Staff profile

Amanda Wallace

Senior Lecturer, Theatre Arts

Amanda Wallace




College of Arts, Humanities and Education


School of Arts


Derby Theatre



I am a Senior Lecturer on the Theatre Arts course.

Teaching responsibilities

I teach performance skills, with a focus on physical approaches to characterisation, as well as the methods of Sanford Meisner.

I teach across the three years of our programme.  In the first year I work with industry professionals from Derby Theatre and beyond, as we introduce our students to the wide range of jobs within the industry.  I also teach Theatre Lab, an exciting first year module, in which we explore creative techniques when devising theatre.  In this, I focus on the use of live foley (creating live sound effects in performance) and puppetry.

I also direct students in performances, and direct our second year students in their main stage productions at Derby Theatre.

Professional interests

Research interests

Psychophysical training and performance techniques.

I am also interested in accessibility when creating performance.  I have explored the use of sound in performance for blind and visually impaired audiences, and am currently exploring the use of integrated sign language.  Derby Theatre have been creating some brilliant productions with integrated sign language, and I am researching their work in this area.

Membership of professional bodies

In 2012 I became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


Experience in industry