Laura was awarded a first class MA(Hons) degree in English Literature and Theatre Studies (University of Glasgow), MPhil by Research (University of Glasgow), and completed a PhD titled Feminism, Technology and Performance: Performing a Feminist Praxis (University of Glasgow). Laura worked as at the University of Glasgow in the Theatre Studies department as a lecturer prior to her appointment at RCS. Laura has also worked on widening access programmes and taught drama in various contexts. Laura previously lectured for HATII (Humanities Advanced Technology and Information Institute) and delivered creative writing classes for Glasgow University’s Student network. Laura has had her poetry, creative writing and academic writing published in journals and anthologies.
Dr Laura Bissell is a Lecturer in Contemporary Performance Practice within the School of Drama at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Laura is primarily responsible for delivering Critical and Contextual Studies, including Performance Studies, Choreography in Social Contexts and Dissertation modules as well as the performance module Text in Performance exploring experimental textual practices for performance. She is the third year co-ordinator and also co-ordinates the Placement module and Collaborations module as well as the CPP Introduction to Collaborative Practices Mentor. Laura supervises PhD students and is a member of the Research Degrees Committee, she is also the elected staff governor for the RCS Board of Governors. Laura is a visiting lecturer on the MRes in Creative Practices programme at Glasgow School of Art and has taught on the Transart Institute MFA in Berlin. Laura is Associate Editor of the Theatre, Dance and Performance Training journal and is on the board of A Moment’s Peace Theatre Company.
Laura’s research interests include: contemporary performance practices; technology and performance; feminist performance and performance and journeys. Laura has presented her research on contemporary practices at conferences nationally and internationally and she has had her work published in the International Journal of Performance Art and Digital Media, The Body, Space Technology Journal and The Scottish Journal of Performance and Contemporary Theatre Review. She was recently awarded the Athenaeum Sabbatical Award to begin researching a book exploring the sea in performance.