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Dr Matthew Wagner

Senior Lecturer in Theatre Studies
+44 (0)1483 686508
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I joined the University of Surrey in 2010, after teaching theatre and drama in New Zealand at Victoria University of Wellington and in the US at the University of Minnesota (where I also completed my postgraduate degrees). My primary interest is in how we think through our world - and our experience of our world - by way of engagement with the arts. While principally an academic researcher, I have worked across universities and conservatoires, and frequently my scholarship and teaching involves studio work and performance practice.

Research interests

My research is focused primarily on Shakespearean dramaturgy and stage praxis, but it reaches also into the 20th and 21st centuries, particularly in respect to theatrical temporality, the theatre of Beckett and his contemporaries, and questions of embodiment and spatiality in theatre and performance. More broadly, nearly all my research activity is underpinned by a fascination with the relationship between phenomenology and theatre. Current projects include a British Academy funded investigation into the nature of the Door in performance, co-editing a collection of essays on phenomenology and performance, and the development of a manuscript on the phenomenology of Shakespeare.


THE3025/3026 CompanyTHE3024 DramaturgyTHE3009 DissertationTHE1022 The Theatrical TextTHE1023/1024 Theatre Project

Departmental duties

Subject Leader, TheatreProgramme Director, BA Theatre Studies