Welcome to the Centre for Performing Arts Development (CPAD)
The Centre for Performing Arts Development (CPAD) at the University of East London (UEL) is focused on developing original and innovative research in Performing Arts including Drama, Theatre & Performance Studies, Music, Dance and Creative Writing with a particular emphasis on socially engaged practices, performance philosophy and cultures, practice-based research, digital and interdisciplinary research.
Dr Tim Atkins - Lecturer, Creative Writing - firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Sarahleigh Castelyn - Senior Lecturer, Participatory Arts - email@example.com
David Chapman - Senior Lecturer, Sound Art - firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Yumi Hara Cawkwell - Senior Lecturer, Sound Art - email@example.com
Dr Guy Harries - Senior Lecture, Sound Art - firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Dominic Hingorani - Senior Lecturer, Participatory Arts - email@example.com
Dr Tessa McWatt - Reader, Creative Writing - firstname.lastname@example.org
Jorge Lopes Ramos - Lecturer, Participatory Art - email@example.com
Jill Nelmes - Senior Lecturer, Creative Writing - firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Helen Reddington - Senior Lecturer, Sound Art - email@example.com
Dr Jo Thomas - Senior Lecturer, Sound Art - firstname.lastname@example.org
Clare Qualmann - Lecturer, Performative Landscapes - email@example.com
Our research addresses community participation and action, ethics, social inequality and cultural politics. We are committed to performance practice as a means of transformation, as well as to communicating our research as widely as possible in other ways. IPAD has hosted a number of conferences including The East End Seen Through Performance (2009), Archiving for the Future: using archives to enhance learning and teaching in drama and theatre studies (2010), Teaching Popular Dance in Higher Education (2010) and Making Theatre for Young Audiences (2011). One of IPAD’s founding projects - the East London Theatre Archive (ELTA), that later developed into a second project called Clustering and Enhancing Digital Archives for Research (CEDAR) –provided free on-line access to a digitised archive of over 20,000 materials (playbills, scripts, posters, designs, photos, news clips, etc) as primary source materials from East London theatres including Hoxton Hall, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Hackney Empire, and Theatre Venture. UEL was awarded £500,000 from JISC for ELTA and £250,000 from JISC for CEDAR. Artists, historians, students and the public at large have access to the materials. Thus, IPAD engages the public not only in outreach through theatrical performance, but through on-line sources, workshops, art installations, and site-specific performances, publishing our work in non-academic and academic locations and contributing to the public dissemination of knowledge, both nationally and internationally.
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See CPAD's partnerships:
Boulder University, Colorado
Columbia College, Chicago
East London Dance
Fraser Valley University
Institute of Contemporary Music Performance
London International Festival of Theatre (Lift)
Centre for East London Studies
Newham Sixth Form College (NewVIc)
Theatre Royal Stratford East