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Current PhD Students



Thesis title and supervisor(s)

Dominic Chamayou-Douglas MA (by Research) in Theatre

Artificially Intelligent Theatre: The application of machine learning ideas to the creation of a theatre play
Dr Anna Bramwell-Dicks and Dr Louise Lepage

Grace Moore PhD by Creative Practice

Experimentation of a new grammar for telling narratives in Cinematic Virtual Reality
Dr Guy Schofield and Professor John Mateer

Sean Byrne

MA (by Research) in Theatre

Exploring the potential of Telematic Theatre from rehearsal to performance.
Dr Louise LePage
Tania Dales MSc (by Research) in Interactive Media Dr Anna Bramwell-Dicks and Dr Nick Jones
Irene Zarza Rubio PhD by Research

‘I Still Believe in Heroes’: Creating a Contemporary Mythology in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Mr Simon Van Der Borgh and Dr Fiona Keenan

Sally Shangguan PhD by Research Professor Andrew Higson
Silvia Mantilla-Wright PhD by Research

Music and the machine: Exploring methods by which musical empathy establishes an immersive video game experience
Dr Anna Bramwell-Dicks and Dr Jonathan Hook

Kate Valentine PhD by Creative Practice

Dual Carriageway - Live performance and digital storytelling linking communities along the Great North Road
Dr Debbie Maxwell and Dr Mark Smith

MG Stewart-David PhD by Creative Practice Writing the Immersive Musical
Dr Jonathan Hook and Dr Karen Quigley
Lacey Allen PhD by Research

Storytelling and ADHD: Adapting fairy tale films for neurodiverse audiences.
Dr Mariana Lopez

Mark Thomas MA (by Research) in Screenwriting "Marshall's Law" aka "The Great Defender"
Mr Andrew Vickers
Sarah Lahm PhD by Research

Neoliberal Feminism and TV Mysteries
Dr Kristyn Gorton

David Libeau PhD by Research

Generating real-time audio description for live streamed gaming
Dr Mariana Lopez and Dr Guy Schofield

George Greaves MSc (by Research) in Interactive Media

Coordination and Storytelling: Developing Interactive Media Narrative Experiences for Children with Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD)
Dr Debbie Maxwell

Siqi Liu PhD by Research

Functional enhancement: Redefinition of sports commentary in the era of digital media
Dr Jenna Ng

Rosemary Alexander-Jones PhD by Research

Historical Buildings in Heritage Cinema and Their Effect on the Visitor Experience
Dr Emma Pett

David Edwards PhD by Creative Practice

The application and relevance of Stanislavsky, and later exponents of his theories, in rehearsal and performance with specific focus on the portrayal of obsessive-compulsive disorder on the stage.
Dr Tom Cantrell

Alan Heaven PhD by Research

To what extent is the work of Nathan Field distinctive in its use of instructional content?
Professor Michael Cordner

Sarah Hoyle PhD by Research

What is the cultural value of outdoor/experiential film screenings?
Dr Jenna Ng

Rene Fernando Idrovo Zambrano PhD by Research

Immersive Continuity: Long Takes, 3-D Sound, and the Impression of Reality in the Cinema of Alfonso Cuarón
Dr Sandra Pauletto

Sina Khazaee-Farid PhD by Creative Practice Bazinian Realism in the Digital Apparatus
Dr David Hickman
Deborah Klika PhD by Research

The comic nature of character and narrative in related TV and film comedy.
Mr Simon Van Der Borgh and Dr Kristyn Gorton

Nai Li PhD by Research

Chinese Audiences’ Reception of and Attitudes towards Hollywood Films with Chinese Elements
Professor Andrew Higson

Richard Oakes PhD by Research

Investigating Emotional Audience Responses to Theatre and Music
Dr Lisa Peschel and Dr Nick Barraclough

Tobias Palma Stade PhD by Creative Practice

Hands-off Interactive Narrative: Exploring a Language for Post-Television
Dr Guy Schofield and Dr Kristyn Gorton

Simona Manni PhD by Research

Responsive media and non-linear participatory narratives of mental health
Dr Jonathan Hook and Professor Mariana Ursu

Tracy Mathewson PhD by Creative Practice Post-Truth, Justice, and the Feminine Way
Mr Simon Van Der Borgh
Benjamin McDonald PhD by Creative Practice

