An international, peer-reviewed journal, Studies in Theatre and Performance publishes work that explores theatre and performance practice across histories, cultures and disciplinary boundaries. Our articles reflect a broad spectrum of methodological enquiry, and encompass research informed by personal practice, direct observation of/engagement with practitioners, and critical engagement with play-texts and performances.

STP is sponsored by the Standing Conference of University Drama Departments UK and reflects that organisation’s commitment to supporting teaching and learning in Drama in its broadest sense. We are particularly keen to encourage early career researchers and teachers working in the discipline. STP aspires to contribute to the expansion of academic vocabularies, methodologies and ways of writing beyond the established forms of standard Anglophone scholarship, and we welcome submissions from scholars writing from African, Asian, Oceanic and Latin American contexts.

Our typical submission format takes the form of full-length research articles (6-8,000 words) that may be recognized by REF; however, we also publish scripts, transcripts and, where we can support appropriate formats, PAR portfolios. We also have a section in the journal, ‘Open Call’, intended for (usually shorter) pieces that, without necessarily presenting new research, respond or intervene into live discussions pertaining to theatre as practice and academic discipline. STP is also interested in reports and opinion pieces addressing current issues facing the teaching of drama, theatre and performance across Compulsory, Further and Higher Education sectors in the UK and beyond.

STP looks forward to working with new contributors and scholars and we invite academics and practitioners to submit proposals for ‘special issue’ editions. Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Scenography
  • Dramaturgy
  • Choreography and physical theatre
  • Intermedial & digital performance
  • Live art
  • Playwriting and playwrights
  • Historiography
  • Pedagogy
  • Medical Humanities
  • Science and Performance
  • Acting and directing
  • Transcultural, intercultural, international and world practices
  • Cultural policy

To submit an article to Studies in Theatre and Performance, please consult the Taylor & Francis’ website: Instructions for Authors.

To submit a proposal for a special issue of Studies in Theatre and Performance, please email Glenn Odom at [email protected]. You should outline the proposed subject, its relevance to the journal,  potential contributors and anticipated timescale in no more than 1,000 words. Please email to request a copy of our guidelines.


To submit an article for consideration, please visit the Editorial Manager for Studies in Theatre and Performance and register for an Author Login.


The editorial team of Studies in Theatre and Performance comprises:

  • Tom Cornford (The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama)
  • Anna Harpin (University of Warwick)
  • Glenn Odom (University of Roehampton)
  • Marilena Zaroulia (University of Winchester)
  • Book Reviews Editor: Katie Beswick (University of Exeter).


Studies in Theatre and Performance is the official publication of the Standing Conference of University Drama Departments in the UK, published three times per year by Taylor & Francis. It incorporates Studies in Theatre Production, which has been a leading forum for the analysis of theatrical practice, processes and performance for a decade.