Dr Carina Bartleet

MA (Oxon), MA, PhD (Exon)

Programme Lead in Drama, Theatre and Acting; MA Creative Writing; Communication, Media and Culture

School of Education, Humanities and Languages


Carina Bartleet works on modern and contemporary theatre and drama in the UK and the rest of Europe. She has particular research interests in the following areas:

  • women writing for the theatre
  • theatre, science and medicine
  • gender and performance
  • drama, theatre and intertextuality.

Carina has worked with students on a wide range of productions ranging from Kane’s 4: 48 Psychosis to Ibsen and adaptations of Pinter, Ionesco and Angela Carter as well as on devised pieces. Before coming to Oxford Brookes, Carina worked at the University of Reading where she taught a wide range of theatre and drama courses from renaissance drama to contemporary British theatre. She is excited by the prospect of working on a range of Brookes’ drama and performance modules that mix theory, text and practical elements of theatre.

Areas of expertise

  • Theatre and science
  • Gender and performance (feminist and LGBTQ theatre)
  • Contemporary theatre writing

Teaching and supervision


Modules taught


  • Theatre, Madness and the Mind
  • Approaches to Performance
  • Modern British Theatre in Performance
  • British Theatre 1950 to the Present
  • Critical Theory in Action
  • Theatre and Theory: Modern and Postmodern
  • Final Production (Drama)

Subject Co-ordinator for Undergraduate Drama.

Research Students

Name Thesis title Completed
Russell Anderson Hypertextual Performance: developing audience-controlled narratives in theatre Active


Carina's research interests are reflected in her interdisciplinary background: she completed her undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences at the University of Oxford and, subsequently, moved to the University of Exeter where she studied for a PhD in Drama. Her research interests fall within the area of modern and contemporary theatre and drama. She is the List Owner for the Modern British Fiction JISC email list and reviews for Theatre Research International (TRI).

Research Dissemination

  • Online: Major contributor to the German Society for Contemporary Theatre and Drama in English (CDE) bibliography on Sarah Daniels.



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Professional information

Memberships of professional bodies

  • Member of the British Society of Literature & Science


Carina was the organiser of the 2018 British Society of Literature and Science (BSLS) Annual Conference, Oxford Brookes University.

Selected conference papers

  • 'The Final Frontier: Scottish Nationalism, Theatre and the space race', TaPRA, University of Exeter, September 2019;
  • 'The Physics of the Possible: An Electro-dynamics of Theatrical Bodies: Q.E.D  and DV8's The Cost of Living, ' BSLS, 2015.
  • On the Origin of the Speeches: Evolution as Trope'.Paper presented to the British Society for Literature & Science Conference, University of Reading, March 2009.
  • ‘Better Out than In: Representations of Women’s Experiences of Mental Health Systems in Contemporary British Drama.’ Paper presented to the 14th Annual conference of Gender, Health & Medicine, University of Exeter, 5-6 July 2008. 
  • ‘Two Cultures/Two Genders? Feminist Responses to Science in the Theatre as (Re)creation.’ Paper presented to the Feminism in the Arts in Contemporary Britain conference held at York St John College in July 2005.
  • ‘(R)evolution in Dramatic Language: Generational Intertextuality, Meme Theory and the Case of Sarah Daniels’. Paper presented to the International ‘Theatres of Science: Crossovers and Confluences’ held at the University of Glamorgan, 8 – 11 September 2004.