Dr. Joanne Scott

School of Arts and Media

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Contact Details

New Adelphi 6.02

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Current positions

Senior Lecturer in Performance, Programme Leader MA Contemporary Performance Practice, Co-convener Practice as Research Centre of Excellence


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 examples of my work here.
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, and have published widely in the area of performance and new technologies. 
I lead the MA in Contemporary Performance and am co-convener of the Practice as Research Centre of Excellence at the University of Salford. I am also co-convener of the TaPRA (Theatre and Performance Research Association) Performance and New Technologies Working Group and sit on the TaPRA executive committee.

Areas of research

New technologies, Intermediality, Practice as research, Digital performance, Place-making


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.
More recently my research has explored the intersections of computation and performance and the live mixing of materials as a mode of ‘place-making’ particularly in wild, urban environments.
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