Dr. Joanne Scott

School of Arts and Media

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Contact Details

New Adelphi, Room 6.02

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Current positions

Reader 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.

My Practice-as-Research PhD was published as a monograph in November 2016, titled Intermedial Praxis and PaR and I have published widely in the area of performance and new technologies since then, focusing on the processes and positionings of computational digital technologies in live performance. I also research through creative practice, making performances, installations, fixed media works and sound walks. My most recent practice as research project explores non and more-than-human wildness in urban spaces, particularly in the processes of wild nature and smart city 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 sat on the TaPRA executive committee for four years and am now a life member of that organisation. I am also the reviews editor for the International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media.

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, contemporary performance and place-based creative practices.

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
  • Life member of TaPRA (Theatre and Performance Research Association
  • Member of the International Federation of Theatre Research (IFTR) Intermediality in Theatre and Performance Working Group