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Studies in Theatre and Performance

Call for Papers

Established in 1990, Studies in Theatre and Performance continues to provide a scholarly platform for academics and practitioners to share, theorise and critique theatre and performance practices.

We have recently appointed two associate editors, Anna Harpin (University of Warwick) and Jacqueline Bolton (University of Lincoln), together with a new book reviews editor, Adrian Curtin (University of Exeter). In addition to these recent appointments, we are launching a new Practice-as-Research section to be edited by Rachel Hann (University of Surrey) and Victor Ladron de Guevara (Plymouth University).

To celebrate this expansion of the editorial board and its field of interests, STP is revisiting its aims and scope and is pleased to issue the following General Call for Papers.

Studies in Theatre and Performance

Language: en-US

Publisher: tandf

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An international, peer-reviewed journal, we publish work that explores theatre and performance practice across histories, cultures and disciplinary boundaries. Our articles reflect a broad spectrum of methodological enquiry, and encompass research informed by personal practice, direct observation of/engagement with practitioners, and critical engagement with play-texts and performances. STP is also interested in reports and opinion pieces addressing current issues facing the teaching of drama, theatre and performance across the Higher Education sector.   

Contributions to the journal may take the form of full-length research articles (6-8,000 words); edited interviews with leading practitioners; edited reflections upon rehearsal room practices; practice-as-research portfolios; or, for our Notes and Queries section, shorter provocations and reflections (1,000-2,000 words) from emerging scholars, established academics, and practitioners alike. We are keen to support post-graduate and early-career researchers and will consider contributions from PhD students.

STP looks forward to working with new contributors and scholars and we invite academics and practitioners to submit proposals for ‘special issue’ editions. Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Scenography
  • Dramaturgy
  • Choreography and physical theatre
  • Intermedial & digital performance
  • Live art
  • Playwriting and playwrights
  • Historiography
  • Social and Applied Theatre Practice
  • Pedagogy
  • Medical Humanities
  • Science and Performance
  • Acting and Actor Training
  • Music Theatre
  • Intercultural Practices
  • Cultural policy
  • Performance and philosophy

Submission instructions


This section is dedicated to the dissemination of peer-reviewed Practice-as-Research projects. Projects included here will provide examples of leading models in the field and be situated at the forefront of new developments in Practice-as-Research methodological approaches.

Aiming to further the emergence of multi-model and non-traditional research methods, this section will embrace both textual and non-text-based submissions. STP’s extended online provision will allow contributors to submit a wide range of outputs such as sample images, illustrative materials, video/audio documentation, scores, and/or a project's database. Any output submitted for consideration should be presented as part of a portfolio containing clearly articulated research imperatives, contextual information framing the practice, and a curatorial statement supporting the reader’s navigation of the portfolio’s material.

To submit a Practice-as-Research portfolio for consideration email Rachel Hann (r.hann@surrey.ac.uk), and Victor Ladron de Guevara (victor.ramirezladrondeguevara@plymouth.ac.uk). You are also advised to consult the extended Call for Practice-as-Research Contributions, which can be found here.

Online Submission

To submit an article for consideration, please go to: http://www.edmgr.com/rstp/default.aspx and register for an Author Login. 

Special Issue Proposals

To submit a proposal for a special issue of Studies in Theatre and Performance, please email the editors, Kate Dorney (k.dorney@vam.ac.uk), Anna Harpin (A.R.Harpin@warwick.ac.uk) and Jacqueline Bolton (jbolton@lincoln.ac.uk), outlining the proposed subject, its relevance to the journal,  potential contributors and anticipated timescale in no more than 1,000 words.

About the Journal

STP is sponsored by the UK Standing Conference of University Drama Department and accepts submissions from scholars and practitioners regardless of institutional affiliation. All research articles undergo a rigorous peer review, based on initial editor screening and reports by at least two anonymous referees. The journal is indexed the Arts & Humanities Citation Index.