Dr Marissia Fragkou is senior lecturer in Performing Arts and joined Canterbury Christ Church University in 2013. Prior to this appointment she was a teaching fellow in Drama at the University of Birmingham (2011-2013) where she extensively taught on the undergraduate programme. She has previously lectured in a number of HE institutions (Royal Holloway, Winchester, DMU, Kingston). She became a fellow of Advance HE in 2020.
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), a PG Certificate for Teaching in HE (Distinction) 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 published and presented papers on contemporary British and European theatre and performance as well as performance and cultural politics, ethics of responsibility, and radical democratic politics.
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).
She has widely taught modules on British theatre; feminist theatre; cultural/critical theory; contemporary theatre practices/devising; applied theatre; directing; and actor-training.
Research and knowledge exchange
She is a member of Inside/Outside Europe (http://insideoutsideeurope.wordpress.com/about/); ETRN (https://www.kent.ac.uk/arts/research/centres/etrn/); IFTR (International federation for Theatre Research) and TaPRA. Between 2017-2019, she co-convened TaPRA's Performance, Identity and Community working group (http://tapra.org/tapra-profiles/performance-identity-and-com/).
In the past, she was member of CDE (Contemporary Drama in English) and was one of the founding editors of Platform postgraduate e-journal and served as member of its editorial board until 2009.
Teaching and subject expertise
Her teaching responsibilities include: Postdramatic Devising; Theatre in Society; Directing and Dramaturgy; Practice as Research; Dissertation; Arts in Context; Applied Theatre; Practising Applied Performance.
Marissia welcomes informal enquiries from applicants who are interested in contemporary British and European theatre and performance; Greek theatre; theatre and cultural politics; feminist theatre.
2019: ‘Reading Plays for the Contemporary Moment: Precarity, Ecology and Strangeness’, Analysing Plays: A Critical Conversation, Keynote Speech, Goldsmiths, University of London.
2018: ‘Encountering the Migrant on the Contemporary Greek Stage’, Modern Greek Studies Seminar, University of Oxford.
2017: ‘Dispossession, Precarity and Care in Contemporary British Theatre’, CPAD, University of East London.
2016: Respondent to the screening of Peter Whitehead’s The Fall, ‘Approaching Borderlines’ event, DMU.
2016: Panel speaker for ‘Art Ecologies’ event, European Theatre Research Network, University of Kent.
2016: ‘Precarity or Crisis? Navigating what’s Overwhelming’, ‘Crisis in Excess? Peforming Europe Today’, event organised by Inside/Outside Europe Network, University of Winchester.
2016: ‘Chorality and Rituality in Contemporary Theatre’, Guest lecture, Department of Theatre, Performance and Media Studies, University of Ghent, Belgium.
2016: ‘Between “childhood crisis” and “masculinity in crisis”: Precarious Representations of children and Young People on the Contemporary Stage’, London Theatre Seminar.
2013: ‘Precarious Children on the British Stage: Diane Samuels’ Kindertransport’, ‘The Kindertransport in History and Memory’ event organized by the Institute of Advanced Studies, University of Birmingham.
2011: ‘Is the Personal Political? Narratives of Citizenship and Democracy’, Europe in Crisis Research Seminar, University of Winchester.
Recent Conference Papers
2017: 'Feeling Normal: Children, Precarity and Risk in Dennis Kelly's Drama', Dennis Kelly International Symposium, University of Lincoln.
2017: 'Precarity, Politics, Theatre: “Navigating what’s overwhelming”’, Panel Presentation for PSi#23 “OverFlow” Performance Studies International Annual Conference, University of Hamburg.
2016: 'Precarity and the Politics of Dispossession in Contemporary British Theatre'. British Theatre in the 21st century: New Texts, New Stages, New Interpretations, New Identities, Paris-Sorbonne.
2015: ‘Reanimating the human: debbie tucker green’s feminist politics of perception’. debbie tucker green International Symposium, University of Lincoln.
2015: . ‘Hopeful Anxieties/Anxious Hopes in the Age of the Anthropocene’. Repositioning the Social at the Heart of the Anthropocene: A Transdisciplinary Dialogue, School of Anthropology, University of Kent.
2015: ‘Staging Dissent? Politics of Freedom in Contemporary Theatre’. TaPRA Annual Conference, University of Worcester.
2014: ‘“A glimpse into some other world”: Stan’s Cafe’s (class) politics’.TaPRA Annual Conference, Royal Holloway, University of London.
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.
Publications and research outputs
Marissia has published her research in peer-reviewed journals such as Modern Drama, Performing Ethos and Contemporary Theatre Review. She has also contributed chapters in books on British and European theatre (Palgrave, Bloomsbury, Routledge). Her first monograph entitled Ecologies of Precarity in Twenty-First Century Theatre: Affect, Politics, Responsibility was published by Bloomsbury in 2019. She has also co-edited a special issue on contemporary Greek theatre with Dr Philip Hager for The Journal of Greek Media and Culture (2017). She has also edited a special issue for the Greek online journal Skene based at the Aristotle Universoty of Thessaloniki (2020).