Professor Trish Reid


I hold an undergraduate degree from Goldsmiths and a University of London PhD. I joined Kingston in 2002 as a lecturer in Drama and have since held various posts including Head of Department, Interim Head of the School School of Performance and Screen Studies — which encompassed Dance, Drama, Film, Media, Music and Television — Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching) in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, and Interim Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education). I am a Principal Fellow of the HEA and a certified Change Management practitioner. I have extensive experience of leading on Quality Assurance and Enhancement and Portfolio Development and in managing academics and teams in professional services. 

I have published widely in the area of contemporary British theatre and performance. I am the author of theatre & scotland (Palgrave 2013) and The Theatre of Anthony Neilson (Bloomsbury 2017). I co-convene the Political Performances Working Group of the International Federation for Theatre Research.

Having worked as an actor and musician in the early part of my career, I entered higher education as as a mature student. I am particularly interested in supporting students who come to HE via non-traditional routes.  I maintain a strong interest in inclusive pedagogy, and continue to work with colleagues across the University to ensure Kingston provides stimulating and inclusive educational experiences that build confidence, and prepare students for the challenges of life and work in the twenty-first century. 

Academic responsibilities

Professor of Contemporary Theatre and Performance


  • PhD, Goldsmith's College, University of London
  • PGCert Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, Kingston University
  • BA Honours, Drama and Theatre Arts, Goldsmith's College
  • Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • FRSA
  • Certified Change Management practitioner (Prosci)
  • Service Design Practitioner

Teaching and learning

I am an experienced and skilled educator and academic manager. I have extensive knowledge of validation and subject review processes, having chaired panels in the UK and India. I have held external examining posts at Central School of Speech, Kent,  UWE and the University of Ulster. I am currently external examiner on the MA Theatre Studies at the University of Glasgow. 

I have led on a number of management projects in Learning and Teaching, most recently the introduction of a new VLE, the development of new risk-based QA processes, and the design of a holistic approach to monitoring student engagement across the university. I led the School of Performance and Screen Studies in a wholesale review of the  academic framework in 2013 and in the introduction of an institutional KPI on closing degree awarding gaps. I have chaired the Self-assessment Team (SAT) for the Race Equality Charter Mark.

I am a Principal Fellow of the HEA and External Member of Academic Board at Bath Spa University.

Undergraduate courses taught


My research focuses on the ways identity politics — particularly those of gender, ethnicity, nationality and class — intersect with politics more generally on contemporary UK stages. I have published widely on contemporary British theatre and on aspects of the history and practice of theatre in Scotland. My next monograph, Contemporary Theatre and Performance in Scotland, will be published by Palgrave in 2023.

I currently co-convene the Political Performances working group for the International Federation of Theatre Research (IFTR) and between 2011-17 was a member of the  Executive Committee for the Theatre and Performance Research Association (TaPRA). I currently evaluate grant applications for the Belgian and Portuguese research councils.  

With Professor Liz Tomlin (Glasgow), I am co-editor of the new Cambridge University Press series, Elements in Theatre, Performance and the Political. I am also co-editing the forthcoming Routledge Companion to Twentieth-Century British Theatre (2023). Both of these editing projects aim to challenge dominant narratives of theatre history by including diverse and previously marginalised voices. 

I am interested in the ways identity politics intersect with politics more generally on the contemporary stage. I welcome applications from PhD students who would like to work in this area.

Areas of specialism

  • Contemporary British theatre and performance
  • Political theatre in international contexts
  • Theatre and Performance in Scotland
  • Feminist Dramaturgies

Scholarly affiliations

  • International Federation for Theatre Research
  • Theatre and Performance Research Association
  • German Society for Contemporary Theatre and Drama in English
  • International Association for the Study of Scottish Literatures

Research student supervision


Number of items: 32.


