Dr Cara Gray

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Cara Gray is a Postdoctoral Research Assistant on the AHRC funded project ‘Civic Theatre: A Place for Towns’. The project seeks to start a national conversation about the role of theatre in towns by finding out more about why theatres in towns are valued, who attends, and why they take part. It will also investigate the ways that theatres connect to the wider ecology of towns through other voluntary groups, societies and activities. 

Cara’s research sits across the fields of theatre and performance and cultural geography. Specifically she is interested in the geographies of amateur creativity - working with amateur theatre makers (backstage workers involved in set building, costume and props) through ethnographic methods to investigate the hidden spaces, processes and materialities of their craft.

Cara is also currently an Early Career Research Fellow within the V&A Research Institute (VARI) since her appointment in 2018. Here she is part of the Andrew Mellon funded ‘Show+Tell+Share’ project exploring and designing serendipitous object encounters through questions of making. Before this, she gained her PhD from the Department of Drama, Theatre and Dance at Royal Holloway, University of London with her thesis titled A Study of Amateur Theatre: Making and Making-Do (2018). Her PhD contributed to the wider AHRC funded project 'Amateur Dramatics: Crafting Communities in Time and Space'. Cara holds a BA(Hons) in Human Geography from the University of Exeter (2010), an MA in Cultural Geography from Royal Holloway, University of London (2012).

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