Georgina Guy

Georgina Guy


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Personal profile

Personal profile

Georgina Guy is Senior Lecturer in Theatre and Performance in the Department of Drama, Theatre, and Dance. Her book Theatre, Exhibition, and Curation: Displayed & Performed (Routledge 2016) was shortlisted for the Theatre and Performance Research Association (TaPRA) Early Career Research Prize 2017 and formed the basis for a research-led evening course at Tate Modern exploring how performance is documented, curated, and collected by international art museums.

Research interests

Attending to contemporary intersections between theories and practices of performance and visual culture, Georgina's research centres on the exhibition as a dynamic context in which established traditions of display and performance interact. Examining the current traffic of ideas and aesthetics moving between theatricality and curatorial practice, her book Theatre, Exhibition, and Curation: Displayed & Performed (Routledge 2016) has been widely and positively reviewed by leading scholarly journals as a "significant contribution to the fields of theatre and performance studes" (Performance Paradigm) and a "remarkable contribution to the field of theatre and performance studies" (Theatre Journal).

Georgina's recent work explores reported action in contemporary performance and charts a cultural shift from visual to verbal images across theatre and the visual arts. Essays from this project are published in Special Issues of Theatre Journal on Theatre and the Museum / Cultures of Display (2017) and Performance Research On Disappearance (2019). With Johanna Linsley, Georgina is also co-editing a Special Issue of Contemporary Theatre Review on Hear Tell: Describing, Reporting, Narrating (forthcoming 2023). Her research on sonic and verbal modes of curation and installation has led to a collaboration with Bryce Lease on a project that investigates binaural sound recording as a means to expand the technologies of curation in museums. To date, this work has been undertaken through a pilot project in 2022 with cultural partners Auricle, the theatre/sound collective behind Blindness at the Donmar Warehouse (2020), and the Manchester Jewish Museum. This pilot study, titled 'Immersive Sound and Commemorative Performance: Scoping Study at the Manchester Jewish Museum,' was supported by UKRI Knowledge Exchange Funding at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

Georgina is also developing a theory of (post)-pandemic performance that restages theatre as installation. Essays progressing this theory appear in the recent Special Issues of Critical Stages/Scènes critiques on Aural/Oral Dramatugies (2021) and Theatre Journal on Installation (2022). Georgina's research is translated in an invited contribution to a Special Issue of French theatre journal Théâtre/ Public on Faire scène: Arts de la scène et arts visuels (2021) titled Les scènes contemporaines de l’exposition de la performance: Théâtralité, comparaison, auralité.

Fom 2016-2022, Georgina was academic lead, with Helen Nicholson, Libby Worth, and Ruth Hemus, on Royal Holloway's partnership with Tate Exchange and programmed four series of events: Theatres of Exchange (2017), Stages of Production (2018), Making Moves (2019), and Performance & Power (2020). Georgina was a member of the Research Steering Group for Tate Exchange from 2019-2022 and contributed as part of the Tate Exchange Archive Working Group.


Georgina is Chair of Exams for the Drama Department. Other leadership roles include PGT Education Lead for Drama, Theatre and Dance and convenor of the MA Theatre Directing with Katie Mitchell (2019-2021) for which she received a College Performance Award. Georgina is invested in cultural collaboration. From 2015-2017 she was Director of Impact for Drama, Theatre and Dance.

Undergraduate teaching includes:

          DT1400 Theatre & Ideas 1

          DT2300 Theatre & Culture 2: Collecting Theatre and Performance

          DT2401 Theatre & Ideas 2: The Idea of Live Art

          DT3110 Advanced Option: Performance and Visual Art

          DT3203 Final Year Project: Special Study

          DT3316 Research Seminar: Curating and Exhibiting Performance

Postgraduate teaching includes:

          DT5210 MA Dissertation (Research Methodologies)

 Georgina welcomes enquiries about research supervision in the following areas:

  • Contemporary Theatre and Performance
  • Performance and Visual Art/ Culture
  • Performance Curation and Documentation
  • Verbal and Sonic Theatrical Practices 

From 2018-2022, Georgina was External Examiner for BA programmes in the Department of Drama, Theatre & Performance at the University of Roehampton. She is currently External Examiner at the University of East Anglia on their MA Theatre Directing programme.

Recent teaching beyond the academy includes a research-led evening course at Tate Modern to coincide with the opening of their new building in 2016, which has increased curatorial provision for performance - In the Frame: Displaying Performance.


  • Contemporary theatre
  • Performance & live arts
  • Theatre studies

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