Professor Mark Evans

Associate Dean - Student Experience and Quality & Accreditation



I am currently Associate Dean (Student Experience and Quality & Accreditation) in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, and since 2012 I have also held a personal chair as Professor of Theatre Training and Education. I trained originally at the École Jacques Lecoq, and with Philippe Gaulier and Monika Pagneux, in Paris.

My research interests are in the movement training of actors and performers, the creative use of reflective writing, and creative enterprise education and he welcomes interest from research students in these areas. As well as teaching and researching theatre practice, I have over fifteen years’ experience of directing and performing new plays, site-specific performances, and community projects. I am an Associate Editor of the Theatre Dance and Performance Training Journal and have published widely on performer training and the history and development of physical theatre.

As Associate Dean, I am responsible for ensuring the quality of the student experience, supporting the development of excellent teaching and learning and managing the quality processes within the Faculty. I am a NCEE Enterprise Fellow, and have completed the NCEE International Entrepreneurship Educators Programme and the Oxford University/NCEE Entrepreneurial University Leadership Programme. In 2011 I led the University’s success application for recognition as THE Enterpreneurial University of the Year.

Areas of expertise
  • Actor and performer training.
  • Historical and contemporary development of mime, physical theatre and movement practice.
  • The work of Jacques Lecoq and Jacques Copeau.
  • Contemporary physical theatre practice.
  • PhD, Movement Training for the Modern Actor,  Coventry University, 2003.
  • PgDip in Practical Theatre Studies, University College Cardiff, 1981.
  • English with Philosophy BA (Hons), University of York.
Research interests

My research focuses on performer training, in particular in relation to movement and physicality. I have written on the work of Jacques Copeau and Jacques Lecoq, and on the movement training of actors within the UK. I am currently researching time, temporality and training, as well as the wider impact of physical theatre practice within the UK.

Recent outputs and publications
  • Evans, M., and Kemp, R. (eds.) (2016) The Routledge Companion to Jacques Lecoq. Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Evans, M. (2016) ‘The influence of sports on Jacques Lecoq’s actor training’. In The Routledge Companion to Jacques Lecoq. Ed. by Evans, M., and Kemp, R. Abingdon: Routledge, 104-111.
  • Evans, M. (2016) ‘Lecoq and Film’. In The Routledge Companion to Jacques Lecoq. Ed. by Evans, M., and Kemp, R. Abingdon: Routledge, 398-408.
  • Evans, M. (ed.) (2015) The Actor Training Reader. Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Evans, M. (2015) ‘Answer the Question: How do power dynamics in the studio affect training?’. Theatre, Dance and Performance Training 6 (1), 102-104.
  • Evans, M. (2015) ‘The Myth of Pierrot’. in The Routledge Companion to Commedia dell’Arte. Ed/ by Chaffee, J., and Crick, O. Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Evans, M. (2013) ‘The French Ensemble Tradition: Jacques Copeau, Michel Saint-Denis and Jacques Lecoq’. in Encountering Ensemble. Ed. by Britton, J. London: Bloosmbury/Methuen.


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Coventry University awarded TEF GOLD Teaching Excellence Framework
University of the year shortlisted
QS Five Star Rating 2020
Coventry City of Culture 2021