Michael Carklin is Academic Subject Manager for Drama, Dance and Performance at USW. He is also a Reader in Applied and Interdisciplinary Teaching and Learning, and is Course Leader for the MA Drama. 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, and Creative Industries in Higher Education. Michael is also Co-Convenor of the Applied & Social Theatre working group of the national Theatre and Performance Research Association (TaPRA).

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.

Other Interests


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 in Africa
  • African Cinema
  • Theatre Directing and Production
  • Creative and Cultural Industries in Higher Education.

Research output

  1. "Resisting ‘Authenticity’: Reflections on cultural representations in the making of theatre for children"

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  2. "Theatre and Science as Social Intervention"

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  3. Silent Sky

    Research output: Non-textual formPerformance

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