The London Theatre Seminar is an inter-collegiate seminar hosted by the Institute of English Studies and attracts participants from all theatre departments in London.  The seminar is a public forum for the development of theatre and performance scholarship and its inter-collegiate and collaborative aspects are central to the productively speculative nature of its enquiry.

We aim to provide a space for theatre and performance scholars to present work in progress and explore their ideas in an informal and supportive atmosphere. The seminar provides a space for an ongoing conversation around the disciplines of theatre and performance studies amongst scholars and graduate students working in London and beyond. All are welcome.

We regularly schedule postgraduate panels, dialogues between scholars, and panel discussions (on topics such as ‘Theory Now’ and ‘Archive and Archiving’), as well as inviting individuals to give papers on research in progress. Speakers have included Tracy C. Davis, Jen Harvie, Joe Kelleher, Baz Kershaw, Alan Read, Freddie Rokem and Rebecca Scheidner.

It was established in 2003 by Nick Ridout and Sophie Nield. In 2007 they passed the convenorship of the seminar on to Helen Freshwater and Aoife Monks, who were joined in 2009 by Louise Owen.  From 2012, the seminar was co-convened by Louise Owen (Birkbeck), Jennifer Parker-Starbuck (Roehampton), and Theron Schmidt (King’s College London). Current co-convenors are Louise Owen, Broderick Chow (Brunel University London) and Bryce Lease (Royal Holloway, University of London).

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Institute for English Studies, the Centre for Contemporary Theatre, Birkbeck College, the Department of Arts and Humanities at Brunel University London, and the Department of Drama and Theatre at Royal Holloway, University of London. The seminar has been supported previously by the School of English and Drama at Queen Mary, University of London; Central School of Speech and Drama; The Society for Theatre Research, the Department of English at King’s College London, and the Department of Drama, Theatre and Performance at the University of Roehampton.