Reka Polonyi

Reka Polonyi


  • Research Associate, Drama
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Reka is an Associate Researcher at the Drama Department, University of Manchester.

She is also a freelance practitioner in socially engaged theatre and applied drama. Her work focuses primarily on immigrant rights advocacy through theatre. Her recent PhD research investigated creative and playful disruptions in public spaces as forms of civil disobedience. Her interests are in bridging the knowledge gap between scholars and practitioners of socially engaged performance practices, and the role of researchers-as-activists.

Reka is the recipient of the Emerging Scholars Award (2020) Common Grounds, Arts in Society Research Network, and the New Scholars Prize (2021), International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR).

External positions

Executive Committee member, Theatre and Performance Research Association


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