Staff profile

Cath Badham

Lecturer in Technical Theatre

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) Technical Theatre degree course. I teach across all three years of the programme. Through shared modules and shows I also work with students on the BA (Hons) Costume and Set Design degree and the BA (Hons) Theatre Arts degree.

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 historical and contemporary theoretical contexts and which develop the research skills of technical theatre students.

Research interests

My PhD thesis examines the work of contemporary British playwright Philip Ridley. I am also exploring the relationship between Stage Management and how they use space backstage and in the rehearsal room. I'm also interested in exploring the history of theatre production practices and technologies.

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 will be Company Stage Manager for the RSC's First Encounters National School's Tour of Twelfth Night.

Recent publications