Dr Mark Edward


Reader in Dance and Performance.


Year 1 Dance Analysis, Year 1 Dance Histories, Year 1 Studio Practice, Year 2 Choreography, Year 2 Studio Practice, Year 3 Dance Techniques, Year 3 Production Project, Year 3 Dissertation supervision, Year 3 Drag Kings and Queens, Year 3 Dancing Anarchy.

Education and Training

  • PhD (with no corrections) ‘Movement, Memory, Mesearch’, University of Leeds, 2016
  • Awarded Institutional Learning and Teaching Fellowship, Edge Hill University, 2008
  • PG-Cert in Teaching & Learning, University of Liverpool, 2003
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, 2003
  • MA in Dance Studies, Liverpool John Moores University, 2002
  • BA (Hons) in Creative Arts, Manchester Metropolitan University, 1997

Research & Professional Practice

Dr Mark Edward is a pracademic and a category dodger. His performance work in live art, dance theatre, contemporary dance practice, performance autoethnography, stand up comedy and choreography are related to wider themes within social sciences. Mark’s academic research areas include drag performance, queer and class, sexuality, body and pain, mental health, ageing and wellbeing in performance. Professionally, he has worked for UK based Rambert Dance Company, Barcelona based Senza Tempo Dance Theatre and with the American queer performance activist Penny Arcade (in her seminal work Bad Reputation) and with the Australian queer performance activist Jeremy Goldstein (in his Truth to Power Café).

In addition to academic publications with Oxford University Press, Palgrave Macmillan, Sage, Springer, Intellect, Emerald, Bloomsbury, Mark has also published in non-academic forms, with Animated (Community Dance Foundation) and Supernova Books. At the core of his investigations is the idea of self in research, or, as Mark puts it, ‘mesearch’. Performance based work and public outputs have included Council House Movie Star, featuring the drag queen Gale Force, which headlined the opening of Homotopia in 2012 and the photographic exhibition Dying Swans and Dragged Up Dames in 2013. Mark is the author of the book Mesearch and the Performing Body (2018, Palgrave Macmillan) and also two edited drag anthologies entitled Contemporary Drag Practices and Performers: Drag in a Changing Scene (2019) and Drag: Histories, Herstories and Hairstories: Drag in a Changing Scene (2019) in collaboration with Dr. Stephen Farrier from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
With a commitment to inclusivity and equality in performing arts, Mark has also researched extensively on boys and men in dance and ageing in dance. In 2014 he was invited to the Elixir ‘Art of Age’ conference at Sadler’s Wells as a keynote speaker.

He has written on mental illness and wellbeing in dance, risky ethics, sex and performance and has recently authored a chapter providing an overview of countercultural dance in the UK. He is regularly invited overseas to deliver his research into ageing dancers and drag queens and ‘choreophobia’ in men and boys who dance. Mark also performs at various arts events.

External Consultation

Mark is an expert reader in the areas of dance, gender and performance for the publishers Palgrave, Emerald and Routledge. He has been an external reviewer for MA and BA degree revalidations and is currently the External Examiner for the MA/MFA Creative Practices (Transdisciplinary and Professional Dance Practice) for Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.

Institutional Boards

Mark is a board member of Edge Hill’s Ethics and Research committees and Chair of Edge Hill’s Performing Arts Scholarship panels.

Funding & Awards

Mark has received funding and bursary awards for his research and professional development from Arts Council England, North West Arts Board, Dance North West, the Leverhulme Trust, Edge Hill University Research Investment Funds and European Research Development Funds (ERDF).

PhD Supervision

Mark welcomes proposals from prospective practice-led PhD candidates in the areas of ageing and performance, fat and embodiment, queer, drag queens, men and dance, autobiography, risky ethics and performance making, autoethnography, performance and choreography.

Selected Publications and Interviews

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