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Academic Staff

Dr Alessandro Altavilla
Lecturer in Digital Creativity

Tel: +44 (0)1904 324429
Room: RCH/326

Interactive media art, interaction design, theory and aesthetics of digital media; affordance, embodiment, memory; sound art, interactive sonification, sound design, listening practices, sonic memories; design of digital music instruments, live electronics and live coding, acousmatic composition, film music. 

Dr James Ballands
Associate Lecturer in Television & Film

Tel: +44 (0)1904 325235
Room: RCH/223

British and European art cinema, particularly the films of Terence Davies; intertextuality; literary adaptation; documentary filmmaking 

Professor David Barnett
Professor of Theatre

Tel: +44 (0)1904 325455 
Room: TFTV/222

Political theatre, particularly Bertolt Brecht, the Berliner Ensemble, Heiner Müller, dialectics on stage, and post-Brechtian performance; Rainer Werner Fassbinder and his work in the theatre; postdramatic theatre; modern German theatre; documentary theatre; theatre documentation.

Dr Rebecca Benzie
Lecturer in Theatre

Tel: +44 (0)1904 323225
Room: TFTV/205

Feminism and dramaturgy; twenty-first century new playwriting; the contemporary history play; feminist performance analysis; centenary and anniversary commemoration and performance practices; British theatre institutions and their wider socio-cultural contexts. Theatre practitioner specialising in devising and new writing.

Dr Florian Block
Research Fellow, Digital Creativity Labs

Tel: +44 (0)1904 325458 
Room: RCH/232

Enabling the general public to interact with real-world data through the use of novel interactive technology and visualization techniques. Utilizing interactive technology, data visualizations and games for scientific outreach, digital civics and citizen science.  

Ms Susan Brand
Lecturer in Editing for Film & Television

Tel: +44 (0)1904 328437
Room: RCH/223

Film and television editing and post-production; storytelling in the edit - structure and emotional journey; shaping story using myth and legend; sound design

Mr Simon van der Borgh
Senior Lecturer in Screenwriting

Tel: +44 (0)1904 325269
Room: TFTV/221

Screenwriting, including adaptation, genre films and hi-concept movies; short films; the function of character in the creation of compelling screen stories and story structure; the form and function of scenes in scene-writing; Theatre, especially playwriting; the Australian film and TV industry.

Member of the Immersive and Interactive Storytelling cluster

Dr Ed Braman
Senior Lecturer in TV Production

Tel: +44 (0)1904 325281
Room: TFTV/204

Multi-camera techniques, documentary production, studio drama, TV as a cultural industry and screen storytelling.

Mr Matt Brannan
Lecturer in Film and TV Production

Tel: +44 (0)1904 325243
Room: TFTV/207

Film and television production teaching and support for single camera location and multi-camera studio work. Offering advice on production methods, skills, techniques and technologies; specialising in cameras, lighting and grip equipment related to feature film, drama, documentary, music promos/commercials, multi-camera studio production and outside broadcast.

Member of the Performance and Production Practices and Context cluster

Dr Jude Brereton
Senior Lecturer in Audio and Music Technologies

+44 (0)1904 32 2570

Spatial Audio, Interactive Sonification, Virtual Acoustics, Music Performance Analysis, Voice Analysis and Synthesis 

Dr Tom Cantrell 
Reader in Theatre

Associate Dean for Learning, Teaching and Students

Tel: +44 (0)1904 325236
Room: TFTV/223

Modern British drama, political theatre, documentary and verbatim theatre, acting technique and training, voice and the actor, screen performance.


Professor Michael Cordner
Ken Dixon Professor of Drama

Tel: +44 (0)1904 325228
Room: TFTV/229

English drama 1580-1740; theatre, film and television comedy; post-1945 British theatre; analysis and history of acting and performance traditions; from script to performance. 

Dr Hannah Davies
Lecturer in Playwriting

Tel: +44 (0)1904 325976
Room: RCH/224

Playwright, theatre-maker and performance poet. Research by creative practice interests include: writing for stage and solo performance, memoir and life-writing.


Ms Anne Dodsworth
Lecturer in Cinematography for Film & TV

Tel: +44 (0)1904 323809
Room: RCH/226

Professional digital cinematography technologies and industry standards of practice in Film and Television. Film and digital camera production and lighting design. Production workflows for the Cinematographer.  

Dr Abigail Evans
Lecturer in Interactive Media

Tel: +44 (0)1904 325981
Room: RCH/330

Human-computer interaction and interaction design; educational technology and computer-supported collaborative learning; human-centred machine learning; design research.

Dr Bridget Foreman 
Lecturer in Playwriting

Tel: +44 (0)1904 325977
Room: RCH/224

Commissioning practices in new writing for theatre; directive commissioning; playwriting processes; the craft of playwriting; community & applied theatre; play analysis.


