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.

Applied Theatre

Applied Theatre

Applied theatre is an umbrella term that tries to capture a diverse number of theatre practices that engage communities outside of professional and institutional theatre contexts.

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Staniewski, Wlodzimierz, and Gardzienice

The Centre for Theatre Practices ‘Gardzienice’ was founded in 1977 in south-east Poland, taking its name from the tiny village where the company was, and still is, based.


McBurney, Simon and Complicite

Complicite is an international touring theatre company, based in London and led by Artistic Director Simon McBurney.

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Performer Training

Performer training assumes skills can be developed to make communication clearer and the experience of performing easier. In training, the performer usually practises integrating voice and body.

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Postmodern Acting

Postmodern acting has interrogated the idea of a unified subject and individual agency in a variety of ways.


Shaplin, Adriano

Adriano Shaplin is a New Jersey-based playwright, actor, and artistic director of the Riot Group theatre company.


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.


Balduzzi, Massimiliano

Massimiliano Balduzzi is an Italian performer, director, and teacher based in New York City.

Bella Puntila


Comedy developed in opposition to tragedy and is generally intended to create laughter through the presentation of humorous dialogue or physical action, but more usually through a combination of both.

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Dance Analysis

Dance studies range widely: from phenomenological approaches that emphasise the experience of movement; through focus on techniques; to the placing of works in a historical or political context.

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Gómez-Peña, Guillermo

Guillermo Gómez-Peña is a performance artist, writer, activist, radical pedagogue and director of performance troupe La Pocha Nostra. His work has been presented internationally at over 800 venues.


Forsythe, William

William Forsythe is recognised as one of the world’s foremost choreographers.

Theatre History

Theatre History

Theatre History aims to enlarge our understanding of theatre – the people, events and relationships involved in its development, the causes of change, the ideas underlying forms of performance.

GGP activism


Activism is the deliberate intervention of an individual or group with the aim of creating transformation in the social, political, cultural or economic realm.


Nature Theater of Oklahoma

Nature Theater of Oklahoma is an OBIE-Award-winning New York performance group under the direction of Pavol Liska and Kelly Copper.

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Benesz, Ewa

Ewa Benesz is an actor and director who worked at the Laboratory Theatre from 1966 to 1968 and joined the company again in the early eighties.