Susan Melrose

Professor of Performing Arts

Performing Arts

Middlesex University

Practice-as-Research in the Performing Arts, Discourse Analysis, Performance Semiotics (and its ills), Practitioner Expertise, Creative decision-making in the Perf Arts

Professor Emeritus Susan Melrose has taught at universities in Turkey, Tunisia, Australia and the UK. Her doctorate focuses on "analyse de la mise en scene", utilising a systemic-functional model, of theatre stagings of dramatic writing translated from English into French. She established a postgraduate "Performance Studies" Masters Degree programme at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London, in the mid-1990s, and a Postgraduate Studies programme at Rose Bruford College, London before taking up her professorship at Middlesex University in 2000. Her research in recent years has focused on the peculiarities of Practice-as or Practice-led research in the Performing Arts, and the need to develop research into expert-practitioner creative decision-making processes and the "modes omore...

BA Hons I, University of Sydney Maitrise es Lettres, Universite de Paris III Diplome d'Etudes Approfondies, Universite de la Sorbonne Nouvelle Doctorat, Theatre et Cinematographie, Universite de la Sorbonne

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  1. Melrose, Susan (2015) Positive negatives: or the subtle arts of compromise. In: Collaboration in Performance Practice: Premises, Workings and Failures. Colin, Noyale and Sachsenmaier, Stefanie ORCID:, eds. Palgrave Macmillan, UK, pp. 239-258. ISBN 9781137462459, e-ISBN 9781137462466, pbk-ISBN 9781349556380. [Book Section] (doi:10.1057/9781137462466_13)
  2. Melrose, Susan (2019) A cautionary note or two, amid the pleasures and pains of participation in performance-making as Research (revised 2019) [keynote]. In: Participation, Research and Learning in the Performing Arts Symposium on the 6th May 2011, Centre for Creative Collaboration, London. Organised by Royal Holloway, University of London, The Higher Education Academy and PALATINE Dance, Drama and Music., Mar 2019 (revised), Centre for Creative Collaboration, London. . [Conference or Workshop Item]
  3. Melrose, Susan and Sachsenmaier, Stefanie ORCID: (2014) Time’s markings/marking time/s: Rosemary Butcher’s secrets of the open sea (Revised 2019). IFTR Conference, University of Warwick, UK 2014 (revised 2019). In: IFTR (International Federation for Theatre Research) On Stratification, 18 Jul - 01 Aug 2014, Warwick. . [Conference or Workshop Item]
  4. Melrose, Susan (2018) Nothing like...falling... Performance Research, 23 (4-5) . pp. 151-161. ISSN 1352-8165 [Article] (doi:10.1080/13528165.2018.1511037)
  5. Melrose, Susan (2002) Entertaining Other Options: Restaging "Theory" in the Age of Practice as Research. In: Inaugural Professorial Lecture, Middlesex University, January 2002, Cat Hill campus, Middlesex University. . [Conference or Workshop Item]
  6. Melrose, Susan (2017) Expert-intuitive and deliberative processes: struggles in (the wording of) creative decision-making in ‘dance’. In: Contemporary Choreography: A Critical Reader, 2nd Edition. Butterworth, Jo and Wildschut, Liesbeth, eds. Routledge, London & NY, pp. 25-40. ISBN 9781138679979, pbk-ISBN 9781138679986, e-ISBN 9781315563596. [Book Section] (doi:10.4324/9781315563596-4)
  7. Melrose, Susan (2017) Running in circles, with “music” in mind. In: Artistic Research in Music: Discipline and Resistance: Artists and Researchers at the Orpheus Institute. Impett, Jonathan ORCID:, ed. Orpheus Institute Series . Leuven University Press, Leuven, pp. 187-210. ISBN 9789462700901, e-ISBN 9789461662323. [Book Section] (doi:10.2307/j.ctt21c4s2g.13)
  8. Melrose, Susan (1998) What do women want (in theatre)? In: The Routledge Reader in Gender and Performance. Goodman, Lizbeth and De Gay, Jane, eds. Routledge, London, pp. 131-135. ISBN 978-0415165839. [Book Section]
  9. Melrose, Susan, Sachsenmaier, Stefanie ORCID: and Butcher, Rosemary (2015) Just in time: Rosemary Butcher, making memories and marks. Performance Research, 20 (6) . pp. 87-94. ISSN 1352-8165 [Article] (doi:10.1080/13528165.2015.1111060)
  10. Melrose, Susan (2015) Chasing expertise: reappraising the role of intuitive process in creative decisionmaking. In: Thinking Dance 2015: Questioning the Contemporary Symposium,, 16-17 Oct 2015, Leeds Beckett University, Leeds, United Kingdom. . [Conference or Workshop Item]