teresa brayshaw


Educational Practice

I’ve worked in the Higher Education sector since completing my masters degree in Contemporary Theatre Practice at Lancaster University in 1991. Since then I’ve held full time lecturing posts at De Montfort University, Leicester, The University of Hull, The University of Leeds, Manchester Metropolitan University and most recently Leeds Metropolitan University (Leeds Beckett) where in 2006, I was appointed to set up a brand new Performing Arts department from scratch.


My teaching specialisms span contemporary performance, theatre making and directing, performance training for actors and non-actors and critical and creative writing. I work with undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD students.


I’ve worked as an external examiner at Kingston University, York St John University, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and currently at Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance.


I undertake consultancy work for the Higher Education Academy, the Kosovo Accreditation Agency and Arts Council England. I sit on the boards of FLARE Festival and Pigeon Theatre Company in Manchester and Red Ladder Theatre Company in Leeds, and I am a member of The Table – an international network of creative women. I am also a member of the Feldenkrais Guild UK.


I’ve enjoyed developing my scholarly research into creating environments for practitioners to be profiled alongside their academic counterparts and together with my co-editors of Training Grounds in the International Journal of Theatre, Dance and Performance Training (2010–2013), we were able to support over 60 new contributors to join the debates around performer training.


My book ‘The 20th Century Performance Reader’ 3rd edition co-edited with Noel Witts, was published by Routledge in 2013, and I am currently working on ‘The 21st Century Performance Reader’ which will present the voices and ideas of many of the current performance practitioners working across the globe.

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