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James Thompson


  • Professor of Drama, Drama
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Previous teaching: Undergraduate: Stages in Conflict/ Performance and War; Courses on Augusto Boal and the Theatre of the Oppressed; Prison Theatre; Theatre with refugee and asylum seeking communities; Theatre, Performance and Care. Postgraduate: Options on the MA in Applied Theatre. Supervision areas: Any areas of Applied theatre, socially engaged arts, arts and health.


I am Professor of Applied and Social Theatre. I was the founding Director of the TiPP Centre in 1992 and founder of In Place of War - a project supporting arts programmes in war and disaster zones. I've written widely on applied theatre, socially-engaged arts and theatre in conflict and humanitarian disaster contexts. My books include 'Performance Affects' (2009), 'Humanitarian Performance' (2014) and 'Care Aesthetics' (2022).  In 2021 I edited 'Performing Care' with Amanda Stuart Fisher. I am currently researching the relation between art and care - part of a new project funded by the AHRC on Care Aesthetics. 

Research interests

I research on performance and war, applied theatre and performance and care.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

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