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Marilena Zaroulia is Senior Lecturer in Drama. She joined the Department of Performing Arts in September 2008; prior to that she had worked at University College Dublin and Royal Holloway, University of London.

Marilena completed an undergraduate degree in Theatre Studies at the National University of Athens, before moving to the UK for MA in Research (Theatre) and PhD in Drama and Theatre both at Royal Holloway, University of London. Her PhD thesis 'Staging the Other/Imagining the Greek' examined experiences and politics of Greek national identity through the production and reception of post-1956 English drama on Athenian stages since 1974. Since the completion of her doctorate in 2007, she has been researching various examples of contemporary performance and cultural politics specifically in post-1989 Europe. She has published, given public talks and presented numerous papers in UK and international conferences on these areas.

Marilena's latest book is an edited collection (with Philip Hager) that brings together theatre scholars and academics from other fields in the arts and humanities from the UK and Europe in order to study post-2008 crises in Europe and the role of performance. This interdisciplinary, collaborative project involves participants in a series of workshops that Marilena convened across 2013-14.

Marilena is also one of the convenors of the Performance, Identity, Community Working Group of the Theatre and Performance Research Association (TaPRA).

Areas of expertise

  • Contemporary Performance and Cultural Politics (national identity, displacement, belonging, globalization, mobility, cosmopolitanism)
  • Post-1989 British and European Drama and Theatre
  • Performance and Border-crossing, displacement and representations of travel
  • Politics of performance, particularly performances of capitalism, crises and resistance
  • Global spectacles and popular performances (Eurovision, Olympic Games)
  • Performance and New Europe


  • "Performances of Capitalism, Crises and Resistance. Inside/Outside Europe." Marilena Zaroulia and Philip Hager (eds). Palgrave Macmillan, 2015
  • "Sharing the Moment: Europe, Affect and Utopian Performatives in the Eurovision Song Contest" in Performing the New Europe: Identities, Feelings, and Politics in the Eurovision Song Contest. Karen Fricker & Milija Gluhovic (eds), Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2013.
  • "Europhile or Eurosceptic? Gaps in the Narrative and Performances of Panic" (co-written with Philip Hager) in Remapping Crisis: A Guide to Athens. Ally Walsh & Myrto Tsilimpounidi (eds), Zero Books, 2013.
  • "Geographies of the Imagination" in David Greigs Theatre: Mobility, Globalization and European Identities in The Theatre of David Greig (Critical Companion). C. Wallace (ed.) London: Methuen, 2013.
  • "Members of a Chorus of a Certain Tragedy: Euripides Orestes, National Theatre of Greece" in Theatre and National Identity: Re-imagining Conceptions of the Nation. Nadine Holdsworth (ed.) London & New York: Routledge, 2013.
  • "What is missing is my place in the world: The Utopian Dramaturgy of David Greig" in COSMOTOPIA: Transnational Identities in David Greigs theatre. Anja Muller & Clare Wallace (eds) Prague: Litteraria Pragensia, 2011. pp. 32-49.
  • "Staging Hamlet after the in-yer-face moment"Contemporary Theatre Review Backpages 20.4 (2010): pp. 501-4.
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