Professor Lynette Goddard

Lynette Goddard

Professor Lynette Goddard BA (Hons), MA, PhD is Professor of Black Theatre and Performance, Royal Holloway University of London.

Their research and teaching focuses on the politics of contemporary Black British theatre and performance.

They are especially interested in analysing the cultural presence of Black playwrights and directors in London’s publicly funded theatres and asking questions about how their representations provide ways of thinking about Black theatre as a social and political practice that intervenes in debates about Black experience, race and racism.

Their publications include ‘Staging Black Feminisms: Identity, Politics, Performance’ (Palgrave, 2007), ‘Contemporary Black British Playwrights: Margins to Mainstream’ (Palgrave, 2015), and Errol John’s ‘Moon on a Rainbow Shawl’ (The Fourth Wall, Routledge, 2017).

Professor Goddard says that they love their work because they teach, document and analyse areas of Black British cultural practice that remain under-researched. They are committed to creating some of the terms of engagement for analysing Black British theatre for future generations of Black students and scholars to develop further.