Ms Royona Mitra

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Royona completed her PhD from Royal Holloway, University of London (2011) on the British-Bangladeshi artist Akram Khan. She also has an MA in Physical Theatre from Royal Holloway, University of London (2001) and a BA (Hons) in Theatre & Performance from the University of Plymouth (2000). She trained in classical and contemporary South Asian dance in India and specialised in physical theatre in the UK. Royona was the founding member and performer with Kinaetma Theatre, an intercultural physical theatre company that made work between India, UK and Portugal from 2002 to 2007.

She is currently a Lecturer in Theatre at Brunel University where she teaches physical theatre, live art practices, intercultural performance and critical theory. Prior to joining the Theatre Department at Brunel, Royona was a full-time and permanent academic member of staff in the Drama Department at University of Wolverhampton where she was also the MA Drama Course Leader. She has also taught in the Theatre and Performance Department at the University of Plymouth.

Royona is currently writing a monograph on the choreographic oeuvre of Akram Khan, the first book length project to examine the works of this seminal British-Asian artist.  Her research interests include physical theatre practice, body and diaspora and intercultural performance. In 2008 Royona was awarded the New Scholar’s Prize by the International Federation of Theatre Research (IFTR). She has published in Feminist Review Journal, Women and Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory and has contributed to edited book projects on performance, culture and identity.

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