About


Contemporary Theatre Review is an international peer-reviewed journal that engages with the crucial issues and innovations in theatre today. Encompassing a wide variety of theatre forms, from new playwrights and devisors to theatres of movement, image and other forms of physical expression, from new acting methods to music theatre, live art and multi-media production work, the journal encourages contributions on physical theatre, opera, dance, design and the increasingly blurred boundaries between the physical and the visual arts.

We aim to publish essays that face the challenge of finding innovative critical approaches to match artistic experimentation, and to encourage scholarly work that transcends established categories of academic practice. This may involve a focus on productions that bring together different artistic traditions, or a consideration of how theatre engages with social and political realities, or an engagement with the format of the academic essay in a bid to reflect the performance being analysed. The journal examines trends in contemporary theatre and performance, and seeks to explore how theatrical vocabularies are shifting to accommodate and reflect global and local cultures.

As well as research articles, the journal publishes book reviews, and makes space for production notes, designs, manifestos and interviews by emergent and established theatre-makers, which are collected in a Documents section. Meanwhile the journal’s Backpages section strives for a greater degree of immediate, topical engagement than is usual in academic drama publishing, and aims to present a more expansive view of theatre and performance than is usually offered in general review-based print and digital media.  The journal’s website offers online Interventions, responding to current developments in the field and extending discussions from the print journal through a variety of writing formats and multimedia.  Further information on the scope of the journal can be found here, and information about how to submit to the website can be found here.

Contemporary Theatre Review is edited and published with the support of Queen Mary University of London. The journal is published quarterly by Routledge Journals, an imprint of Taylor & Francis.

Peer Review Policy: All research articles published in this journal have undergone rigorous peer review, based on initial editor screening and anonymized refereeing by at least two anonymous referees.

Editorial board

Editors
Maria M. Delgado, The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London, UK
Maggie B. Gale, University of Manchester, UK
Dominic Johnson, Queen Mary University of London, UK

Consultant Editor
Aoife Monks, Queen Mary University of London, UK

Associate Editor
Caridad Svich, dramatist and scholar, USA

Assistant Editors
Jenny Hughes, University of Manchester, UK
Theron Schmidt, UNSW Sydney, Australia

Book Reviews Editor
Bryce Lease, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK

Editorial Assistants
Sarah Bartley, Queen Mary University of London, UK
Sarah Thomasson, University of Otago, New Zealand

Editorial Associates
Paul Allain, University of Kent at Canterbury, UK
Stephen J. Bottoms, University of Manchester, UK
Len Berkman, Smith College, USA
Peter Boenisch, University of Kent at Canterbury, UK
Marvin Carlson, City University of New York, USA
Jill Dolan, Princeton University, USA
Jen Harvie, Queen Mary University of London, UK
Nadine Holdsworth, University of Warwick, UK
Paul Rae, University of Melbourne, Australia
Dan Rebellato, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK
Joanne Tompkins, University of Queensland, Australia
W.B. Worthen, Columbia University, USA

Advisory Board
Khalid Amine, Abdelmalek Essaâdi University, Morocco
Sarah Bay-Cheng, Bowdoin College, USA
Jacqueline Bolton, University of Lincoln, UK
Mateusz Borowski, Jagiellonian University, Poland
Gavin Butt, University of Sussex, UK
Kate Dorney, Victoria and Albert Museum, UK
Karen Fricker, Brock University, Canada
Jennifer Doyle, University of California Riverside, USA
Bishnupriya Dutt, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India
Jean Graham-Jones, CUNY, USA
Milena Grass Kleiner, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Deirdre Heddon, University of Glasgow, UK
Amelia Jones, University of Southern California, USA
Lois Keidan, Live Art Development Agency, UK
Joe Kelleher, University of Roehampton
Ric Knowles, University of Guelph, Canada
Patrick Lonergan, National University of Ireland, Galway
Tavia Nyong’o, Yale University, USA
Mark Ravenhill, Playwright and Associate Artist, National Theatre, UK
Alan Read, King’s College London, UK
Heike Roms, Aberystwyth University, UK
Graham Saunders, University of Birmingham, UK
Lara Shalson, King’s College London, UK

Interventions editorial team

Broderick Chow, Brunel University London, UK
Johanna Linsley, University of Roehampton, UK
Elyssa Livergant, Queen Mary University of London, UK
Aneta Mancewicz, Kingston University London, UK
Ella Parry-Davies, King’s College London, UK
Theron Schmidt, UNSW Sydney, Australia

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