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New Theatre Studies research centre moving into USS


UEL will launch its new Theatre Studies’ Research Centre (CPAD-Centre for the Performing Arts Development) at University Square Stratford (USS) this month once its move into the new purpose £33 million built facility is complete. CPAD supports the study and research of all subjects related to theatre, drama and performance and is part of UEL’s School of Arts and Digital Industries.

To celebrate the move to USS, the new Research Centre (CPAD), True Heart Theatre and the Asian Performing Arts Forum will celebrate with an event at Stratford Circus that looks at oral history in connection to transcultural performance.

In his search for cultural identity, American-born Chinese playwright David Henry Hwang interviewed his grandmother and documented the interview in the form of a novel- many years later adapting the original novel into a play named Golden Child. Students will explore the tensions that Chinese migrants and their families might have experienced historically but also how issues within China could also have been a driving force in further migration.

Luis C Sotelo, Senior Lecturer at UEL in Theatre Studies and Community Arts Practice said,

“It is part of our vision to bring together global theatre and performance practitioners with local peers, audiences and academics to share and discuss practices of both local and global resonance. ‘World Theatre’ forms an essential area of study during our Theatre Studies degree programme and students are encouraged to take into account recent trends and developments in an international context.”

USS  will have an entire floor dedicated to the performing arts including specialist teaching, rehearsal and performance spaces, multi-media laboratories, staff offices and meeting rooms.

There will be an Open Day on Saturday 19 October 2013. To register for the open day please visit https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/1387229/October-Open-Day-Booking-Form. We look forward to meeting you on the day.


Image – Playwright, David Henry Hwang


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