Reid, Trish [Reviewer] (2019) Book Review of: 'History as theatrical metaphor : history, myth and national identities in modern Scottish drama' by Ian Brown. Journal of Contemporary Drama in English, 7(1), pp. 172-175. ISSN (online) 2195-0164

Reid, Trish (2019) The dystopian near-future in contemporary British drama. Journal of Contemporary Drama in English, 7(1), pp. 72-88. ISSN (print) 2195-0156

Reid, Trish (2018) 'Killing joy as a world making project' : anger in the work of debbie tucker green. Contemporary Theatre Review, 28(3), pp. 390-400. ISSN (print) 1048-6801

Reid, Trish (2017) Theatre Without Walls: The National Theatre of Scotland. Journal of Contemporary Drama in English, 5(1), pp. 86-97. ISSN (online) 2195-0164

Reid, Trish (2017) [Book Review] Theatre in Scotland, A Field of Dreams: Reviews. Contemporary Theatre Review, 27(4), pp. 534-535. ISSN (print) 1048-6801

Reid, Trish (2016) Teenage dreams : power and imagination in David Greig's Yellow Moon and The Monster in the Hall. Contemporary Theatre Review, 26(1), pp. 60-70. ISSN (print) 1048-6801

Reid, Trish (2008) Book Review of: The Victorian clown by Jacky Bratton and Ann Featherstone. Theatre Research International, 33(2), p. 211. ISSN (print) 0307-8833

Reid, Trish (2008) Scottish Arts Council wields the axe. Contemporary Theatre Review, 18(3), pp. 398-401. ISSN (print) 1048-6801

Reid, Trish (2007) "Deformities of the frame" : the theatre of Anthony Neilson. Contemporary Theatre Review, 17(4), pp. 487-498. ISSN (print) 1048-6801

Reid, Trish (2007) 'From scenes like these old Scotia's grandeur springs': the new National Theatre of Scotland. Contemporary Theatre Review, 17(2), pp. 192-201. ISSN (print) 1048-6801


Reid, Trish (2017) The theatre of Anthony Neilson. London, U.K. : Bloomsbury Methuen Drama. 224p. (Critical Companions) ISBN 9781472570307

Reid, Trish (2013) Theatre & Scotland. Basingstoke, U.K. : Palgrave MacMillan. 120p. (Theatre &) ISBN 9780230292611

Book Section

Reid, Trish (2020) General Introduction. In: Aragay, Mireia , Botham, Paola and Prado-Pérez, José Ramón, (eds.) World Political Theatre and Performance: Theories, Histories, Practices. Leiden, Netherlands : Brill Rodopi. pp. 1-10. (Themes in Theatre) ISSN (print) 9789004425804

Reid, Trish (2020) ‘What About the Burn Their Bra Bitches?’: debbie tucker green as the Willfully Emotional Subject. In: Adiseshiah, Siân and Bolton, Jacqueline, (eds.) debbie tucker green: Critical Perspectives. Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 45-66. ISSN (print) 978-3-030-34580-8 ISBN 978-3-030-34580-8

Reid, Trish (2016) Scottish drama: the expanded community. In: Lyall, Scott, (ed.) Community in Modern Scottish Literature. Leiden, Netherlands : Brill Rodopi. pp. 143-159. ISBN 9789004317444

Reid, Trish (2016) 'Sexy kilts with attitude': Scottish theatre in the twenty-first century. In: Adiseshiah, Siân and Lepage, Louise, (eds.) Twenty-first century drama: what happens now. Basingstoke, U.K. : Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 191-211. ISBN 9781137484024

Reid, Trish (2014) 'Breid, barley-bree an paintit room': history, identity and utopianism in Lyndsay's Thrie Estaitis and Greig's Glasgow Girls. In: Brown, I. and Berton, J., (eds.) Roots and Fruits of Scottish Culture: Scottish Identities, History and Contemporary Literature. Glasgow, U.K. : Scottish Literature International. pp. 1-16. ISBN 9781908980076

Reid, Trish (2014) Staging Scotland : National Theatre of Scotland and shifting conceptions of Scottish identity. In: Jones, Huw David, (ed.) The media in Europe’s small nations. Newcastle, U.K. : Cambridge Scholars Publishing. pp. 105-122. ISBN 9781443854177

Reid, Trish (2013) "Angels and modern myth": grid iron and the new Scottish theatre. In: Duggan, Patrick and Ukaegbu, Victor, (eds.) Reverberations across small-scale British theatre: politics, aesthetics and forms. Bristol, U.K. : Intellect. pp. 175-193. ISBN 9781783202973

