies, consumer cultures, and media audiences. She is also co-director, with Professor Lisa Lewis, of the Centre for the Study of Media and Culture in Small Nations




Dr Damon Minchella

A professional musician since 1987, during which time I have co-written and/or performed on records selling over 10 million copies. I have also been lecturing in Higher Education since 2009, focusing on the area of Popular Music. I have completed my doctoral research, which is concerned with the situated realities and practice of contemporary music-makers.


Dr Márta Minier

Márta Minier is Lecturer in Drama at the University of South Wales. She has published widely in the fields of Shakespeare studies and adaptation and translation studies. Her main research interests also include the biopic, biography, biographical drama and European theatre (with an emphasis on Central and Eastern Europe). Márta is joint editor of the Journal of Adaptation in Film & Performance and one of the associate editors of the theatre studies journal Symbolon.


Dr Philip Mitchell

Philip Mitchell is Academic Manager for Media and Culture at University of South Wales. He specialises in international media and journalism studies. Philip’s current research interests are in the media in Wales, European media (film and journalism) and new media.


Dr Christina Papagiannouli

Christina Papagiannouli is a research assistant at the University of South Wales. Her practice-based PhD research focused on the political character of cyberformance. Papagiannouli has presented her work at a range of international events and conferences. Her monograph ‘Political Cyberformance: The Etheatre Project’ was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2015. For further details, see the Etheatre Project’s blog.


Dr Hilary Ramsden

Hilary Ramsden is a Senior Lecturer in Drama and Performance at the University of South Wales. Her main preoccupation as artist, researcher and educator is exploring how play and experimentation through the arts can lead to positive changes, big and small, in our everyday lives. She is particularly interested in clowning and live performance, as well as creating work that combines other disciplines such as film, puppetry, visual art and walking.


Dr Deidre Russell

Deidre Russell is Lecturer in Film Studies at University of South Wales. Deidre’s main research interests include autobiographical discourse, nonfiction film and narrative theory.

Dr Jesse Schwenk

Jesse Schwenk is Lecturer at the Faculty of Creative Industries, University of South Wales.

Dr Rob Smith

Rob Smith is a composer, performer and improviser. He has composed scores for films, television and theatre. He also composes and performs jazz, and runs a community big band Wonderbrass.


Dr Emily Underwood-Lee

Emily Underqood-Lee is Research Fellow at the George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling. Her research focuses on performance, autobiographical stories and the body in a variety of contexts including feminist performance art, narratives of illness, performance and the maternal, and performance and disability. Emily is a board member of Beyond the Border International Storytelling Festival.

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Ian Wiblin

Ian Wiblin is L/SL in Arts and Media at the University of South Wales. His main teaching areas include photography and photography considered in relation to, and in combination with, the moving image (critical approaches to practice – still photography, installation, film and video etc.)

Dr Rebecca Williams

Rebecca Williams is Senior Lecturer in Communication, Culture and Media Studies in the Faculty of Creative Industries and is the Course Leader for BA Media, Culture & Journalism. Her research specialisms include media audiences/fans and participatory cultures; self-identity and self-narrative; material cultures and audiences/fans; celebrity cultures and place and space. She was recently elected as a member of the Steering Committee for the Fan & Audience Studies Special Interest Group for the Society of Cinema & Media Studies.


Dr Rhiannon M. Williams

Rhiannon Williams is the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol lecturer in Theatr a Drama. She recently completed her Welsh language practice based PhD at the University of South Wales entitled ‘Y Capel Cymraeg, Cymdogaeth a Pherfformiad’ (_‘The Welsh Chapel, Community and Performance’_). Her research interests focus on Welsh language culture and performance, practice as research in performance, minority culture, identity and performance.