I taught at Loughborough earlier in my career (1992-99), and then returned her in 2012 as Professor of Drama, having held Chairs in English and Drama Departments in Aberystwyth, De Montfort and Exeter Universities. I served as Associate Dean (first for Enterprise, and then for Research), in the School of Arts English and Drama and also as Head of the Department of English and Drama. In 2018 I retired and was appointed to an Emeritus Professorship; since then I have contributed to teaching and examining here at Loughborough on an occasional basis.
I have published single-authored books on Renaissance drama , on contemporary British drama, on theatre and gender, on popular performance, history, on theatre and ageing, and a handbook to drama, theatre and performance studies, as well as a wide range of articles and chapters in academic journals and books. In addition to these areas, I maintain an active interest in popular song, and in theatre and martial arts. I am currently writing, recording and publishing a series of songs and poems.
I have appeared on both television and radio, both here and abroad, talking about my research into popular theatre and the social impact of theatre. I work with community musical groups and I have also directed, acted in, and toured a number of theatre productions, both with student groups and with professional and community theatre companies.
I have been lead supervisor for seven successful doctoral theses and joint supervisor for many more. I am not currently supervising any PhD students, although I continue to examine at doctoral level.