Laura Bissell

Lecturer, Contemporary Performance Practice


Dr Laura Bissell is a Lecturer in Contemporary Performance Practice BA (Hons.) and part-time Lecturer in Research at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Laura is a visiting lecturer on the MRes in Creative Practices programme at Glasgow School of Art 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 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. 

Teaching commitments

Laura is responsible for delivering Critical and Contextual Studies, including Performance Studies, Choreography in Social Contexts and Dissertation modules. She co-ordinates the third year of CPP: “The Researching Artist” and delivers the Text in Performance module exploring experimental textual practices for performance. Laura has had her poetry, creative writing and academic writing published in journals and anthologies.

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.

Research Student Supervision

  • 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.
  • Doctoral supervisor for Aby Watson: Choreographing Clumsy: Dyspraxia and Choreographic Practice, RCS.


Professional highlights


  • 2014-2017: Associate Editor for the Theatre, Dance and Performance Training journal
  • 2014-present: Member of RCS Research Degrees Committee.
  • 2015- present: 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

  • 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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