Michael Carklin

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Michael Carklin is Academic Subject Manager for Drama, Dance and Performance at USW. He is also Associate Professor in Applied and Interdisciplinary Teaching and Learning. He teaches across all undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including Theatre Practice, Applied Drama, and Directing.

His major areas of research are Applied Drama (including Drama & Theatre in Education), Theatre & Science, Theatre and Film in Africa, Theatre Directing and Devising, and Creative Industries in Higher Education. Michael was Co-Convenor of the Applied & Social Theatre working group of the national Theatre and Performance Research Association (TaPRA) for three year (2017-2019) and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AdvanceHE).

Michael has degrees in drama, journalism and education from Rhodes University in South Africa, where he grew up, and in African Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. He was a drama lecturer in South Africa before joining the University of Glamorgan, now the University of South Wales, in 2000.

Michael has published in the fields of educational drama and South African theatre, and has directed and facilitated numerous plays, schools programmes and Theatre in Education projects.

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Carklin, Michael. (2020) “Theatre and Science as Social Intervention” in The Cambridge Companion to Theatre and Science. Edited by Kirsten Shepherd-Barr. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge. ISBN: 978-1-10847-652-2.

Carklin, Michael. (2020) "Resisting ‘Authenticity’: Reflections on cultural representations in the making of theatre for children” in Cultural Exchange and Diversity in Theatre for Young Audiences. Edited by Manon van de Water. Cape Town: ASSITEJ. ISBN: 978-0-9946505-6-6.

Carklin, Michael. (2014) "Childhood in African Cinema" (A chapter plus seven film reviews) in Directory of World Cinema: Africa. Edited by Blandine Stefanson and Sheila Petty. Bristol: Intellect. ISBN: 9781783203918.

Carklin, M., J. Allinson and R. Smith. (2011), “Audience Journeys Through Multiple Stories: Adapting King Oedipus for Performance”. Journal of Adaptation in Film and Performance. Vol. 4, No. 1, pp.69-92. ISSN: 17536421

Carklin, M. (2010), “Images of Childhood in Southern Africa: A study of three films”. Journal of African Cinemas. Vol. 2, No. 2, pp.137-149. ISSN: 1754-9221.

Carklin, M. (2007), “African Cinema and the Humanities”. In S. Akinrinade, D. Fashina, D. O. Ogungbile and J. O. Famakinwa (eds.), Rethinking the Humanities in Africa. Ile-Ife: Obafemi Awolow University. pp. 393-402. ISBN: 978-978-080-221-7.

Carklin. (2006), “Playing with our Genes: Dramatic interventions in the biotechnology revolution”. In M. Balfour and J. Somers (ed.s), Drama as Social Intervention. Ontario: Captus Press. pp.118-128. ISBN: 1-55322-134-6.

Carklin, M. (2005), “Representations of the Scientific Body on Stage”. In W. Mond-Koz?owska (ed.), The Human Body – a Universal Sign. Krakow: Jagiellonian University Press, ISBN 83-233-1955-3.

Carklin, M. and D. van Niekerk. (2003), “The Skeleton in the Basement: Drama, Science and Ethics”. In B. Ramussen and A-L Ostern (eds.), Playing Betwixt and Between. The IDEA Dialogues. pp.216-225. ISBN:82-995928-2-8.

Carklin, M. (2002), “Dramatic Excavations and Theatrical Explorations: Faustus, Ubu and Post-Apartheid South African Theatre”. In Jones, E. D. and M. Jones, African Literature Today: South & Southern African Literatures (No. 23). Oxford/New Jersey: James Currey/Africa World Press. pp.23-33. ISBN:82-995928-2-8

Research interests


  • Applied Drama
  • Theatre and Science
  • Performance and Film in Africa
  • Theatre Directing and Production
  • Teaching, Learning and Creativity in Higher Education.


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