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Dr Adelle Hulsmeier

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Senior Lecturer in Performing Arts and Programme Leader for Screen Performance

I teach modules which are rooted in the theory and practice of acting and performance, applied theatre, Shakespeare, screen performance, and multi-disciplinary performance in the areas of cabaret and popular performance.

I work closely with Newcastle’s Live Theatre.

I manage the University's award winning collaboration with Northumbria Police.


I am also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Teaching and supervision

Research interests for potential research students

  • Shakespeare
  • Applied theatre
  • Performance
  • Screen performance
  • Drama education


My thesis explores the challenges faced when combining Shakespeare’s plays within applied theatre settings, for transformative purposes. It explores how applied theatre may embody strains between the instrumental and the transformative. It undertakes an historical reading of a range of Shakespeare’s work in order to demonstrate the importance of the cultural, political and historical contexts of Shakespeare’s plays. It explores the intentions of applied theatre within three salient community settings (prison, disability and therapy) exploring how Shakespeare’s work is used within these settings and why. All aspects are explored in order to demonstrate how the challenge of making Shakespeare’s plays work in an applied theatre setting is more complex than it may at first appear.

My research outputs are relevant to the areas of drama for social change and action-based research.


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Hulsmeier, Adelle (2020) Working beyond end-point assessments to deliver employability experiences: The University of Sunderland’s Crime Awareness student film projects in collaboration with Northumbria Police and its Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC). Enhancing Graduate Employability: a case study compendium. pp. 11-15.

Book Section

Hulsmeier, Adelle (2020) Shakespeare's Diabled: Disabled Shakespeare. In: The Arden Research Handbook of Shakespeare and Social Justice. Bloomsbury Press, London. ISBN 9781350140387

Hulsmeier, Adelle (2020) It’s warm up North: training and opportunities for actors living in North East England. In: Actors' and Performers' Yearbook 2021 Essential Contacts for Stage, Screen and Radio. Bloomsbury. ISBN 9781350159471


Hulsmeier, Adelle (2019) Applied Shakespeare: a transformative encounter: An analysis of Shakespeare’s use within applied theatre settings, for transformative purposes. Doctoral thesis, University of Sunderland.

This list was generated on Mon Dec 6 19:42:19 2021 GMT.
  • Shakespeare
  • Applied theatre
  • Performance
  • Screen performance
  • Drama education
  • Live theatre

Last updated 16 November 2021

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