Contributors to the Performing Research Network

katyKaty Vanden is the producer at Cap-a-Pie. Katy produces and manages a variety of projects with productions often in partnership with both academic researchers and participants. Katy is very interested in how participatory arts can be utilised to share academic research and learning and how this sharing can be beneficial for researcher, artist, audiences and communities.


Brad McCormick is artistic director at Cap-a-Pie. Brad joined the company in 2013 and has enjoyed collaborating with a range of academic partners to create new theatre pieces and community projects.

MJR profile picDr Michael Richardson is currently a Lecturer of Social and Cultural Geography at the school of Geography, Politics and Sociology at Newcastle University, a post he has held since September 2014. Previously he worked as a Teaching Fellow in Human Geography at Newcastle and was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) to conduct PhD research into Irish Masculinities on Tyneside (2010-2013).  This PhD was the basis for the theatre show Under Us All, made in collaboration with theatre company Cap-a-Pie. Following the success of Under Us All  Dr Richardson worked with Cap-a-Pie on a number of other projects. In collaboration with the theatre company he set up Performing Research a project bringing together theatre makers and academic researchers and also led Letters for Learners, an innovative project where academics wrote letters to members of the public about their research.

Gwilym LawrenceGwilym Lawrence is a Sheffield-based theatremaker. Gwilym is an artistic associate of Cap-a-Pie, having directed Under Us All, The Town Meeting and The Important Man in the White Coat (work in progress) for the company. He is also co-artistic director of Sad Siren Theatre, for whom he has directed The Hoults Yard ProjectStarr and Pitt and The Gods of Pick ‘N’ Mix. Gwilym is an Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded practice-led PhD candidate at the University of Manchester, exploring spontaneity and improvisation within site-specific performance. @its_me_gwilym

owenOwen Davies is Professor of Social History at the University of Hertfordshire. He has published widely on the history of witchcraft, magic, ghosts, and popular medicine. He is a Co-Investigator with the Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded Everyday Lives in War Engagement Centre based at the University of Hertfordshire.

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