Areas of Expertise: Drama
Heather teaches theory and practice on ARU's undergraduate Drama and Performing Arts courses. Her research focuses on contemporary devised theatre, adaptation and applied theatre practices, and she is Director of Anglia Ruskin Community Theatre.
Heather is Course Leader for our Bachelor's degrees in Drama, Drama and English Literature, and Drama and Film. She is also School Lead for Learning, Teaching and Assessment.
Heather joined Anglia Ruskin in 2016, after leading Drama programmes at The University of Greenwich for nine years and teaching at The University of Nottingham. Heather’s teaching and research interests include devising, adaptation, performance space, applied and reminiscence theatre, twentieth-century drama and contemporary performance.
As an applied theatre practitioner Heather established The Reminiscence Theatre Archive of Pam Schweitzer at the University of Greenwich, and continues to create theatre with and for the elderly.
Contemporary devised theatre, adaptation and applied theatre practices.
Lilley, Heather and Derbyshire, Harry, (2013). Re-performing Memories: Using the reminiscence theatre archive as a resource for new intergenerational work, Journal of Applied Arts and Health, 4.2, Intellect Journals
Lilley, Heather, (2013) ‘The Reminiscence Theatre Archive of Pam Schweitzer’, RIDE Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance, Routledge
Lilley, Heather, (2012). ‘Everyone in the Room has a Connection to the Story: Fairytale Adaptation in Devised Theatre, Journal of Adaptation in Film and Performance, 5.2, Intellect Journal
Lilley, Heather, (2010). ‘Vital Contact: Creating Interpretive Communities in the Moment of Theatrical Reception’, About Performance #10, Audiencing: The Work of the Spectator in Live Performance, Sydney University, Australia
September 2012, ‘Bringing the Archive to Life: Creating Reminiscence Theatre from the Documentation of Past Performances’, TAPRA Conference, University of Kent at Canterbury
May 2012, ‘Embedding the Archive in Drama Teaching’, Reminiscence Theatre Archive of Pam Schweitzer Launch Symposium, University of Greenwich