A supportive group for postgraduates, new scholars, practitioners, and ECRs who are interested in theatre, performance, theatre history and historiography.

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New Researchers' Network

The Society for Theatre Research’s New Researchers’ Network is made up of a supportive group of postgraduates, new scholars, practitioners, artists and early career academics who have interests in theatre and performance, theatre history and theatre historiography. The New Researchers’ Network is comprised of individuals from a variety of academic disciplines including Theatre and Performance Studies, History, History of Art, English Literature and Modern Foreign Languages, as well as those from the theatre profession.

The New Researchers’ Network meet throughout the year for a series of study days, lectures, archive visits, theatre tours and social dinners. The calendar of events is designed to encourage members to share knowledge and ideas, provoke discussions and debate, and develop a network of helpful and supportive contacts. Members of the New Researchers’ Network are also encouraged to participate in activities run by the Society for Theatre Research, which include the annual lecture series, the Poel Workshops, the Research Awards and theatre-related outings. Finally, the New Researchers’ Network provides opportunities for new researchers to present their current research in a more formal setting, at the annual symposium, which usually coincides with the STR’s Annual General Meeting.

The Network enthusiastically welcomes new members, regardless of age or academic level and would be pleased to hear from any new researchers who share our interests. To become a member of the New Researchers’ Network you must be a member of the Society for Theatre Research – see the Join Us page for details. For further information you can contact us at


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The Symposium

Each year we hold a symposium to give PGRs and early career researchers working in theatre, performance and related fields the opportunity to present their research among peers. Information about upcoming symposia will be hosted here, and you can find out about our previous events by clicking the button below.

The Committee

Alessandra Grossi

New Researchers Network Committee

Clare Chandler

New Researchers Network Committee

Laura Milburn

NRN Committee

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Here are some links to organisations, companies, theatres, collectives, and archival collections in the UK, Ireland, and beyond that we think you might find interesting and relevant. This is not a complete list, so if you’ve got any links that you think we should include (or if you want your website featured), please email us at

  1. Research Organisations

  2. Libraries and Theatre Collections

  3. Theatres and Theatre Companies

  4. Other Postgraduate Initiatives

  5. Research Institutions and Hubs

  6. Online Resources

  7. Blogs by Theatre Researchers and Other Academics

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STR members who are also new or early-career researchers are automatically members of the NRN - to join the STR as a student or ECR member follow the link below. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to keep up-to-date with our activities and events.

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