Mental Illness and Dramatising Symptoms: A Playwright’s Perspective
Dr Lisa Peschel

Gabrielle Russell PhD by Creative Practice

Ether-Realism: evolving new cinematic form by speaking the old language of our native psyche
Dr Ed Braman and Mr Andrew Vickers

Hadeel Shqair PhD by Research

Aljazeera Channel's Effect on the Political Consciousness of the Arab Youth since 2000
Dr Ed Braman and Dr Kirstyn Gorton

Xumin Wang PhD by Research

The Context and Practice of Museum Games Production in the UK and China
Dr Jenna Ng

Clau Nader PhD by Research

ASMR: Sound interventions for mental health and wellbeing in adolescents
Dr Mariana Lopez

Felix Kawitzky PhD by Creative Practice  

Magic Circles: Generating collaborative queer utopias via tabletop roleplaying games and the “Fantastic Genres”
Dr Louise LePage and Dr Ben Kirkman

Freyja Alice McCreery PhD by Research

Mind over Matter: Trauma, Identity, and Anxiety in the age of the Networked Neoliberal Superhero
Dr Kristyn Gorton

Hao Hong PhD by Creative Practice  

Transitions from Chinese Ink Paintings into Interactive media
Dr Guy Schofield and Professor Marian Ursu

Kulnaree Sueroj PhD by Research

Audio Describing gestures and facial expressions in Thai serials
Dr Mariana Lopez

Mark Summers PhD by Creative Practice

The player as antagonist. Can the reframing of narrative terms lead to a more immersive and engaging experience in interactive storytelling?
Dr Guy Schofield and Dr Jenna Ng

Mark Helsby PhD by Research 

Television's Lost Archives of Knowledge
Dr Kristyn Gorton 

Mwewa Sumbwanyambe PhD by Creative Practice   Thesis title in develpment
Dr Benjamin Poore and  Professor David Barnett
Nicholas Newman PhD by Creative Practice Thesis title in develpment
Dr Tom Cantrell and Dr Kristyn Gorton 
R. Clayton PhD by Creative Practice

How does shifting from a horizontal aspect ratio to a vertical aspect ratio in long-form film production affect the filmmaking process and resulting narratives?
Dr Nick Jones and Dr Ed Braman

Tom Strazewski PhD by Creative Practice Staging the York Mystery Plays in the 21st Century
Dr Ollie Jones and Dr Kate Giles (Archaeology)
Thomas Battey PhD by Creative Practice Thesis title in develpment
Dr Jonathan Hook
Warren Fearn PhD by Creative Practice How can Augmented Reality help bridge the gap between classroom and remote science learning for Primary Schools?
Dr Jonathan Hook
Kiran Tanna PhD by Creative Practice Staging Conspiracy Theory: exploring staged responses to conspiracy theory in contemporary theatre and performance practice
Dr Karen Quigley
Francesca Lewis PhD by Research Searching for counter-diagnostic meaning within borderline experience

Joe Horsey PhD by Research

The Role of Metaphor in Documentary Film and Television
Dr Ed Braman

Tasos Giapoutzis PhD by Creative Practice

The Interplay of Place and Nostalgia in Contemporary Migratory European Cinema
Professor Duncan Petrie

Louise Calf PhD Candidate in Archaeology and TFTI Plays and Performance in the Country House: The 'Bijou' Theatre at Chatsworth
Dr. Kate Giles and Dr. Ollie Jones
Xiaojie (Cheryl) Xie PhD by Research 

