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David Norris

Lecturer, Performance

David is a lecturer in Performance at UCO. Prior to this he led the BA (Hons) Acting Degree at Blackpool & The Fylde College. He has taught in higher education for 10 years on both practically focused classes and more theoretical components of performance training. David trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, where he gained his MA having graduated from the University of Durham. David has also worked for 10 years as a producer, writer, and performer in the commercial experiential performance sector.

David’s specialisms are immersive and participatory performance and live horror. He has a particular interest in the audience-spectator dynamic and the shifting definitions therein and the use of the visceral and affect within performance. Nevertheless, he has led modules at HE level in a range of topics from Shakespeare to Musical Theatre.


Research Activities

PhD at University of Birmingham (Part Time Scheduled completion in 2022): “Audience Pre-Conditioning in Live Horror Performance”



BSc (Hons) Natural Sciences
MA (Perfofrmance)
Postgraduate Diploma in Acting
ALAM Diploma
PhD (ongoing) in Performance


Membership of Professional Bodies

Member of Actors’ Equity


Journal Articles/Publications

“Liveness and Aliveness: The Uncanny in Live Commercial Horror Performance”: Part of the Theatre and the Macabre Collection, Eds. Conti, M & Wetmore K (May 2020, Publishing Format TBD)


Professional Practice

Senior Production: Streetmosphere. Scare Kingdom (2015-2018). Development and production of street theatre characters.
Hug (September 2015) Site Specific Performance with Verity Standen for part of the DERELICT festival.
Writer: Pleasurewood Chills (Oct 2014). Development and writing for two events at the Halloween event at Pleasurewood Hills Theme Park, Norfolk.
Producer Horror Camp: LIVE! (2012-2016). Development, scripting and production of Europe’s first overnight horror experience.
Writer Manormortis: Christmas FestEvil (2013, 2015). Adaptation of the stories of The Mistletoe Bride and Krampus for site-specific immersive performances.


Conferences/Conference Papers

‘Liveness and Aliveness: The Uncanny in Live Commercial Horror Performance’ delivered at the 2nd UCO Research Symposium, July 2017
‘Metamodernism or Sensory Narcissism’ delivered at the 3rd UCO Research Symposium, July 2018.
‘Live Horror Theatre, Nostalgia and the Folkloric’ delivered at Folk Horror in the 21st Century Conference, University of Falmouth, September 2019.

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