Dr Lourdes Orozco

Dr Lourdes Orozco

Lecturer in Theatre Studies

+44 113 343 4720

Summary: Contemporary theatre and performance practice; animal studies; cultural policy.


Dr Lourdes Orozco, BA, Barcelona; MA, PhD, Durham

My first research project, published as a book in 2007 (Teatro y Politica en Barcelona: 1980-2000) was a study of the cultural policy affecting Barcelona's theatre from the transition years to the millennium. In this project I was particularly interested in highlighting how Catalan politics have played an important role in shaping the theatre of this city and I have, since then, developed an acute interest on the field of cultural politics and cultural economics in general.

My recent publications focus largely on contemporary Western European performance practice with special focus on the material conditions of performance and its relationship with politics, ethics and identity. I have co-edited two special issues of Contemporary Theatre Review on Catalan Theatre and on Flemish Theatre which embrace different aspects of the making and producing of theatre in these regions as well as dealing with theatre's interaction with politics and national identity issues. Further to this my research has also looked at the festival circuit and how it affects practitioners, performance and the way in which theatre is disseminated and received in that context.

My current research focuses on the intersections, dialogues and connections that Theatre and Performance Studies has - or has the potential to have - with two other research areas: Animal Studies and Children Studies. I am particularly interested in how animals (live or otherwise) feature in performance and how performance might be a productive platform to investigate animal-human relations. This work will materialize in the publication of Theatre & Animals in 2013, amongst other related articles (See publications). With Dr Jennifer Parker-Starbuck I am working on the creation of a research project Performing Animality. The project is in the process of producing an edited collection (Performing Animality: Animals in Performance Practices) and aims to produce a research network for scholars and practitioners interested in the presence of animals in performance practices. Click on Performance Pod 205 to hear a recent podcast on my research on theatre and animals

My research on children focuses on the material conditions in which children performances happen in Europe and the UK. I am interested in issues around labor and health and safety laws in relation to child performers; and also in the role that children play in the production and reception of experimental and popular theatre practice.

Finally, risk and responsibility in contemporary theatre and performance are the main focus of research of a project that I am currently developing. 

Recent Activities

Conferences and research seminars

Invited Speaker in 'A Taste of Catalan Theatre', Arcola Theatre, London, May 2013. See images here.

'There and Not There: Animals in Contemporary Theatre, British Animal Studies Network, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, April, 2013. You can listen to this paper here:

Invited Respondent in Unruly Creatures 3. Natural History Museum, London, April 2013. You can listen to this paper here

'Who's the Boss: Empowered Children in Contemporary Performance', PSi#18, Leeds, UK, 2012.

Co-organizer of the White Rose Animal Studies Research Seminar Series, Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York, 2010-12.

Co-organizer of the Animals Reading Group, University of Leeds/Waterstones, 2010-11. 

Co-convenor of the Directing and Dramaturgy Working Group, TaPRA, 2008-.

'When Animals Attack: Danger and Fear in Animal Performance', PSi#17, Utrecht, Holland, 2011; and University of Hull, 2012.

'Never Work with Children and Animals: Risk, Mistake and the Real in Performance', PSi#15, Zagreb, Croatia, 2009; and Queen Mary, University of London, UK, 2009; Four-Footed Animals: Live Animals on Stage conference,Valencia, Spain, 2012.

'How to Kill a Lobster: Capitalising on Non-Human Animal Slaughter', Interspecies Exhibition, The Cornerhouse, Manchester, March 2009; and Theatre and Performance Research Association (TaPRA) Annual Conference, University of Leeds, Leeds, 2008.
Click here to view Dr Orozco presenting the paper the Interspecies event in Manchester (Cornerhouse).

'Rodrigo García and the Ethics of Performance: Capitalising on Animal Slaughter', University of Sheffield, UK, 2008; and TaPRA conference, Leeds, UK, 2008.

Co-organiser with Helen Iball and Joslyn McKinney (University of Leeds) of the TaPRA (Theatre and Performance Research Association) Annual Conference to be held in Leeds in September 2008.

Research Supervision

I would be willing to supervise projects on the following areas: the festival circuit; contemporary European directors; risk and contemporary theatre and performance; animals in theatre and performance; children in theatre and performance; theatre and cultural politics/economics.



Approaches to Theatre and Performance

Theatre, Society and Self

Opposition Theatre

Drama: Reading and Interpretation

Reading Drama

Text, Body and Space

Year 3 Tutor (2012-13)


MA in Theatre and Development

Coordinator of the MA in Theatre and Development (January-September 2013).