Staff Profile


Dr Kene Igweonu

Principal Lecturer and Faculty Director of Knowledge Exchange

School: School of Music and Performing Arts

Campus: Canterbury

Tel: 01227 923739

Profile summary

I have a doctorate in drama and theatre from Royal Holloway, University of London, a postgraduate certificate in teaching (HE) also from Royal Holloway and an honours degree in performing arts from the University of Ilorin. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a qualified practitioner of the Feldenkrais Method. Before joining Christ Church, I was founding Coordinator of the Centre for Innovative Performance Practice and Research at University of Wales Trinity Saint David (Swansea Metropolitan). I have also taught at Royal Holloway and University of Benin.

Since arriving at Christ Church I have held a number of academic leadership positions including, Ag. Head of Music and Performing Arts, Programme Director for Drama, as well as Subject Lead for MPhil/PhD in Performing Arts. I am presently Director of Knowledge Exchange and Enterprise for the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.

Research and knowledge exchange

I retain an on-going interest in actor and performance training, directing, black British theatre, theatre and performance in Africa and its Diasporas, as well as cultural and performance theory. My research and practice interest also extends to the Feldenkrais Method in health and performance training, issues of identity in performance and cross-art practices.

I welcome enquiries from prospective postgraduate research students seeking to explore any of the following areas: cross-cultural theatre and performance, postcolonial theory, psychophysical acting, performance training and the Feldenkrais Method, movement and somatic practice, culture and society, and African and African diaspora theatre and performance practices.

Current Research Students

  • First Supervisor: Mo Pietroni-Spenst, The gestural body in performance: a practice-based study of the perceptions of physicality and meaning through space and time (2014-).
  • First Supervisor: Anthony Castro, Vamp ‘til ready: an exploration of Musical Directing new musicals in the UK 1985-2015 (2016-).
  • Second Supervisor: Akosua Boakye, Investigating African Diasporas culture, history, tradition and identities through dance and music-song (2017-).
  • First Supervisor: Dana Blackstone, Sustaining Community: A Case Study of the Practical Application of Key Concepts of Mahayana Buddhism in Creating Factors of Sustainability and Empathy in Ensembles (2017-).

Teaching and subject expertise

Current teaching responsibilities includes: Contemporary African Drama; Directing; Practice as Research; Professional Practice. 

I am currently external examiner to the University of East London - BA (Hons) Performing Arts (2017-). I was previously external examiner to the following institutions: University of Bedfordshire - BA (Hons) Performing Arts (2012-16), University of Plymouth - BA (Hons) Theatre and Performance & BA (Hons) Dance Theatre (2012-16). I have also served as external examiner for a number of PhD's in the UK and internationally.

I am a member of the editorial boards of the African Performance Review (published by the African Theatre Association), South African Theatre Journal (published by Routledge) and Jibilika: Journal of Performing and Creative Arts (published by the University of South Africa – UNISA)I am also founding convener of the African and Caribbean Theatre and Performance Working Group of the International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR). I am an active member of the following professional bodies: Feldenkrais Guild UK (practitioner member), International Federation for Theatre Research - IFTR (member of the executive committee and chair of the New Scholars' & Helsinki Prize Committee, 2011-2015) and the African Theatre Association - AfTA (treasurer, 2014-17 & General Secretary, 2017-).

Publications and research outputs

In addition to a number of book chapters and articles, I have a three part volume (co-edited with Professsor Osita Okagbue) which was published in 2013 by Cambridge Scholars Publishing under the general title Performative Inter-Actions in African Theatre:

Diaspora Representations and the Interweaving of Cultures

Innovation, Creativity and Social Change

Making Space, Rethinking Drama and Theatre in Africa

Earlier works includes Trends in Twenty-First Century African Theatre and Performance published in 2011 by Rodopi. I equally contributed several entries on Nigerian theatre for the recently published Cambridge Encyclopaedia of Stage Actors and Acting (2015).


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