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Dr Marianne Sharp is Senior Lecturer in Drama. Prior to working in academia, she worked as an actor primarily in touring theatre in the UK and continental Europe, and as a director of youth theatre and applied theatre projects (including 3 years directing/devising/writing theatre pieces with young people at Theatre Royal Winchester; and directing Timberlake Wertenbaker's 'Our Country's Good' for Playing for Time Theatre in Winchester Prison). Completing her practice-based PhD: ‘Being a Woman Twice: Knowledge, Subjectivity and the Autonomous Actress’ at Royal Holloway, University of London, in 2010, she continues to perform, direct and is in the process of publishing a series of articles developed from her thesis. Since the beginning of 2011, she has been travelling to Los Angeles as often as possible to research on and train with Rachel Rosenthal and her company (Extreme Theater Ensemble), who create completely improvised 'total theatre' performances called 'TOHUBOHU!' This work is ongoing... She welcomes research applications in the areas of contemporary theatre practice and feminisms and theatre.


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