Dr Sarah Mullan

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Sarah earned a BA in Drama and English and an MA in Theatre and Performance at Queen’s University Belfast, and completed a PhD at Queen Mary, University of London with a thesis that examined lesbian performance in London since 1992 and the emergence of queer epistemologies during this period. Sarah joined the Drama department at the University of Northampton in 2017.

Sarah was a convenor of the International Federation of Theatre Research’s Queer Futures Working Group from 2014 – 2018 and currently sits on the University of Northampton’s Research Ethics Committee.  


Research Interests

Sarah’s research focuses on the intersections between performances of identity and the ideological and material contexts in which they take place. Sarah’s work has examined representations of gender and sexuality within fringe theatre, London’s West End, and queer clubs; current research expands on this to consider the materialist practices and politics of theatrical institutions and how these inform cultural understandings of performance venues.


Sarah welcomes applications from potential doctoral students interested in any of the areas of the below:

  • Gender and Sexuality in Performance
  • Feminism and Performance
  • Queer Theatre and Performance Practices
  • Cultural Politics of Representation and Reception
  • Historiography, The Archive, and Marginalised Identities
  • Contemporary Performance Practices
  • Cultural institutions

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Lesbian Performance in London 1992-2015: Identity, Representation and Queer Epistemologies, Queen Mary University of London

Award Date: 7 Feb 2017

External positions

Steering committee member, Queer at Queens

15 Nov 2019 → …


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