Dr Kate Adams

Lecturer in Drama

Office Times

Tuesdays 12:00pm - 2:00pm


I am a performance maker and a university lecturer at the University of Salford. At the moment I am splitting my time between Salford in the UK and Athens in Greece. I graduated with a PhD in contemporary theatre and the rise of the spectacle from the University of Hull and have worked full time at the University of Salford for several years before shifting to part time to focus more on developing my practice and practice based research.

Recent practice includes a short solo performance called Μα Ποια Παπια (or I’m not a Pheasant Plucker) which premiered in October 2015 at Bios in Athens, and the dramaturgy for Transforming Me: A Bilingual Solo, by Medie Megas which is now on international tour.

More information about these can be found on my website: www.artistheatis.net.


Currently I am module leader and teach on Introduction to Drama a core module for many students in their first year in level 4; on Contemporary Approaches to Writing and Performance at level 5; and on Performance and the Postdramatic at level 6. I teach a combination of practice and theory, and my teaching assumes that practice and research are always intertwined.

At postgraduate level, I teach on Theory Text and Writing an MA module for students studying Creative Writing and Literature Culture and Modernity.

Research Interests

Having started from a concern with the politics of form, I am very interested in how the theatre event functions as part of a society which places more and more emphasis on the experiential body and the consumption of experience and transformation. This means I have a strong focus on spectatorship, participation and transformation, but I am also interested in the ways vulnerability and intimacy in performance can contribute to the spectator experience and the workings of the piece on a dramaturgical level.

In my practice, I am working across textual, performative and choreographic practices as a dramaturg and I also write and perform my own work. I am interested in the relationship between personal and socio-political, and the transformative in performance and performance process. I have had the opportunity to work closely with choreographer Medie Megas exploring her improvisational form ‘the transformation’ which models in movement and embodiment various aspects of our experience of transformation more generally.

At PhD level, I am interested in supervising applicants with a wide range of interests in contemporary performance and particularly in the transformative in performance, experiential theatre and spectatorship, time and performance, dramaturgy, the text in performance and more widely the politics of form.

Qualifications and Memberships

PhD : “From Narrative to Spectacle: An examination of Contemporary Theatre performance”, University of Hull, 2009.

PGCE: Secondary English and Drama, Institute of Education, 2001

BA (Hons) English Studies, University of Nottingham, 1999



Μα Ποια Π¿πια (or I'm not a Pheasant Plucker), Solo performance by Kate Adams, Premiere at Love Letters to a (Post)-Europe. Curated by Bios Theatre and Lisa Alexander. Toured in Greece 2015/6.

Dramaturgy for Transforming Me: a Bilingual Solo by Medie Megas, Premiere at MIR Festival, Rabbit Hole, Athens, 2014. Toured Greece and Italy, 2015.

I Found this Soil Under my Fingernails, Solo Performance by Kate Adams, Emergency Festival, Green Room Arts, Manchester, UK. 2009



5 poems , (Poetry), Erbacce Journal, Liverpool, UK, 2013.

'Contemporary Theatre and the Experiential', International Journal for the Arts in Society, 5(4), 2010, pp.153-163.