Dr Michael Smalley

Dr Michael Smalley

Senior Lecturer in Theatre Production
BA (Distinction), MA, PhD


Areas of specialism

scenography; stage management; distributed cognition; relational semiotics

University roles and responsibilities

  • Programme Leader MA (Stage and Production Management)
  • Personal Mentor (Level 7 TTA Students)

    Affiliations and memberships

    T&PRA Member
    IFTR - scenography working group member
    ADSA member


    Research interests



    Depending upon whether you are thinking of the Borg from 'Star Trek' or the Vogon from the 'Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy', the old saying goes ‘Resistance is futile/useless’. Sometimes it is best to adapt, revise, regroup, move, bend, or change rather than resist. To remain relevant, vital and strong resilience is important. Resilience enables us to hang in there, to recover quickly, to rebuild and thrive. Sometimes the focus of our art/research/educational practices/sector is building resilience in others. Sometimes it is important to focus on building resilience within ourselves as individuals or in our communities of practice. Resilience implies a source of compression, a passage of time, and a process (or an innate ability) to spring back to a (positive) “normal” state.