Emily Orley

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Emily Orley is a Reader in Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies whose work includes performance, installation and art- (or place- or commemorative-) writing. She is interested in exploring ideas to do with memory and mis-memory, maintenance and enchantment, history, heritage and place (and how these all co-exist). As a practitioner-researcher, she is a firm believer in breaking down the false binaries that separate practice and theory, making and thinking and writing about making.



Research interests

Installation and live art, scenography, the performance lecture, performative-writing, site-writing, practice-as-research, biographical work, memory and heritage

Professional affiliations

Higher Education Academy; TaPRA (Theatre & Performance Research Association); PSi (Performance Studies International)


Emily convenes the programme's modules in Design and Scenography, and Performance and Live Art. She also teaches on the MA.



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