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Gill Foster

Prof. Gill Foster

Head of Arts and Performance; Course Director, BA Drama and Performance

  • Telephone:
    020 7815 5419
  • School/Division:
    Arts and Creative Industries / Arts and Performance

Professor Gill Foster is the Head of the School of Performance at London South Bank University where she leads a thriving performing arts department. Gill’s research focuses on theatre industry collaborations which develop inclusive, artistic projects at the intersection of education and professional theatre. Gill has developed a range of innovative partnerships with acting training institutions and theatres, both nationally and internationally. Her work creates a critical, performative pedagogic framework for artistic exploration, derived from the methodologies of theatre and drama. Gill combines this approach to pedagogy with her own artistic practice as a director and dramaturg to create intensive learning opportunities for students through a range of unique, interdisciplinary theatre projects.

Gill has worked in China, Europe, the US and in Canada and in 2018, was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in recognition of her work in developing transformative outcomes for students. In 2020 she was awarded the Music and Drama Education Drama Inspiration Award for an academic practitioner who has ‘made or continues to make a real and significant difference to the lives of their students’.

BA Drama and Performance

Level 4 (Year 1)

  • Performance Histories
  • Text in Performance 1

Level 5 (Year 2)

  • Collaborative Production
  • Practices of Adaptation

Level 6 (Year 3)

  • Company in Residence
  • Major Performance Project
  • Dissertation

Practice as Research projects include:

  • Sound and Fury (Director) devised in association with Volcano Theatre,   London and Shanghai 2011
  • Las Bicicletas Son Para El Verano by Fernando Fernan Gomez.   (Director) Directed English translation for presentation at conference on Staging Translated Plays: Adaptation, Translation and Multi-mediality UEA June 2008
  • Bacchaefull (Performer/researcher).  A research and development project, funded by LSBU RoF, on Dirty Market Theatre's award winning production of an adaptation of Euripides' The Bacchae  London 2008
  • Vertigo: I live with Black people (Performer /researcher).  London Metropolitan University London  April 2007
  • Enquiry:  LIFT (performer and researcher).  London 2005
  • Oh What A Lovely War! (Director/researcher) EU funded bilingual production co-directed with performance artist Tim Crouch.  France 2002
  • Romeo and Juliet (Director/researcher) EU funded bilingual adaptation of Shakespeare's play. Italy 2000
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  • Member of TaPRA - Theatre and Performance Research Association
  • Member of SCUDD - Standing Conference of University Drama Departments