Research at Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance reflects its institutional distinctiveness: vocational, diverse, collaborative and international. Practice-based and scholarly research resulting in a variety of outcomes is complemented by research that informs pedagogy or interfaces with the theatre industry.
Our perspective is international and multicultural with the potential for intercultural performance in both discipline-specific and interdisciplinary contexts. Over the last few years a number of generic themes have emerged within which individual and collaborative projects have developed: new writing, celebratory arts, community arts, location, theatre memory, music theatre, digital arts and knowledge transfer. Inevitably there is overlapping and inter-connection between the projects defined in these areas, but they provide a useful structure within which to shape the research.
For a small specialist institution the College is fortunate in its resources. The facilities – two theatres, two black-box studios, rehearsal and movement rooms, lighting laboratories, scenic workshop, design and exhibition areas, costume production site and wardrobe, and digital arts suite – provide an extensive laboratory for practice-based research. The Clive Barker Library holds a number of special collections: Rose Bruford Archive, John Masefield Collection, Stanislavski Centre Archive, David Bolland Kathakali Collection, Noel Greig Archive, and Clive Barker Archive, which serve as a primary source for research as well as useful points of reference. And New Theatre Quarterly is published in association with the College.
Research is promoted and organised by the Research Office and its personnel and disseminated in the College through the Theatre Futures website, annual symposium, annual cultural industries fair, conferences, exhibitions, installations and performances, and outside the College in appropriate venues, forums, and publications.