Dr David Overend

Personal profile

I joined RHUL in 2016 after five years at the University of the West of Scotland. I have also taught at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and the University of Glasgow. As a director, I have worked for theatres including the Arches, the Traverse and the National Theatre of Great Britain.

Research interests

My research interests are interdisciplinary but focus on contemporary theatre and performance. My current research explores the performance of mobilities, democracy and wildness. This work is a development of my earlier research on site-specific theatre and audience participation, emerging from my practice-as-research thesis, which aimed to develop a ‘relational theatre practice’ in response to the Arches arts centre in Glasgow. Outputs include articles for journals including Contemporary Theatre Review, Humanities, Cultural Geographies, New Theatre Quarterly, Theatre, Dance and Performance Training, and Studies in Theatre and Performance; and performances for companies including NT, the Arches, Òran Mór and the Traverse Theatre. I am currently working on my first monograph and developing a new transdisciplinary research project: Performing Wild Geographies.


At RHUL, I teach Theatre and Performance Making (1st year), Theatre Directing (2nd year) and Making Performance (MA). I would welcome PhD enquiries relating to my research interests.


Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

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