Bader International Study Centre


at Herstmonceux Castle, U.K.



at Herstmonceux Castle, U.K.

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Dr. John Keefe

Assistant Professor

Qualifications and Research Interests

  • PhD “A Spectatorial Dramaturgy: Ethical Principles of Recycling, Habitus and Estrangement”, Kingston University, London
  • MA in Drama & Theatre Arts, University of Leeds
  • BA In Philosophy and Literature, University of Warwick
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Registered postgraduate supervisor, London Metropolitan University

Dr. Keefe has worked as a theatre director, researcher, performance dramaturge, and lecturer in theatre, performance & film since 1979 across the UK and in Germany, Lithuania and Norway. His research interests include physical theatres/the physical in theatres; the location and role of the spectator in theatre and cinema; the ethics of performance and the spectator; immersive and site-specific theatres; issues of ‘recycling’ and the ‘new’ in theatre and performance.

Dr. Keefe’s current projects include: an interdisciplinary symposium on ‘recycling and the new’ scheduled for 2015; a revised and enlarged second edition of Physical Theatres: A Critical Introduction for Routledge scheduled for publication in 2015.

Selected Publications

Physical Theatres: A Critical Introduction and Physical Theatres: A Critical Reader, Routledge, 2007.

‘Berkoff’s ‘Londons’: staging psycho-geographies of the feared and the ecstatic’, Literary London Journal, 7:2, 2009.

‘Recycling Sources and Experiencing Physical Theatre’ in Recycling in Arts, Education and Contemporary Theatre, Norwegian Theatre Academy, 2009.

‘A Spectatorial Dramaturgy, or the spectator enters the Ethical Frame’, Performing Ethos, 1:1, 2010.

‘Play(ing) it Again: Recycling as Theatres, Histories, Memories’, Art History and Criticism 6, 2010.

‘The Film Spectator as ‘Bricoleur’’, in What Would You Have Done?, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013.