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

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Research Output 2005 2016

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

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Michael Chekhov in England: Outside the magic circle

Chamberlain, F. 15 May 2015 The Routledge Companion to Michael Chekhov. Mathieu, M. C. A. & Meerzon, Y. (eds.). Taylor and Francis Inc., p. 207-218 12 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Rare Butterflies, Persecution, and Pinball Machines: Environment, Subjectivity, and Society in the Theatre of Arthur Adamov

Chamberlain, F. 2015 Rethinking the Theatre of the Absurd: Ecology, the Environment and the Greening of the Modern Stage. Lavery, C. & Finburgh, C. (eds.). London: Bloomsbury Publishing, p. 147-159 13 p. (Methuen Drama Engage)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Introduction to rehearsal protocols for Hamlet by William Shakespeare

Kirillov, A. & Chamberlain, F. 1 Jul 2013 In : Theatre, Dance and Performance Training. 4, 2, p. 237-242 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

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Activities 2014 2014

  • 1 Oral presentation

Buddhist Meditation and Psychophysical Performance

Chamberlain, F. (Speaker), Middleton, D. (Speaker)
31 Oct 2014

Activity: Oral presentation