If you made any changes in Pure these will be visible here soon.

Personal profile


I joined the University of Huddersfield as Professor of Drama in January 2012. I was previously at the National University of Ireland – Cork (University College Cork) from 2005 and was Head of Department when I left at the end of 2011. From 1991-2005 I was at the University of Northampton where I was Course Leader for the innovative BA(Hons) Performance Studies course between 1994 and 2001. Since 2008 I have held the post of Visiting Professor in Performance Studies and Creative Practice at Northampton. I have also held posts at the University of East Anglia, Derby Tertiary College, NORCAT (King Lynn) and have been a guest lecturer at a variety of institutions from the University of Malta to King’s College, Cambridge.

From 1986-89 I was a self-employed Performance Specialist enaged in a wide variety of projects including devised physical performance, clowning, storytelling, devising staff training programmes for companies such as The Body Shop, and running workshops in prisons, adult education centres, a drug and alcohol resources centre, and a centre for excluded pupils.

Prior to studying for a first degree in Drama (with Philosophy) at UEA in 1983, I created solo performances and worked with little known fringe theatre companies such as The Raging Id. I also worked as an ASM and theatre technician at a multi-function arts centre.

Research Expertise and Interests

I have a number of research strands and projects which congregate around a network of issues and processes of creativity, devising, improvisation, pedagogy and health. I am partly concerned with the impediments to these processes and ways of overcoming them although that is often an implicit rather than explicit condern in my publications. These questions inform my practice-as-research work as well and also my pedagogy.


  • Drama
  • Performance
  • Devised physical performance
  • Theatre
  • Performance Studies
  • Shakespeare
  • Improvisation

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics where Franc Chamberlain is active. These topic labels come from the works of this person. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • 2 Similar Profiles
spontaneity Social Sciences
theater Social Sciences
torture Social Sciences
drama Social Sciences
performance Social Sciences
ecology Social Sciences
human being Social Sciences
narrative Social Sciences

Research Output 1996 2019

Review: Routledge Theatre Archive and Digital Theatre+

Chamberlain, F., 2019, In : Theatre, Dance and Performance Training. 10, 2, p. 292-294 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Open Access

Book review: Grotowski's Bridge Made of Memory: Embodied Memory, Witnessing and Transmission in the Grotowski Work by Dominika Laster

Chamberlain, F., Mar 2018, In : Theatre Journal. 70, 1, p. 128-129 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Dance Article review

Open Access

Michael Chekhov

Chamberlain, F., 11 Sep 2018, 2 ed. London: Routledge Taylor & Francis Group. 176 p. (Routledge Performance Practitioners)

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Anton Chekhov
Actor Training

Losing the plot: Inappropriate fictions and the art of the theatre

Chamberlain, F., Nov 2016, Presence of the Body: Awareness in and beyond Experience. Hofmann, G. & Zorić, S. (eds.). Brill, p. 38-49 12 p. (Consciousness, Literature and the Arts; vol. 50).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Embodied Experience

Writing improvisation

Chamberlain, F., 3 May 2016, In : Theatre, Dance and Performance Training. 7, 2, p. 318-326 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

human being

Activities 1992 2017

  • 5 Editorial work
  • 2 Organising a conference, workshop, ...
  • 1 PhD Examination
  • 1 Oral presentation

External Examiner - PhD

Franc Chamberlain (Examiner)
Jan 2017

Activity: Examination typesPhD Examination

Challenging Futures in Higher Education Drama, Music and Dance

Franc Chamberlain (Organiser)

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganising a conference, workshop, ...

Journal of Performance and Mindfulness (Journal)

Franc Chamberlain (Editor), Deborah Middleton (Editor)
2016 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial work

Performance and Mindfulness

Franc Chamberlain (Organiser), Deborah Middleton (Organiser)
2 Jun 20165 Jun 2016

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganising a conference, workshop, ...

Buddhist Meditation and Psychophysical Performance

Franc Chamberlain (Speaker), Deborah Middleton (Speaker)
31 Oct 2014

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation