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.

Mirecka dancing

Mirecka, Rena

Rena Mirecka graduated from the Theatre School in Krakow. A founding member of Jerzy Grotowski’s Laboratory Theatre, she is a specialist in the physical exercises known as plastiques.

Avner toast

Eisenberg, Avner

Avner Eisenberg has been called “a clown for the thinking man”. From 1971-4, he studied with Jacques Lecoq. At present, Avner is still touring internationally with his award-winning one-man show.

GGP rope

Political Theatre & Performance

It is possible to suggest that all theatre and performance is political as it in some way reflects the political and social contexts from which it is generated and in which it operates.


Endo, Tadashi

Tadashi Endo is a butoh dancer and teacher. He is director of the Butoh-Center MAMU and the Butoh-Festivals MAMU in Germany.



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.



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.


Paxton, Steve

Steve Paxton has been a professional dancer since 1960. He is the inventor of contact improvisation, and continues to perform, choreograph and teach around the world.

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.

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.

Zinder masks

Zinder, David

David Zinder was born in Jerusalem, and completed his Ph.D. at the University of California. He is a founding member of the Michael Chekhov Association and member of the Michael Chekhov Europe board.



The term 'biomechanics' indicates the suite of training exercises used by Vsevolod Meyerhold to train his actors in the new post-revolutionary theatre he pursued.

Hero_Kelly Hunter

Hunter, Kelly

Kelly Hunter, actor, created Touchstone Shakespeare Theatre, offering Shakespeare to young people with limited access to the Arts.


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.