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University of Lincoln
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United Kingdom

About Dominic Symonds

Dominic Symonds is Professor of Musical Theatre at the University of Lincoln, and Director of Research for the School of Fine and Performing Arts. His research interests focus on musical theatre, collaboration, and the relationship between place and performance. Dominic plays a prominent role in musical theatre scholarship internationally, editing “Studies in Musical Theatre”, and overseeing the conference series “Song, Stage and Screen”. He has edited several book / journal collections including a special issue of “Contemporary Theatre Review”, and is currently series editor of “Critical Perspectives in Musical Theatre (OUP) and “Palgrave Studies in British Musical Theatre” (Palgrave). Since 2010 he has been exploring the relationship between place and performance, which is a key focus of the Popular Performances research group in the School of Fine and Performing Arts. This has led to a number of projects that consider the dynamics between communities and the places they “dwell through”. His work with “Performance Cartography” has mapped expressions of the urban environment in New York and Las Vegas; since moving (back) to Lincolnshire in 2013 he has been exploring the relationship between its rural landscape, its inhabitants and performance. Currently, he is involved with two such projects: the ACE-funded heritage project “Our Lincolnshire” is considering the relationship residents of the county have with heritage; “Welcoming Voices” is considering the relationship of migrant communities around the county with song.

Department Responsibilities

Director of Research, Lincoln School of Fine and Performing Arts (September 2014 - ongoing) UoA co-ordinator (UoA33) Chair, LSFPA Research Committee Chair, Impact Focus Group, College of Arts College Research Committee, College of Arts Standing Regulations Oversight Group University of Lincoln Professional Standards Framework (assessor)

Subject Specialism

Musical Theatre, Performance Cartography, Migration, Collaboration, Practice as Research


  • PhD — Royal Holloway, University of London, 2006
  • PGCert, Teaching and Learning for Higher Education — University of Portsmouth, 2005
  • College Cert, Teaching Skills for Higher Education — Royal Holloway, University of London, 2001
  • MRes — Royal Holloway, University of London, 2000
  • PGDip — Mountview Theatre School, 1995
  • BA — Royal Holloway, University of London, 1994


External Examiner: MA in Musical Theatre, Goldsmiths, University of London, 2017-ongoing BA (hons) Musical Theatre, London College of Music, University of West London, 2012-2015 BA (hons) Musical Theatre, Amersham and Wycombe College, Buckinghamshire New University, 2008-2013 MA Musical Theatre, Guildford School of Acting, University of Surrey, 2005-2009 BA (hons) Musical Theatre, School of Performance and Cultural Industries, University of Leeds, 2005-2007 Research Degree Examining: I have examined a number of MPhil/PhD theses at the University of Lincoln, Goldsmiths (London), Queen Mary (London), Central University (Hungary), Griffith University (Australia) and Utrecht School of Arts (Netherlands) External Validation: I have sat on validation panels for courses at Thames Valley University, York St. John University, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and the University of Wolverhampton PhD supervision: I have supervised PhD students at the University of Portsmouth, the University of Lincoln and Boston University (USA) International Activities: Series editor, “Critical Perspectives in Musical Theatre” (Oxford University Press) (with Millie Taylor) (2015-ongoing) Series editor, “Palgrave Studies in British Musical Theatre” (Palgrave) (with Millie Taylor) (2015-ongoing) Organiser of the international conference series “Song, Stage and Screen” (with George Burrows) (2006-ongoing) Editor of “Studies in Musical” Theatre (Intellect) (with George Burrows) (2007-ongoing) Convenor, Music Theatre working group, International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR) (with Pamela Karantonis, University of Bath Spa) (2010-2014) Member, Harvard-Princeton Musical Theater Forum (from 2011)

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Research Interests

  • Migration

  • Musical Theatre

  • Performance Cartography

  • Practice as Research

Research Groups Memberships

  • British Musical Theatre Research Institute
  • Harvard-Princeton Musical Theatre Forum
  • Popular Performances (University of Lincoln)

Research Projects

  • Welcoming Voices — Heritage Lottery Fund, Awards 4 All in 2017
  • Our Lincolnshire — ACE in 2016

Research in the Lincoln Repository

Professional Affiliations

  • Higher Education Authority — Fellow
  • Mercury Musical Developments — Professional Writer Associate