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Department of Drama, Dance and Performance Studies


In a challenging and supportive environment at the Creative Campus, you will find academic and support staff dedicated to your development in your chosen art form. Students can take Single Honours degrees in either Creative & Performing Arts or Drama. Dance and Drama & Theatre Studies are available as Majors in the BA (Combined Honours) programme.

We offer an MA in Contemporary Popular Theatres and contribute to the MA by Creative Practice. Visiting Professors include multi-award winning playwright, John Godber; internationally-renowned theatre and opera director, Patrick Mason; Professor of Theatre Development (University of Winchester), Tim Prentki; Professor of English and Comparative Studies (University of Southern California), David Lloyd; and Director of The Pinter Centre, Robert Gordon.

At the Creative Campus we have excellent drama facilities, including three state-of-the-art studio theatres. We also make full use of the impressive range of theatres available in Liverpool, with regular trips to productions at the Playhouse, Everyman, Capstone and other venues. 

National Student Survey 2016

The National Student Survey ( asks final year students at every publicly funded Higher Education Institution (HEI) in the UK to rate their experience by stating to what extent they agree with a set of 23 questions across eight categories. 

In this year's results:

  • 91% of students were satisfied overall with Drama at Liverpool Hope University
  • 93% of students were satisfied with the teaching of their course for Drama
  • 92% of students were satisfied overall with Creative and Performing Arts at Liverpool Hope University
  • 100% of students were satisfied with the learning resources available for Dance at Liverpool Hope University.
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Department Staff
0019 Dr John Bennett

Dr John Bennett

Deputy Head of Department

0010 Dr Gary Anderson

Dr Gary Anderson

Senior Lecturer in Drama

0053 Ms Carmel Cleary

Carmel Cleary

Lecturer in Drama

Niamh Malone

Dr Niamh Malone

Senior Lecturer in Drama

Kris Darby

Dr Kris Darby

Lecturer in Drama & Performance Studies

Rachel Sweeney

Dr Rachel Sweeney

Senior Lecturer in Dance

0262 Dr Zoe Zontou

Dr Zoe Zontou

Senior Lecturer in Drama

Dr Annalaura Alifuoco

Dr Annalaura Alifuoco

Lecturer in Drama and Performance Studies

Dr Silvia Battista

Dr Silvia Battista

Lecturer in Drama and Performance Studies

Dr Stephe Harrop

Dr Stephe Harrop

Lecturer in Drama and Theatre Studies

Dr Veronica Skrimsjö

Dr Veronica Skrimsjo

Post Doctoral Teaching Fellow in Creative and Performing Arts

Niall Doherty

Mr Niall Doherty

Administrative Assistant


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