Dr Hasmik Gasparyan 
Lecturer in Directing for Film and Television

Tel: +44 (0)1904 325980
Room: RCH/330

Film direction, observational documentary, slow cinema, film-diary; sound-image relationship, ‘cinematic silence’, aesthetics of film sound; Chantal Akerman, Michael Haneke, Andrei Tarkovsky, Michelangelo Antonioni, Agnès Varda and Sergei Parajanov; practice-based research, film authorship.


Dr Katherine Graham
Lecturer in Theatre

Tel: +44 (0)1904 325284
Room: TFTV/214

Scenography; lighting design, in particular the agency of light in performance; phenomenology;
aesthetics; contemporary performance practices; dramaturgy; object oriented ontology and its
applications to performance; forms of storytelling across theatre and performance.


Miss Lorianne Hall 
Senior Lecturer in Film and TV Production

Tel: +44 (0)1904 323191
Room: TFTV/108b

Film and Television Production; producing, physical production and post-production. Screenwriting; story and script development. Film and Television distribution; international sales & acquisitions. Film and Television Finance. Art House cinema, French Cinema, and Studio Driven High Concept movies and Family Animation. Interdisciplinary fine art and media works that cross boundaries and create unique audience experiences. 

Dr Marta Herrero
Lecturer in the Business of the Creative & Cultural Industries

Tel: +44 (0)1904 325222
Room: TFTV/208

Non-profit fundraising and entrepreneurship in the creative industries; fundraising theory and practice; arts sponsorship activism and performance; 19th century  history of women’s philanthropy and poverty in the arts; the interwar art market; sociology of artworlds/critical social theory.  



Professor Andrew Higson 
Greg Dyke Chair of Film and Television

Tel: +44 (0)1904 325234
Room: TFTV/211

British cinema history, especially the silent period, and the 1990s/2000s; Film Europe in the 1920s; cinema and the past; national/transnational cinema; Anglia Television and the history of ITV.


Dr Jonathan Hook 
Senior Lecturer in Interactive Media

Tel: +44 (0)1904 325238
Room: TFTV/226

Human-computer interaction and interaction design, with a focus on the human-centred design of new interactive technologies for creative settings and practices; the design and development of new interaction techniques, including those for tabletop, multi-touch, tangible, tactile and reconfigurable user interfaces.

Member of the 

Dr Ollie Jones
Senior Lecturer in Theatre

Tel: +44 (0)1904 325242
Room: TFTV/227

Medieval and early modern British drama, in particular the repertory of and performance by Elizabethan companies on tour; original practices and performance-as-research; the archaeology of medieval and post-medieval buildings; early theatre architectures.

Dr Nick Jones
Lecturer in Film, TV and Digital Culture

Tel: +44 (0)1904 325289
Room: TFTV/122

Digital media; action cinema; 3D; the representation of space and architecture on film; media archaeology.

Member of the Digital Cultures cluster

Dr Fiona Keenan
Lecturer in Sound Production

Tel: +44 (0)1904 325223
Room: TFTV/214

Sound performance and sonic interactivity; sonic experience; phenomenology; sound design and storytelling; prototyping and remaking as design methods; history and philosophy of technology; noisemakers and sound effects

Dr Ben Kirman
Senior Lecturer in Interactive Media - Web Interaction

Tel: +44 (0)1904 325221
Room: TFTV/225

Interaction design for games and playful experiences; critical and speculative design; mobile and social play; animal-computer interaction.


Mr Tim Leandro
Senior Lecturer in Directing for Film and Television

Tel: +44 (0)1904 325978
Room: RCH/225

Film and television directing; story-telling; the magic of film; showbiz; creating worlds in the
viewer’s mind. 

Dr Louise LePage
Lecturer in Theatre

Tel: +44 (0)1904 325454 
Room: TFTV/206

Theatre and the posthuman; performing robots; twenty-first century drama; dramatic character; science-fiction theatre; technologies and film in theatre.


Dr Mariana Lopez
Senior Lecturer in Sound Production and Post-production

Tel: +44 (0) 1904 325248
Room: TFTV/103

Sound Design for Theatre, Film and TV; Accessibility in audiovisual arts; Virtual Acoustics; York Mystery Plays; Digital Heritage.


Dr Catherine Love-Smith
Lecturer in Theatre

Tel: +44 (0)1904 326439
Room: TFTV/223

Contemporary British theatre and performance; the relationship between text and performance; playwriting; adaptation for the stage; ecodramaturgy.

Dr Mark Love-Smith

Lecturer in Theatre

Tel: +44 (0)1904 325456
Room: TFTV/209

Contemporary British theatre and performance, devised and physical theatre, large-scale community productions, performance and social media. 

