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Academic Biography

Sarah is Principal Lecturer (Programmes) for the department of Communications, Arts and Media.

She teaches a range of media and performance skills on both undergraduate and postgraduate courses, including writing for performance, direction for actors, and presenting for the camera. Sarah also teaches a wide range of contextual theory and practice-as-research in all creative disciplines. Sarah is an experienced External Examiner and is a Senior Fellow of the HEA.

Sarah graduated with a first class degree in Performing Arts from the University of Hertfordshire and continued her studies at Lancaster University where she completed her doctoral thesis by practice in experimental film and theatre.

Sarah has published on arts practice-as-research methodology and Performance/Live Art and continues to research through her own performance practice. Her current research interests are in applied approaches to interactive and participatory performance, immersive events and gameplay.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Lancaster University

Master, Lancaster University

Bachelor, University of Hertfordshire

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Projects 2018 2021

Research Output 2007 2019

Delegated Performance in Phantasmagorical Extended Reality (XR)

O'Brien, S., 8 Sep 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaperResearchpeer-review


Do as I do, my love: Theatre play

O'Brien, S., 18 Nov 2018

Research output: Non-textual formPerformanceResearch

Town Hall

The Alienated Self? Addressing the Border Between the Digital Self and Participation in Immersive Experiences

O'Brien, S., 2018.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaperResearchpeer-review

Open Access
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Press / Media

Middlesbrough academic's play warned of dangers of pregnancy drinking

Sarah O'Brien


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities