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Kate Massey-Chase


School of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

01752 636700

Kate Massey-Chase

Role Summary

Kate Massey-Chase has over a decade of professional practice as a freelance creative arts practitioner, working in applied theatre and education. Kate has worked across a diverse range of community settings, including prisons, addiction recovery services, mental health services, with young refugees, adults with Parkinson’s, and in schools. She is also an experienced facilitator of both sex & relationship education and intercultural dialogue workshops.

As well as lecturing at Marjon, Kate is currently finishing her PhD at the University of Exeter (funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council). Her doctoral research explores how socially engaged theatre practice could support young people in the transition between Child & Adolescent and Adult Mental Health Services.


  • MA Applied Theatre - Drama in the Community & Drama Education; Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
  • BA (Hons) English & Drama; University of Winchester



  • Theory & Practice
  • The Community-Centred Actor
  • New Writing in Performance
  • Music & Interdisciplinary Practice
  • The Interdisciplinary Practitioner
  • Contemporary Text


My research interests are in applied theatre and socially engaged creative practices. I am currently in the final stages of an AHRC-funded PhD at the University of Exeter, examining how applied theatre practice could support young people in the transition between Child & Adolescent and Adult Mental Health Services. In 2019, I presented some of this research to the All Party Parliamentary Group for Arts, Health and Wellbeing’s roundtable on Children and Young People’s Mental Health and the Arts, in the House of Lords.

I am also interested in different research methodologies, including autoethnography and practice-based research.



McKean, A. & Massey-Chase, K. (eds) (2019) Playing for Time Theatre Company: Perspectives from the Prison, Bristol: Intellect. Nominated for the Theatre & Performance Research Association (TaPRA) Research Prize for Editing.


Massey-Chase, K. (2018) ‘In Practice: Applied Theatre in Adolescent Mental Health Transition Care’, Perspectives in Public Health, 138:1, 16-17.

Book reviews:

Massey-Chase, K. (2019) ‘Review: Web of Performance: An Ensemble Workbook, Monica Prendergast and Will Weigler’, Applied Theatre Research, 7: 1, 131-139.

Unpublished conference papers:

(2018) ‘The Vulnerability and Potency of Autoethnographic Research in Applied Theatre’, Applied and Social Theatre Working Group, TaPRA 2018, University of Aberystwyth.

(2018) ‘The Stories We’re Treated By: Identity Narratives in Mental Health Transition Care’, Practice-as-Research Conference 2018, University of British Columbia & University of Exeter.

(2017) ‘Recovery or Regeneration: reconceptualising the impact of Applied Theatre in mental health contexts’, Applied and Social Theatre Working Group, TaPRA 2017, University of Salford.

Editorial positions:

I was Strand Editor for Media and Performance and Co-Editor for Creative Content in 2017-2018 for Question: Essays and Art from the Humanities, a new journal targeted at academic and non-academic audiences, created by Humanities students from across the SWWDTP institutions (available in local Waterstones, London Review of Books and universities in the South West).

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Other Interests

I am very interested in gender equality and politics, and am co-branch leader for the Women’s Equality Party Exeter. I sing in the World Music Choir at the University of Exeter, enjoy yoga, and recently acquired an allotment.

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