Professor John Mateer 
Professor in Film and Television Production

Tel: +44 (0)1904 325230
Room: TFTV/212

Film and TV production and postproduction; business of film and television; story and script development; single camera directing; cinematic virtual reality; advanced production and post-production technologies.


Dr Debbie Maxwell
Lecturer in Interactive Media - UX Design

Tel: +44 (0)1904 325256
Room: TFTV/224

Interactive media; user experience; traditional storytelling; knowledge exchange; codesign; ethnography; design methods; community engagement.


Dr Peter Merrington
Lecturer in the Business of the Creative and Cultural Industries

Tel: +44 (0)1904 325233
Room: TFTV/213

The relationship between art, film and place; design and media histories; film exhibition and audiences; cultural policy; festivals and biennials; creative practice research; intercultural relations; curating and programming.


Dr Jenna Ng
Senior Lecturer in Film and Interactive Media

Tel: +44 (0)1904 325277
Room: TFTV/231

Digital cinema; digital visual culture; interactive media; digital humanities; augmented realities; machinima; philosophy of film; cinephilia; East Asian cinema (Chinese, Singaporean); cross-culturality; comparative film studies.

Member of the 

Dr Lisa Peschel 
Senior Lecturer in Theatre

Tel: +44 (0)1904 325247
Room: TFTV/206

Theatrical performance in the World War II Jewish ghetto at Terezín/Theresienstadt, modern Czech theatre, theories of affect, identity and subjectivity, playwriting, translation and adaptation for the stage.


Professor Duncan Petrie
Head of Department and Professor in Film and Television

Tel: +44 (0)1904 325226
Room: TFTV/215

British, Scottish and New Zealand Cinema History; Cinematography; Scottish Culture; Moving Image Policy and Institutions.

Member of the 

Dr Emma Pett
Lecturer in Creative Industries

Tel: +44 (0)1904 326888
Room: TFTV/108c

Media audiences, institutions and cultural policy; immersive media and participatory cultures; memory studies and histories of cinema-going; East Asian cinema and transnational contexts of reception; cult media.


Dr Benjamin Poore 
Senior Lecturer in Theatre

Tel: +44 (0)1904 325231
Room: TFTV/205

Contemporary playwriting; literary adaptation; the Victorians on stage and screen.


Dr Karen Quigley 
Senior Lecturer in Theatre

Tel: +44 (0)1904 325229
Room: TFTV/210

Critical approaches to staging and unstageability; contemporary performance practice in the UK and Ireland; voice and music in contemporary theatre; autoethnographic approaches to writing about performance; pedagogies of theatre and performance in higher education.


Mr Paul Ryan
Lecturer in Screen Production and Postproduction

Tel: +44 (0)1904 325288
Room: TFTV/104

Workflows and techniques for production and post production. Multi-camera studio techniques and processes. Editing and post production finishing in the storytelling process. Visual effects in theatre and interactive media.

Mr Sanjit Samaddar
Associate Lecturer in Interactive Media

Tel: +44 (0)1904 325979
Room: RCH/226

Human-robot interaction, human-computer interaction, interaction design, user-centred design and evaluation methods. Quantitative and qualitative research methods. Acceptance and use of technology by older people. Accessibility, including AI and robotics to help age at home. Universal Design for (e)learning.


Dr Guy Schofield 
Senior Lecturer in Image Processing

Tel: +44 (0)1904 325275
Room: TFTV/228

Postproduction, 3D computer graphics and animation, media art, game design and production, participatory film-making, human-computer interaction, creative practice in technology.


Dr Jon Swords
Senior Research Fellow / Senior Lecturer in Creative Industries

+44 (0)1904 328324

Economic geography, specifically geographies of the creative industries; immersive technology and media; critical heritage studies; visual methodologies; post-representational cartography.


Dr Nathan Townsend
Lecturer in Creative Industries

+44 (0)1904 328184

Film industry scholarship, particularly the relationship between the film industries and cultures of Britain and Hollywood, national and transnational cinemas and the political economy of film and television institutions.

Professor Marian Ursu
Professor of Interactive Media

+44 (0)1904 325276
Room: TFTV/211

Interactive Media: interactive narratives and digital storytelling (especially video driven); context-adaptable video communication systems; context-aware media; interactive digital art. 

Mr Andrew Vickers
Lecturer in Writing for Stage and Screen

+44 (0)1904 325251
Room: TFTV/203

 Screenwriting; story and script development.

Mr Colin Ward
Lecturer in Studio Television Production

 +44 (0)1904 324430
Room: RCH/326

Single and multi-camera production techniques; writing for film and television; content creation; children's media production, regulation and financing.