Lecturer in Drama, De Montfort University

Alissa joined the School of Arts in 2009, after completing an AHRC-funded PhD at the University of Exeter. Her doctoral thesis explored the possibilities of creating embodied, performative writing with which to document the experiences of psychophysical performer trainings.

Her research interests include: contemporary body-based performance practice; psychophysical performance and performer training; feminist and gender theory and performance practice (live and on film); actor training, performative personae, female stars and classical Hollywood cinema; documentation of performance.

She is currently developing a series of projects focused upon gendered analysis of the practices and discourses within and surrounding psychophysical performer trainings, with a particular interest in discourses / acts rooted in pleasure and kindness.

Experience

  • 2009–present
    Lecturer in Drama, De Montfort University

Education

  • 2009 
    University of Exeter, PhD in Drama

Publications

  • 2013
    Orgasms and Oppositions: Dani Ploeger’s ELECTRODE, The Drama Review
  • 2013
    Drama and Performance, The Year’s Work in Critical and Cultural Theory
  • 2012
    Exzess, Präzision und Anwesenheit: Dani Ploeger’s ELECTRODE. Eine Psychophysische Perspektive, CYNAL.de
  • 2012
    Exzess, Präzision und Anwesenheit: Dani Ploegers ELECTRODE. Eine Psychophysische Perspektive, CYNETART 2012 Catalogue
  • 2012
    ‘Fetish and Fantasy: Dani Ploeger’s biotope, biotope Programme
  • 2012
    Review of An Actress Prepares, New Theatre Quarterly
  • 2009
    “Advance Error by Error, with Erring Steps”: Embracing and Exploring Mistakes and Failure Across the Psychophysical Performer Training Space and the Page, The Journal of Writing in Creative Practice
  • 2009
    Family Roles and Paternal / Maternal Genealogies within and between Psychophysical Performer Trainings and their Documentation, Platform