Dr Georgina Guy

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 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 "remarkable contribution to the field of theatre and performance studies" (Theatre Journal).

Georgina's current work centres on 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 co-editing an issue of Contemporary Theatre Review on Hear Tell: Describing, Reporting, Narrating and The Routledge Companion to Documenting Performance.

Georgina's research is translated in an invited contribution to a Special Issue of leading 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.

Georgina is 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). This collaboration informs her reserch-led teaching. Georgina also sits on the Research Steering Group for Tate Exchange.


Georgina is PGT Education Lead for Drama, Theatre & Dance and convenes the MA Theatre Directing with Katie Mitchell.

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 

Georgina is External Examiner for BA programmes in the Department of Drama, Theatre & Performance at the University of Roehampton.

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


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