The Institute of Performance

The Institute of Performance was founded in August 2016 to support, develop and enrich cultural research at the University of Surrey and beyond through critical thinking, writing and making.
It is the research hub of the Guildford School of Acting, one of the UK’s leading performer training conservatoires. We collaborate with a wide range of arts organisations, researchers from other institutions and disciplines, as well as creative practitioners to facilitate a space for discussion, creative exchange and collaboration, and as a means to positively contribute to the social, political and cultural challenges of the contemporary world.

Capitalising on our research excellence, the Institute fosters inter- and cross-disciplinary initiatives, cultural engagement and research dissemination. The Institute’s events are often open to the public and we seek to engage a range of audiences in creative and critical encounters and discussions.