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Dr Sarah McCourt

Senior Lecturer

School of Arts & Humanities

01752 636700

Sarah McCourt


  • PhD Drama, University of Exeter
  • Cert of Advanced Studies, Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, University of Exeter
  • MFA Staging Shakespeare (Dist.), University of Exeter
  • PGDip Theatre and Performance, Rose Bruford
  • PGCE FE, University of Wales, Cardiff



I teach the following modules: Acting for Camera, The Global Actor, Naturalism, Theatre Production, Professional Profile and Classical Performance.


My research interests lie in developments in contemporary performance and storytelling with focus on:

  • Shakespeare and adaptation
  • Autobiographical performance and storytelling
  • Performance, storytelling and the environment


Conference Papers

(2018) Baring the Bard: Brite Theatre’s One Woman Richard III. Rose Theatre, Kingston Shakespeare Series

(2013) Changing Languages of Performance: Adapting Shakespeare. Unpublished paper presented at: IFTR: Re-Routing Performance, 22-26 July, Barcelona.

(2013) Adapting Shakespeare for the 21st Century Stage. Unpublished paper presented at: University of Warwick, Theatre at the Crossroads of Language and Genre, 27 April, Coventry.

(2013) The interplay of multiple selves in reconstructing autobiographical experiences for performance - recounting domestic abuse in Monstrous Love. Unpublished paper presented at Colloquium of Performance Research, Central School of Speech and Drama, 18 January, London.

(2011) Beyond Adapting Dialogue. Unpublished paper presented at 13th Annual British Graduate Shakespeare Conference, British Shakespeare institute, 26-28 May.

Book and Performance Reviews

(2014) Shakespeare, Trauma, and Contemporary Performance by Catherine Silverstone reviewed in New Theatre Quarterly, 30 (04), pp. 406-407.

(2012) A Midsummer Night's Dream directed by Sean Holmes, reviewed in Teaching Shakespeare, 1 (Spring), p. 16.

Expert Membership of professional bodies

  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)
  • Member (QTLS) of the Society for Education and Training (SET)
  • Member of Equity

Roles on external bodies

  •  Secretary for Equity Devon and Cornwall branch committee


Other Interests

Sarah also works as an actor and workshop leader. She is Artistic Director of Restless Theatre CIC.

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