Staff Profile: Brian Lobel

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  • Brian Lobel

  • Position:

    Professor of Theatre & Performance

  • Teaching Area:

    Brian helped write and develop the College's BA (Hons) Theatre & Social Change degree programme, and will lead its Performing Change strand of classes from September 2020.

    Brian is qualified to supervise PhD students, and is particularly keen to work with students working on the body and performance (which includes illness and disability, sexuality and gender), interactive performance and practice-based/practice-led/practice-informed research.

  • Qualifications:

    PhD - ‘Playing the Cancer Card: Illness, Performance & Spectatorship’, Queen Mary, University of London, 2012.

    Certificate in Learning and Teaching (Distinction), Queen Mary, University of London, 2010.

    MA (Distinction) in Performance, Queen Mary, University of London, 2008.

    BA in ‘Theatre and Social Identity’ (Independently Created Concentration - Highest Honors) and Political Science, University of MIchigan - Ann Arbor, 2003.

  • Professional Practice:

    Selected Recent Performance Work:

    BINGE at HOME (Manchester), Fierce Festival (Birmingham), Take Me Somewhere (Glasgow), and WoW Digital Festival (La Jolla Playhouse), 2019-2020.

    24 Italian Songs & Arias at The Yard Theatre (London), Certain Blacks (London), Latitude Festival and at Royal Opera House. 24 Italian Songs & Arias was a Finalist for the Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award, 2015-2020.

    A Pacifist’s Guide to the War on Cancer (co-book writer and creator with Bryony Kimmings and Tom Parkinson) at National Theatre (London), HOME (Manchester) and on UK and Australian tour, 2016-2018.

    Fun with Cancer Patients (Kanazawa, Ghent, Birmingham, London) with 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Vooruit, Fierce Festival, 2013-2020.

    You Have to Forgive Me (x3) at Sydney Opera House, Latitude Festival and one-to-one with 500+ audience members worldwide, 2015-2020.

    Cruising for Art created with over 150 performers in 20 events presented in London, Edinburgh, Brighton, Cambridge, Brussels, Helsinki and beyond, 2009-2019.

    Purge originally created for motiroti (London) and ANTI (Kuopio) and then toured to 25 countries with performances in 5 different languages.

    As dramaturg and director, Brian has also worked with Harry Clayton-Wright (Sex Education), Keisha Thompson, Lynn Ruth Miller, and others.

  • External Duties:

    Brian is External Examiner at De Montfort University (Drama) and serves on the Board of Directors of Fierce Festival.

    Brian is also the founder and Artistic Associate of The Sick of the Fringe, part of STAF (Something to Aim For).


Brian Lobel is a performer, teacher and curator who is interested in creating work about bodies and how they are watched, policed, poked, prodded and loved by others. His practice is most efficiently described as Former-American-Camp-Counselor-Turned-Performance-Artist, and his work has shown work internationally in a range of contexts from Sydney Opera House, to Harvard Medical School, to the National Theatre (London) and Lagos Theatre Festival, blending provocative humour with insightful reflection. Major projects include BALL & Other Funny Stories About Cancer, Purge, Hold My Hand and We’re Halfway There, Ruach, 24 Italian Songs & Arias, Cruising for Art and BINGE. His projects have been presented in over 25 countries internationally. Brian has received commissions and grants from the Wellcome Trust, Complicite, Jerwood, and Arts Council England, among others and is the author of Theatre & Cancer (2019), BALL & Other Funny Stories About Cancer (2012+2015), BINGE (2016) and many articles in both peer reviewed and artistic publications. 

Brian is newly Professor of Theatre & Performance at Rose Bruford College after serving as Knowledge Exchange Fellow at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and Reader in Theater at University of Chichester. Brian is an Artist in Residence at King's Culture, the co-founder of The Sick of the Fringe and a Winner on the Channel 4 tv show Come Dine With Me.


Theatre & Cancer (2019), Red Globe Press.

Project Director for There is a Light: BRIGHTLIGHT research collaboration between BRIGHTLIGHT medical study and Contact Young Company, and national tour (2017).

‘Proud Disclosures and Awkward Receptions: Between bodies with cancer and their audience’ in Applied Theatre: Performing Health & Wellbeing (2017), edited by Low & Baxter, Bloomsbury.

BINGE (2016), London: Oberon Books.

Fun with Cancer Patients: the affect of cancer’ in Performance and the Medical Body (2016), edited by Bouchard and Mermikides, Bloomsbury.

A Pacifist’s Guide to the War on Cancer, co-book writer with Bryony Kimmings (2016), London: Oberon Books.

BALL & Other Funny Stories About Cancer (2012+2015), London: Oberon Books.

CANCERCANCERCANCERCANCERCANCER: Artist DVD (2012), London: Live Art Development Agency.