Dr Gianna Bouchard

Deputy Head of Department

Principal Lecturer, Drama

Faculty:Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences

Department:Department of Music and Performing Arts

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Drama

Courses taught: Drama, Drama and English Literature, Drama and Film Studies, Performing Arts

Gianna teaches theory and practice on our undergraduate Drama and Performing Arts courses. Her research focuses on the intersections between medicine and performance.

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Gianna teaches on a range of undergraduate modules, including those focused on performance studies and analysis; politics and performance, and particularly identity politics; dance theatre; live art; and, devising performance. She is currently External Examiner for the University for Kent and the University of South Wales, Newport, and is an invited member of the BTEC National External Stakeholders Advisory Group for Performing Arts. Gianna is also a working group co-convenor for Performance and Science, as part of the national research network, the Theatre and Performance Research Association.

In 2009, Gianna received a Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Student Experience and in 2014 was a national finalist in the WOW! Awards in London.

Research interests

  • The medicalised body in performance
  • Anatomical dissection and display as performance
  • Science and performance
  • Medical humanities
  • Politics of identity and performance
  • Contemporary theatre practice & critical theory
  • Live art
  • Performance and interdisciplinary practice

Areas of research supervision

  • The medicalised body in performance
  • Science and performance
  • Performance and the medical humanities
  • Politics of identity and performance
  • Contemporary theatre practice & critical theory
  • Live art
  • Performance and interdisciplinary practice


  • PhD, University of Surrey, Roehampton. Title of thesis: Performing the Anatomised Body
  • MA Critical Theory: The Body and Representation, University of Reading
  • BA (Hons) Drama and Theatre Studies, Roehampton Institute

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy
  • Member, Theatre and Performance Research Association (TaPRA)
  • Standing Conference of UK Drama Departments representative for ARU
  • Member, Association of the Medical Humanities

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

  • Invited member of Pearson/Edexcel’s BTEC National External Stakeholders Advisory Group for Performing Arts
  • Review Editor for Performance Science section of the journal Frontiers of Psychology

Selected recent publications

Bouchard, G. and Mermikides, A. (Eds.), forthcoming 2016. Performance and the Medical Body. London: Bloomsbury Methuen.

Bouchard, G. and O’Brien, M. (Eds)., 2014. On Medicine. Performance Research, 19 (special journal issue).

Bouchard, G., 2012. Skin Deep: Female Flesh in UK Live Art Since 1999. Contemporary Theatre Review, special issue on live art in the UK.

Bouchard, G., 2010. Bodyworlds and Theatricality: Seeing death, live. Performance Research, 15(1), Memento Mori, pp.50-57.

Bouchard, G., 2010. Incisive Acts: ORLAN Anatomised. In: Donger, S. and Shepherd, S. (Eds.), 2010. ORLAN: A Hybrid Body Of Artworks. London: Routledge.

Bouchard, G., 2009. Haptic Visuality: The Dissective View in Performance. In: Oddey, A. Modes of Spectating. Bristol: Intellect

Bouchard, G., 2008. Be Not Faithless but Believing: Illusion and Doubt in the Anatomy Theatre. In: Bleeker, M. (2008). Anato.

Recent presentations and conferences

June 2015: Paper at Association of Medical Humanities conference, Dartington, on medical chimerism and performance.

April 2015: Invited ethics panel member at Live Art Development Agency, for Trust Me, I’m an Artist event – public event about ethics and performance.

April 2015: Invited specialist to interdisciplinary dialogue on failure in medicine and performance, Imperial College, London.

February 2015: Invited speaker at Cambridge University Medical Humanities Society and invited panel member for performance and medicine at University of Kent.

January 2015: Invited speaker at Medicine in Motion event at Chisenhale Dance Space.

November 2014: Stitches and Sutures Workshop for Cambridge Festival of Ideas – public engagement event at Anglia Ruskin University.

June 2014: Paper for Collect, exchange display: Artistic Practice and the Medical Museum event at the Royal College of Surgeons, Hunterian Museum.

November 2013: invited speaker on anatomy and performance at the Welsh Millennium Centre, Cardiff, as part of Clod Ensemble’s second Anatomy Season – public engagement event.

March 2013: invited research paper at University of Exeter on ‘The Pain of Specimenhood’.