Mr Darren Daly

Position: Lecturer in Theatre Arts

College: College of Arts, Humanities and Education

Department: Media and Performing Arts

Subject area: Theatre

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I am a lecturer in Theatre Arts and Programme Leader designate for Contemporary Theatre & Performance. I teach on a number of theatre related modules and work closely with Derby Theatre to support and integrate the learning activities with the professional work at the theatre. 

Teaching responsibilities

  • Programme Leader Designate for Contemporary Theatre & Performance


I teach the following modules on Theatre Arts:

  • Shakespeare In Performance (levels 4 & 5)
  • Theatre Lab (level 4)
  • Theatre Workshop Practice (level 4)
  • Performance Practice (level 5)
  • Performance Project (level 6)
  • Directors & Directing (level 6)
  • Independent Study (level 6)

Professional interests

I originally trained as an actor and have acted professionally for over 10 years in stage, screen, broadcast and motion capture animation. I also direct and devise professionally, creating live performance in a variety of spaces, both for the stage and as site specific responses. This includes commissions to create live interpretation performances for a number of national organisations including the National Trust and English Heritage. Specialisms are acting, directing and Shakespeare. 

Research interests

Research interests include contemporary approaches to performer training, new technologies in performance and the director as pedagogue.  I am currently researching sight loss in performance and methods of access for visually impaired audiences which will culminate in a performance in June 2016. I am also investigating the nature of collaboration between professional theatres and universities in theatre education.

Membership of professional bodies

Higher Education Academy - Fellow


Britishg Academy of Dramatic Combat - Advanced

Theatre and Performance Research Association


Master of Arts in Text & Performance

Post Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching for Higher Education

Graduate Diploma in Acting

Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) Performing & Media Arts

Recent conferences

Leicester Curve, DMU  - Higher Education and Professional Theatres (2016)

University of Derby   - Learning Teaching and Assessment Conference (2015)

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