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Dr Linda Taylor

Senior Lecturer in Performance

Department: Arts

Dr Linda Taylor is a performance theorist and practitioner whose research comprises both of original performance works and theoretical position papers.

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Campus Address

Room 111 Squires Building
Northumbria University
Newcastle upon Tyne

0191 2437371



MA in Theatre Studies

BA (Hons) Theatre and Performance 

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Linda Taylor has developed a unique performance methodology based around a deep engagement with the thought of philosopher Jürgen Habermas. This methodology concerns the construction of text through dialogic exchange, and the development of political material arising from the nature of these dialogic exchanges. The performance works that result from this methodology strive to open out a particular form of dialogue with the audience. Most recently this form of performance was trialled as part of the Durham Book Festival in 2015. Linda Taylor is currently planning more iterations of this methodology and is completing work on two substantial publications in the coming year.   

Current Teaching Activity

I teach into a range of modules on the undergraduate programmes including: core taught practical  and theory modules . I am also module tutor for Researching Theatre  and Performance on the MA programme.

Sponsors and Collaborators

New Writing North

Current/Recent Projects

In preparation:


The separation of body and voice: an analysis of the biographical methods employed in Clio Barnard's The Arbor for Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism


A chapter in Constructing Ethico-Political Strategies in Contemporary Theatre Practice, to be published by Methuen in November 2018.


'What's Left? : The production of subjectivity through rational dialogue' paper for the International Federation of Theatre Research Stockholm (2016)

Key Publications

What's Left staged at Durham Book Festival in October 2015. This research practice was made in partnership with New Writing North who are a current partner of Northumbria University. 

Taylor, L. (2014) 'There are more of you than there are of us: Forced Entertainment and the critique of the neoliberal subject' in Zizek and Performance, Chow, B and Mangold , A (eds.)Palgrave, Macmillan.

Taylor, L. (2013) 'Unsettling Narratives: a renegotiation of the on- and off-stage dialogues of the performance maker', in Performing Narrative: narration,'denarration', fracture and absence in contemporary performance practice Shirley, D. and Turner, T (ed.s) MMU Manchester. Performance Research Publications.


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