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Gavin Baker

Dr Gavin Baker

Head of Subject: Performing Arts, Performance and Composition
Academic school:
Job title:
Head of Subject: Performing Arts, Performance and Composition
Associate Professor of Musical Theatre
Higher qualifications:

D.Phil. (University of Zululand); M.Dram. (University of Stellenbosch); BA (Hons) Rhodes University. CFET. 

Professional organisations:
Fellow Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce
Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy


I grew up and studied in South Africa studying Drama and Anthropology, and then deciding on drama as a career I chose to further my studies in this discipline.  I have worked as an actor, dancer, director and dramaturg and through my teaching career, I have taught: Acting, movement, voice, directing, theatre history and theory.  I have taught across a range of degrees and modules including, Drama, Acting, Dance and Performing Arts at undergraduate and post-graduate levels. 

I have worked as a corporate communications consultant using drama based methodologies for staff training and development as well as a tool to assist organisations with change-management.  

Research and scholarly output:


Mersham, G and Baker, G. (2002). Industrial theatre as a negotiated dramaturgy in the South African Theatre Journal, Volume 16:

Mersham, G and Baker, G. (2003). A communication model for industrial theatre as a negotiated dramaturgy. in Alternation 10,1. Perspectives on Cognitive Science pp163 -194.




Baker, G (2017) A performative triptych in teaching performing arts. Provocative Pedagogies conference. University of Lincoln. 14 August 2017.

Baker, G. (2008) I can’t be arsed: the Narrative Practitioner Conference, Glyndŵr University. 23-25 June 2008.

Baker, G. (2007) The first year experience of HE: the Narrative Practitioner Conference, Glyndŵr University. Wrexham 11- 13 June 2007.

Baker, G. (2007) Using narratives in the negotiated dramaturgy: the Narrative Practitioner Conference, Glyndŵr University, Wrexham 11 -13 June 2007.

Baker, G. (2000) Researching that thing called industrial theatre: the South African Society for Theatre and Performance Research, Annual Conference. Pretoria University 24-26 September 2000.

Baker, G. and Van der Merwe, M. (1999) Community empowerment: creating the tools from within, creative conflict management in KwaZulu/Natal: the South African Political Studies Association’s Biennial Congress on Political Studies at the Turn of the Millennium. Mossel Bay 29 June - 2 July 1999.

Baker, G. (1997) The use of drama based skills in human relations training: the SAADYT Conference. Grahamstown