Co-convenor, Documenting Performance Working Group, Theatre and Performance Research Association

  • Eleanor Roberts (Organiser)

Activity: Public engagement and outreachWorkshop and other training


Roberts co-convenes the Theatre and Performance Research Association Documenting Performance Working Group, including the gathering on 'Wayward Temporalities' at the 2019 annual conference. Roberts has also served on TaPRA prize shortlisting committee. The Working Group is a community invested in the conceptual, practical, and creative possibilities of Documenting Performance. Here, performance is conceived in an expanded sense and might include theatre, live art, curatorial, installation, participatory and visual projects, as well as particular modes of critical engagement. The Working Group was founded in 2011 as a platform for investigation which acknowledges and contributes to an increasing range of scholarly and artistic activity concerned with performance and its documents, including archival encounters. At its centre is a concern for how we do the work of reading, thinking, writing about, and making theatre and performance; how documentation determines our ways of working, as scholars and artists; and the affect of the circulation of documents between institutions and epistemologies. At stake, then, is how documentation shapes and determines the performance field. The Working Group welcomes new and experienced scholars with interests in this area.

Estimated audience numbers (if applicable)

Period2019 → …
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • performance documentation
  • historiography
  • audiovisual culture
  • Live Art