Staff Profiles: Kerrie Reading

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Staff Profile: Kerrie Reading
Lecturer in Drama and Performing Arts

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Kerrie Reading

Lecturer in Drama and Performing Arts

My passion for contemporary theatre was cemented at University. As well as undertaking higher degrees to further my thinking and practice I have performed across the globe with Stan’s Cafe and performed with my own company, Needless Allies.


Kerrie Reading is a practitioner, arts facilitator, lecturer and researcher. Working across the fields of contemporary performance making, performance with young people and creativity within education. She did an AHRC practice-based PhD at Aberystwyth University (2016) investigating how live performance can transmit history and make it experiential, with a focus on the archive of Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff. She holds an MPhil in Performance (2013) from the University of Birmingham and a Degree (2007, MDrama) in Contemporary Performance Practice from the University of Kent.


Award Title Institution Date
PhD Uncovering the Theatrical Past: An Exploration into the History of Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff. Aberystwyth University 2017
MPhil The Under Celebrated Urban Space University of Birmingham 2013
MDrama Drama and Theatre Studies University of Kent 2007


Full AHRC grant for PhD

Membership of professional bodies


TaPRA (Theatre and Performance Research Association)

Teaching and research


The Professional Practitioner

Professional Showcase


Investigative Studies




My research is interested in the relationship between performance, its documents and the venue it was created. In combining all three in a tripartite I create methodological enquiries that examine the potential of reaching back to former approaches to making theatre for today. This interest spans across the fields of experimental theatre, archives, re-enactment and oral histories. A further area of interest is site-based work and community.

External responsibilities

Creative Practitioner and Creative Agent for Lead Creative Schools, Wales.

Professional positions

Creative Practitioner and Creative Agent for Lead Creative Schools, Wales.