Dr Roger Owen BA (Hons) Cymru, PhD Cymru

Lecturer in Theatre and Theatre Practice

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Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies

Postal address
Aberystwyth University
Parry-Williams Building
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Phone: 01970 622836

Research interests

History of Welsh-language Theatre and Drama

Performance and Rural Community


Dr Roger Owen's teaching work involves a wide range of activities in the field of Welsh-medium theatre and drama, and also includes contributions to English-medium modules on Theatre in Society and Performance Studies. He is regularly involved in production work as a director and facilitator. His research interests include theatre and drama in the Welsh language, especially since 1945, and with particular reference to the relationship between theatre, culture and national identity. He is also concerned with the relationship between theatre, performance and rural communities. As a performer, he has been a regular collaborator with Eddie Ladd, the Lurking Truth Theatre Company and Cwmni Theatr Cydweithredol Troed-y-Rhiw. He is a board member of Centre for Performance Research Limited.

Additional information

After graduating from the University of Wales Aberystwyth Drama Department in 1987, I pursued a PhD in Welsh-language Theatre since the Second World War, while also working sporadically as a professional actor. Since finding gainful employment as a lecturer in 1994, I have continued to work in both an academic and practical capacity as a lecturer, actor/performer and director. My main area of teaching has been in Theatre and Performance Studies but I have also been known to conduct the odd Film seminar.

Specific areas in which I have regularly taught include Performance Analysis, Performance in Context, Performance Writing, Theatre and Society and Analysis of Space. More sporadically, I have presented sessions on acting, directing, textual analysis, Shakespeare, 20thC English and American drama, and Welsh language theatre. I am also Subject Leader for Welsh medium Studies within the Department.


Theatre and Performance Studies