Our research, which encompasses traditional and practice-based forms, addresses performance in history and contemporary culture. It ranges from Shakespeare to performance philosophy and includes work in theatre history, contemporary dance, performance and the nonhuman, actor training, musical theatre, performance and cognitive science, mental health and disability arts. Our current research projects include Performance Philosophy & Animals: Towards a Radical Equality, an ongoing collaboration with the Labanarium, and Blackout, a collaboration between GSA and the School of Psychology at the University of Surrey.  As a university conservatoire, we benefit from a close relationship between scholarship, performer training and the theatre industry.

Guildford School of Acting is home to two research centres: the Surrey Shakespeare Centre and the Centre for Performance Philosophy,

We offer postgraduate research supervision in all of these areas. For more information visit our Postgraduate research page.                   

Professor Robert Shaughnessy Director of Research, GSA


Surrey Shakespeare Centre

Centre for performance philosophy

Centre For Performance Philosophy