Laura Bissell

Lecturer, Contemporary Performance Practice


Dr Laura Bissell is a Lecturer in Contemporary Performance Practice BA (Hons.) (0.8) and Lecturer in Research (0.2) at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Laura was a visiting lecturer on the MRes in Creative Practices programme at Glasgow School of Art from 2012-2018 and has taught on the Transart Institute MFA in Berlin. She has a PhD (Feminism, Technology and Performance: Performing a Feminist Praxis, University of Glasgow), an MPhil by Research (The Posthuman Body in Performance, University of Glasgow), and a first class MA(Hons) degree in English Literature and Theatre Studies (University of Glasgow). Laura has a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Arts Education and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She worked as at the University of Glasgow in the Theatre Studies department as a lecturer prior to her appointment at RCS. Laura is currently External Examiner for the European Theatre Arts Programme at Rose Bruford College. Laura has had her poetry, creative writing and academic writing published in journals and anthologies.

Teaching commitments

Laura is responsible for delivering Critical and Contextual Understanding, including Performance Studies, Performance Research and Performance Writing modules. She is level co-ordinator for the third year of CPP: “The Researching Artist: An Ecology of Mind” and co-ordinates the Collaborations and Placement modules.

Research interests

Laura’s research interests include: contemporary performance practices; technology and performance; feminist performance; ecology and performance; and performance and journeys. Laura has presented her research on contemporary practices at conferences nationally and internationally and she has had her work published in the International Journal of Performance Art and Digital MediaThe Body, Space Technology Journal, Studies in Theatre and Performance, The Scottish Journal of Performance and Contemporary Theatre Review. She was awarded the Athenaeum Sabbatical Award in 2015 to begin researching a book exploring the sea in performance.

Recent Publications


  • “Liquidscapes: The Sea and Self”, Liquidscapes ed. Richard Povall. Artearth, 2019.

  • “There Is Such a Thing: Feminist Mimesis in Contemporary Performance in the UK” Contemporary Theatre Review Volume 28 Number 4, 522-536, January 2019.

  • Book Review: Swim Pretty: Aquatic Spectacles and the Performance of Race, Gender and Nature by Jennifer A. Kokai.Theatre Journal, Johns Hopkins University Press Volume 71, Number 1, 124-125 March 2019.

  • “Tide Times: Responding to Cramond” Body, Space, Technology Volume 18 Issue 1, March 2019).

  • Bissell, Bozdog, Gonzalez, Watson eds. Art of Care: Scottish Journal of Performance Special Edition, Volume 5 Issue 1. April 2018.

  • "Screen-casting as a Technology-enhanced Feedback Mode" Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice, Vol 5, No 1, January 2017.

  • “Pillow Talk: The Legacy of Adrian Howells in Glasgow” Bissell, L. (ed.) & Thorpe, J. (ed.) Jun 2016 It's All Allowed: The Performance of Adrian Howells. Heddon, D. & Johnson, D. (eds.). Bristol, p. 288 299.

  • “Water Matters: Tug onboard and Tug footpath” Studies in Theatre and Performance, Volume 36, 2016 - Issue 2 April 2016.

  • “Regular Routes: Deep Mapping a Performative Counterpractice for the Daily Commute” co-authored with David Overend. Humanities, Volume 4, Issue 3, 476–499, September 2015. “Early Days: Reflections on the Performance of a Referendum” co-authored with David Overend, Contemporary Theatre Review Volume 25, Issue 2, May 2015.

  • “Reflections on a mobile train conference from Helsinki to Rovaniemi” Cultural Geographies 2015 10.1177. February 2015.


Research Student Supervision

  • Doctoral supervisor for Isla Cowan: Ecological Consciousness in Contemporary Scottish Theatre (AHRC studentship with University of Glasgow).

  • Doctoral supervisor for Maria Braender: How to make the world felt: devising and performing with a more-than-human-perspective, RCS.

  • Doctoral supervisor for Aby Watson: Disordering Dance: Dyspraxia and Dance, RCS.

  • Doctoral supervisor for Mona Bozdog: Connecting Performance and Play: Establishing Interdisciplinary Design Methods for the Development of Video Games and Performance (Applied Research Collaborative Studentship) with RCS, NTS and University of Abertay (completed June 2018). 


Professional highlights


  • 2014-2017: Associate Editor for the Theatre, Dance and Performance Training journal
  • 2014-present: Member of RCS Research Degrees Committee.
  • 2015- 2018: Elected staff governor on Board of Governors at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
  • 2013-14: Arches Creative Learning Board Member.
  • 2011-2016 Board member and Secretary for A Moment’s Peace theatre company
  • 2011-present: Committee member of Making Routes (a network for artists working in the field of performance and journeys).


Membership of Professional Bodies/External Posts

  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
  • External Examiner for European Theatre Arts BA (Hons.) at Rose Bruford College.
  • Qualified Hatha Yoga Instructor (Balance, accredited by Yoga Alliance Professionals). 

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