Department of Drama, Theatre and Performance

Visiting address
208 Jubilee, Digby Stuart

Phone: +44 (0)20 8392 3851


Dr. Jennifer Parker-Starbuck is the author of Cyborg Theatre: Corporeal/Technological Intersections in Multimedia Performance (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011, paperback 2014), Performance and Media: Taxonomies for a Changing Field (co-authored with S. Bay-Cheng and D. Saltz, University of Michigan Press, 2015), and co-editor of Performing Animality: Animals in Performance Practices, (Palgrave, 2015). Her "Animal Ontologies and Media Representations: Robotics, Puppets, and the Real of War Horse" (Theatre Journal, Vol. 65, Number 3, October 2013) received the ATHE 2014 Outstanding Article award.

Her essays and reviews have appeared in Theatre Journal, PAJ, Women and Performance, Theatre Topics, International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media, The Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, Western European Stages, and others. She is a contributing editor for PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art, an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media, and an Advisory Board member of Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture. Parker-Starbuck currently serves as the co-Editor of Theatre Journal.

Her work has focused upon the historical and theoretical implications of new media/multimedia and its relationship to the body in performance. This work with multimedia has expanded to include work on cyborg performance, trauma and memory in performance, dis/ability in performance, feminism, live art practices, and animality and the non-human. She has studied avant-garde and experimental theatre in both theory and practice and has a degree from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, where she attended the Experimental Theatre Wing and the Directing Programme. She is also interested in practices and applications of contemporary acting, directing, and theatre-making as well as contemporary American and European performance.


PhD, City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center, 2003.

Research interests

Animality and performance, 'Cyborg' and multimedia performance, contemporary and cultural corporeality and performance practices.

Recent publication and research consider questions of human/non-human-animal relationships in performance practices.

Research projects

Currently she is working on the continued development of research around the ideas of 'Performing Animality', as well as developing several bids around animality, and around Cabinets of Curiousity.

Professional affiliations

Parker-Starbuck is the incoming Co-Editor of Theatre Journal and an active member of ATHE, ASTR, PSi, and TaPRA, and is the Co-Founder of the Performance Studies Focus Group ATHE Preconference with Josh Abrams. She was the co-convenor of the Performance and the Body Working Group of TaPRA with Roberta Mock and Lib Taylor from 2007-2012. She is a Contributing Editor for PAJ: A Journal of Art and Performance, an Editorial board member of the International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media, and on the Advisory Board of European Stages, Ed. Marvin Carlson.

Consultancy work

She has acted as Manuscript and Journal reviewer for Palgrave, University of Michigan Press, Routledge, Theatre Journal,International Journal of Performanig Arts and Digital Media. She has served as External examiner for PhDs at King's College, University of London (2015), University of Surrey (2015), University of Exeter (2014), Royal Holloway (2014), and University of Glasgow (2010), an MA at University of Birmingham (2011), and has served as an External Referee for a wide range of professorial promotions in the U.S. and Canada. She has also served as External Advisor for the development of a new MA in Drama (New Theatre Practice and Theatre and Young People), University of Worcester (2011- 2012), and has acted as peer reviewer for Leverhulme (2009), AHRC (2009, 2007, 2006). She acted as External Examiner for the MA in Performance Making, Brunel University, 1 October 2008-31 January 2013. She is a Board Member for the performance company Curious, Inc. (Leslie Hill and Helen Paris) Artsadmin, 2009-present.

She is an Assessor for the Australian Research Council (ARC), August 2013-present.


She teaches across a wide range of topics in both practical and theoretical areas. She specializes in devised production work with students and enjoys teaching Multimedia Performance, the Non-Human in Performance, Approaches to Directing, and many other classes.

Research outputs

  1. Karaoke Theatre: Channelling Mediated Lives

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  2. A Cabinet of (Medical) Perfomance Curiosities

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  3. Animal Pasts and Presents: Taxidermied Time Travellers

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

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