Sara Jane Bailes

Reader in Theatre & Performance Studies (English)

University of Sussex

My training and background have been transdisciplinary, weaving through Theatre and English, Critical Theory, Visual Cultures and Performance Studies. Prior to returning to postgraduate study I was a collaborative theatre-maker for a decade touring nationally and internationally and I lived in Italy for a few years. My interests are focused by contemporary experimental theatre practices and new performance methodologies developed in live art and performance since the 1980s. I am especially interested in cross-disciplinary conversation - between visual, literary, choreographic and live art practices, for example. From 2004-2009 I worked as Creative Advisor with the Bristol-based theatre collective, The Special Guests, and I currently work with Reckless Sleepers as an outside eye and mentor. My undergraduate degree was from Lancaster University (BA Hons in Theatre and English, 1985-1988); my Masters and PhD from Tisch School of the Arts, New York University (NYU) in the Department of Performance Studies (1997-2003) where I was a Fulbright Scholar. Prior to joining Sussex as a Senior Lecturer (October 2007) I taught Theatre and Performance at Tisch School of the Arts, NYU (1999-2003) and at the University of Bristol (2003-2007). I also taught seminars in Creative and Critical Writing at both NYU and Barnard College (Columbia University), and worked as a Writing Consultant. I continue to spend time in New York observing and writing about the work of Elevator Repair Service and other US companies and artists.