Jane Collins Biography

Jane Collins is Professor of Theatre and Performance, Wimbledon College of Art, University of the Arts, London. She is a writer, director and theatre maker who works in the UK and internationally. For The Royal Court, in partnership with the National Theatre of Uganda, she co-directed Maama Nalukalala N_dezze Lye (Mother Courage and her Children) by Bertolt Brecht, with a Ugandan cast in Kampala. The production toured to America and South Africa in 2001. The Story of the African Choir, which she researched, wrote and directed, examined the reception of performances by a group of black South African singers in nineteenth century England. It was staged at the Grahamstown International Festival in 2007. Recent work in India has resulted in a successful bid to develop a Thematic Partnership with the University of Hyderabad through the UK-India Education Research Initiative (UKIERI) which aims to enhance understanding of the impact of new media on contemporary performance culture in India and the UK. In addition to journal articles recent publications include, co-editor with Andrew Nisbet of Theatre and Performance Design: a Reader in Scenography (Routledge March 2010), a chapter in Performing Site-Specific Theatre: Politics, Place, Practice (Palgrave Macmillan 2012) discussing the production and reception of an award winning adaptation of John Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi that Collins co-devised and directed for the Brighton International Festival in 2007. She is editor of Aesthetics of Absence, the English translation of a collection of essays by German director and composer Heiner Goebbels to be published by Routledge in 2015. Collins is also co-editor with Arnold Aronson of Columbia University of a forthcoming Routledge journal, Theatre and Performance Design. The first edition of this new international journal of scenography is planned to coincide with the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space 2015.