People

Dr. Shaun May (Primary Investigator)

Shaun is a Lecturer in Drama and Theatre at the University of Kent. He is co-convenor of the London Comedy Forum, a network of researchers interested in humour and comedy, and his publications include A Philosophy of Comedy on Stage and Screen and Rethinking Practice as Research and the Cognitive Turn.

For more information about his research visit his profile page at the University of Kent website.

Dr. David Williams (Co-Investigator)

David is a Reader in Developmental Psychology at the University of Kent. An internationally-recognised ASD researcher, he is  Primary Investigator on the ESRC funded project ‘Metacognition and Mindreading: One system or two?’, and Co-Investigator on the Leverhulme funded project ‘Imagining the self in fictional worlds: evidence from Autism Spectrum Disorder’.

For more information about his research visit his profile page at the University of Kent website.

Dr. Oliver Double (Co-Investigator)

Oliver is a Senior Lecturer in Drama and Theatre at the University of Kent. Additionally, he has worked as a professional comedian and for 15 years he has taught stand-up at Kent as part of an Masters Level specialism. His publications include Getting the Joke: The Inner Workings of Stand-up Comedy, Britain Had Talent: A History of Variety Theatre, and Stand-Up! On Being a Comedian.

For more information about his research visit his profile page at the University of Kent website.

Dr. Melissa Trimingham 

Melissa is a Senior Lecturer in Drama and Theatre at the University of Kent. She was co-investigator on the AHRC funded Imagining Autism project and author of The Theatre of the Bauhaus: The Modern and Postmodern Stage of Oskar Schlemmer.

For more information about her research visit her profile page at the University of Kent website.

Marcelo Beré

Marcelo has worked a professional clown for over 30 years, with his company O Circo Teatro Udi Grudi, and he has taught it in both in the UK and Brazil. Additionally, he is a Ph.D candidate at the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, with a thesis entitled ‘Poetics of the Clown – Clown’s Principles of Practice and Misfitness’.

For more information about his research visit his profile page at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama website.

Hannah Newman (Research Assistant)

Hannah is a PhD candidate at the University of Kent. Her PhD is situated in both the Arts and Sciences and is exploring how a drama environment, Imagining Autism, could help aid the diagnostic process of autism. She also works as a Senior Practitioner for this research project.

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