Lee Battle

School of Arts and Media

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Contact Details

New Adelphi Building 6.02

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Current positions

Lecturer in Performance


With a background in acting, I’m now most active as a writer, director, performance maker, and lecturer in performance.

As an actor, selected television credits include Coronation Street (ITV), Casualty (BBC), Doctors (BBC), The Royal (ITV), Wire in the Blood (Coastal), Vincent (ITV), and The Street (BBC).  Film credits include the adaptation of Kevin Sampson’s novel Awaydays (Red Union Films) and Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood (Universal Pictures).

I am the Artistic Director of Red Players Arts & Media, an independent theatre and film production company based in Manchester.  I have written and directed a number of theatre and film productions, including theatre-in-education outputs, and award-winning short films screened at national and international festivals.  My freelance work has also involved consultancy in the areas of theatre and film for schools and community organisations, as well as in the commercial sector. 

Alongside my work at Salford, I am also currently Principal of the children’s drama school Red Players Academy, and Agent at the associated young performers’ talent agency Red Players Management.

Areas of research

Performing Childhood, Contemporary Performance, Child Performers


I teach across a range of programmes in the Performance subject area, and I am the Level 4 Coordinator for Theatre & Performance Practice. 

I am the Module Leader for the Level 4 core acting modules:

  • Acting Methods 1 (Naturalism)
  • Acting Methods 2 (Responses to Naturalism). 

My current teaching also includes:

  • Critical & Textual Studies (Level 4) 
  • Text & Performance (Level 5)

I also supervise students at Level 6 on the modules:

  • Theatre Project
  • Research Portfolio
  • Dissertation / Practical Research Project

Research Interests

My main research interests are situated in the broad area of children and performance, both in representations of childhood in performance, and the presence and autonomy of child performers in both live and recorded media. 

I am currently working on an interdisciplinary investigation into the politics and practices of making contemporary performance with children and young people.

My practice-as-research activities also include: non-verbal performance practices and creative movement; auto/biographical writing and performance; and post-Stanislavskian acting methodologies. 

Qualifications and Memberships


  • MA Creative Writing: Innovation & Experiment
  • PgCert in Academic Practice 
  • BA (Hons) Drama & Creative Writing


  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy 
  • Spotlight – Agent (Young Performers)