Staff profile

Cath Badham


Lecturer in Performance

Cath sitting at a desk using a laptop computer situated on a pile of books




College of Arts, Humanities and Education


School of Arts


Derby Theatre



I am a lecturer on the BA (Hons) Theatre Arts degree course. I teach across all three years of the programme. 

Teaching responsibilities

My teaching is focused on the Stage Management and Production Management aspects of technical theatre. I work with students in both the classroom and on theatre productions at Derby Theatre as well as other venues in Derby and beyond. The aim is to ensure that students get to work in as professional an environment as possible on a variety of shows and in a range of venues over the three years of the degree programme. I also teach on modules that put theatre production practices into a range of contemporary theoretical contexts and which develop the research skills of theatre students.

Research interests

My PhD thesis examines the work of contemporary British playwright Philip Ridley. 

Other areas of research interest include backstage practices and labour and their relationship to the archive.

Membership of professional bodies


Recent conferences

I have presented at several conferences and symposia. Highlights include

Experience in industry

Prior to joining the University of Derby, I worked in Stage Management (as Cath Booth). Theatre companies I have worked with include Sheffield Theatres, Nottingham Playhouse, The Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, The Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, and the Royal Shakespeare Company. I still maintain many industry contacts which I am able to bring into the classroom when appropriate.

Between August and November 2022 I was Company Stage Manager for the RSC's First Encounters National School's Tour Twelfth Night. I continue to work with the RSC on projects such as Next Generation and 37 Plays.

Recent publications