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Claire Hampton

Claire Hampton

Lecturer in Drama

  • Email address
  • Phone number 01902 2783
  • Location WH Building
  • Faculty Faculty of Arts
  • Institute School of Performing Arts
  • Areas of expertise


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.

Claire is currently co-convener of the Bodies and Performance working group for the Theatre and Performance Research Association.

  • Selfies (analysed in terms of individualism, neo-liberalism, commodification and feminism)
  • Physical Theatre and Trauma Theory (Performing trauma through the body)
  • Self representation and autobiographical performance
  • Contemporary performance and popular culture
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member of Media, Communications and Cultural Studies Association
  • Co-convener of the TaPRA Bodies and Performance Working Group

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

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:


  • 7DR010 Critical Perspectives


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

Non-Teaching Responsibilities: 

  • Course Leader for BA Hons Drama
  • Outreach Co-ordinator
  • Admissions Tutor
  • Personal Tutor

Conferences and Papers:

  • 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
  • TaPRA Annual Conference September 2014 at Royal Holloway University of London: De) Constructing the Female Face in Cyberspace: An analysis of the #nomakeupselfie phenomenon.