Rachel has published chapters and peer-reviewed articles on subjects such as costume politics and the performativity of architecture. She is currently writing her first monograph 'Beyond Scenography'(Routledge, 2017) which provides the first theory of scenography in response to the expanded practices of contemporary theatre and performance.
Dr. Rachel Hann is a performance historian at University of Surrey. With degrees from the University of Leeds (PhD) and the University of Hull (BA, Drama), she teaches across the fields of drama, dance, and performance design.
Selected conference and seminar presentations: including material on second wave practice research, what is critical about costume, scenograpic rhetoric, costume affects, and performance archiitecture.
Critical Costume is a research project on the status of costume practices within contemporary art and performance. Building upon an emerging interest in the dramaturgical significance of costume within the academy, the project's overall aim is to grow the intellectual and critical frameworks in which we discuss costume practices, both today and historically.
Theatre and Performance Research Association. Executive Officer without Portfolio (2013-) and a former co-convenor of the Scenography working group (2010-2013).
Blurred Architecture. Architects Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio have questioned conventional approaches to spatial temporality and the situation of architecture since the late 1970s. Now joined by Charles Renfro
Dwelling in Light and Sound. To interrogate the potential role of architecture within intermedial digital opera, this article returns to a model of performance architecture as conceived by Swiss scenographer Adolphe Appia (1842-1928)
Double Issue Editorship
Editorship of Scene (Intellect). Published in 2014, this double issue of the new peer-reviewed journal 'Scene' on the subject matter of Critical Costume was co-edited by Rachel and Sidsel Bech. The double issue included material from a range of
PhD Research Project
Utopian Theatres. This research project examines the dramaturgical implications of three historically significant unrealized theatres. The objective was to form new insights on these seldom examined theatres through the process of computer-based 3D visualization.
Costume Affects: a theory of hugging. Scenographers and performers alike have long recognized the dramaturgical significance of costume and its influence upon the conception and reception of action. However, to date there remains little critical mass with which to define or describe the reciprocal interaction between fabric and body, movement and form.
Scenography is in crisis. The boundaries of what is, and is not, scenography have become increasingly elusive in the early twenty-first century.