Dr Cathy Sloan
I am a specialist in applied and socially engaged theatre. My doctoral research (completed at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama) documents and theorises performance practices engaged with recovery from addiction. This builds upon my previous practice as Artistic Director of Outside Edge Theatre Company, developing my expertise in collaborative theatre making with people affected by particular social issues, including addiction, homelessness, the criminal justice system and mental wellbeing.
I contributed to the first edited collection on performance practice focused on addiction published in the UK, Addiction and Performance (Cambridge Scholars 2014). My recent publications address the ethical and political dimension of recovery-engaged performance practice, offering a philosophy of performance practice framed as an affective ecology.
I am also an experienced educator, having been Head of Drama at secondary school level and taught on teacher training and (performance) practitioner training programmes.
Areas of specialism
In the media
TDLM013 Modern Theatre
THE3032 Performance and the Politics of Fear
THE2032 Art and the Performance of Place
THE2034 Critical Thinking in Performance