Thesis title in develpment
Dr Mariana Lopez

Former PhD Students

NameYear of AwardProgrammeThesis title and supervisor(s)
Shelly Anne Galpin 2021 PhD by Research 'The People No-One Imagines Anything Of:' Teenage Responses to British Period Drama
Professor Andrew Higson
Rosamund Portus 2021 PhD by Research Extinction Studies: Imagining a World without Bees
Dr Debbie Maxwell
Richard Kearns 2021 PhD by Research Interpreting Cultures of Participations: Production, Distribution and Globalisation
Dr Mariana Lopez and Dr Veronique Chance
Michael Holden 2021 PhD by Research Mapping Memory: Cartography in Contemporary Holocaust Culture
Dr Lisa Peschel
Alix Beaumont 2020 PhD by Research The Depiction of Ancient Greek Mythology in Cinema, Television and Video Games
Dr Jenna Ng and Dr Kristyn Gorton
Bridget Foreman  2020 by Creative Practice Directive and Prescriptive Commissioning in Theatre
Dr Karen Quigley
Agata Frymus 2020 PhD by Research European Stars in the Discourse of 1920's America
Professor Andrew Higson
Shelley Galpin 2020 PhD by Research Heritage Screen Media and Youth Audiences
Professor Andrew Higson and Dr Huw Jones
Hasmik Gasparyan 2020 PhD by Creative Practice Investigating the Making of Cinematic Silence
Dr Sandra Pauletto
Maxine Gee 2020 PhD by Creative Practice Posthuman Noir: Creating Positive Posthumans
Mr Simon Van Der Borgh and Dr Jenna Ng
Nur Syuhada Mat Sin 2020 PhD by Creative Practice A Malay Folktale Paper Toy Animation
Professor Marian Ursu and Dr Guy Schofield
Siiri Sjöstrand 2020 PhD by Research Neoliberalism and the Self: The Engendering of (female) Selfhood in Western Popular Culture
Dr Kristyn Gorton
Romana Turina 2020 PhD by Creative Practice The Moving Image and Historical Analysis: Trieste, Italian Cinema and the Creative Remediation of Silenced Memory
Professor Duncan Petrie and Mr Simon Van Der Borgh
Jandy Luik 2020 PhD by Research Assemblage and The Creative Hub: Designing to Support Assemblage in Virtual Creative Hub
Dr Jenna Ng and Dr Jonathan Hook
Fiona Keenan 2019 PhD by Research Enactive sound machines: new theatrical strategies for sonic interaction design
Dr Sandra Pauletto
Martina Lovascio 2019 PhD by Research Filming the past in contemporary Italy
Professor Andrew Higson and Dr Alan O'Leary
Neil Hillman 2019 PhD by Research Emotion in Sound Design
Dr Sandra Pauletto
Roderik Smits 2018 PhD by Research Gatekeepers and Gatekeeping Networks in the Film Distribution Business
Professor Andrew Higson
Gianluca Balla 2018 PhD by Research The Director’s Method in Contemporary Visual Effects Film: Influence of Digital effects on Film Directing
Mr John Mateer and Dr David Hickman
Matthew John Midgley 2017 PhD by Research Writing Figures of Political Resistance for the English stage
Professor Mary Luckhurst
Amy Bethel 2017 PhD by Research Surburbia, seaside and sensation: Showing films in London and the south-east, 1896-1897
Professor Andrew Higson
James Ballands 2016 PhD by Research Terence Davies and the Cinema: Authorship, Collaboration, Intertextuality
Professor Duncan Petrie
Jonathan Carr 2016 PhD by Creative Practice The Normalisation of Surveillance Through the Prism of Film: A Practice Based Study
Dr David Hickman and Mr Simon Van Der Borgh
Mark France 2016 PhD by Research Gregory Doran and the Royal Shakespeare Company
Professor Michael Cordner
Christos Manolas 2016 PhD by Research Sound Design for Stereoscopic 3-D Cinema
Dr Sandra Pauletto
Francesca Middleton 2016 PhD by Research Romanticism with teeth: Surrealism in British film
Professor Andrew Higson
Julia Pascal 2016 PhD by Creative Practice The Absence of Female Jewish Characters On The Post-war English Stage: Thesis and Three Plays
Dr Lisa Peschel
Emily Torricelli 2016 PhD by Research Projecting the Nation: Constructions of Scotland in Film Since 1979
Professor Duncan Petrie
Anya Benson 2013 PhD by Research Entering ever-expanding worlds of loss: Constructions of place in contemporary Japanese children's cinema
Professor Andy Tudor

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The Department of Theatre, Film and Television has proved to be the ideal setting in which to explore and discuss my PhD subject area, and to develop my academic skills in research and teaching more generally. Assisted greatly by the advice and encouragement of the department staff, I was awarded full AHRC funding for my PhD, and have written and presented two conference papers alongside my PhD research in my first year.

Chris Hogg, PhD, Television