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Dr John Bennett

PVC Office Student Life and Learning
0151 291 3523

I graduated from Bretton Hall, University of Leeds in 1979 with an honours degree in Drama. I returned to Bretton to complete a PGCE in Drama and English (with distinction) in 1981-82. Three years working in professional theatre in various role helped consolidate the academic and professional sides of my career. Appointed to Liverpool Hope in 1990, I embarked on an M.A. and graduated in Creative Writing from the University of Lancaster in 1993. I have a PhD from the University of Reading; my thesis was entitled,' A Good Night Out?: The Popular Theatre of John Godber'. I specialise in contemporary popular theatre and am Course Leader for Level H Popular Theatre; I have taught Playwriting and Devising. I am on the register of practitioners of the Higher Education Academy. I have lectured on various aspects of John Godber’s work in London, Krakow, New York and Angers and published articles and book chapters on the work of the Hull Truck Theatre, Willy Russell, the Royal Court Liverpool and Alan Ayckbourn. I have been Director of Learning and Teaching Development for the university since 2017.

Teaching Specialisms:

Theatre Research Methods



Technical Theatre

British Contemporary Popular Theatre

School and University Roles:

Foundation Tutor

Dissertation Supervisor

Director of Learning and Teaching Development for the university

Chair Liverpool Hope Playwriting Prize Judging Panel