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About Jacqueline Bolton

Jacqueline Bolton is Senior Lecturer of Theatre and Drama in the College of Arts. Jacqueline completed her AHRC-funded Collaborative Doctoral Award at the University of Leeds in conjunction with West Yorkshire Playhouse in 2011. Upon successful completion of her doctoral thesis, ‘Demarcating Dramaturgy: Mapping Theory onto Practice’, she was appointed Post-Graduate Research Assistant on the AHRC-funded project, ‘Giving Voice to the Nation: The Arts Council of Great Britain and the Development of Theatre and Performance in Britain 1945-1995’, a joint research venture between the University of Reading and the Victoria & Albert Museum. She spent a year with this project, working in the archives of the ACGB, before being appointed at the University of Lincoln.

Department Responsibilities

I teach across all three years of undergraduate study, convene the MA Drama ‘Contemporary British Theatre’ pathway and currently supervise two PhD students in the area of contemporary British Theatre. I am Year Tutor for Level Three students and sit on the School’s Research Committee in my capacity as Co-ordinator of the LSFPA’s Contemporary Theatre-Making Research Group.

Subject Specialism

Contemporary British Playwriting; Dramaturgy; Simon Stephens; European theatre; British fringe theatre in the 1970s/80s. I am happy to take enquiries for postgraduate supervision in any of these areas.


  • PhD Drama (Dramaturgy and Literary Management) — Workshop Theatre, School of English, University of Leeds, 2011
  • MA Arts Criticism — City University, London, 2005
  • BA Drama — Royal Holloway, University of London, 2004


  • Collaborative Doctoral Award — Arts and Humanities Research Council,
  • MA Professional Preparation Award — Arts and Humanities Research Board,


I am Associate Editor at Studies in Theatre and Performance and a member of the Editorial Board at Contemporary Theatre Review.

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Research Interests

  • Arts Council England

  • Contemporary Playwriting

  • Dramaturgy

  • German Theatre

  • Simon Stephens

Research Groups Memberships

Research Projects

  • ‘‘Britain’s Ambassadors’: The British Council 1939-1989’ — awarded £5000 by University of Lincoln Research Investment Fund in 2013

Research in the Lincoln Repository

Professional Affiliations

  • LSFPA Contemporary Theatre-Making Research Group — Co-ordinator
  • Studies in Theatre and Performance — Associate Editor