My work revolves around four themes:
Geographies of Performance
My research and teaching is underpinned by a concern with the theory and practice of the performing arts, particularly theatre. I examine how performance produces different geographical formations and enlivens our everyday worlds. I take an interdisciplinary approach to my analysis, drawing on non-representational theory alongside literatures from theatre and performance studies.
Creativity and Creative Practice
Relatedly, I am interested in how the performing arts are valued as part of the creative economy. I am concerned with how theatrical creativity as a set of cultural and artistic skills is constituted across space and how these relate to economic and political understandings of creative practice.
My current research examines the transnational mobility of Asian performances and practitioners, specifically between the UK, the USA and South East Asia (primarily Singapore). I analyse the different geographies that their mobilities create and the effect of such circulation on the development of creative practice and identity. I am therefore concerned with how performance can illuminate questions of migration, diaspora and globalisation. This research will be published as a monograph in 2014
Identity and Culture
I am also attuned to geographies of race, multiculturalism and postcolonialism. Performance can express and re-work geographies of race through embodied practice and attended to the ethical issues surrounding cultural representation and exchange. I am concerned with the political potentials of performance and help develop diversity initiatives in the arts.