PhD (University of Nottingham); MA (University of Nottingham); BA(Hons) (Westfield College/CSSD, University of London)
Areas of expertise: performance (theory & practice), stylistics and the language of drama, Shakespeare, 20thC and contemporary drama.
Having originally trained as an actor and worked in professional theatre for over a decade before entering academia, I now combine my practitioner experience with my research & teaching expertise to teach across a range of drama and performance modules in the School of English.
I continue to collaborate with performance practitioners as well as academic colleagues in the UK, Spain and Australia.
I am a member of the wider board at Nottingham Playhouse and am actively engaged in various theatre, performance and other creative projects in the local community, including hosting and facilitating the Nottingham Playgoers monthly meetings.
A focus on embodied learning and the ethos of 'doing it on its feet' are at the heart of all my teaching of drama - enabling students to learn by doing, not just reading! Most rewarding is watching… read more
SARAH GRANDAGE, 2016. Shakespeare’s influence on language evolution. In: BRUCE R. SMITH, ed., The Cambridge Guide to the Worlds of Shakespeare: Volume II: The World’s Shakespeare, 1660-Present Cambridge University Press. 1380-1387
SARAH GRANDAGE, 2016. Dramatic Discourse: On your imaginary forces work. In: VIOLETA SOTIROVA, ed., The Bloomsbury Companion to Stylistics Bloomsbury. 648-672
A focus on embodied learning and the ethos of 'doing it on its feet' are at the heart of all my teaching of drama - enabling students to learn by doing, not just reading! Most rewarding is watching students start to better understand the difference between what a play text means and how it means, and the fact that meaning lies not just in the printed words on the page, but in the conjunction of the words with actors' bodies and voices, scenography and soundscapes, spaces and places of performance, and the influence of the socio-historical and political context in which a play is created and received.
- ENGL1001 Drama, Theatre, Performance
- ENGL1012 Shakespeare's Histories
- ENGL2018 Shakespeare and Contemporaries on the Stage
- ENGL2019 Twentieth Century Plays
- ENGL2020 From Stanislavski to Contemporary Performance: Practice & Theory
- ENGL3005 Theatre Making
- ENGL4160 Dramatic Discourse
- ENGL4238 Shakespeare Space & Place
- ENGL4153 Early Performance Cultures
- AE401 Understanding Performance