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.


Balduzzi, Massimiliano

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



Diverse experiments in playwriting over thousands of years mean a too-narrow definition could shortchange the multitudinous manifestations and methods of creation that constitute the art form.

Katharina staring

Seyferth, Katharina

Katharina Seyferth worked with Grotowski during the “Paratheatre” and “Theatre of Sources” periods. She is Director of the International Centre for Theatrical Research and Training of Las Téoulères.

Eugenio directing


Directing usually evolves from extensive planning into a rehearsal process. Directors need to find a dramaturgical or structural shape to their work, a formulated and articulated rhythmical pattern.

Lecoq and Fay

Lecoq, Jacques

Known principally as a teacher rather than as a performer or director, Jacques Lecoq has influenced many artists specialising in comic and physically exaggerated styles of performance.

Lecoq and Fay

Feminism, Theatre & Performance

Throughout the twentieth century, feminist performance has interrogated the ways women’s conventional representation is often derogatory, or exploitative, reproducing scenes of female disempowerment.



Ritual denotes an action or series of actions that are done in order to have an effect – to alter the weather, or to move a person from one phase of life to another in a transitional rite of passage.

Born in London in 1933, Michael J. Frayn studied at Cambridge, and then began his working life as a journalist before starting to write plays and novels.

Frayn, Michael J.

Born in London in 1933, Michael J. Frayn studied at Cambridge, and then began his working life as a journalist before starting to write plays and novels.


Divas Dance Theatre; Aggiss, Liz and Cowie, Billy

Divas Dance Theatre are a British performance collaborative comprised of Liz Aggiss and Billy Cowie. Their work incorporates elements of theatre, film, opera, poetry and vaudevillian humour.

Deer Dream

Popular Theatre & Performance

Popular theatre embraces practices which range across melodrama, street theatre, circus, vaudeville, clowning, mime and musicals. Historically, it also encompasses popular commercial theatre.

Pocha shoe

Performance Art / Live Art & Performance

Performance art/live art is a live artistic practice that evolved as artists sought to extend art beyond the conventional media and practices of painting and sculpture.

GGP and pink

Intercultural Theatre & Performance

‘Interculturalism’ describes cultural interaction which confronts and/or combines the practices of one culture with those of one or more others.

Odin parade

Street Theatre

Many performance traditions have involved parades and displays in streets, towns or village squares, and the majority of these performances have been constructed with this spatial context in mind.