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.
Lecturer in Drama, De Montfort University
University of Exeter, PhD in Drama
Orgasms and Oppositions: Dani Ploeger’s ELECTRODE, The Drama Review
Drama and Performance, The Year’s Work in Critical and Cultural Theory
Exzess, Präzision und Anwesenheit: Dani Ploeger’s ELECTRODE. Eine Psychophysische Perspektive, CYNAL.de
Exzess, Präzision und Anwesenheit: Dani Ploegers ELECTRODE. Eine Psychophysische Perspektive, CYNETART 2012 Catalogue
‘Fetish and Fantasy: Dani Ploeger’s biotope, biotope Programme
Review of An Actress Prepares, New Theatre Quarterly
“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
Family Roles and Paternal / Maternal Genealogies within and between Psychophysical Performer Trainings and their Documentation, Platform