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I can supervise students interested in researching movement and theatre, physical theatre practice and theory, actor training, Jacques Lecoq or Jacques Copeau.

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Mark has, since 2012, held a personal chair as Professor of Theatre Training and Education, and until August 2019 was Associate Dean (Student Experience) in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. He trained originally at the École Jacques Lecoq, and with Philippe Gaulier and Monika Pagneux, in Paris. His research interests are in the movement training of actors and performers, the creative use of reflective writing, and creative enterprise education and he welcomes interest from research students in these areas. As well as teaching and researching theatre practice he has over fifteen years’ experience of directing and performing new plays, site-specific performances, and community projects. He is an Associate Editor of the Theatre Dance and Performance Training Journal and has published widely on performer training and the history and development of physical theatre. As Associate Dean he is responsible for ensuring the quality of the student experience, and for supporting the development of excellent teaching and learning within the Faculty. He is an NCEE Enterprise Fellow, and has completed the NCEE International Entrepreneurship Educators Programme and the Oxford University/NCEE Entrepreneurial University Leadership Programme. In 2011 he led the University’s successful application for recognition as THE Enterpreneurial University of the Year.




My research focuses on performer training, in particular in relation to movement and physicality. I have written on the work of Jacques Copeau and Jacques Lecoq, and on the movement training of actors within the UK. I am currently researching time, temporality and training, as well as the wider impact of physical theatre practice within the UK.


Areas of Expertise:

  • Actor and performer training
  • Historical and contemporary development of mime, physical theatre and movement practice.
  • The work of Jacques Lecoq and Jacques Copeau.
  • Contemporary physical theatre practice.

Research Interests

Actor and performer training; Movement training for actors; Performance, movement and the body; Physical theatre practice and theory; The work of the French theatre pedagogue Jacques Lecoq; The work of the French theatre director and teacher Jacques Copeau

Education/Academic qualification

Doctorate, Coventry University

Postgraduate Certificate, Goldsmiths College, University of London

Postgraduate Diploma, Cardiff University


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Research Output


Evans, M., 9 Jul 2020, The Moving Body (Le Corps Poetique): Teaching Creative Theatre. 3 ed. London: Methuen Drama, p. xvi-xxxv 20 p. (Theatre Makers).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Lecoq: training, time and temporality

    Evans, M., 6 Feb 2019, Time and Performer Training. Evans, M., Thomaidis, K. & Worth, L. (eds.). 1st ed. London and New York: Routledge, p. 23-37 15 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Open Access
  • 4 Downloads (Pure)


    Evans, M., Mar 2019, Digital Theatre + Encyclopedia. Gale, M. (ed.). Digital Theatre

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEntry for encyclopedia/dictionary

  • Performance, Movement and the Body

    Evans, M., 15 Jan 2019, 1 ed. London: Palgrave Macmillan. 277 p. (Theatre and Performance Studies)

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • Time and Performer Training

    Evans, M. (ed.), Worth, L. (ed.) & Thomaidis, K. (ed.), 6 Feb 2019, 1 ed. London & New York: Routledge. 270 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportAnthology or Edited Book

  • Activities

    • 22 Participation in conference
    • 3 Participation in workshop, seminar, course
    • 1 Editorial activity

    Theatre, Dance and Performance Training (Journal)

    Mark Evans (Associate Editor)

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activity


    Mark Evans (Speaker)
    6 Jan 2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    WROCLAW 2016 ‘Practicing Tradition in Performer Training: a Critical Approach

    Mark Evans (Speaker)
    28 Jan 201631 Jan 2016

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    Frantic Assembly: Devising and Physicality in Theatre

    Mark Evans (Panel Facilitator)
    10 Nov 2015

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    International Platform for Performer Training

    Mark Evans (Speaker)
    23 Jan 201525 Jan 2015

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference