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School of Arts and Media

Dr Ian Wilkie

Lecturer in Performance


Prior to joining the University of Salford as a Lecturer in Performance in February 2016, I worked in H.E. in education studies on the post compulsory Performing Arts PGCE course and then, latterly, on the generic, levels 6 and 7 post-compulsory PGCE pathways.

I also have over twenty five years of practitioner-based, industry knowledge and experience, having worked as a professional actor (as Ian Angus Wilkie) and, latterly, as a lecturer in theatre, drama and performance.  I also teach MA performance students on critically reflective writing at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in the role of Associate Lecturer.

My own teaching, research and knowledge exchange activities include the learning and teaching of undergraduate BA performance students; editorship of the journal Comedy Studies; PhD and PaR supervision; and on-going curriculum development in face-to-face and online contexts.


Comedy, acting, theatre, performance, critical reading and writing

Research Interests

Comedy, performance, acting, theatre, education

Qualifications and Memberships




Performing in Comedy: A Student’s Guide (2016) Abingdon: Routledge

Chapters in Books

The Origins of Comic Performance in Adult-Child Interaction (with Matthew Saxton). Chapter 1 in Humour, Comedy and Laughter: Obscenities, Paradoxes, Insights and the Renewal of Life (2016), ed. Lidia Dina Sciama, Oxford: Berghahn Books

‘Stand-Up Comedy’ and ‘Comedy and 'Child Directed Speech'. Contributions to The Television Genre Book, 3rd edition (2015) ed. Glen Creeber, London: BFI

‘Through Wall’s Chink’. Or, Audience Interplay in Comic Acting. Chapter 1 in Acting Comedy (2016) ed. Chris Olsen, Abingdon: Routledge


 ‘Anyone but England!’ Perceptions of difference: or ‘them’ and ‘us’ in Scottish comedy, Comedy Studies, Volume 5, Issue 2, July 2014, pages 178-188

Reflecting on the process: actors’ documentation of comic