Jackie Smart

Jackie began her career as a performer-deviser, later moving into directing devised performance, often in collaboration with artists from other disciplines. She is now an Associate Professor in Drama with a research focus on creative process in devised theatre. She has published chapters and journal articles on a range of British theatre and dance companies, including Forced Entertainment, Random Dance, Mathew Bourne’s New Adventures, Optik and Gecko. She is co-editor, with Alex Mermikides, of Devising in Process (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010) and, also with Alex, maintains an ongoing project on women and devising, with a chapter on this topic forthcoming in July 2016.  Other recent published work concerns the ways in which the emotion-cognition relationship plays out within group creative exchange. Jackie has a parallel and complimentary interest in pedagogy and has recently been engaged on an exploration of the way students feel about working collaboratively.


Doctoral Supervision Areas: devised theatre process and practice; other performance-making processes, especially interdisciplinary approaches; inter-personal communication and collaboration; cognition, emotion and creativity.