Becca is a performer-deviser with over ten years’ professional experience specialising in site-based, interactive and immersive theatre. She is also a Performance Studies researcher, and completed her international, interdisciplinary PhD with the University of Exeter and the National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS) in Bangalore, India.
Becca holds a BSocSci in Social Anthropology from the University of Manchester, where her research focused on Applied Theatre in global contexts. She worked and trained in Physical Theatre and outdoor performance, before completing her two-year postgraduate training in Lecoq-based Devised Theatre and Performance, and Advanced Theatre Practice at LISPA (London International School of Performing Arts). As a performer-deviser, Becca continued pursuing professional development in ensemble theatre making, including two-years’ training and performing with Zecora Ura and Para Active, touring to Italy, Portugal, Spain and Brazil with their immersive production Hotel Medea.
Alongside professional performance and research, Becca has worked in arts education since 2007. She is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA) and holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education from the University of Exeter.
Prior to joining AUB as a Lecturer in Acting, Becca was a Postgraduate Tutor in Drama at the University of Exeter, and a core company member of Burn the Curtain Theatre Co. in Devon, specialising in interactive, outdoor theatre for active audiences. As part of the Acting team at AUB, Becca’s teaching centres on devised theatre practice, Applied theatre, and theatre research.
- Theatre and Performance Research Association - Performance and the Body working group
- International Federation of Theatre Research - Performance in Public Spaces working group
- Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
- TaPRA Postgraduate Student Essay prize (runner up) (2016)
- Annual Fund, University of Exeter; College of Humanities Research Support (2015–2016)
- UKIERI-funded PhD studentship (2013–2017)
My PhD is funded by the UK-India Education and Research Initiative, and is co-supervised by Professor Jerri Daboo at the University of Exeter, and Professor Shivali Tukdeo at the National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS) in Bangalore.
My research applies digital archival research and ethnographic methods to construct a history of flash mob performance in India, examining the adaptation of this global, internet-based popular performance genre within the context of contemporary urban India.
My research interests are in the fields of performance in public spaces, performance and social media, and contemporary interactive and participatory performance practices.