Division: Media Communication and Performing Arts

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Bianca Mastrominico is a Lecturer in the Media Communication and Performing Arts Division. She is also an associate member of the Centre for Communication, Cultural & Media Studies.

  • Overview
  • Research Interests
  • Research Publications
  • Teaching & Learning

Bianca’s training and extensive experience as a professional theatre practitioner started with her apprenticeship in all aspects of the craft from a very young age, working in her family theatre, Teatro Sancarluccio (Naples, Italy), a leading and historical hub for experimental and innovative work, where she was involved in designing, performing, writing, directing and touring internationally with the resident company, as well as being responsible for annual programming, educational activities, event management and festival ideation for more than 15 years.

She studied at the Faculty of Letters and Philosophy at the Università “Federico II” (Naples) for a Degree in Theatre History (1989-1994) and holds a French Language and Literature diploma from the Institute Français “Grenoble” in Naples.

Further professional training and working collaborations include Nikolai Karpov (GITIS, Moscow), Julia Varley and Eugenio Barba (Odin Teatret, Denmark), Abani Biswas ( Milón Méla , India), Keith Johnstone (Canada), as well as playwrights José Sanchis Sinisterra (Spain), and Michel Azama (France). Since moving to the UK in 2002, she co-founded Organic Theatre with John Dean, an award-winning company and laboratory of theatre research focused on process-led creative practice exploring the crossovers between physical theatre, new writing and multimedia. The company was in residence at the University of Plymouth from 2005-7, and has been shortlisted for the Total Theatre Award for Best Small-Scale Work at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

She has been working at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh since 2008, jobsharing a lectureship with John Dean. Previously Bianca has led educational activities in many FE colleges and professional workshops in universities across the UK, as well as for practitioners and postgraduate students at the Institut del Teatre (Barcelona), Theatre Training Initiative (London), JiP – July Investigation in Performance (Idanha-a-Nova, Portugal), The Multicultural Space (Aarhus, Denmark), amongst others.

Bianca has written for numerous Italian newspapers and magazines and is a published playwright and author in Italy.

She is a member of TaPRA (Theatre and Performance Research Association) 20th–21st c. Performer Training Working Group and a professional member of the ITC (Independent Theatre Council).

Research/Knowledge Exchange Centre Membership:

Active Research Interests:

  • Research interests include: intercultural and interdisciplinary approaches to performance practices, including masks and identity in processes of transformation, Theatre Anthropology, performance training and the bodymind in performance.


Please see my research publications in eResearch – Queen Margaret University’s repository

At QMU, Bianca lectures in contemporary performance, somatic and devising practices. She has an interest in technology enhanced learning, and mindfulness in learning & teaching. She contributes to the ongoing development of the Drama & Performance course.

Year Tutor for Drama and Performance Level 4.