Staff profile

staff list   Back Dr. Marissia Fragkou

  • Job title: Lecturer
  • Dept: Music & Performing Arts
  • Tel: 01227 767700 ext 3733
  • Campus: Canterbury

Profile summary

Dr Marissia Fragkou is lecturer in Performing Arts. From 2011-2013 she was a teaching fellow in Drama at the University of Birmingham where she extensively taught on the undergraduate programme. She has previously lectured in a number of other HE institutions (Royal Holloway, Winchester, DMU, Kingston) and she holds a PG Certificate for Teaching in HE (Distinction). 

Marissia graduated from the Department of English Language and Literature at the University of Athens in 2004 and gained an MA Research in Theatre Studies (2005) and a Ph.D in Drama and Theatre (2010) from Royal Holloway, University of London. Her doctoral research focussed on the feminist nomadic politics in the plays of Phyllis Nagy in the context of 1990s British theatre.  She has recently published and presented papers on contemporary British and European theatre and performance as well as performance and cultural politics in the light of responsibility, ethics, citizenship and radical democratic politics. She is currently developing a book proposal on theatre and precariousness.

Marissia has also collaborated with the London-based emerging theatre company cafila aeterna as resident spectator and co-deviser in developing What Happened to the Tyrant (Camden People's Theatre, 2010) and The World Rests on a Tortoise (‘100 years of Futurism’ event, Goldsmiths College 2009). 

In the past she has widely taught on both theory and theatre practice specializing in actor-training, devising, rehearsal techniques, British theatre, feminist theatre, and cultural/critical theory and theatre. Her interests further include contemporary performance practices and applied theatre.

Research and knowledge exchange

She is member of the early-career Research Network Inside/Outside Europe ( and CDE (Contemporary Drama in English). She is one of the founding editors of Platform postgraduate e-journal and served as member of its editorial board until 2009.

Teaching and subject expertise

Marissia's teaching responsibilities include: Theatres of the World; Critical Studies; British Theatre; Applied Theatre; Acting Techniques (3); Drama 3; Individual Study; Practice as Research.

External activities

Invited Talks

  • December 2011: Is the Personal Political? Narratives of Citizenship and Democracy’, Europe in Crisis Research Seminar, University of Winchester.
  • November 2011: ‘Dramaturgies of the Personal: The Theatre of Rimini Protokoll’, Kingston University, WIRE sessions.

 Selected Conference Papers

  • 2013: ‘Imagining local/global communities: Stan’s Cafe's Of All the People in the World and Rimini Protokoll’s 100% London’. Panel Presentation on 'The Politics of (In)Visibility in the Age of Uncertainty'. The Viewing of Politics and the Politics of Viewing: Theatre Challenges in the Age of Globalized Communities, Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, April 2013.
  • 2012: ‘Precarious Citizenship: The Migrant on Stage in Rimini Protokoll’s Prometheus in Athens (2010)’. Asylum and Displacement in the Twenty-First Century: Performing Community, Crisis and Belonging, RHUL, April 2012.
  • 2012: ‘Eυθύνη και Ηθική: Ο μετανάστης επί σκηνής στο ΟΠρομηθέαςστηνΑθήνα των Rimini Protokoll’ (‘Responsibility and Ethics: The migrant on stage in Rimini Protokoll’s Prometheus in Athens’). 2nd Pannelhenic Theatre Conference, University of Athens, Greece, April 2012.
  • 2011: ‘City, Citizenship, and Democracy: on the failure(s) of dominant narratives’. Panel presentation. TaPRA Annual Conference 2011, Kingston University.
  • 2010: ‘Silent Witness: Ethics of Responsibility in the Plays of debbie tucker green.’ Contemporary British Theatre: Towards a New Canon. Birmingham City University.
  • 2010: ‘Encountering History: Spectatorship, Embodiment, Authenticity in Theodoros Terzopoulos’s Mauser (2009).’ TaPRA Annual Conference, University of Glamorgan, Cardiff.
  • 2009: ‘Nomadic Performatives in the Plays of Phyllis Nagy.’ TaPRA Annual Conference University of Plymouth.
  • 2009: ‘Limited National Imaginings: A Critique of British Insularity in Phyllis Nagy’s Never Land (1998).’ IFTR  (The Kay McDonnell New Scholars Forum), Lisbon, Portugal.

Publications and research outputs

Marissia has published her research in journals such as Performing Ethos and Contemporary Theatre Review. She has also contributed chapters in books published by Palgrave and Methuen.