Routledge Performance Archive

The Routledge Performance Archive is a developing resource produced in partnership with Digital Theatre, providing unique access to an unprecedented range of audio-visual material from past and present practitioners of performance. This ground-breaking and constantly growing online collection delivers essential resources direct to the classroom, lecture theatre and library. The video material spans more than fifty years of documented work direct from renowned practitioners and specialists, and ranges across the entire spectrum of theatre topics.


Browse the Archive through our list of practitioners, ranging from legendary figures to contemporary pioneers. Trace connections between individuals and entire movements, via specially commissioned biographies and peer-reviewed cross-referencing. All biographical information and video descriptions come direct from the practitioners themselves, unless otherwise stated.


Explore content thematically through our carefully structured taxonomy, and reflect on fascinating new relationships between concept and content. All entries have been taken from Paul Allain’s and Jen Harvie’s Routledge Companion to Theatre and Performance (Routledge: London, 2006), and are edited by Maggie B. Gale, unless otherwise indicated.

Suprapto Suryodarmo

Suryodarmo, Suprapto

Suprapto Suryodarmo has taught and performed in Indonesia, Europe, the UK, Australia, the USA, Mexico, Japan, India and the Philippines for over twenty-five years.

Goats dancing

Goat Island

Goat Island was a Chicago-based collaborative performance group that began in 1987. They made nine intimate, low-tech and intensely physical performance works that toured internationally.

Odin flowers eyes


Hamlet’s advice to the players begins with speech, rather than gesture, in his direction, ‘Speak the speech, I pray you, trippingly on the tongue.’

GGP human alter

Body Art

Body art is radical live art that uses the artist’s own body to comment visually, sensually and often viscerally on identity and to enact the body’s social meanings and expressive possibilities.

Odin okay

Solo Performance

Examples of solo performance have existed since records of theatre and performance activity have been available, but often here the ‘solo’ involves the delivery of some sort of monologue or soliloquy.



Happenings are cross-disciplinary non-text-based events that utilize all media and means at the artists’ disposal, and especially those from outside the maker’s own field.

Odin group

Barba, Eugenio and Odin Teatret

Odin Teatret began in Oslo in 1964 and moved to Holstebro, Denmark, in 1966, changing its name to Nordic Theatre Laboratory/Odin Teatret. Its members come from twelve countries and three continents.


Hall, Peter

Hall’s work is characterised by attention to detail, meticulous verse speaking, and a strong design aesthetic. He has written and spoken at length about mask work, classical theatre and verse.



Devising is a method of making performance that is not dominated by text and includes the collaborative participation of the whole creative company in all stages and aspects of performance-making.

Rachel Rosenthal Hero

Rosenthal, Rachel

A winner of OBIE, Rockefeller, Getty, NEA and CAA awards, among many others, Rachel Rosenthal is an internationally recognised pioneers in the fields of feminist and ecological performance art.


Gaskill, William

William Gaskill was born in Yorkshire in 1930 and studied at Oxford University, alongside Tony Richardson and Kenneth Tynan.

Levinsky stick

Levinsky, Alexey

Alexey Levinsky is an expert biomechanics practitioner working in Moscow. He was trained with Meyerhold’s collaborator, Nikolai Kustov, in the early 1970s at the Theatre of Satire.

Seyferth class

Acting & Actor Training

The training of actors and performers operates in a variety of ways according to the contexts for which they are being trained.


Kwei-Armah, Kwame

Kwame Kwei-Armah was born in London in 1967 as Ian Roberts. Aged 19 he changed his name after tracing his family history back to Ghana via the slave trade.


Multimedia Theatre & Performance

While it can describe theatre and performance that incorporates dance and music, multimedia performance more commonly specifies work that mixes live performance with machines and/or mediated forms.

Zarrilli Beckett

Text Analysis

The detail contained in the black-and-white print requires a certain forensic analysis to transform the page into flesh-and-blood character.