Dr Alison E Matthews

Lecturer in Theatre Performance (0.5/0.6 FTE)

  • New Adelphi 6.02
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  • E: a.e.matthews@salford.ac.uk
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I am a performance-maker, researcher and educator. I have performed and taught workshops across the UK, Ireland and Germany. My research focuses on dramaturgies of exchange and triangulation within the performance encounter, as well as the ways in which these dramaturgical structures echo larger capital dynamics.

I enjoy bringing this research into my teaching practice, but I also relish teaching using my knowledge of voice and performance skills, Renaissance theatre techniques, textual analysis, critical theory and 20th century theatre and performance practice.

I was recently invited to perform at the Universität der Künste (Berlin) for the launch of a new course on arts, economy and social media. Thanks to an EU-funded Strategic Insight Programme grant, I also recently worked as a Creative Associate with Lancaster-based arts organization LEAP to develop a new version of my one-to-one performance SERVUS with Lancaster service workers.

I recently completed my practice-based PhD at Aberystwyth University.

For more information on my performance work please see:




I currently teach across the Theatre and Performance programme through mixed-mode sessions on modules including:

  • Performance Skills: Voice (Level 4)
  • Performance Skills: Movement (Level 4)
  • Renaissance Theatre (Level 6)
  • Performance Approaches Workshop: Brecht and Artaud (Level 4)
  • Text and Performance (Level 5)

I also supervise Theatre Project and PRP students in Level 6.

I have taught previously at Aberystwyth University across the undergraduate and postgraduate Drama and Theatre and Performance Practice provisions.

I have also worked as a Visiting Lecturer for the MA in Visual Cultures and Performing Arts at the University of Madrid Alcalá and Museo Reina Sofia (Madrid), where I was invited to deliver a two-day workshop on my doctoral research for an international group of students. 

Research Interests

My research interests surround new methodologies of practice-based research, specifically those which focus on new dramaturgical approaches to one-to-one, immersive and ‘intimate’ performance works. I am also interested in socially-engaged and ‘relational’ performance practices. My research interests thus far are firmly grounded in post-Marxist theories of labour, valuation and exchange, as well as these theories’ application to the fields of theatre and performance.

Other specialisms: Performance writing, voice in performance, devising practices, Shakespeare studies, collaborative and devised work, experimental writing practices across disciplines.

Qualifications and Memberships



PhD, ‘ “Ten Cents a Dance”: Dramaturgies of Exchange and the Performance of Transaction’, Aberystwyth University, 2015

MA (Distinction) in Performance Practice, Aberystwyth University, 2009

BA (cum laude) in Drama, Vassar College (USA), 2007

Shakespeare in Performance Certificate, Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (London), 2005


Member of TaPRA (Theatre and Performance Research Association)



Peer Reviewed Written Publications:

‘The Libido-Maker’s Apprentice: Working the Window’s Proscenium,’ 2012, Performing Ethos: International Journal of Ethics in Theatre & Performance. Special Issue: One-on-One Encounters: Desire, Reciprocity and Ethics, 3:2, 119-135.

Other Print Publications:

Exchange”: in Vaasa in Luck exhibition catalogue. Exhibit by Esther Pilkington/random-people. (Vaasa, Finland, Dec. 2011)


Practice-Based Outputs (Original Performance Work):

The Ballad of Isosceles (forthcoming) at:

Contact Theatre as part of Sensored Festival, June 2015


What The Money Meant at:

Chelsea Theatre as part of Fresh Blood Programme (London) July 2014

SITE I/SAFLE I festival at Aberystwyth Arts Centre Feb. 2014



Live@LICA as part of OPEN (Lancaster) May 2014

Ausland (Berlin) May 2014

Universität der Künste at the launch of a new course of arts, economy and social media (Berlin) April 2014

LEAP as Encounters Creative Associate (Lancaster) April 2014

ArtsAdmin @ Toynbee Studios as part of Power/Play (London) Oct. 2014

Arnolfini (Bristol) as part of BLOP, April 2012


Eve Speaks: A Musical Cabaret at:

Project Arts Centre as part of ‘The Theatre Machine Turns You On’ Festival (Dublin), Jan. 2013

Hatch (Nottingham), Dec. 2012

Mayfest Launch @ Bristol Old Vic, May 2012

Aberystwyth Storytelling Festival (Wales), Dec. 2011

Galway Theatre Festival July 2010


The Changelings at:

Ennis Street Festival (Resident Artist, Ireland), July 2012

Bristol Storytelling Festival @ The Watershed, Jan. 2012

Aberystwyth Arts Centre (Wales), Nov. 2011


Ten Cents a Dance at:

Electric Picnic Music & Arts Festival (Ireland), Sep. 2011

Green Man Festival (Wales), August 2011


Leda and Strauss-Kahn at:

Aberystwyth Storytelling Festival (Wales, 2013)


Conference Presentations:

CARPA (Colloquium on Artistic Research in the Performing Arts) 2015 @ Theatre Academy/University of the Arts, Helsinki, Finland (forthcoming June 2015)

Paper: ‘What The Money Meant’: The Materiality of Dollars

TAPRA (Theatre and Performance Research Association Conference) @ Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Sep. 2013

Paper: “Transaction as Participation” (Performance and the Body Working Group)

Award Recipient: TAPRA Postgraduate Bursary Award 2013

Performance Studies International (Psi) #18 @ Leeds University, June 2012

Presentation: SERVUS!: Serve/Us Economy

Aberystwyth University, TFTS Annual Conference, March 2013,

Paper: ‘The Libido-Maker’s Apprentice: Working the Window’s Proscenium’

Aberystwyth University TFTS Annual Conference, March 2012,

Paper: ‘Ethics and Valuation Across Clare Thornton’s Material Matters installation and Ten Cents a Dance’