Ms Claire Hampton

Lecturer in Drama

Hampton Claire
Email address: Phone number: 01902 322783 Location: WH Building Faculty: Faculty of Arts School/Institute: School of Performing Arts Areas of expertise: Drama


Claire’s research interests lie at the intersection between performance, contemporary culture, embodiment, trauma theory and gender studies. She is currently completing her PhD at Brunel University London where her research is situated in a new area of academic enquiry, addressing the performance of female trauma through visual self- documentation, focusing on the popular cultural phenomenon of selfies.

Claire graduated from the University of Wolverhampton in 2003 with a BA Hons in Drama. Since then her professional experience includes working as a performer, an applied theatre facilitator, a director and most recently as a dramaturge.  In 2009 she returned to her academic studies and embarked on an MA in Drama and Performance during which time her research focused on physical theatre, particularly the work of the Jasmin Vardimon Company. Upon completion of her Masters, Claire successfully published a version of her MA Thesis Dance Theatre: An Anti-Discursive Illustration of an Embodied Existence.

Claire holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice in Higher Education and has been teaching on the drama degree course for the last 3 years.  She teaches on a range of modules and is passionate about developing students understanding regarding the interplay between practice and theory.

Research interests

  • Selfies (analysed in terms of individualism, neo-liberalism, commodification and feminism)
  • Physical Theatre and Trauma Theory (Performing trauma through the body)

Membership of professional bodies

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member of the TaPRA Body In performance Working Group
  • Member of Media, Communications and Cultural Studies Association


2014 - Ongoing: Brunel University, London

  • PhD in Theatre & Performance. (Part-Time) Thesis:The Body Speaks as it Endures: The use of Physical Theatre in the Performance of Female Trauma

2014: University of Wolverhampton

  • Post Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice in Higher Education. (Part - Time)

2009 to 2012: University of Wolverhampton

  • MA Drama and Performance.  (Part-Time)
  • Dissertation Dance Theatre: An Anti-Discursive Illustration of an Embodied Existence

2000 to 2003: University of Wolverhampton        

  • BA (Hons) Drama  2(i). (Full-Time)
  • Professional Project: A Physical Theatre Adaptation of Claire Dowie’s Adult Child Dead Child


Further information

Teaching Responsibilities:

  • 4DR004 Practical Approaches: Performance Skills
  • 4DR005 Applied Drama: Setting the Context
  • 4DR014 Performance Analysis: Fundamentals in Drama
  • 5DR014 Performance Analysis: Critical Contexts in Drama
  • 6DR002 Applied Drama: The Workplace
  • 6DR009 Professional Projects in Drama
  • 7DR010 Critical Perspectives

Module Leader:

  • Postgraduate:
  • 7DR010
  • Undergraduate:
  • 6DR002 Applied Drama: The Workplace
  • 5DR014 Performance Analysis: Critical Contexts in Drama
  • 4DR014 Performance Analysis: Fundamentals in Drama
  • 4DR006 Text: Challenging Conventions

Non-Teaching Responsibilities:

  • Personal Tutor
  • Course Leader for BA Hons Drama

Conferences and Papers:

September 2014: TaPRA Annual Conference, Royal Holloway University of London, UK. Performance and the Body Working Group paper entitled “(De) Constructing the Female Face in Cyberspace: An analysis of the #nomakeupselfie phenomenon”.

  • TaPRA Conference 5 September 216 at University of Bristol, UK: Selfies at the Border: The Ethics of Framing.
  • Terror on Tour Colloquium 7-8 April 2016 at University of Chichester, UK: Selfies at the Border: Trauma, Technology and Agency
  • Trauma, Evil and Anxiety Research Symposium 12 December 2015 at University of Hildesheim, Germany : Selfies at the Border: Trauma, Technology and Agency
  • TaPRA Conference 9 September 2015 at University of Worcester : Looking Good Feeling Better : Evidence, Witness and Catharsis

Professional Development:

  • April 2014: SCUDD AGM: Aberystwyth University.
  • Feb 2014: Performance Research Seminar / Workshop with Jasmin Vardimon, The Importance of Location and Context in the works of Jasmin Vardimon Company: Brunel University, London.
  • Oct 2013: Performance Research Seminar / Workshop with Joumana Mourad, Physical Theatre & Network Turning Social Media into Creative Media: Brunel University, London.
  • Sep 2013: TaPRA 2013: Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow.
  • April 2013: SCUDD AGM: University of Wolverhampton.
  • March 2013: Research Seminar with Dr Patrick Duggan: Rehearsing The Trauma Tragic Real, Central School of Speech and Drama, London.
  • Feb 2012: Collaborations between universities and practitioners: Jasmin Vardimon Company’s ‘Justitia’, Symposium organised by University of Wolverhampton in collaboration with the Jasmin Vardimon, Company. The Stour Centre, Ashford, Kent.
  • Nov 2011: The Future of Arts Research Postgraduate Conference. A one-day Postgraduate conference held at the British Library, sponsored by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Royal Holloway University of London, in partnership with the British Library.
  • Nov 2011: Research Seminar : On Embodiment: Central School of Speech and Drama.
  • April 2010: Frantic Assembly, UK, Intensive 3 day workshop in physicality and devising.