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Matthew Fletcher, MA


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Research interests

- Participatory and interactive models of performance and art-making.

- The influence of John Dewey's pragmatist philosophy on developments in radical parformance in 1950s/60s New York.

- Democratic theory and performance.

- The history of Arts Centres in post-war Britain.

- The history of Drama in Education. 


Teaching practical modules in Approaches to Acting for the Stage, Physical Theatre techniques, Devising processes, Directing for the Stage, Creative Arts in Education, Community Performance, Experimental Performance, as well as supervising Dissertation research. 

Personal profile

Matt has a professional background in educational theatre, Performing Arts teaching, community performance and live art. He has taught at every tier of the education system, from Primary to Higher, in institutional and non-institutional settings. Having gained a BA(Hons) in Drama from Exeter University, he went on to attain a PGCE in Drama and English from the University of Leeds (Bretton Hall) and a Masters degree in Arts in the Community from the University of Glamorgan, and now holds the position of Senior Lecturer in Acting and Performance at Southampton Solent University. Alongside his lecturing, Matt continues to work as a performer, writer, director and dramaturg.  He is the founder and director of Artifice, a cross-media Arts ensemble who stage and promote accessible arts events across disciplines, and of The Butlers, a relational performance troupe who have performed nationally and internationally, and were nominated for a Total Theatre Award in 2012. He is currently developing new work with performance collective Occasional Table, exploring ways in which theatre can animate art history. He plays accordion particularly badly and has been known to fire-breathe. 

Education/Academic qualification

Bachelor, University of Exeter

Award Date: 1 Jul 1989

Master, University of Glamorgan

Award Date: 1 Jul 2006

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  • The Butlers - Service as Participation

    Fletcher, M., 15 Jun 2017, In : PARtake - The Journal of Performance as Research. 1, 2, p. 15-21 7 p.

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