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University of Lincoln
Brayford Pool
United Kingdom

About Michael Pinchbeck

Michael Pinchbeck is a Nottingham-based writer and theatre maker. He co-founded Metro-Boulot-Dodo in 1997 after studying Theatre and Creative Writing at Lancaster University. He was commissioned by Nottingham Playhouse to write The White Album (2006), The Ashes (2011) and Bolero (2014), premiering at Nottingham Playhouse before touring Bosnia & Herzegovina and Kosovo supported by the British Council. Michael's work has been selected three times for the British Council’s Edinburgh Showcase. He is currently touring three shows: The Man Who Flew into Space from his Apartment (2015), Concerto (2016) and Solo (2017). In 2018, he was commissioned by New Perspectives to write and direct a new piece inspired by John Berger and Jean Mohr's 1967 book, A Fortunate Man, to mark the 70th anniversary of the NHS which received four star reviews in Edinburgh. Michael has a Masters in Performance & Live Art from Nottingham Trent University and a PhD from Loughborough University exploring the role of the dramaturg in contemporary performance. He has written articles for Platform, Contemporary Theatre Review, Dance Theatre Journal, Repertorio, Studies in Theatre and Performance and Performance Research. His work features in Podium, DIY: Do It Yourself and the forthcoming Routledge publication - The Twenty First Century Performance Reader. He has co-convened two academic conferences - Staging Loss: Performance as Commemoration (University of Lincoln) and Where From Here: 21 Years of Third Angel (Leeds Beckett University). He is co-editing a forthcoming volume for Palgrave Macmillan, Staging Loss: Performance as Commemoration, and editing The Trilogy: Acts of Dramaturgy for Intellect's Playtext Series.

Department Responsibilities

Michael Pinchbeck is a Principal Lecturer (Professional Practice) in the School of Fine and Performing Arts and was appointed as an early career researcher in January 2013. He is joint programme leader of the newly revalidated MA Theatre. He is supervising PhDs in new writing and dramaturgy. He recently initiated the Inspiring Cities exchange project with York St. John University.

Subject Specialism

Devising. Contemporary Performance. Writing. Dramaturgy. Narrative. Practice as Research.


  • PhD English and Drama — Loughborough University, 2016
  • Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy — University of Lincoln, 2016
  • MA Performance and Live Art — Nottingham Trent University, 2006
  • BA Theatre Studies and Creative Writing — Lancaster University, 1997


  • Shortlisted for In Good Company Commission — In Good Company,
  • Teaching Excellence Award — University of Lincoln,
  • Shortlisted for Long Play Competition — New Perspectives,
  • Best Play — Nottingham Creative Business Awards,
  • Best Newcomer — Total Theatre,


Michael is a Real Creative Futures Mentor for New Art Exchange in Nottingham. He is a resident artist at Primary (Nottingham). Hatch was a member of Live Art UK. Michael was selected as a Creative Ambassador for World Event Young Artists 2012. He is External Examiner for MA Performance at Leeds Beckett University. He works with various theatre companies as a dramaturg.

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Research Interests

  • Absence

  • commemoration

  • contemporary performance

  • devising

  • Dramaturgy

  • dystopia

  • experimental theatre

  • loss

  • memory

  • narrative

  • nostalgia

  • one-to-one

  • outside eye

  • presence

  • site-specific

  • text

  • utopia

  • writing

Research Groups Memberships

Research Projects

  • Producing Concerto & Solo — awarded £10000 by Arts Council England in 2018
  • Concerto 2.0 — awarded £10000 by Arts Council England in 2017
  • Concerto — awarded £15000 by Arts Council England in 2016
  • The man who flew into space from his apartment — awarded £5000 by Arts Council England in 2015
  • Bolero — awarded £15000 by Arts Council England in 2014
  • The Beginning — awarded £10000 by Arts Council England in 2012
  • Making Bolero — awarded £5000 by Making Tracks in 2012
  • The End — awarded £10000 by Arts Council England in 2011
  • Sit with me for a moment and remember — awarded £5000 by Arts Council England in 2010
  • The Post Show Party Show — awarded £5000 by Arts Council England in 2009

Professional Affiliations