Dr Holly Maples

Senior Lecturer
East 15 Acting School
Dr Holly Maples



  • PhD in Theatre Trinity College Dublin, (2008)

  • MA in Theatre Studies University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, (2004)

  • BA Acting Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, (1999)

  • BA in English Literature Boston University, (1996)


University of Essex

  • Senior Lecturer in Theatre, East 15 School of Acting, University of Essex (2/1/2020 - present)

  • Director of Post Graduate Research and Impact, East 15 School of Acting, University of Essex (20/1/2020 - present)

Other academic

  • Senior Lecturer in Theatre, Brunel University London, Goldsmiths University of London (1/10/2014 - 31/12/2019)

  • Lecturer in Drama, School of Literature, Drama, and Creative Writing, University of East Anglia (1/9/2007 - 30/9/2014)


Journal articles (3)

Maples, H. and Dima, M., (2021). Affectual Dramaturgy for Augmented Reality Immersive Heritage Performance. Body, Space and Technology. 20 (1), 25-36

Maples, H., (2016). The Erotic Voyeur: Sensorial Spectatorship in Punchdrunk’s The Drowned Man. Journal of Contemporary Drama in English. 4 (1), 119-133

Maples, H., (2012). Embodying Resistance: Gendering Public Space in Ragtime Social Dance. New Theatre Quarterly. 28 (3), 243-259

Books (1)

Maples, H., (2011). Culture War Conflict, Commemoration and the Contemporary Abbey Theatre. Peter Lang. 3034301375. 9783034301374

Book chapters (7)

Maples, H., (2021). Touching Past Lives: Sensorial Spectatorship in Heritage Performance. In: Researching Audience Impact. Editors: Snyder-Young, D. and Omasa, M., . Routledge

Maples, H. and Rowson, J., (2021). Theatres in the Dark: COVID-19s Impact on Digital Performance, Advocacy, and the Online Public Sphere in the UK Theatre Industry. In: Theatre and Performance During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Editors: Krpič, T., . The Association of Theatre Critics and Researchers of Slovenia (DGKTS), The Festival Borštnikovo Srečanje (SNG Maribor) and the Faculty of Social Sciences Publishing House (Ljubljana University)

Maples, H., (2012). Performing Cultural Trauma: The 1980 'A Sense of Ireland' Festival. In: Staging Thought: Essays on Irish Theatre, Practice and Scholarship. Editors: Trench, R., . Peter Lang. 978-3034308045

Maples, H., (2012). Producing memory: A history of commemoration and the Abbey theatre. In: Memory Ireland. 172- 183. 9780815632979

Maples, H., (2010). The Past is Myself: The Politics of Commemoration and the Irish National Theatre Society. In: Memory Ireland: Volume 1: History and Modernity. Editors: Frawley, O., . Syracuse University Press. 0815632509. 978-0815632504

Maples, H., (2009). Parading Memory: The Production of Commemoration in Contemporary Ireland. In: Performance of Violence in Contemporary Ireland. Editors: Fitzpatrick, L., . Carysfort Press. 978-1904505440

Maples, H., (2009). Parading Multicultural Ireland: Identity Politics and National Agenda’s in the 2007 St. Patrick’s Festival. In: Performing at the Crossroads: Critical Essays on Performance Studies and Irish Culture. Editors: Brady, S. and Walsh, F., . Palgrave. 237- 248. 978-0-230-21998-4

Exhibitions (3)

Maples, H., Touching Past Lives: Sensorial Spectatorship in the Paston Footprints Project

Trench, R. and Maples, H., Knock Me Down

Maples, H., Breaking the SIlence on Abolition and the Slave Trade. Performance

Other (1)

Maples, H., (2019).Viking: Discover the Legend Performances,Norwich Castle Musem

Grants and funding


The Economic, Social, and Cultural impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Independent Arts Workers in the United Kingdom

Economic and Social Research Council



Southend Campus