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School of Arts and Media

Dr Joanne Scott

Lecturer in Performance


I am a practitioner-researcher and educator, who has taught across the world, in a variety of contexts from Singapore to the UK and beyond. I spent four years at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London, completing an MA and PhD and teaching across the undergraduate and postgraduate courses there. During this time, I developed a distinctive live media practice, which is both the subject and vehicle for my research. See to see examples of work.

My Practice-as-Research PhD was published as a Palgrave Pivot monograph in November 2016, titled Intermedial Praxis and PaR. I am currently working on a research project, exploring the intersection of intermedial practices and the shifting environment of contemporary Salford, as well as writing chapters for the forthcoming edited collection, Intermedial Theatre: Principles and Practice (Palgrave 2018). I am co-convener of the Practice as Research Centre of Excellence at the University of Salford and co-convener of the TaPRA (Theatre and Performance Research Association) Performance and New Technologies Working Group.


I teach across the fields of theatre and performance, with particular interests/specialisms as follows:

  • Applications of digital media and new technologies in performance
  • Critical theory and performance studies
  • Postdramatic theatre and performance
  • Practice as research in performance and the creative arts
  • Live art and contemporary performance practices
  • Interdisciplinary performance practices
  • Devising practice

Research Interests

My research interests arise from my practice as an intermedial performer and maker. From creating work in this way, I have become interested in the activation, operation and experience of live media events and interactive intermedial practices, including the role of the performer, audience and technology in this configuration.

My PhD research investigated the functioning of intermediality in performance, the role and presence of a performer within a live media framework and the types of events that are created when media are mixed live by a present performer.

I am currently exploring the practices of the performer in intermedial and multimedia work in more detail, as well as modes of interactivity and participation in live media events and the applications of such work in public or community spaces.

I welcome conversations with applicants who are looking to pursue doctoral research in intermedial or multimedia practice and those whose research is positioned in the fields of live art or contemporary performance making.

Qualifications and Memberships


PG CAP, University of Salford, 2016

PhD, ‘Live Intermediality: A new mode of intermedial praxis’ from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London, 2014

MA (Distinction) in Performance Practices and Research from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, 2011

PGCE (sec) in Drama and English with Merit in Academic Studies, University of Strathclyde, 2002

MA (Hons) Theatre Studies and English Literature, University of Glasgow, 2000


Fellow of the Higher Education Authority

Co-convener of the TAPRA Performance and New Technologies working group

Member of the International Federation of Theatre Research (IFTR) Intermediality in Theatre and Performance Working Group


Written Outputs

Forthcoming – 2018 ‘Time in Intermedial Theatre’, chapter for edited volume Intermedial Theatre – Principles and Practice. Palgrave Macmillan

Forthcoming – 2018 ‘The Performer in Intermedial Theatre’, chapter for Intermedial Theatre – Principles and Practice. Palgrave Macmillan

Forthcoming – October 2017, ‘Already Seen, Already Heard, Already Visited:

Constructing the Experience of Déjà States within Live Intermedial Performance’, co-authored chapter with Deirdre McLaughlin for edited volume, Performing the Remembered Present. Bloomsbury Methuen.

Forthcoming – October 2017, ‘Digital and Performance’, chapter for edited volume, Performing Interdisciplinarity. Routledge

Forthcoming - 2017, ‘The Salford Samples’, Journal of Artistic Research

2017, Contemporary Studies Network Roundtable: Responding to Robert Macfarlane’s ‘Generation Anthropocene’ with Rachel Sykes , Arin Keeble, Daniel Cordle, Diletta De Cristofaro, Daniel King, Andrew Rowcroft and Neelam Srivastava in Open Library of Humanities, 3(1), p.5. DOI:

2017, 'Generating a Medical Dramaturgy: Live intersections between Intermediality and Health', co-authored snapshot with Deirdre McLaughlin for Baxter, V and Low, K Performing Health and Wellbeing. London/New York: Bloomsbury Methuen.

2016, Intermedial Praxis and Practice as Research: Doing-thinking in Practice. London/New York. Palgrave Macmillan:

July 2016, 'Affective Encounters': live intermedial spaces in sites of trauma, in Research in Drama Education 21(3) 332-226

January 2015, 'Matter Mattering: Intra-activity in live media performance', peer reviewed article for Body, Space Technology, Vol.14

2012, 'Dispersed and Dislocated: the construction of liveness in live intermedial performance', Perspectives Paper for Body Space Technology, Volume 11, No.1

Practice based Outputs

August 2017, The Broughton Oratory, audio-visual exhibit, touring Salford, July-August 2017

June 2017, Mixing the Irwell, interactive workshops, The Broughton Trust, Salford

August 2016The Salford Samples: Part 3, video-text (see Video/Audio page)

May 2016, Mixing the Mix Tape, performance for TaPRA Interim Event, Bucks New University

February 2016, 'The Salford Samples, Part 2' as part of Practices and Processes at the Digital Performance Lab, MediaCityUK, Salford

November 2015, 'The Salford Samples' at the EVP Sessions, Shoreditch Town Hall, London

February 2015, 'Breton Song', live set for Sonic Fusion Festival, Digital Performance Lab, MediaCityUK, Salford

November 2014, 'Working Net', bar performance at the Networked Bodies Weekender, Watermans, Brentford

October 2014, 'Query', participatory event at Collisions, RCSSD