Reid, Trish (2012) Anthony Neilson. In: Sierz, Aleks, (ed.) Modern British playwriting. The 1990s: voices, documents, new interpretations. London, U.K. : Bloomsbury. pp. 137-163. (Decades of modern British playwriting) ISBN 9781408129265

Reid, Trish (2011) Post-devolutionary drama. In: Brown, Ian, (ed.) The Edinburgh companion to Scottish drama. Edinburgh, U.K. : Edinburgh University Press. pp. 188-199. (Edinburgh Companions to Scottish Literature) ISBN 9780748641086

Conference or Workshop Item

Reid, Trish (2017) Realities best avoided : the dystopian future in the contemporary London stage. In: IFTR 2017 : Unstable Geographies : Multiple Theatricalities; 10-14 Jul 2017, Säo Paulo, Brazil. (Unpublished)

Reid, Trish (2016) National Theatre of Scotland. In: British Theatre in the 21st Century : New Texts, New Stages, New Identities, New Worlds; 13-15 Oct 2016, Paris, France. (Unpublished)

Reid, Trish (2016) Remaking the demos : Caryl Churchill's dramaturgy of disillusionment. In: IFTR 2016 : Presenting the Theatrical Past; 13 - 17 Jun 2016, Stockholm, Sweden. (Unpublished)

Reid, Trish (2015) 'Sexy kilts-with-attitude' : willfulness as national character in Rona Munro's James Plays (Taylor 2014). In: TaPRA Conference 2015; 08 - 10 Sep 2015, Worcester, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Reid, Trish (2014) Caledonian dreaming : the performance of a different Scotland in Keiran Hurley's Rantin. In: Annual TaPRA Conference; 3-5 Sep 2014, Egham, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Reid, Trish (2013) The performance of 'histories', notions of 'truth' and Paul Bright's Confessions of a Justified Sinner (2013). In: 23rd Annual CDE Conference: Theatre and History: Cultural Transformations; 19-22 Jun 2014, Hamburg, Germany. (Unpublished)

Reid, Trish (2012) Scottish theatre and the alternative tradition. In: Theatrical Histories: the American Society for Theatre Research Annual Conference; 01-04 Nov 2012, Nashville, U.S.A.. (Unpublished)

Reid, Trish (2011) Staging Scotland: the National Theatre Scotland and shifting conceptions of Scottish identity. In: Cyfrwng 2011 : Cynhadledd Ryngwladol ar y Cyfryngau a Diwylliant mewn Cenhedloedd Bach = International conference on media and culture in small nations; 16 - 17 Jun 2011, Glamorgan, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Reid, Trish (2009) Truth and belief: autobiography in the work of improbable theatre. In: Performing lives; 06 - 08 Jul 2009, Kingston upon Thames, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Scholarly Edition

Neilson, Anthony and Reid, Trish [Author-contributor] (2015) The wonderful world of Dissocia. London, U.K. : Bloomsbury Methuen Drama. 110p. (Methuen Drama Modern Classics) ISBN 9781472509598

Reid, Trish, ed. (2014) Contemporary Scottish plays. London, U.K. : Bloomsbury Methuen Drama. 376p. ISBN 9781472574435

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Leadership and management

As Interim PVC Education (2018-20), I was responsible for driving the overall management and development of academic activity related to taught provision in the University. I led the design and implementation of the University's Learning and Teaching Strategy  and had oversight of all matters relating to student experience and student support, including quality assurance; student consultation; quality enhancement; learning, teaching and assessment; accreditations; validations and adherence to University & academic regulations. I chaired relevant University committees including Education Committee and Regulatory Framework Committee. 

As Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching) I had oversight of all matters relating to taught courses at Faculty level.  I was  responsible for admissions & WP activities; welcome and inductions; curriculum and portfolio development; accreditations; validations and adherence to University & academic regulations. 

I was also responsibility for all matters relating to academic misconduct, appeals, complaints and disciplinary hearings within the Faculty and I chaired complaints and appeals panels at University level. I represented the Faculty on relevant university committees and deputized for the Dean where appropriate. I was a member of Faculty Management Group.

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