Dr Alex Mermikides
My overarching teaching and research interests are in contemporary performance and the processes of their creation: how we negotiate creativity and the creative process (particularly in a collaborative context); how ideological and economic factors impact upon this. Most of my teaching focuses on writing for performance and devising, which I approach through practice and critical engagement with new British performance. Publication in this area include Devising in Process (co-edited with Jackie Smart). My current research and creative practice explores the rich and ambivalent relationship between contemporary performance and medicine. I run Chimera, a performance/research network that brings together scholars and practitioners in performance, medicine and healthcare. Recent outputs include bloodlines (2014-2016), a dance/lecture on patient experiences of deadly leukemia (AHRC), Careful (from 2016), an immersive performance exploring the science of empathy and meaning of care (Arts Council of England); and Performance and the Medical Body (co-edited with Gianna Bouchard).
I will consider research supervision on: performance and medicine; performance and science; performance-making (esp. interdisciplinary and devised); writing for performance.