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Dr Jodean Sumner

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Dr Jodean Sumner

Lecturer, Performance

Jodean Sumner is a Lecturer within the Performance, Theatre and Drama team. She has developed significant lecturing experience prior to working for UCO at a range of institutions including, University of Salford, Manchester Metropolitan University and Leeds Beckett University.

Jodean has over ten years’ experience working as a performance-maker and performer, as well as a project manager for festivals and arts organisations. Jodean has toured performance work with professional theatre companies and as an independent artist in national and international contexts. Jodean is also a practice-based researcher exploring the experience of time and ethics of encounter when performing historical figures.

Jodean is particularly interested in experimental performance practices that challenge art forms and social narratives. She holds a doctorate which explores the relation between the performer’s technique, the audience, and the experience of time.




Doctorate in Temporal Syncopation: The Performer’s Embodiment of the Archival Moment
MA Performance Works
BA (Hons) Contemporary Theatre and Performance


Membership of Professional Bodies

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


Journal Articles/ Publications

Chapters & Articles

Sumner, J (2018) A Few Rounds on Franco B. in Franko B. East Street Arts: East Street Arts Magazine.

Newton, D & Sumner, J (2013) Training and … Travel. Theatre, Dance and Performance Training, 4:3, 420-421.

Sumner,J & Witts, N (2013) Interview with Jodean Sumner in Cultural Conversations, The International Festival of Sibiu.

J,Sumner (2011) Training and . . . Money. Theatre, Dance and Performance Training, 2:2, 262-269.

Research Performances

2017 – Performance: Chamber Mades. Immersive performance constructing scenarios to develop ‘archival experiences’ in the audience-participant.

2016 – Performance: Queen of Parts 3. Durational performance exploring the experience of re-enactment in the form of performance art, postdramatic and dramatic performing technique.

2016 – Workshop Series: Queen of Parts 1. Workshops exploring the ethical relation between participants and performer during the experience of archival moments.

2014 – Performance: Love, Liz. Theatre performance attempting to develop an experience of archival moments through the already-embodied techniques of performance-making.


Conferences/Conference Papers

The Banal & Auratic as Chiasm: Temporal Syncopation in Greg Wohead’s Comeback Special (2017). Troubling Time Conference. University of Manchester.

The Banal & Auratic as Chiasm: Temporal Syncopation in Greg Wohead’s Comeback Special (2017) Symposium. University Campus Oldham.

Strategies towards Reflexive Performance: Collecting and Performing Fakes. (2016) Where from Here? 21 Years of Third Angel. Leeds Beckett University.

Public Participation as Method: the Impact of the Public Creative Workshop for Developing Subject(h)istories (2015) Thinking Dance Conference ‘Rethinking Process in 21st Century Dance Practices’. Leeds Beckett University

Archive, Identity, Performance (2014) JAM Conference ‘Memory and Imagination’. University of Reading

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